A car door whose hinge is near the rear of the car rather than near the front of the car. So called because it tends to fly open if caught by the wind (especially in the case of poor panel fit or an open-top car that does not channel air efficiently) rather than shutting right away, causing the car to become unbalanced at speed and leading to numerous other possibly fatal results, such as the car being thrown to one side and crashing or an occupant thrown out of the car.
They used to put suicide doors on a lot of cars in the '20s, but now we know better.
An aerial stunt in which an airplane tries to fly as close to a control tower as fast as the pilot can come without collision.
Obviously only acceptable if staged because it is so dangerous.
I'm pretty sure you could get in real trouble with the FAA for buzzing the tower without permission.
A slang term used to refer to anyone who has ever had to eject from an aircraft, in combat or otherwise. The name comes largely from two facts: Martin-Baker is one of the oldest and most well-known ejection seat manufacturers, and almost any pilot is thankful for that ejection seat when they have to bail out.
The Martin-Baker Fan Club: If you've ejected, you're a member.
A defensive driving maneuver, also used as a stunt and in extreme situations where a 180-degree turn is required in very little space. Performed by driving forward, then suddenly steering left or right, rotating the car 180 degrees, then driving off in the opposite direction.
The move originated in the Prohibition era, when bootleggers would modified automobiles and created extreme driving maneuvers in an effort to outrun police.
Not to be confused with the J-turn.
Anyone transporting a VIP through dangerous territory should know how to bootleg turn: you never know when you'll be ambushed!
A defensive driving and automotive stunt maneuver which starts by quickly driving a car backwards, then suddenly turning the car left or right. This causes the car to swing around so it is now facing and moving forward, in which case the driver can quickly shift into a forward gear and drive away.
More commonly performed as an actual defensive driving technique than the Bootleg Turn
because it is relatively easier to execute and can be applied more readily.
Also called a Moonshiner's Turn, for its use by bootleggers in the Prohibition era alongside maneuvers like the Bootleg Turn, and also called a Rockford, for its frequent usage on the UK TV show, "The Rockford Files."
Any good stuntman should know how to J-turn.
In the special effects business, any mechanism that operates using a 1:1 movement ratio rather than using conventional input devices (levers, switches, knobs, etc.) or preprogrammed movement sequences. Waldo devices are often used for filming complicated live-action sequences, such as smoothly controlling a humanoid or lifelike animatronics system, making a radio-controlled full-size vehicle act exactly as if there was a real driver behind the wheel in a stunt sequence, etc. Simply put, they are used when intuitive controls are needed above all else.
used a Waldo rig to make a bus roll itself over in their Demolition Derby Special.
Doc Ock's tentacles in Spider-Man 2 were controlled by a miniature Waldo setup. Where the controllers put the tentacles in the model, they moved behind the actor.
A derisive term for warning lights in a car dashboard or any similar arrangement in a vehicle's cockpit. So called because they light up when the operator is being an idiot and letting something go wrong.
Check Engine, Oil Pressure, Battery...all idiot lights that won't switch off. I need a new car.