Science: High Jump

"Suppose you were the pilot of a single-seat jet fighter . . . scooting across the sky at 40,000 ft. or higher at more than 600 m.p.h., and suppose something went wrong. . . . How would you 'get out?' " The problem is posed by Hanson W. Baldwin in this week's New York Times magazine.

"It sounds simple," says Baldwin. But no one has done it yet. First step is to "dump" the transparent bubble canopy over your pressurized cockpit. "When your cover goes off you are subjected to what the doctors call 'explosive decompression' . . . the gas...

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