The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards." .. More >>
Fastest Vehicles Known To The Human Race
Burkland 411 Streamliner
Wheeldriven landspeed records fell again in 2008, when Tom Burkland took the Burkland 411 Streamliner to speeds of more than 415 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Using an IC supercharged Hemi engine, the salt flats of Utah hadnt seen speed of that caliber since the Vesco Turbinator made its runs earlier in 2001. In fact, it was in 2001 that the Streamliner suffered a crash and was heavily damaged. It took years for the Burkland familys racing team to rebuild it, which eventually led to redesigns and engineering changes that made a big difference.