Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Sunday, July 20, 2014

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013: Shockwave Jet Truck

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo of the most spectacular entertainers on the airshow circuit is the Shockwave Jet Truck, created by Les Shockley in 1984.  When the three PW J34-48 jet engines are fired up by driver/pilots Neal or Chris Darnell of Darnell Racing Enterprises, the crowds are in for an ear-popping, flame throwing experience that rivals even jet fighter takeoffs.  Often, as in this sequence with Matt Younkin, the Shockwave Jet Truck races one of the aerial performers.  Usually the Shockwave Jet Truck wins, but Younkin hit the intercept point early and just kept hauling past the truck as it accelerated!


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