BIG CROSSBOW HURLS MAN FIFTY FEET (Jul, 1933)

BIG CROSSBOW HURLS MAN FIFTY FEET
Somersaulting fifty feet through the air from a giant crossbow, a California daredevil recently introduced a new circus thrill. Billed as a human arrow, he takes his place in a small metal cradle and braces himself for the shock of starting. At a given signal, an assistant trips a trigger and the acrobat is hurled into the air and lands in a net fifty feet away. The cradle is driven by a coil-spring mechanism said to exert a driving force of more than 20,000 pounds.

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  1. Stannous says: February 24, 20079:26 am

    World record for being shot out of a spring-loaded ‘cannon’ is 225 ft (70m) across the Strip in Las Vegas in 2005.

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