Shockwave at Miramar MCAS 2009

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One of the more awesome civilian acts, and certainly the most flashy, would be the Les Shockley Shockwave Jet Truck! The Jet truck is a modified Peterbuilt, with 3 Pratt & Whitney J34-48 afterburning jet engines. The truck can do the quarter mile at 256mph in 6.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 376mph. Now that's what I call insanely fast!
- Bernard Zee


Here's a shot of the 'batmobile' tow car, with the Shockwave truck behind it.


The 3 P&W J34 engines can be seen in this back view.


This is the twilight show, where flames from the twin stacks and jet engines really pop.


He's not generating much thrust here, just doing a lot of dump and burn. Very flashy, and an awesome picture!


The truck is capable of generating 36,000 horsepower, and can accelerate at 3Gs!


Here he is at the starting line, this time generating real power while in afterburner!


Zipping by, probably doing over 300mph!


Mach diamonds can be seen in the afterburner flame.


At the end of the run, parachutes are deployed to slow the truck down.


The next day, Shockwave is up against the Mig-17 in a race!


Of course Shockwave wins since the Mig is going as slow as possible! Still, the truck had to race from a standstill, while the jet had a running start.


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