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  1. Zero Gravity Trainee astronauts become acquainted with weightlessness during parabolic flights, in which a jet with a padded interior flies a series of parabolas, or arcs, that allow as much as 30...
  2. In 1995, Collings Foundation cofounder Bob Collings decided it was time to add an F-4 Phantom to the nonprofit’s collection of vintage planes. “Our mission is living history,” he says, explaining...
  3. While flying in the rear cockpit of the Collings Foundation’s F-4 Phantom fighter jet this spring, Patrick Smith was as anxious as he was exhilarated. He felt the sensation of the extreme g-forces...
  4. The stretched ladybug shape of the Porsche 911, drawn so perfectly by Butzi Porsche, has been with us for 43 years. Four dozen versions of the car have evolved as coupes and cabriolets, targas and...
  5. In the 1930s, France’s Voisin and Delahaye carmakers produced some of the most stunning vehicles ever built. Gabriel Voisin, who built World War I bombers, brought his understanding of fighter-plane...
  6. Tailors Adriano Roberti and Juiliano Volontare established their Adrian Jules suit label in 1964 in a small workshop near Rochester, N.Y., at a time when eight other suitmakers—the country’s largest...
  7. A genial, soft-spoken Frenchman, Bernard Richards may not strike you as a rebel, but his maverick nature is clearly evident in the watches he designs—and in his enthusiasm for motorcycles (he owns 12...
  8. Renaissance artists made frequent use of the Divine Proportion, a ratio of measurements that equals the infinite number Phi (approximately 1.618). The ratio appears often in nature—in the geometry of...
  9. Claude Jeanloz would like to display his vintage cuff link collection, but to show the entire assemblage in an appropriate fashion, he figures he would need about 30,000 or 40,000 square feet. You...
  10. In his inaugural round at Doonbeg Golf Club four years ago, Buddy Darby recalls, Greg Norman lost seven balls in the 2-foot-high marram grass covering nearly every inch of the course that is not a...

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