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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

Monday, January 5, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car and Michael Wiskus

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo between jet cars and airshow planes have become a popular act in recent years, and one was provided at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as well.  The pairing used this time involves the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car and Michael Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts S-1-11B.  The jet car, driven by Bill Braack, spits smoke and flames from its J34 jet engine as it drives to the runway.  Michael Wiskus taxis out to meet the car and they both speed down the runway for their first run.  After takeoff, Michael Wiskus and Bill Braack perform a series of apposing passes on the runway and a flat-out drag race.  The jet car also performs night runs that accentuate the glowing jet flames to the excitement of the audience.  The following photo essay attempts to illustrate the thrill of the jet car/Pitts racing experience, but one has to be there to really experience the noise and force of the shock waves produced by the jet car and the sweeping low passes flown by Michael Wiskus during the races!

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