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Jet Engine Test Videos

Posted October 24, 2008 12:00 PM by Steve Melito

Jet engines are a bit like Timex watches. They take a licking and keep on ticking. You remember those old Timex commercials on TV, don't you? The ones where watches were tossed over the Grand Coulee Dam or mounted on the propellers of outboard motors. Yes, folks, those watches were tough. And just in case you ever forgot that fact, a former Olympic broadcaster (John Cameron Swayze) was there to remind you. Even when a test with a Timex and a scuba diver went terribly wrong, the man who once sold Studebakers managed to work in his trademark tagline - "it takes a licking and keeps on ticking".

Most watch-wearers don't need a timepiece that can survive such water torture, of course, but jet engines do. And while there haven't been any jet engines tossed over the Grand Coulee Dam lately (at least that I'm aware of), there is a "water test" for jet engines. There are also tests that involve swirling sand and flocks of unlucky birds. As for mounting jet engines on the propellers of outboard motors, I'll leave that to your imagination. Just let me know when you find the video on YouTube.

Speaking of videos, choose this link to watch not 1 but 12 jet engine test videos that will make you (according to Gizmodo) yell for "more power". But let's give credit where it's due and call out oobject.com for putting this together. According to that Web site, you can "see what happens when a fan blade is destroyed while the turbine is spinning, with an explosive charge". If that's too tame for you, there's more. "The best tests of all," we're told "are those involving jet engine afterburners and the best of the best has to be those with vector nozzles".

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10/24/2008 2:56 PM

I like the video where they chuck 900 dead birds into the turbine.
Notice the stream of red coming out the back...

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10/25/2008 3:28 AM

An even better test video is on from the UK where are nuclear material transport container is tested by ramming a train into it at over 100mph!

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