Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car — As the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car engine roars to life, pilot Bill Braack revs-up the air show crowds with tons of smoke and sonic thunder booms preparing for his high-speed performance in a race against an airplane. You’ll feel the excitement when you watch Braack pull 4-G’s accelerating during the race and experiences 11-G’s of negative force during the deceleration process!
The jet car is powered by a Westinghouse J34 jet engine originally used in the North American T-2A Buckeye aircraft. The jet turbine in full afterburner produces 7,500 pounds of thrust creating over 10,000 horsepower while accelerating to speeds up to 400 miles per hour in just nine seconds before a deployed drag parachute brings the jet car to a halt. Astonished audiences watch as Braack pulls 4-G’s accelerating during the race and experiences 11-G’s of negative force during the deceleration process. Since 1985 Braack and Hammack have piloted the Jet Car in more than 4,000 exhilarating performances always maintaining a 100 percent safety record.
Braack served in the Air Force Reserve as a Career Enlisted Aviator performing aircrew duties as a C-141 & C-130 Flight Engineer. He retired in 2005 after 20 years service. Braack was named as one of the Outstanding Airman of the Year for the Air Force Reserve Command and currently serves on the International Council Air Shows ethics committee. He holds FAA ratings as both a flight engineer and civilian pilot.