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Rocketman Goes Full Throttle

Rocketman Goes Full Throttle

Not long ago, Bob “Rocketman” Maddox fired up his Beast Jet Kart – but he only pushed its accelerator pedal down about halfway. This time, he went full throttle, driving the obnoxiously loud go-kart through the desert at about 60 mph. We’re impressed he didn’t drop his selfie stick.

Lilium VTOL Jet

Lilium VTOL Jet

This pure-electric jet plane can take off and land without a runway. The Lilium Jet can transition from hover to airplane mode once airborne, using a proprietary Ducted Electric Vectored Thrust Jet that can transition between vertical and horizontal. The aircraft shown in the video is their 5th-generation test vehicle.

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Dragon Jet Kart

Dragon Jet Kart

Robert “Rocketman” Maddox is back with another crazy jet-powered vehicle which he hopes will be his fastest yet. The Dragon Kart 270-pound thrust engine lets out a bellow that’s sure to wake the neighbors. He’s yet to equip it with brakes or a seatbelt, but he still took the thing for a brief ride.

ACME Jet Skateboard

ACME Jet Skateboard

The last time we checked in with Bob “Rocketman” Maddox, he was grinning ear-to-ear on his jet-powered go-kart. Now he’s riding an even more dangerous-looking vehicle – a skateboard with a Maddoxjets Cyclone 50 Pulsejet engine strapped to its deck, and barely a place to sit. It tops out around 50 mph, but it might as well be 300.

Making an Electric Jet Engine

Making an Electric Jet Engine

A normal turbo-jet engine runs entirely on ignited fuel. Integza built something a little different – a jet engine that uses an electric motor to spin its compressor. He made its main chambers out of empty butane cans, while its fuel source is a mix of butane and propane. Along the way, he built a low-budget spot welder.

The Beast Jet Kart

The Beast Jet Kart

Bob “Rocketman” Maddox shows off his totally insane go-kart that’s powered by three valveless jet pulsejet engines. It runs on propane and diesel fuel and has a top speed of 60 mph. It’s so loud through our speakers we can only imagine what it sounds like sitting in the driver’s seat.

Jet-Powered Tesla Model S

Jet-Powered Tesla Model S

One of the main reasons people buy a Tesla is that it runs on electric power. So the idea of outfitting a Model S with jet engines seems pretty counterintuitive. Warped Perception not only equipped his car with a trio of jet engines, he went the extra mile by adding a console with aircraft throttle controls inside the cabin.

Jet Engine Camper

Jet Engine Camper

Builder Steve Jones got his hands on the jet engine nacelle from an old Royal Air Force VC10 airplane, and has since transformed the circular housing into a truly unique camper. It can sleep four in its cozy living space, which can transform into a dining room. Check out the full build history on the project’s Facebook page.

F-22 Raptor Shows Off

F-22 Raptor Shows Off

Built for air-to-air combat, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is an incredibly agile and fast military aircraft. Members of the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo Team show off just a little bit of what these planes are capable of in the hands of skilled pilots. They also posted a 360º video which is a bit more immersive.

Pulse Jet Engine Slow-Mo

Pulse Jet Engine Slow-Mo

The Slow Mo Guys are currently separated by an ocean, but they managed to collaborate on their latest clip, and teamed up with maker Colin Furze to go up close and personal with one of his brilliant pulse jet engines. Though they had to travel back in time to create it.

Jet-powered Canoe

Jet-powered Canoe

Paddling along in a canoe can be a quiet and relaxing pastime. But the guys at The Hacksmith are having none of that. So they took a couple of jet engines from a past project and mounted them to the back of their boat. The finished canoe is crazy loud, quick, and looks dangerously flippable.

Flying a Lightweight RC Jumbo Jet

Flying a Lightweight RC Jumbo Jet

We’ve seen a remote-controlled jumbo jet fly before, but there’s something about this featherweight model that makes it extra special. Despite having a wingspan of nearly 10 feet, this model weighs just 6.6 pounds. RC Media World captured footage of Remy Mormino’s 1/26th scale Airbus A-380 as it took to the skies in Germany.

