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Largest projectile you’ve fired?

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After three years of active duty I joined the Colorado National Guard. I was Air Defense Artillery and assigned to a M110 self propelled 8”howitzer unit they sent me back to Fort Bliss and had me train and qualify as a Redeye gunner which is pre stinger shoulder held missile. At summer camp at Fort Carson they had me deliver chow to the firing batteries in the field and I was mesmerized watching these big guns fire. On one a company safety officer asked me if I’d like to pull the lanyard on one and with a little training and nervousness I got to touch off an 8” projectile it was pretty darn exciting!
And little did I know that a few years down the road I’d start my 33 year career with Department of Energy and in the early 80s I was working on the W79 an 8” nuclear projectile for the M110 it was a nasty little nuke!👊🏻🇺🇸
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From a tube, 3" ball from my little field piece.
Does launching a 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans at 120mph off 'a Big bump in the road' and riding it down count? (vision of Slim Pickens 'ridin the bomb'.....); no control, no wings, no pilots license but I WAS most certainly airborn.
Beat the Wright Bros.1st flight in distance, they beat me in time aloft.
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Doubt there was a soft landing......
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