Nathan Ostrich was a doctor in Whittier, California, who decided in 1959 that he needed to build a jet-powered car to set the ultimate land-speed record. So he did that, all in his one-car garage. The Flying Caduceus is seen here in June 1959 in a state of partial assembly and with the space frame carrying the GE J-47-19 turbo-jet engine from a Convair B36 “Peacemaker” bomber aircraft. The blurry guy in the background is Hot Rod’s Ray Brock, who also thought it was a great idea to have a jet-powered car on Chevy truck suspension components.
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