Against a dramatic backdrop of the high desert and open skies, many members of the original ThrustSSC team will be at Black Rock, Nevada, October 15, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of the breaking of the world land speed record. The first supersonic run of 763.035mph was set on 15th October 1997 by Andy Green in ThrustSSC, on the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
Invited to attend this celebration will be Ed Shadle and The North American Eagle, one of only two cars in the world capable of breaking the current land speed record of 763 MPH, or Mach 1.2 set by the ThrustSSC team.
October 13-15, weather permitting, with the ThrustSSC team on hand, Shadle will be performing medium speed test runs in the North American Eagle; a converted F-104 Fighter Jet with more than 50,000hp, in preparation for an attempt on the record.
Missing aviator, sailor, and balloonist, Steve Fossett is the only other challenger capable of breaking the record.
He purchased from Craig Breedlove “Sonic Arrow,” the car used in the failed 1996-1997 record attempts.
“I am looking forward to the safe return of Steve Fossett,” stated Ed Shadle, driver and co-owner of the North American Eagle.
“Breaking the record is shaping up to be the biggest and ultimate extreme racing event of the 21st Century and I sincerely hope Steve will be there to add competition to this record-breaking event,” Shadle went on to state.
“There is nothing like a bit of good, old-fashioned competition to get an American’s creative juices flowing,” remarked “LandSpeed” Louise Ann Noeth, photojournalist and author of Bonneville: Fastest Place on Earth,”.
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