Shockley's Jet Truck
Born into a "need-for-speed" family, Kent Shockley was destined to become a part of motor sports entertainment. His father, Les, was a pioneer of jet-propelled racing. Kent furthered his father's concept when he came up with the idea to incorporate a semi tractor. Together, the two designed and built "ShockWave", a triple-engine, Peterbilt truck, capable of producing 36,000 hp at the speed of sound. The project took nearly two years to complete at the end, yielded a truck able to rival NASA space shuttle with it 3G's in acceleration power.
Today, Kent showcased the truck's firepower at air shows nationwide, racing airplanes with its three Pratt & Whitney J34-48 engines, reaching speeds of more than 300 mph, while producing 19,000 lbs of thrust. The unique display has become one of the most popular acts in the industry, appearing on ABC Wide World of Sports, ESPN and ESPN 2.
MCAS Miramar Air ShowShockley's Jet Truck
From 2009 MCAS Air Show