SOURCE: Air Force Reserve

May 12, 2007 05:00 ET

Reminder - The Ultimate Eight Second Ride

Win an Unusual Seat at the Air Force Reserve Jet Car Race!

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2007 -- There is nothing in Bill Braack's presence that would indicate this guy would sit on a jet engine and ride down a runway at 400 mph. That is exactly what this quiet, retired father does for a living, and he will be driving the Air Force Reserve Jet Car at the 2007 Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force base, MD, on May 19 and 20.

"Taking the Air Force Reserve Jet Car for a quick spin is incredibly exciting," said Braack, a resident of Washington and a 20-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve. "Just to know I have control of a machine this powerful is a kick."

The Jet Car accelerates from zero to 400 mph in about eight seconds and over 2,000 feet. From the instant the Westinghouse J34-48 engine is cut and the parachute deployed, it takes another 2,000 feet to stop. The force is so great, the pilot chute, which deploys the main parachute, is usually shredded.

"The Air Force Reserve Jet Car is the fastest car in the Air Show Industry," said Bill Braack. "We are just about at the limit. If we went much faster, the car would start to become airborne and the tires would be destroyed. There are faster cars appearing on the drag strip circuit, but they aren't as big nor do they travel as far. Jet Car inventor Scott Hammack is constantly thinking about and tinkering with ways to improve the Air Force Reserve Jet Car's performance."

Now you can win a "Ride to the Runway." Anyone 18 or older is invited to fill out a card at the Air Force Reserve Display before noon each performance day. If present at the 12:15PM drawing, the winner will ride to the runway with the Jet Car Team and be just feet away from the Jet Car as it begins its dramatic race against a designated plane. The Jet Car will start from a dead stop as the plane comes in low and fast, and the instant the plane passes above the car, Braack will release the 10,000 horsepower and take off. Even given the plane's head start, he seldom loses.

The Jet Car Team is proudly supported by the Air Force Reserve, a team of more than 70,000 men and women, who serve to keep America safe.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Marlene DeMarco
    (702) 435-6947