I wonder what those 'hoops' were, and whether it was feasible for the teams to make it happen in a vacuum. i.e., did the company have to make a certain number of them, and have part numbers, certifications, etc.
>> VOR 70s were not designed to fly
I think you hit it on the head.
Dropping the boat would test it in one dimension. Try driving the crane at 24 knots before you drop it, and have a wave machine generate a 10 foot wave for the boat to fly into while it falls. Oh, and get an oscillation...