The Man Who Built A 196 MPH Train In 30 Days Using Jets

Don Wetzel is 83-years-old now, but back when he was 35, he made history with General Electric by setting a speed record for trains using a pair of jet engines salvaged from a bomber. The M-497 is still America's fastest train. » 7/17/14 10:23am 7/17/14 10:23am

Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow – GE Explains How A Jet Engine Works

General Electric aerospace engineer Todd Wetzel and comedian Baratunde Thurston take us through the process of how an aircraft works, boiled down to the easiest-to-understand terms: suck, squeeze, bang blow. » 6/19/14 6:00pm 6/19/14 6:00pm

Handheld Jet Thrusters Make Any Sport Instantly Extreme

If you're wondering how this snowboarder is moving so fast on flat ground, the answer is simple. He's holding powerful jet thrusters in his hands. Yes, jet thrusters. This is awesome. » 4/11/14 9:20am 4/11/14 9:20am

Test Inches Mach 5.5 UK Spaceplane Closer To Reality

Skylon, in development by the British company Reaction Engines, would be the Holy-Grail-meets-cold-fusion of space travel, a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane powered by the Sabre engine, which is both a jet and a rocket. While typical Skylon spaceports still belong to a hazy future, a recent test of the Sabre engine » 5/01/12 10:00am 5/01/12 10:00am

Chinese Jet-Powered Fire Truck Squirts Three Tons a Minute

Next time someone calls for a Chinese fire drill, duck. China has a new weapon to fight skyscraper blazes, a fire truck topped with a gun that can squirt three tons of water per minute. Price? Under a half-mill. » 1/28/11 10:30am 1/28/11 10:30am

The Concorde May Return To The Skies

A French-British organization is working to determine if Air France's Concorde could return to limited "heritage" flight. The powerful Rolls-Royce engines last pushed the planes to supersonic speeds in 2003, but such magnificent beasts shouldn't lay silent. Photo: James Gordon » 6/01/10 4:00pm 6/01/10 4:00pm

How To Build Your Very Own Jet Engine

Haven't you always wanted a fire-breathing jet engine to power your car/motorcycle/Vespa/skateboard? Of course. Here's a handy, step-by-step guide. Have fun, and don't burn the house down! —Ed. » 5/06/10 11:00am 5/06/10 11:00am

Desert Runs In A Turbine-Powered Datsun 280Z

While the turbine-powered Porsche 928 we found on eBay was admittedly pretty neat (and ended up selling for a measly $7,150), the accompanying video didn't really prove the car's kerosene-guzzling potential to us. Not so with this turbine-enhanced Datsun 280Z. This baby proves its mettle with Knight Rider-esque » 6/03/08 12:45pm 6/03/08 12:45pm

Best Show And Tell Ever - Solar T41-M9A Gas Turbine Jet Engine

Suppose you're a kid in auto shop, much like many of us undoubtedly were at some point, and a local big kid brings one of his toys to the shop. That big kid would be Mark Nye and his toy is a Solar T41-M9A gas turbine jet engine. This is much bigger than the football-sized jet engine we played with in college and that… » 5/02/08 4:20pm 5/02/08 4:20pm

Bell Jet Ranger-Powered Dax Rush

Jet. Powered. Se7en. The Dax Rush is a pretty well respected kit se7en to begin with, but somebody has gone and built an homage to mad-scientist manliness with a Bell Jet Ranger powered Dax Rush. We're reminded of the Home Improvement episode where our hero straps the same motor into his riding lawnmower to comedic… » 3/26/08 10:00am 3/26/08 10:00am