Build Your Own Turbojet? Some People Do

Earlier today, I came upon the site of a man who is building his own jet-powered motorcycle. That's right. He's converting turbochargers into jet engines and building a motorcycle around them. But that's not all; there are apparently a lot of these crazies out there. Here's a look at some.

The main components in a turbojet are the compressor, the combustion chamber, and the exhaust turbine. Although the physical configuration is different, turbochargers provide two of those three parts; namely the compressor and the turbine. Adding a combustion chamber more or less completes the package. Some bold DIY adventurers, having realized this, have gone a bit wild.

Sal Aiello's Jet Project website does a great job of describing how people are building DIY turbojet engines. It also shows his work in progress: The Jet Cycle. Have a look in the attached photo gallery and these videos for a sampling of some of the other DIY jet projects out there.

And, if you need a hilarious way to spend three more minutes, there's always these Jet Trucks.

Jet Cycle

The author is not entirely convinced that this will end well.Sal Aiello (www.salvatoreaiello.com/)

Jet Test

Testing the Turbojet.Sal Aiello (www.salvatoreaiello.com/)

Combustion Cap

Part of Sal's combustion chamber, with the ignitor.Sal Aiello (www.salvatoreaiello.com/)

GR-1 Turbojet Project

R/C aircraft enthusiast Don Giandomenico's beautiful Turbojet project. Visit his website for all of the details of this meticulous build.Don Giandomenico (http://www.rcdon.com)

Turbojet Go-Kart

Turbojet go-kart, courtesy of www.turbojet.com. The turbojet itself is not a DIY build like the others in this gallery, but I couldn't resist including this picture.www.turbokart.com

Whittle multi turbojet

An early turbojet prototype.Sal Aiello (www.salvatoreaiello.com)