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TRAVIS TAYLOR aka "The Ringleader"

Alabama born and bred, Travis has worked with the Department of Defense and NASA for the past 25 years, but his oddest job was working in a chicken house. He has above Top Secret clearance with the U.S. government, holds five degrees—in optical science and engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, astronomy and electrical engineering—and is currently completing a second Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. He built his first rocket at age 6 and has been a space geek ever since. He is currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, high-energy lasers, and next-generation space launch concepts. Taylor has written more than 25 technical papers, 14 science fiction novels and two textbooks, and has appeared in multiple television documentaries, including NGC’s recently highly-rated special When Aliens Attack.

ROG JONES aka "The Sidekick"

Travis met Rog in the Talented and Gifted program in elementary school, and they've been best friends ever since. Rog has a genius IQ but decided not to pursue an academic career. His skill set includes metal working, welding, woodworking, creative mischief, fishing, and drinking beer. Rog lives with his wife and kids in a double-wide trailer along the shores of a small pond that he likes to call "Lake Flaccid."

CHARLES TAYLOR aka "Daddy"

Travis’ father was one of NASA’s original machinists, working directly with Wernher Von Braun to build America’s first satellites (some of which are still flying). After graduating high school with honors, he went to technical school, becoming a machinist, then a toolmaker, then a model maker, and then a tool and die maker. Early in his career, he was selected to build a top-secret satellite, and he’s been inventing ever since. After NASA he moved into the automotive industry, where he designed tools that are used at General Motors repair shops and dealerships across the country. Now retired, Charles spends his days fishing and hunting … that is, when he’s not filming for the series.

MICHAEL TAYLOR aka "The Kid"

Travis’ nephew Michael is a student at the local community college in Huntsville, Ala., where he’s studying welding and machining, like his granddaddy. A born tinkerer, at only 16 years old, he motorized a shopping cart and brought it to a local auto show. His physics teacher was there and as luck would have it said, “This cart is going to make you famous someday.” Michael owns an outdoor services business that specializes in tree removal, stump grinding, and landscaping. He also has a goat farm.

PETE ERBACH aka "Pistol Pete"

Travis' brother-in-law is an optical scientist with a Ph.D. in physics, and an expert on optical sensor and seeker technologies. Pete helps the government solve classified projects for the Department of Defense when he's not collecting guns—he owned 27 firearms at last count. He's also a black belt in Aikido. Pete met Travis in college and is now "kin"—Pete is married to Travis’s wife's sister.

17 comments
Jonathan Batchelor
Jonathan Batchelor

You forgot about the power of a vacuum. Why didn't ya'll use the concept of a vacuum. Jeess, why not use the output of the pig? holy smokes.












but it should have 

Jonathan Batchelor
Jonathan Batchelor

The air pig black paint was a good idea. But you gotta get more mirrors…I like mirrors and so does my girl.

Jonathan Batchelor
Jonathan Batchelor

Hey fellers I'm from Haleyville, Al. You have to change the color of the comment section. I'm about blind since Afghanistan and caint see whut I'm typn. Anyway I love the show, and grew up with a Daddy just like yours. He expected me to do my own thang. And I did....You guys need a contact with Hollywood...call me. 256-856-5154.

Thomas E
Thomas E

Greatest show of all time! I love it! Rog is by far my favorite person on TV.

Katy S.
Katy S.

Hey! I am a huge fan of yall's show. Being a sister of a soldier I am especially grateful for your projects on improving military equipment. I also LOVE the motorized shopping buggie!!!

David Vancoughnett
David Vancoughnett

Hello, I am a fan of your show and love how you try to make inventions to help out soldiers. I have been watching a lot of shows on exoskeletons and have heard how the military are trying to make it easier to carry heavy backpacks, I think the traditional idea of an exoskeleton is the wrong approach .. I was thinking about this while getting ready for bed and came up with a low tech, 0 power solution ... place anchors on the sides of your boots, place anchors on the side of the backpack. lock a proper length bow between them ... the bow will help to bear some of the load relieving some of the load from your back, when you step up instead of just lifting the weight of the bow you are also compressing the bow, but when you step up the bow will want to straighten out taking some of the weight. this spreads the weight of the action out over more than one movement so you are not lifting all of the weight at once. also it acts like a shock absorber saving your spine and legs from repeated impact injury from carrying a heavy load .. also if one wanted to make it powered assist place actuators in the backpack to assist in compressing and decompressing the bow ..  if you need more details feel free to contact me through  my facebook :)

Kim Eberhardt
Kim Eberhardt

Has anyone considered possible applications of the Iron Man Suit as an inexpensive solution for people who have lost the use of their legs? Without the need of the armor it would reduce the weight and bulk of the unit and make it easier to get into. And with the hand controls it may get those that don't have the finances for the expensive trials of the walking packs that Christopher Reeve championed back up and walking.

Sharon Cline
Sharon Cline

I love RCR! When I was growing up we had the space program to trigger our imaginations and inspire us to learn. Kids today are not as lucky, but they do have you guys. Thanks for showing my students it's ok and fun to be smart, to do your best, and to be from the south!

Tama Nunnelley
Tama Nunnelley

Thanks for showing that rednecks and Alabamians can be incredibly intelligent...and for inspiring my daughter's love of science and engineering!

Lorelei Mercer
Lorelei Mercer

With everything thats going on with tornados are you guys ever gonna post your blueprints to the outhouse? It does us no good to know you can build one without knowing how too! :(

Nicole Wright
Nicole Wright

Rog,

 I just watched the episode where your pet Skinny Pig is hanging out with you.  I have a female Skinny named Darla.  They are the coolest.  :)

Sunny M.
Sunny M.

Can we submit ideas for you guys to play it out so that we can see how our ideas come to life....great for school kids !!!

Sunny M.
Sunny M.

Great show and an excellent learning experience !!! Every show is a hit !!!

James Farnsworth
James Farnsworth

Love the show team, I can't wait to see what you all come up with next. 

Gerald Roberts
Gerald Roberts

Love the show you guys are so great.Nothing like Alabama neighbor (Montgomery) rednecks to make you laugh. Hope you have many more years to go.You make my Thursdays. Rog is so funny and love it  when him and Rog do" road trips " Dont know how Dad and Mom put up with yall.Hope to catch you at Talladega someday i go to both races  every year. See you love ya mean it> 

Marlon Medina
Marlon Medina

The "Lightning Gun" was the funniest episode I've seen to date. And, it wasn't the guys that made it so funny; it was when Mama Taylor came home and found her microwave missing. "Charles Herbert! Where is MY microwave!?!?" 

I love this show!!