'MythBusters' preview: 10 years later, the Busters go back to the beginning
"MythBusters" is back for an all-new season Wednesday night, and it's a special occasion. The show is turning 10!
According to a press release, over the last decade, the Busters have "tested 885 myths, filmed over 7200 hours, created 815 explosions and used 43,500 yards of duct tape." Still, hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage aren't quite satisfied.
So, to celebrate their big anniversary, they've decided go back and tackle a test they call "the one that got away."
"It's the urban legend that began the busting," a narrator reveals in a preview exclusive to TODAY.com. "Supposedly, an airman strapped a jet-assisted takeoff unit (JATO) to his Impala, and rocketed across the dessert at 350 miles per hour. But when he hit a bump, his car took to the air and soared for over a mile, until a cliff brought his journey to an abrupt end."
Actually, it's a myth that "got away" from them twice -- once, when they attempted recreate the stunt on the show's pilot episode in 2003, and once again, in 2007. Now it's time for another attempt to get airborne.
For this one, Hyneman and Savage are bringing in the Build Team -- Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci and Kari Byron -- to lend a hand.
"We do two launches," Savage informs the group in the above clip. "The first one is the original myth, as stated: Get a Chevy Impala, strap a reliable set of rockets to it, light them up and aim it towards a bump in the road."
The second launch?
"We up the rocket power, and we add a ramp," Byron grinned.
See how it all works out this time when the "Mythbusters" season premiere airs May 1 at 9 p.m. on Discovery.