Just saw a promo on Discovery Channel re the crashing of a B727 by remote control chase plane into Laguna Salada dry lakebed to gather data to make flying even safer.
The program will air in the United Kingdom on the 18th of Oct 2012, still not certain of start time, but will post when I'm across it, not sure about USA, I imagine you will air it sooner.
The project was years in the making, with the Broken Wing Team considering a Tristar L1011 for the job originally before settling on a B727 212 reg N293AS and nick named Big Flo. She was crashed landed in April 2012 after the two pilots parachuted out the back ala D.B. Cooper style, having removed the rear stairs to enable the crew to make a clean unobstructed exit.
The full story can be found in October 2012 Airways mag as part of a two part report.