Monday, July 25, 2016
Dillon Warnaar, Key Largo
“It really is simple; it wasn’t a big deal. My dad and I built a jet engine. It isn’t a talent, it is a trade skill.
My dad has watched about jet engines on the internet for years and he’s always wanted to do it, so I said ‘Ok, let’s do it!’
My dad works with his hands; mechanics, improvising, fabrication, all of it. He taught me. We watched random videos on the internet and used random parts we found lying around. I had to have 1 part made, that was it. He pretty much left it up to me to figure it out and put it together and he helped me cut and weld, do some of the work. We put in about 30 hours in a week and we had a jet engine!
It's simple, the internet explains it, but you really get how it works when you build it yourself.
It was an overwhelming task. My biggest fear was it wouldn’t work. I had to keep figuring out what was wrong with it and fixing it. Once we finished it, we fired it up and it worked perfectly! It was fun to build, it doesn’t make a lot of thrust because the bearings are worn out, but it works! We don’t need it for thrust anyway. It was really cool to build!! I like how loud it is, how much noise it makes.
I have to thank my dad for all the help and all the skills he has taught me.
I am leaving August 15th for the Marines. My reason? It has just always been my dream, I don’t know why, it is something I have always wanted to do. That’s it. I can’t wait.”
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