Super Soaker

The Super Soaker, invented in 1982 by Air Force and NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson, is basically a water gun that utilizes manually-pressurized air to shoot water with greater power, range, and accuracy than conventional squirt pistols. The prototype combined PVC pipe, acrylic glass, and an empty plastic soda bottle. During that same year, Lonnie Johnson decided to shift his focus from his current scientific career at NASA to the Super Soaker because the Super Soaker could potentially create enough funding for his own research goals. The revenue that Lonnie received from the Super Soaker licensing provided enough money for Lonnie to create Johnson Research & Development Co., Inc. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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