Giant R/C Concorde

Giant R/C Concorde

The supersonic Concorde jet planes have been retired, so the only way to witness the majesty of this marvel in flight is through replica models. RCScaleAirplanes shares footage of Otto Widlroither’s incredible 1/6-scale version of the jet. It measures 33 feet long, has a 13 foot wingspan, and is powered by four JetCat P300 Pro turbines.

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Matchstick Jet Engines

Matchstick Jet Engines

YouTuber The S loves to make stuff from cardboard, and often incorporates matchsticks into his designs. In this clip, he compiles four builds which incorporate jet engines powered by numerous lit matches. While they don’t travel that fast, the fiery launches are quite the spectacle.

Driving 380mph

Driving 380mph

The Bloodhound LSR team marches closer towards their land speed record goal with a jet-powered car that could reach speeds up to 1000mph. Testing has been going well with some crazy fast runs across the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa with pilot Andy Green behind the controls. They’ve since hit 461 mph.

LEGO Air Force One

LEGO Air Force One

A look at one of the most incredible LEGO models we’ve ever seen – a 36 foot-long replica of the US presidential 747 jumbo jet. Apparently, it was built from a 1 million bricks. The model has been making the rounds at LEGO expositions in Poland since 2016.

Never Stand Behind a Jet Engine

Never Stand Behind a Jet Engine

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever stand this close to the back of a jet engine, but if you ever do, it’s a really, really bad idea. The Hacksmith set up a human analog bust to show us the Raiders of the Lost Ark flesh melting that would happen if you got too close. Gooey bits at 9:45.

F-16 R/C Plane

F-16 R/C Plane

Pilot Christian Gschwenter’s amazing remote-controlled scale model looks and flies just like a real F-16 Cobra fighter jet. While its engine doesn’t have a real afterburner, it’s got a ring of LED lighting out back to simulate flame, and even can make smoke trails.

Jet Engine Ceiling Fan 2.0

Jet Engine Ceiling Fan 2.0
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After tremendous response to their jet engine ceiling fan, Phighter Images came up with a lower priced model that looks just as cool. We love the carbon-fiber look on the blades. They’ve also got a smaller version in the works for kid’s rooms that will go for under $500.

Jet Engine Ceiling Fans

Jet Engine Ceiling Fans
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Phighter Images makes all kinds of awesome home decor for aircraft buffs, but we’re particularly excited about their ceiling fans, constructed to look like the fans from famous jet engines. They may look the part, but they’re definitely quieter than the real thing.

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F-18 Low-level Flight

F-18 Low-level Flight

Awe-inspiring footage captured from the F-18 fighter jet cockpits of The Pukin Dogs of U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-143 as they skim along close to the ground, mountain tops and water, pulling dizzying rolls along the way.

Awesome F18 Fighter Footage

Awesome F18 Fighter Footage

A spectacularly shot reel of 60fps HD footage of U.S. Navy air squadron VFA-27 Royal Maces F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jets in action. And this is just a teaser for the team’s full-length video That’s a Shack!, which we can’t wait to see.

Testing High-speed Comms

Testing High-speed Comms

The Bloodhound SSC team is building a car that can go 1000mph. Along the way, they had to test out the communication system and make sure it will work at high speeds. We think it was just an excuse to play with Jaguars, a helicopter and a jet.

Shockwave Jet-Powered Truck

Shockwave Jet-Powered Truck

Based on a semi tractor truck, the latest incarnation of this insane vehicle pumps out 36,000 horsepower, and belches flames from its exhaust stacks. Does the 1/4 mile in about 6 secs. and tops out at around 375mph.

F-18 Carrier Ops

F-18 Carrier Ops

Awesome footage of a U.S. Navy pilot from Carrier Strike Group 8 and his F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The plane takes off, practices aloft and lands back at the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Troy Hartman’s Jetpack

Troy Hartman’s Jetpack

Professional stuntman and BASE jumper Troy Hartman tests out his personal jetpack, which he combines with a chute to help steer and stabilize his flight. Earlier test footage here.

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