THIS IS A GRIN FOR SURE
He's gotta be wearing a JATO unit.
(JATO units are basically huge canisters of solid rocket fuel used to achieve "Jet Assisted Take Off", typically lifting big transport planes into the air from short, rough ground runways, or shooting overloaded planes from the decks of aircraft carriers.) Maybe this guy is assisting in take-off. Or is some kind of a booster rocket. Although they are usually on the OUTSIDE of the plane. A disaster indeed, what can I say. Don't strike that match or there will be hell to pay.
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