Getting a first glimpse of the 1940 Ford Firetruck jet truck on Wednesday at the Neosho Airport was an awesome event.

Getting a first glimpse of the 1940 Ford Firetruck jet truck on Wednesday at the Neosho Airport was an awesome event.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the truck owned by the Darnell Family out of Springfield, test drove the truck to show a handful of enthusiasts. The truck will be featured in the June 30 Celebrate Neosho, also at the airport.
Years and years ago, I saw the jet truck named Shockwave in Joplin, at one of their airshows. To say the least, I was impressed. But seeing this firetruck was something that I will never forget.
The firetruck holds the record at more than 400 mph. Now it didn't do that on Wednesday, but it was fast. As the truck started, a burst of smoke came out, followed by flames a good 10 feet plus. (for a cold, windy day on the tarmac, the heat from the truck was great.
After watching the truck, I spoke to Neal Darnell and he provided some useful info on not only the truck, but also on Shockwave. For instance, Shockwave can go 375 mph, with 36,000 horsepower it is the world's only triple engine jet truck and finally it is the world's fastest jet powered semi.
So, the countdown is on for Celebrate Neosho and to see not only this firetruck, but also the other acts that the city has for this event. It is a family friendly event and I encourage you all to attend.



Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.