Who set the world's first supersonic land speed record?
Man has always had a need for
speed and we've come a long way since Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat reached 39.24
MPH on December 18 1898.
On October 15 1997 at Black Rock Desert, USA, a dry lake bed in northwestern
Nevada, Andy Green set a new land speed record reaching 760.343 MPH or 1223.65
KPH or Mach 1.016, becoming the world's first person to break the sound barrier
drove the ThrustSSC which is powered by two Rolls-Royce Spey engines that are
also used in British F-4 Phantom II jet fighters.
The ThrustSSC is 54 feet long, 12 feet wide and
weighs 10.5 tons.
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