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October 11, 2007

Ouch! Branson's Big Jump Goes, Ah, Not Quite As Planned

Split Trousers, Building 'Bump' End Rappelling Stunt

It didn't end well. Sir Richard Branson's leap off the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas -- part of a marketing stunt to promote the launch of service on Virgin America to the city -- ended Wednesday night with his trousers split, and a grimace on his face most guys can probably relate to.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.11.07): Terminal Velocity

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The maximum speed a freely falling object can reach when falling through the air. At the terminal velocity, the wind resistance trying to slow the object down exactly balances the forces of acceleration trying to speed the object up.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.11.07)

"Enjoy your blood money and your union-busting meeting. We'll see you in court, in the newspapers, and on the picket line."

Source: From a letter to American Airlines CEO Gerard Arpey, from Lloyd Hill, president of the Allied Pilots Association.

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