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Wing Commander Andy Green to attempt World land speed record

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Wing Commander Andy Green to attempt World land speed record

Wing Commander Andy Green is a serving Royal Air Force Officer and former fast jet pilot. He intends to attempt to break the World Land Speed record with the "bloodhound supercar" powered by a Eurofighter jet engine.

Tests are taking place along the runway at Cornwall Airport today, Saturday and Monday, October 26, 28 and 30. The busiest day is expected to be the ticket-only public viewing on Saturday.

Andy Green | BLOODHOUND SSC

Supersonic car which aims to hit 1,000mph and smash world land speed record to be tested today in Cornwall - Plymouth Herald






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Indeed!

The BBC showed Dead Dog's first run at St.Mawganewquay live today at lunchtime, so perhaps it'll also be on tonight's news.
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Good luck to him and the team. Hope the wheels stay on the ground
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Interesting fact from Andy, if the car does reach 1,000 mph it will not only beat the land speed record but will break the record held for aircraft at low level (not sure how low level is defined in that case)
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Such a shame and a tragedy that Air Cdr Jayne 'desert witch' Millington is not there with them but I'm sure she will be there in spirit. RiP.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a...uary-jjlhn76xk
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Hope it comes off - but it's: "poking a finger in the eye of Providence". Remember Donald Campbell !
 
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Originally Posted by roving View Post
Wing Commander Andy Green is a serving Royal Air Force Officer and former fast jet pilot. He intends to attempt to break the World Land Speed record with the "bloodhound supercar" powered by a Eurofighter jet engine.
Isn't there a rocket engine in there too?
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Interesting fact from Andy, if the car does reach 1,000 mph it will not only beat the land speed record but will break the record held for aircraft at low level (not sure how low level is defined in that case)
Rephrase, to “would break the officially measured by the Guinness Book of Records low level aircraft” - I’m sure there are more than a few that have done 870kts+ at low level but were never ‘officially’ measured for record purposes. If you catch my drift...

Good luck Dead Dog, smash the record and get 1000 recorded officially
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Good luck to him, I often wondered why pick a pilot to drive a car and not say an F1 driver, after all operating a gas turbine engine is less of a up hill challenge than driving a car at speed, something your average F1 driver has been probably doing since he was seven.
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Watched a bit of the live feed over lunch, brakes got pretty hot.
Richard Nobles book is worth a read, amazing achievement with Thrust SSC. The bit that got me was after Thrust 2 they ran the numbers through a CFD computer and found that the aerodynamicists slide rule calculations were spot on, and also that if he'd gone about 20mph faster the thing would have flipped upwards at 45g.........
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Posted today on youtube

FIRST EVER BLOODHOUND SSC PUBLIC RUN! - 200+MPH


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I've been looking forward to seeing her in motion for several years now. Good effort from the Army engineers, 71(IR)Sqn, and the RAF sootie i/c EJ200, in addition to the driver.
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Hang on. Is the Tax Payer coughing up for Dead Dog to kill himself?
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
I often wondered why pick a pilot to drive a car and not say an F1 driver...
How many F1 drivers have any experience of travelling at 1,000mph on a fairly regular basis? Answer: none...

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Hang on. Is the Tax Payer coughing up for Dead Dog to kill himself?
No, it's a sponsor funded endeavour (to break the land speed record, not for Andy to kill himself...), and so what if the tax payer chips in, you miserable sod, it's good for GB and all the companies/sponsors involved!

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No, it's a sponsor funded endeavour (to break the land speed record, not for Andy to kill himself...), and so what if the tax payer chips in, you miserable sod, it's good for GB and all the companies/sponsors involved!

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This is Richard Noble's 4th. car. The second one, Thrust 2, was the first LSR car, which he drove himself. They ran out of cash towards the end of the project and he appealed for donations, £10.00 and you got your name Dymo taped inside one of the panels. Cash rolled in and he took the record for the first time. Apart from donations, no public money.

The 3rd. car Thrust SSC and the current one are sponsor financed.
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While I join with the rest of you here in wishing Andy good luck with his quest to exceed 1000mph (before making an even quicker dash to the laundromat), I must admit that the wheel-driven LSR (currently standing at 458mph) is the one that does it for me.
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All nice and dandy but I fail to see the point of this endeavor.

Hat, coat....
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All nice and dandy but I fail to see the point of this endeavor.

Hat, coat....
Presumably your view would be the same in respect the ascent of Everest in Coronation Year and Felix Baumgartner's record breaking parachute descent from the edge of space in 2012.
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