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YouTuber Has A Go Firing 'US Army's Most Powerful Rocket Launcher'

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YouTuber Has A Go Firing 'US Army's Most Powerful Rocket Launcher'

A YouTuber had a go firing the US army's 'most powerful rocket launcher'. Check it out here:

Sam Eckholm joined up with the Colorado National Guard to have a go using the US army's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

The YouTuber said: "Capable of firing a flurry of rockets at distances up to 70 km, this thing is capable of decimating the battlefield.

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"If you've ever wondered what capabilities our soldiers have when in comes to artillery and firepower, then you better strap in for this one."

It's a beast. Credit: YouTube/Sam Eckholm
It's a beast. Credit: YouTube/Sam Eckholm

The system is used to provide both close and long range precision missile fire and is operated by a crew of three, with all six rockets able to be fired within just 45 seconds.

Sam climbed aboard to have a stab at firing a missile himself, and wearing his ballistic vest, he was shocked by how bumpy the ride was.

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Then, when the moment arrived, he was given the command to fire - and it became much bumpier still.

That wasn't the end of Sam's day though, 'cause once he'd hopped out of the HIMARS, the troops proceeded to put on a show for him, firing many more rockets.

You'd think they'd be quite stingy with them, wouldn't ya? But apparently not.

It seems the Colorado National Guard enjoyed their day too. Credit: YouTube/Sam Eckholm
It seems the Colorado National Guard enjoyed their day too. Credit: YouTube/Sam Eckholm
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The actor, who famously played Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, hitched a ride with three others in the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule, developed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

At 90 years of age, he became the oldest person to visit space - breaking the record set in July by 82-year-old Wally Funk - and he was overwhelmed upon landing back on Earth following the 10-minute flight last Wednesday (13 October).

He was emotional upon his return. Credit: NBC News/Blue Origin
He was emotional upon his return. Credit: NBC News/Blue Origin
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Addressing Bezos, he said: "What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine.

"I'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. It's extraordinary.

"I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now, I don't wanna lose it. It's so much larger than me and life."

He added: "Everyone in the world needs to do this.

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"It was so moving to me. This experience has been unbelievable."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Sam Eckholm

Topics: Viral, Interesting, Community, YouTube

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