Lot's of people think that.
Aircraft are unbreakable only when opperated within prescribed limits.
Beyond that the are guar-on-teed to bust.
America's Cup racers have to be as light as possible for performance.
Looks like this one was just a bit TOO light.
Yeah. And we tend to overestimate how strong carbon fiber is. On the
average, it's only 10% or so stronger than S-fiberglass. Its big advantage
over other composites is its stiffness, not its strength.
Ha! I had to look at that wreck for over a year. After they pulled it out of
Jamaica Bay they hauled the wreckage to a lot behind my office in Harrison,
NJ and just left it there after the inspection. Eventually it was taken out
Watch formula one auto racing- when there's a shunt , there's CF shards
thrown all over hell and gone. Why they don't require a kevlar wrap to
contain the crap is beyond me though I suspect that the shedding of parts is
their way of shedding energy at the same time. BTW the f-1 season starts
this week. Despite the past several seasons being about as exciting as
watching kudzu grow, I'm still watching...sigh. Pat
Yeah, BUT with the antics of alonso in the pits keeping hamilton away and
the espionage accusations being thrown about, I wanted to throw a brick
through the tv. That and the fact I lost my cable connect for the last 3
races of the season....sigh. I suppose I'm showing my age when I mention
that I liked f1 when they had the turbos, aspirated, v6-8-10-12 engines all
competing. sigh... Pat
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