The Germans were known to string tough piano wires neck-high across the roads that Allied Jeeps traveled on. The steel tension wire provided a nasty way to lop off the heads of Jeep drivers and passengers. Often the wire couldn't be seen or if seen, it was usually to late to stop in time. The GI's answer for this booby-trap was the Anti-Decapitation Device, field made angle iron bolted upright to the front bumper. The device extended above the the heads of those riding in the Jeep, and at the top it is angled forward and usually notched to catch and cut the wire.
I can't say this about about all helicopters, but every lifeflight helicopter I have seen or help land and load has the same cutting device on the top and the bottom of the cockpit for powerlines and guide wires
1998 Jeep Wrangler
4.0 : 5 Speed : Green with Black hard top : 33X12.50 Parnelli Jones Dirt Grip's on Eagle Alloy 15x7's : e-AutoGrille's Rock Crawler front bumper with an Engo E9000 with synthetic line
Location: East of Gratiot, West of Zanesville, Ohio
The Aston Martin DB5 was made famous in the James Bond movies. The "DB" in the name of the car stands for David Brown, the president of Aston Martin. Brown owned a company bearing his name that built farm tractors. A young inventor brought a design for a new type of hitch to his office one day and offered it to him as an addition to his tractors. He turned the man down. The young man then took his design to J. I. Case, the Allis Chalmers Company, and John Deere with similar results. Then he met Henry Ford. Ford saw the practicality of the design and recognized the inherent safety of the design. He entered into an agreement with the young man, sealed with a handshake. They made millions of tractors (and dollars) before the agreement was broken by Henry Ford's son. The inventor was Harry Ferguson. Brown would later lament the fact that he didn't give Ferguson more attention when he brought the three pint hitch design to his office.
The original Model T, as well as other early model Fords, came with wooden wheels. These were produced incredibly fast, but coupled with other parts created quite a bit of wood scrap waste. Never one to lose money, Henry Ford and his partner devised an ingineous way of turning scrap to profit - by turning those scraps into charcoal. It was originally sent to Ford dealers, and some included a bag or two with a car purchase. Later the charcoal company was bought entirely and seperated from the auto maker, though they are still in business today, and their plant still operates a couple of the original Ford wood dryers. It has become the worlds largest charcoal manufacturer, and still bares the name of the man who helped create it with Henry Ford - E.G. Kingsford.
“Coming of age in a fascist police state will not be a barrel of fun for anybody, much less for people like me, who are not inclined to suffer Nazis gladly and feel only contempt for the cowardly flag-suckers who would gladly give up their outdated freedom to live for the mess of pottage they have been conned into believing will be freedom from fear.”