John Stapp

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Birthday
11, 1910
Birthplace
Brazil
Death Date
Nov 13, 1999 (89)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
11, 1910
Birthplace
Brazil
Death Date
Nov 13, 1999 (89)

About

Army physician who studied the effects of acceleration and deceleration g-forces on humans. As a result of the findings of his experiments the British Royal Air Force began installing backward-facing seats because he found they were safer.

Before Fame

As a member of the Air Force Aero Med Lab, his reach looked into the effect of high altitude flight on passengers - conducted in the days before pressurized cabins and temperature control.

Trivia

To test what would happen if a pilot were ejected during supersonic flight, he built a rocket-powered sled on rails in New Mexico, launched himself up to 420 mph, and decelerated to a stop within seconds.

Family Life

He was born in was born in Bahia, Brazil, the son of a reverend.

Associated With

He helped along Chuck Yeager's breakthrough supersonic flights, and he, not Yeager, became known as "the fastest man on Earth."

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