Testing a Starfighter Engine
Our GE J79-19 turbojet, out of an Italian air force Starfighter, being put through its paces, and burning several hundred gallons of sweet Jet-A in the process. My rear-engine camera was blown down the field, rescued and put on intake monitoring duty. It still couldn't keep still. I held my main camera, standing as close as I dared to the afterburner nozzle, and my knees actually buckled a bit every time it lit off. This engine makes some smoke because it has standard combustors (see my combustor videos), and passed the test with ease. It ran like a Swiss watch, er... like an Italian turbojet ! Index of all videos: http://members.iinet.net.au/~tgard/
Sabre Jet Engine: first start
The first start and initial test run of the Orenda type 14 turbojet that we have been working on for almost a year now... you and me! It's been a lot of work, and now it's all on the line as we crank this baby up, hit the sparks and spray those combustors with Jet A. It was an exciting and Exhausting day... A special note: this is not a hot start, but fairly typical of the older generations of turbojets to have flames shoot out the tailpipe on startup. Index of all videos: http://members.iinet.net.au/~tgard/ The video response is from Burning Man participant Kunal Dovedy, and the engine section he used is the exact one featured in my video "dropped into a turbine engine".
Testing a GE J79 with afterburner
A newly rebuilt engine from a supersonic fighter is put to the test at the S&S / Maddex test cell. After some run-ups from idle to full military power, the afterburner is engaged, resulting in some extreme camera abuse...
J79 - Turbine Engines: A Closer Look
A guided tour of the J79 turbojet engine, from intake to afterburner. This is the cutaway display we have in front of our shop at S&S Turbine Services, where we overhaul and repair industrial gas turbine engines for customers all over the world.