|This is a close-up view of the throttle control on
the Allis Chalmer's GTP 30. It replaces the original
governor to enable the engine to be adjusted from
4,000 to 8,000 RPM. With this set-up, one must
remember to throttle-back slowly or the fuel will
be momentarily shut off causing a flame-out.
|This is Jim Gordon, builder of the jet powered
ultra-lite. Here he is putting the final "touch" on
a turbine powered mini-puller. The owner is seated
on the tractor while Jim, as chief-engineer, makes
|WOW! Those fellows from the United Kingdom
are tough to beat. First, they get the very first R/C
contolled turbine in the air and now I find they beat
me by 10 months having a jet powered scooter. This
picture was sent to me by an e-mail friend in the U.K.
This project started as a joke, but ended as a serious
attempt at something new and exciting. It is still in the
development stage, but they are expecting speeds
around 60 mph in a 1/8 mile drag race. It is powered
by a special Microjet producing 130 pounds of thrust
with after-burner. Congratulations Lee for being #1.
|This old turbojet was spotted at a trade show.
It is called a U-22 (see ad below). The best info on
this engine is that no one has ever seen one run.
They were built using CO2 cartridges for combustors
and did boast of an after-burner being included.
The price? $189.50. WOW! The only thing that
separates the U-22 from modern turbojets is about
$3,000 (and the fact the new ones do run).
|Here are some old ads for jet engines. The prices
low as $14.95 for a pulse jet is shocking compared
to nowadays. I saw an ad for Dyna-Jet dated 1946
for $32. Another ad for a M.E.W 105 pulse jet was
only $11. It weighed 4 3/4 oz. and was to produce
1 lb. of thrust. The little M.E.W. 601 shown on the
left, burned a mixture of gas and kerosene and,
operated like a small blow-torch. In those days,
jets were new to the general public, and everybody
had to have one. To see a larger view of the ad and
read the specs on the U-22 click on the picture.
|ALAS! The deal I had to pass up. This is a picture
of a BOEING T50. A 300 HP, dual burner, free-
turbine mounted on a "real neat" BOEING test
cart. It has a six-bladed ducted fan for load testing
the engine under power. I had to pass up getting
this engine due to lack of storage space.
Fortunately, a good friend and fellow collector of
steam engines decided to aquire it, so I can visit
the engine and hear it run anytime. At full RPM
it is nearly impossible to stand in the prop blast. A
really nice engine with lots of potential. Thanks
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