Maddox Pulse Jets

, Written by Joe Camarlinghi, Posted: Wed, April 11 2012 at 5:34 PM, Updated: Wed, April 11 2012 at 5:53 PM

He is "Wile E. Coyote"...in the flesh.  Bob Maddox...started with the idea of strapping a rocket to his chest while skydiving, Maddox says "I thought it would be cool to strap something on an rocket through the sky" While he never fired that rocket up...he didn't stop designing...and he is the first to build these pulse jet rockets. He says " I saw a design of an old German cruise missile in an encyclopedia, now I'm the foremost authority on rockets in the world."  Now, Bob puts those jet engines on just about anything.
  "That's what I do, I build these engines and need something to put them on so I can go fast.  This is the only Lakester with a jet engine on it"   Bob's rocket propelled bikes are a hit with collectors, and those with open space to ride.
 "these aren't meant for riding downtown and they make a whole lot of noise like 130 decibels"
 his work even landed him on up coming episode of Mythbusters.
"i knew that Mythbusters would call some day, just because they are close, their in San Francisco and because these engines create a lot fire and noise"
  Every so often Maddox finds something knew to strap a rocket to, but he still wants to go back to that first idea...of launching himself through the air.

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Joe Camarlinghi

Joe Camarlinghi is the producer and host of NBC5’s “Joe’s Journal.” He is also an interviewer on NBC5’s “Five on 5.”

Joe was born and raised in San Jose, California before heading off to college in Reno, Nevada.  He is a hardcore Bay Area sports fan, following the ups and downs of the 49ers, Giants and Sharks.

In his spare time Joe loves exploring Oregon’s back roads, trails, rivers and streams.

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