Jet air speed record

The official land-speed record (measured over one mile) is 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mi/h) (Mach 1.020), set by Andy Green (UK) on 15 October 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA, in Thrust SSC .

Although Thrust SSC is the first car to break the sound barrier, it is alleged that Budweiser Rocket Car, driven by Stan Barrett (US), reached a speed of 1,190.377 km/h (739.666 mi/h) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA, on 17 December 17 1979. However, the published speed of Mach 1.0106 was not officially sanctioned by the USAF, as the Digital Instrument Radar was not calibrated or certified. The radar information was not generated using the vehicle directly but by an operator aiming aiming a dish using a TV screen.

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The land speed record (or absolute land speed record ) is the highest speed achieved by a person using a vehicle on land. There is no single body for validation and ...

A jet engine is a reaction engine discharging a fast-moving jet that generates thrust by jet propulsion. This broad definition includes airbreathing jet engines ...

Note that the insect record is still the subject of much debate since it is difficult to reliably measure the speed of a flying insect with repeatability.

BLOODHOUND, along with our competitors, is aiming to set a new Outright World Land Speed Record.  In BLOODHOUND’s case, we’re aiming to push the Record past the astonishing target of 1000 mph.  As you can see in the rest of this website, we’ve got some great technology, and some great sponsors, behind us and we’re confident that we can get there.  

From this definition, we can rule out an aircraft dragging its wheels along the ground through the measured mile (people do ask!), remote-controlled vehicles and computer assisted steering.  As the driver, I’m expected to do all the work, which seems fair enough. 

There are 3 kinds of Land Vehicles: Automobiles, which drive and steer through the wheels (i.e. conventional ‘cars’), ground effect vehicles (hovercraft), and Special Vehicles.  BLOODHOUND (and all the other Outright Record contenders, for that matter) are Special Vehicles: