Did you know? The machine, “Chucky 3”, a torsion catapult and all mechanical world record holder at 3,636’, can hurl a pumpkin at almost 500mph. The sling imparts such tremendous backspin during release that the team adjusts the mechanism to throw at a flat trajectory, using as much of the machine’s power as possible to take the pumpkin down range, allowing the Magnus Effect (a physics phenomenon that is the secret to how airplane wings work) to give the projectile lift.
- Captain's Name: Marc Gussen
- Home Town: Closter, NJ