Mike Hughes (daredevil)

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Mike Hughes (February 9, 1956 – February 22, 2020), popularly known as "Mad" Mike Hughes, was an American limousine driver, daredevil, and flat Earth conspiracy theorist. He was known for flying in self-built steam rockets.[1][2]

Hughes planned to launch himself in a rocket on August 10, 2019,[3] but mechanical troubles postponed the launch. The following weekend, the launch was again postponed and Hughes was treated for heat exhaustion.[4]

Hughes was killed while filming a rocket stunt for an upcoming Science Channel television series on February 22, 2020.[5] He was riding a rocket near Barstow, California when the rocket’s parachute appeared to deploy early and detach from the craft.[6] He was 64 years old.

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  1. Dwyer, Colin (November 22, 2017). "'I Don't Believe In Science,' Says Flat-Earther Set To Launch Himself In Own Rocket". NPR. Retrieved 29 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Graham, Pat (November 20, 2017). "Self-Taught Rocket Scientist Mad Mike Hughes Plans to Launch Over Ghost Town". NBC4 Washington. Associated Press. Retrieved 29 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Mack, Eric (9 August 2019). "Flat Earth Rocket Man 'Mad' Mike Hughes To Blast Off Again Soon". Forbes. Retrieved 19 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Gohd, Chelsea (August 12, 2019). "'Mad' Flat-Earther's Steam Rocket Launch Grounded by Bad Water Heater Bought on Craigslist". Space.com. Retrieved 19 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. https://abcnews.go.com/US/daredevil-dies-homemade-rocket-crashes-desert-filming-tv/story?id=69157084
  6. "Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes dead at 64... Fatal Rocket Crash Landing". TMZ. February 22, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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