Wing Commander Andy Green is a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and, as the holder of the World Land Speed Record, is ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’. In 1997 Andy drove the Thrust SSC (SuperSonic Car), setting the world’s first and only supersonic World Land Speed Record at an astonishing 763 mph, travelling literally ‘faster than a speeding bullet’. To hear of the huge technological, practical and personal challenges that he and the team had to overcome in pursuit of the ultimate Land Speed Record is to share in a story that you will not quickly forget.
After setting the outright Land Speed Record in 1997, Andy Green went on to drive the JCB DIESELMAX car in 2006. He and the team overcame some very different but equally challenging problems to smash the diesel record, setting the new mark at a remarkable 350 mph for the world’s fastest diesel car. Andy remains the only person in history to have driven supersonic and also the only one ever to hold world records in 2 such different classes of vehicle.
Not content with these records, Andy Green is now the chosen driver for the new BLOODHOUND SuperSonic Car, which aims to exceed the astonishing target of 1000 mph! The Project is working with the British Government’s ‘GREAT’ campaign to promote British technical excellence on a global stage. At the same, BLOODHOUND is delivering a major education programme into schools across the country, aiming to inspire the next generation of young engineers and scientists while setting the most remarkable Land Speed Record of all time.
Despite these remarkable achievements, Andy Green’s first love is the Royal Air Force. A veteran of combat theatres around the world, he has commanded Royal Air Force operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. His career has included flying the F4 Phantom, Tornado F3 and (briefly) the Harrier. His experience in high-performance aircraft, together with the leadership, teamwork and risk-management inherent in modern-day military operations, provides the perfect background for Andy to describe what it takes to achieve extreme performance goals.
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