Students have no excuse turning up late in this school bus! It breathes fire and rockets along at speeds up to 367 mph!
And the miles just fly by after it was fitted with a 42,000 HP GE J-79 jet engine lifted from a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet. Dubbed School Time the bus also belches out 80 foot flames, sending huge clouds of smoke billowing from the tail pipe.
The bus evolved into a high-speed dragster at the hands of motor-head Paul Stender who custom built the hot rod ride. The entire vehicle was custom built by myself. Theres no way the original bus could have withstood the speeds that I take it to. Actually a lot of it is hand-crafted and the types of metals used would be more at home on an aircraft.
Despite its engine size, this school bus still seats three passengers. Media, VIP guests, and sponsors all get in line for a fast trip down the runway! But sadly, it wont be taking any kids to school in record time: its for shows only.
I built the bus for two reasons.The first is to entertain people because, come on, its a jet bus.
The second is to inspire kids to keep away from drugs. Let me explain: We do a lot of displays at schools and we are trying to show kids theres more to life than sitting in front of computers. Its important for them to have active hobbies and creative interests to keep busy and keep away from bad influences and drugs. Thats why we wrote our motto on the side of the bus, Jets are hot, drugs are not.
I guess this is my revenge for all those days riding on the
slow journey to school, now it goes at my kind of pace.
PROMETHEUS THE FLYING MACHINE IS PART PITTS SPECIAL AND THE REST SKIP AND CHRISTINA STEWART. STARTING LIFE AS A PITTS S-2S, PROMETHEUS WAS MODIFIED TO GIVE SKIP THE AIRSHOW MACHINE HE WANTED. THIS FLYING MACHINE LOOKS LIKE A GOOD OLD AMERICAN HOT ROD. THE HORSE POWER WAS INCREASED TO (400), THE BIG THREE BLADED PROP REMINDS YOU OF OVERSIZED RACING SLICKS, THE REAR CANTED LANDING GEAR MAKES IT LOOK FAST SITTING ON THE GROUND AND THE PAINT JOB YELLS STREET ROD.
WITH A CLIMB RATE OF 4000FPM, MAX SPEED OF 197 MPH, STALL SPEED OF 58 MPH, EMPTY WEIGHT OF (1146) LBS. AND RANGE OF 405 MILES THIS IS AN ALL MUSCLE BI-PLANE.
Twin Beech 18
Matt Younkin is a third generation pilot. He is the son of Bobby Younkin who is considered to be one of the greatest airshow pilots of all time.
Matt is also the grandson of Jim Younkin who is well-known for designing Century and Trutrak autopilots as well as building replicas of the 1930s Howard Mr. Mulligan and Travel Air Mystery Ship race planes.
Matt learned to fly at the age of 14 in a Piper J-3 Cub. At age 15, the same instructor who taught Bobby how to fly, refined Matts piloting skills. On his sixteenth birthday, Matt soloed his grandfathers 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane.
Matt to date has flown over 75 different types of airplanes ranging from the Piper Cub to the Boeing B-17. He is also a fully rated flight instructor, has over 3000 hours of total flying time, and currently resides in Siloam Springs, AR.
Matt spent his first couple of years in the industry performing
at airshows in the Super Decathlon and in the worlds only
flying example of the Travel Air Mystery Ship. At Sun
n Fun 2007, Matt debut his version of the aerobatic act made famous
by his father in the Beech 18. This act continues to be described
by producers and fans alike as one of the most beautiful and graceful
displays the industry has to offer.
Jet Powered Outhouse
The worlds onlys jet powered outhouse, christened the Port-O-Jet, was created by attaching a portable toilet to a go-kart chassis. A Boeing turbine engine, which came from a navy minesweeper, was then stuck under the bowl. Add a 55-liter fuel tank and a pair of small tires, and all that was needed was a vision hole in the door for the driver.
Its fair to say that Port-O-Jet doesnt handle that well. In fact, it drives a bit like an outhouse, says Paul Stender, who created the machine. But what the machine lacks in aerodynamics it makes up for in power. The Port-O-Jet boasts 1,000 hp! Thirty-foot flames shoot from the tailpipe and fire shoots from the roof vent! Contrary to popular belief, the outhouse is not driven by remote control, driver Paul Stender is steering from inside the outhouse! When its time to refuel, Paul simply dumps some jet fuel into the urinal, which doubles as a funnel for his fuel tank.
With a good tailwind it can reach up to 70 MPH, which isnt
bad for a toilet.
Some people follow in the footsteps of their
parents, some blaze a new trail Kyle Franklin has done both.
For nearly 50 years, the Franklin family name has been synonymous
with creative, theme-based airshows that pack the grand stands and
bring the crowds to their feet.
Rifle hopes his aerobatic performance, flown in todays most
prolific homebuilt aircraft, will spark an interest in learning to
fly or even owning your own airplane. Its never too late
Kevin Coleman is only 22 years old and he has already made a name for himself in the air show business. Kevin, who is one of the youngest air show stars in the world, is a second generation pilot and second generation air show performer. As a kid growing up in the air show business he loved watching his father perform. And a few years later, he was watching his older brother perform. As soon as Kevin was able to walk he was helping out around the hangar with the airplanes. When you watch Kevin performing in the sky, it is clear that flying aerobatics is a part of his DNA.
At the young age of 10 years old Kevin
started taking aerobatic lessons in the family decathlon from air
show legend Marion Cole*. Kevin quickly became fascinated with aerobatic
flight and he started taking lessons as often as he could. Marion
became Kevins friend and flight instructor. As Marions
student, Kevin flew his first solo on his 16th birthday, and he
earned his private pilot license on his 17th birthday.
Kevin Coleman flys the one of a kind Extra 300SHP, one of the highest performance airplanes in the world. The 300SHP was the first high performance, unlimted aerobatic airplane that Walter Extra designed and built in almost 15 years. The 300SHP quickly changed the world of unlimited aerobatics and essentially showed the world that Extra Aircraft was still one of the worlds greatest aerobatic airplane manufacturers
The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon that forms the aircraft's primary armament. (It is, to date, the heaviest rotary cannon ever mounted on an aircraft.) The aircraft's hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.
The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog". As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. The A-10 is not expected to be replaced until 2028 or later.