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Shockwave Jet Truck Explosion At Airshow - 2 July 2022

Old 2nd Jul 2022, 22:23
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Shockwave Jet Truck Explosion At Airshow - 2 July 2022

Shockwave Jet Truck - powered by a 3 x J34-48 jet engines each 4,900 lbf with afterburner - a regular "padding out the program" civilian addition at military air shows over here in the USA - has exploded during the Michigan Air Show killing the driver.

The J34 was obsolescent almost as soon as it appeared in 1947 and was latterly used to augment power on the P-2 Neptune.

Shockwave was capable of 376 mph consuming fuel at over 400 US gallons per mile.

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Old 2nd Jul 2022, 22:27
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Shockwave at MCAS Yuma in 2017

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In the late 1990's I was amazed when I saw the Shockwave at U S Airshows, mind blowing. Rest In Peace.
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Old 3rd Jul 2022, 13:10
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What happened? Can't really make sense of the video 🤔
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Originally Posted by zambonidriver View Post
What happened? Can't really make sense of the video 🤔
apparently mechanical failure led to the truck rolling.
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From what I saw on another video, it looked like an uncontained engine failure leading to a tyre failure, high speed spin and roll....
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Old 3rd Jul 2022, 21:08
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Having seen the brutal way these guys mistreat their ancient 1940's technology engines just for effect (repeated on-off afterburner etc) its hardy a surprise when one finally lets go, is it?
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Old 3rd Jul 2022, 23:13
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From what I saw on another video, it looked like an uncontained engine failure leading to a tyre failure, high speed spin and roll....
Yea, it's hard to tell what the initiating event was (although an uncontained engine failure seems likely). But what made it fatal was the sudden turn then roll at high speed.
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Dreadful accident - RIP
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Sad accident - and respect to the commentator for keeping his cool.
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Looks like he could have possibly been ware of some thing awry, drag chute deploys at the :53 mark before things go up in flames and sideways.

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[QUOTE=megan;11256382]Looks like he could have possibly been ware of some thing awry, drag chute deploys at the :53 mark before things go up in flames and sideways.

Blancolirio has posted a interesting video on his YouTube channel about how the controls work in the truck can't post URLs
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
Looks like he could have possibly been ware of some thing awry, drag chute deploys at the :53 mark before things go up in flames and sideways.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDabvtMHSTk
Looks possibly like the tyre exploded first. Something is flying away significantly before the flames are visible. After that it looks as if the rim of the last left tyre is close to the asphalt and debris is thrown up. After that flame appear and at the same moment the trucks starts yawing to the right. Drag chute deployment may possibly have resulted from vibration from a tyre coming apart.
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
.......repeated on-off afterburner etc) its hardy a surprise when one finally lets go, is it?
The repeated booms of the afterburners engagement on-off sure gets ones attention. I have seen (and heard and felt) them over the decades- and it seems the burner cans were homebuilt- as the original engines fitted to aircraft did not have afterburners. Looking like tire(s) failures somewhere in the sequence and it seems they used regular truck tires!!
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Old 7th Jul 2022, 00:56
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it seems they used regular truck tires!!
Shaved truck tyres I saw somewhere. That is with most of the tread removed before use.

Will reduce heat build up due to tyre flex and I guess allow them to hold together better at higher speed due to the reduced rotating mass. On the face of it seems pretty dodgy but it probably couldn't have lasted for so long unless they had done some homework.
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Old 7th Jul 2022, 05:39
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It's the way she exploded before yawing that doesn't seem right to me and before someone points out it's a jet truck I am well aware of that but surely there's instantly a massive amount of fuel feeding that fire? Air France Flight 4590 comes to mind or uncontained engine failure.
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Don't know how i know this but i do, probably from talking to REME too much. Truck tyres are really not safe at high speed, in fact when truck racing first started in the 80s, the only truck tyres guaranteed for racing were Bandag Remoulds.....



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Old 7th Jul 2022, 17:21
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Father of the driver is reporting that the initiating event was a blown tire that ruptured a fuel tank.
I don't know if he has access to actual data, or is just speculating like the rest of us.
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