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Nathan Ostich Flying Caduceus

Nathan Ostich Flying Caduceus in The World's Fastest Indian, Movie, 2005 IMDB

Class: Cars, Racecar

Nathan Ostich Flying Caduceus

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no_car EE

2006-06-08 20:02

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Proto/Concept or Racecar?

Firebird86 US

2006-06-08 23:37

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Bonneville Salt Flats Racecar

junkman UK

2006-06-19 18:51

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Dr. Nathan Ostich's Flying Caduceus.

Los Angeles physician Dr. Nathan Ostich built the world's first "jet" propulsion land speed car, the Flying Caduceus, in 1960. He chose the car's name from the medical profession's "caduceus" symbol of staff with entwined snakes and added a pair of wings denoting speed. He began construction by obtaining a Convair B-36 bomber General Electric J-47 turbojet engine, which became the determining factor in the dimensions of the car. The frame is made of 2-inch square steel tubing. The suspension components were derived from Chevrolet truck parts and comprised A-arms and torsion bars. Firestone machined the special wheels from solid forged aluminum. Firestone tires were of tubeless construction holding 200 pounds pressure. The driver sat ahead of the front wheels, in a multi-windowed proboscis. When it was unveiled early in 1960, Ostich announced a goal of 500 mph and in August, he ran the Flying Caduceus at Bonneville Salt Flats. He encountered a few problems, the worst being a defective fuel pump, a "loose" steering system, and fiberglass air ducts that were too lightweight. Ostich returned to Bonneville in 1962 but directional instability was apparent when the car began to slide sideways. When the Flying Caduceus tried again in 1963, it reached its best speed of 359.7 mph, but the tachometer showed the engine to be running at only 90 percent of rated rpm. Ostich was trying to beat Craig Breedlove's record 407.45 mph, but since the Flying Caduceus just couldn't summon that extra muscle, Ostich did not try again.

antp BE

2006-06-19 21:47

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So we list that as "Ostich" make, or as "Custom Made"?

stronghold EN

2006-06-19 21:52

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I think Ostich is ok.!

junkman UK

2006-06-20 02:33

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Usually in the archives, LSR cars are listed by the name given by their builders, like Green Monster (by Art Arfons), Challenger I (by Mickey Thompson), Bluebird (by Sir Donald Campbell), Goldenrod (by the Summers Brothers), etc. So this would be the Flying Caduceus (by Dr. Nathan Ostich).

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antp BE

2006-06-20 10:18

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But as these cars do not really have a make, it is maybe better to use either the maker name, or a special name like "Custom Made" or "LSR", and add as model name the name given to the car.

Carfan US

2006-07-01 18:34

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That reminds me of the batmobile or bat-missle from Batman Returns! :D

wickey SK

2006-07-21 11:44

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nice name - Flying Caduceus :)

junkman UK

2006-07-21 13:39

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I think LSR cars, sprint cars, midgets, hot rods, dragsters, all these one-offs should actually have their own category and these categories should be searchable. I should be able to view all LSR cars ever in a movie, all formula one cars, etc.

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