The fastest train in the world runs in New Mexico.
The Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) runs the fastest train over a track that’s 50,788 (nine miles) long. A world speed record of Mach 8.5 (6,416 mph / 10,325 km/h) was achieved by a four-stage rocket sled at Holloman Air Force Base on April 30, 2003. Although the train does not have a casual nickname, I propose we give it one.
Let’s call it the ACA EXPRESS. Stapp was subjected to 46.2 G times the force of gravity. He is the author of the eponymous Stapp’s Law, which states “”The universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle.”
The run of the ACA Express is impressive; the last stop is not beautiful. Frequently, it is run for the purpose of colliding missile components with very hard solid components that are going 0 (zero) MPH.
On the left, Colonel Stapp rides a slower rail-rocket for his personal experiments on deceleration forces on humans. The unmanned, bullet-shaped payload on Holloman’s rocket sled can reach 157 g’s, or 157 times the force of gravity.
It’s not the fall that kills you – it’s the sudden stop. And back to healthcare, we pretend that there is a safety net – there is no “black swan” that represents absolute atomic disintegration of the American healthcare system. It can happen, I’m afraid. The third picture shows the collision of an F-4 (deliberately) on a collision track in a nearby location to the HHSTT Great ideas cannot defeat physics.
It does not make me happy to contemplate the absolute disintegration of American Healthcare. But I cannot avoid the prediction.