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  •  I remember seeing JATOs in Nat'l Geographic photo, (1+ / 0-)
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    being used on planes in Antarctica; the snow and ice "runway" was short and probably bumpy, and the JATO units were strapped on so that they could take off at all, I guess. It did look dangerous but so far as I know there were no crashes. This was back in the 1960's.

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