Please Call The Neighbors Before Screwing Around With Your Jet Truck

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I’m going to throw a scenario at you, and if you don’t like it, you can throw it right back. Bear with me now, but if you heard the sound of massively loud jet engines, followed perhaps by an explosion or two, you’d only have one reaction, right? Definitely a jet truck, you’d think, and definitely not OH MY GOD A PLANE IS CRASHING.


But then, you are also a crazy person, and you don’t live in Springfield, Missouri. Because when they were confronted with that exact scenario, every rational human being thought it was a goddamn plane crash, according to the Springfield News-Leader:

Four ambulances, three Greene County Sheriff’s deputies, a couple of Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, a firetruck and a few more emergency vehicles descended on a farm just east of Springfield on Monday afternoon.

Authorities had received a report of a possible plane crash in the area, so dispatchers — fearing the worst — sent a lot of emergency responders.

Yeah, just one problem. It wasn’t a plane crash at all, it was Shockwave, the name for a monstrous jet-powered semi-truck. And when Shockwave needs a good cleaning, as it did after it was run on a dirt course, the engines need to be fired up for a spell.

So you can understand how it sounds a lot like a plane crash, as in normal operation, Shockwave looks and sounds like this:

Yep, it’s pretty much the best truck in the entire world.

Photo credit: H. Michael Miley

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OK, maybe I’m not “white trash” enough to ‘get it’, but here’s what I don’t understand about this truck:

First of all, if it’s jet-powered, then why the hell does it have stacks behind the cab? And furthermore, why are those stacks running so rich that they have flames coming out?

Secondly, I see a fairly common low-bypass style jet engine, the kind which does NOT have an afterburner (despite what the announcer says). Also, an afterburner does NOT produce gobs of orange flames like this one does.

Third, from the side views, I see the majority of the flames exiting from the rear coming from BELOW the jet engine, which ignites the jet exhaust a split second later. Obviously, the jet is not PRODUCING the flames, just adding to them.

From what I can see on this truck, I’m still unsure as to weather it has a piston engine under the hood or not, but what I’m fairly certain of is that there is extra flammable gas piped into the stacks (likely with an igniter inside), a second flammable gas blower/igniter underneath the jet, a jet running VERY rich, existing mostly for the ‘noise-factor’, since you’d still end up with a LOT of flames even with the jet not running. If there is in fact a piston engine lurking within, that would make this truck a pure fraud.

I guess this type of ‘entertainment’ is better than sitting at home with a 12-pack and watching the bug zapper.....