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What is the terminal velocity of a human?

Asked by jtvoar16 (2171points) April 14th, 2008 from iPhone

If I remember correctly it is 140mph. But I could he wrong. My other question is what is the minimal distance to acheave terminal velocity?

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The average teminal velocity is actually 120 mph. But it really depends on how you’re falling. On mythbusters they tried different ways of falling and they found out that if you’re falling with your body spread out as much as possible then it’s 120. But if you make yourself straight like a human bullet, you can reach speeds of more than 250 mph. And I don’t know how far of a fall it would take to reach terminal velocity.

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62 feet to reach terminal velocity

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