Corvallis to San Jose at 11,000 MPH!

We recently traveled to San Jose (unfortunately for a funeral) and as we had a long road trip in front of us – I thought to experiment with a 600 mile time lapse…

With the suction cup mount, I set up one of the Contours to snap a photo every 5 seconds.  The back-of-the-envelop calculation for Corvallis to San Jose in under 3.5 minutes pencils out to something like 11,000 mph!

Sure – that’s fast.  Like faster than Tesla-fast… but, I thought, how fast is it?

Well, after a bit of internet checking, I cobbled together the following info:

  • Bullet Train: 311 MPH
  • Sound: 767 MPH
  • McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II: 1,606 MPH
  • Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: 2,193 MPH
  • Muzzle speed (modern rifle): 2,659 MPH
  • North American X-15: 4,519 MPH
  • Our trip to San Jose: 11,000 MPH
  • Space Shuttle: 17,500 MPH
  • Santa’s Sleigh: 8,300,000 MPH
  • Light: 671,000,000 MPH

Bottom line?  It’s tough to compete with Santa.   Smile

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