MILES PER GALLON
From moped to Staurn V -- this is how far the following conveyances will go on a gallon of fuel:
Moped (motorized bicycle), 120 miles.
Harley-Davidson 1200 (motorcycle), 50 miles.
Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel (automobile), 42 miles.
Model A Ford (automobile), 25 miles.
Piper Cherokee (light plane), 15 miles (at 144 miles an
Maserati Quattroporte (automobile), 8 miles.
(tractor-semi trailer combination), 5.4 miles.
GM (diesel locomotive), 632 yards (at 70 miles an
hour, pulling 40 to 50 fully loaded freight cars).
Boeing 747 (jumbo jet), 280 yards (carrying 385 people at
Ultra-large crude-oil carrier (supertanker), 31 feet. (At
17 miles an hour and fully loaded, this ship needs 41 gallons of fuel to travel its own length.)
Saturn V (rocket), 10 inches to infinity. (While the
Saturn consumes enormous quantities of fuel in its early stages, once it escapes the earth's gravitational field no more fuel is
Business, edited by Milton Moskowitz, Michael Katz and Robert Levering (Harper & Row), in
Reader's Digest, October, 1981.