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Hmmm. Beer and garage-built jet engines. Is it just me or does this look like an accident waiting to happen? That is one angry motor.

BTW: There are dozens of similar engines on YouTube. Search on “homemade jet engines.” Few of them look quite this… dramatic.

Beer+old turbo=home made jet engine – [via] Link


  • Wood Burning Jet Engine – Link
  • Jet engine car with twin jet engines – Link
  • Jam Jar Jet! – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. eccramer says:

    that looks really really fun!

  2. samurai1200 says:

    wow, all that metal was approaching white-hot heat… surprising nothing tore itself apart.

  3. superdude4agze says:

    Nice show, it’s just too bad with all that flame coming out the back it’s not producing any additional thrust. The flame is fuel that is unburned during combustion. Nice show, no go.

    Well not as much as there could be.

  4. MonkeyWork says:

    ya that’s my complaint too. I would love to have a turbine but without any serious horsepower, I’ll spend my time and energy on something else.

    sounds cool though…

  5. Frazier says:

    Not all jet engines/turbines are designed for thrust. An application similar to this (but running efficiantly could produce torque use for electric generation. Jet boats commonly use this technique to provide torque to the props without creating forward thrust from the jet. These jets are normaly taken from old military helicopters wich did the same thing, provide power to the prop without producing forward thrust.