As driver/pilot of the World's Fastest Jet Powered Truck, Neal Darnell has been performing at airshows for 10 years.
With a long career producing various types of motorsport events Neal and wife Marilyn made the decision to turn over that business to son John in 1999. Neal then turned to real estate development building a luxury subdivision in Springfield, Missouri, but missing the adrenalin rush from the various types of racing he'd been involved in, it was time to jump back in.
Always interested in jet engines, he thought why not put a military fighter jet engine in a Chevy pickup truck? With a little magic, a lot of money, a little luck, and lots of hard work, the Flash Fire Jet Truck was born. A Jet Truck with over 12,000 horsepower and capable of speeds approaching 400 mph.
After licensing with NHRA and a short drag racing stint, Neal decided it was time to start performing at airshows and soon he was developing a reputation racing and beating some very fast airplanes, even an F-16 in 2011 at Andrews AFB in D.C.
With over 20 years in the Show Promotion Business as the Producer of over 400 major events, Neal understands the importance of showmanship in everything he does.
In 2005 Neal set an airshow speed record of 375 mph at Tyndall AFB in Florida. This record still stands today making Flash Fire the "World's Fastest Jet Powered Truck."
In 2011 and 2012 Neal performed with the Air National Guard Max Adrenaline Air Show Team. Neal and son Chris will be sharing the driving duties of the Shockwave and the Flash Fire Jet Trucks.