Motion Induced Blindness

This is very cool.

From a former Naval aviator:

This is a great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through training back in the ’50s. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were WWII veterans with years of experience, instructed us to continually “keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel” because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn’t exist at that time.

Click here for a demonstration

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Joe Kittinger

A little over 50 years ago, Joe Kittinger jumped from a giant helium balloon at 110 degree below zero  temperatures to plummet to Earth at a speed of 714 mph and became the first human to break the sound barrier without the aid of a machine. It was literally a “giant” leap for mankind, as Joe threw himself from 102,800 feet above the Earths surface at the horizon of our planet and space. The U.S. Space program used Joe’s test jump as the building block for their future manned space explorations

In 2003 Forbes Global interviewed Joe about this courageous feat. It’s still a great read. Check it out here.

 

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