A handful of spectators watched a 1940 Ford jet-powered firetruck blast down the Neosho Hugh Robinson Airport runway Wednesday afternoon.

A handful of spectators watched a 1940 Ford jet-powered firetruck blast down the Neosho Hugh Robinson Airport runway Wednesday afternoon.
"We own three of these jet-powered trucks and we have performed at the Neosho, we love coming down here to Celebrate Neosho event which is June 30," said Neal Darnell, owner of the truck. "We have performed here with our other trucks in the past. We just bought this new truck, a 1940 Ford Firetruck named 'Aftershock' and has been converted to a jet- powered truck."
This 1940 Ford Fire Truck boasts TWIN Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper Jet Engines totaling more than 24,000 horsepower and holds the Guineas Record for Fire Trucks at an amazing 407 MPH.
"It is pretty amazing," he said. "Today, we are here testing of course and we will run well over 300 MPH on this road."
The firetruck was purchased by the Darnell family two months ago.
"It has been in Minnesota for the last two years in a museum and the guy that owns the museum, it was very mechanically sound, it needs to be out in the public so they can see this," he added. "It is unique, there is not another truck like it in the world. the fire departments absolutely love the truck. It has all of the gauges, the ladder, the ax, so on and so forth."
To stop the vehicle, parachutes are deployed, similar to what is seen on a drag car.
Another vehicle which the spectators will see during Celebrate Neosho will be a smart car.
"Even our tow car - which is a little smart car - when we get it ready, it is going to be painted up like a Dalmatian dog, which is the mascot back in the day of all of the fire engines," said Darnell. "Even the fire departments absolutely love the truck. It is all in the name of entertainment, crowd loves these jet  trucks."
For more information on the jet-powered truck, visit www.shockwavejettruck.com