Adrenaline junkie, Paul Stender is the designer, creator, and pilot of these outrageous jet powered vehicles. A native of Big Ben, Wisconsin, he grew up racing. From motorcycles, snowmobiles to even cars, he loved speed. After seeing a jut funny car race, he was inspired to take his passion to a whole new level – JET POWER. In only one year, he was awarded the prestigious Pro-Jet Rookie of the Year Award in 1997. Since then he has become the leader in the industry.
Paul’s very first speeding ticket was in a MOTORHOME!
Paul’s crew chief is his wife, Therese Stender. Together they travel all over the world showing the power of their jet powered inventions. Paul has owned and built over 28 jet vehicles since 1995 including a self designed jet beer truck, a jet semi truck, jet powered school bus, the 400 MPH Dodge ramjet, and even an outhouse that travels over 70 MPH.
It is a school bus that breathes fire and rockets along at speeds up to 367 MPH. It is fitted with a 42,000 HP GE J-79 jet engine lifted from a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet. It shoots flames 80 feet into the air. The entire vehicle had to be built from scratch by Paul. The original bus design couldn’t handle the jet powered speeds. It can only sit three passengers, due to the enormity of the engine. His inspiration for the bus was strictly to entertain the fans.
How cool is a jet powered school bus?
It is the only vehicle of its kind in the world. The Port-O-Jet was created by attaching a portable toilet to a go-kart chassis. A Boeing turbine engine taken from a navy minesweeper was added under the bowl for it’s jet power. It has a 55 liter fuel tank and a pair of small tires are all that was needed to construct this unique vehicle. Paul says “It is fair to say that Port-O-Jet doesn’t handle that well. In fact, it drives a bit like an outhouse.” It has 1,000 HP and displays 30 feet of flames that shoot from the tail pipe and roof vent. Paul actually steers it from the inside. In order to refuel, fuel is poured into the urinal which acts as a funnel to the tank. It can travel up to 70 MPH. “Not bad for a toilet,” states Paul.
Paul’s next goal is to beat the land speed record. Currently he is converting a Cold War era Russian fighter jet into a land speed car that will reach speeds of 800 MPH.
Paul and his vehicles have been featured in the media such Discovery Channel, Monster Garage, Inside Edition, LA Times, Washington Post, Car and Driver, Fox Business, Spike, MSNBC, ESPN, Popular Science, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Early Show, CNN, CBS National News, Fox National News, Fox and Friends, TLC, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and many more.
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