John Cruikshank is the engineer that designed the “Fly Trap.”
Assuming Aikins was able to actually strike the 28-by-28-foot “sweet spot” in the center of the net, the Fly Trap was designed to provide Aikins with a life-saving soft catch.
The net was suspended between the tops of four 200-foot cranes. The netting itself was constructed from Spectra, a high-density polyethylene cord that is twice as strong as steel, but also completely inelastic.
When Aikins’ plummeting mass struck the net, four compressed air cylinders, which are connected to the netting via ropes and pulleys, slowed Aikins down in the same way that one would catch an egg in your hand—by decelerating it gently over a distance.
The Queen Mary on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 6:30 pm, in the elegant and historic Queen's Salon on the Promenade Deck.
The dress code is dark suit, black tie optional. NOHA is our yearly formal gathering, with most members opting for black tie, military uniforms or tribal wear.
There is a no-host bar for a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30, with silent auction tables set up in the bar area.
Included is admission to the Queen Mary, full access, so guests can come early and enjoy the ship. The ship's Observation Bar will be open, and will have the USC football game on.