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Aston Martin DBR9 Catches Air, Outdoes Wright Brothers’ First Flight

May 25, 2006

This past weekend an Aston Martin DBR9 racecar was doing practice laps at the Mid-Ohio Raceway when it left the track, went airborne, and "flew"142 feet before returning the terra firma.

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By contrast, the first record of powered flight by the Wright brothers on December 17th, 1903 lasted for 120 feet and 12 seconds.

Sure, it was a crash, and sure, it means the driver messed up and whatnot, but he also has one hell of a cool story to tell the grandkids.  I mean, it’s not every day that you launch a car twenty-two feet beyond the distance covered by the first recorded flight.

CLICK HERE to check out the video. 

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