Big Bend, Wisconsin native, Paul Stender grew up racing motorcycles and snowmobiles. The former Outlaw Sprint Car Driver and 1997 Pro-Jet Rookie of the year also spent time racing Badger and USAC Midgets. Eventually his love for speed led him to Jet power cars.
Completely overhauling a used school bus, Paul Stender and his crew from Indy Boys, Inc. built the worlds fastest school bus.
Powered by F-4 Phantom II 42,000 horsepower General Electric J-79 jet engine, the bus is almost 10 feet high and 35 feet long making it one of the largest jet powered vehicles on the planet.
Only around 5 percent of this special bus is actually original school bus. The remainder consists of handcrafted parts built to withstand the tremendous g-forces placed on the vehicle by the outrageously powerful engine. The beast of an engine is fed my an astounding one hundred and fifty gallon fuel tank that is emptied in a single quarter mile run.
With top speeds approaching 367 MPH and afterburner flames that shoot out nearly eighty feet, the bus wows crowds at shows across the country while at the same time sending out what Paul Stender hopes is a positive message.
When asked by The Telegraph about whoy he and his friends built the bus, Stender replied "I built the bus for two reasons. The first is to entertain people because, come on, it's a jet bus. The second, is to keep kids off drugs. Jets are hot, drugs are not."