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[2011] Craig Breedlove Going for 800 MPH Land Speed Record in 2013
Fox News ^ | November 03, 2011 | Chris Weiss

Posted on 01/06/2014 6:18:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Lately, all of the absolute land speed record talk that we've been reading about is in relation to the Bloodhound SSC, a beast of a jet/rocket-engined streamliner with visions of 1,200 mph. Right now, though, the record stands at 763 mph...

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TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: bonneville; craigbreedlove; landspeedrecord
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1 posted on 01/06/2014 6:18:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

At those speeds contact with the salt is optional.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 6:21:00 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SunkenCiv

Breedlove has a long record of breaking records. He was my childhood idol. He is now 76 years old.


3 posted on 01/06/2014 6:22:14 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: SunkenCiv
What is the speed of sound where they intend to run it?

/johnny

4 posted on 01/06/2014 6:23:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv

How’d that work out for him? Back in 2013, I mean.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 6:25:02 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Paladin2

Yeah, I question whether it’s really land speed if it’s basically a rocket on wheels. I’m sure some fighter jets go really fast prior to takeoff, too.

Big difference between that and a wheel-driven vehicle in my opinion, which is really the more legitimate version of the land speed record.

All those speeds are crazy, couldn’t imagine even watching them, but would love to.


6 posted on 01/06/2014 6:28:24 PM PST by Jack Black ( Disarmament of a targeted group is one of the surest early warning signs of future genocide.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I think it's about 748 mph at Bonneville. The last record by ThrustSSC was the first supersonic record at 763 mph.

Personally I'd change the rules. You run one way, stop, purchase a sixpack of beer, and then run the other way. Average the time. That's a relevant record. IMHO.

7 posted on 01/06/2014 6:29:13 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Jack Black
If you ain't drivin', its all way too academic.

Do, not watch.

etc.

8 posted on 01/06/2014 6:30:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: umgud
Breedlove has a long record of breaking records. He was my childhood idol. He is now 76 years old.

I was very into Craig Breedlove too, when he when pushed the Spirit of America to 407 mph in August of 1963. I read about his accomplishment in Popular Science as a third-grader. It was - now that I check the date - one of the last cool things that happened before the Kennedy assassination.

The car used the J-47 jet engine, which at the time was pretty much the hottest engine in the world. Powered the F-104 Starfighter, the B-58 Hustler, and the F-4 Phantom.

Also - I found out later - was the source of the sound of the engine that powered Dr. Quest's (Jonny Quest's dad) private jet airplane.

I hope he survives this one.

9 posted on 01/06/2014 6:32:07 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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Iconic driver Breedlove keeps low profile in Rio Vista
August 2013
http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/riovista/iconic-driver-breedlove-keeps-low-profile-in-rio-vista/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Breedlove

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebird_CN7


10 posted on 01/06/2014 6:34:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Billthedrill
"You run one way, stop, purchase a sixpack of beer, and then run the other way. Average the time."

I wanted to get one of these that I saw for sale one time to make beer runs under extreme winter conditions, but the misses said "nicht".

11 posted on 01/06/2014 6:34:03 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Steely Tom

I’m 62 years old and was following him in the early 60’s.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 6:36:42 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Paladin2
There's a documentary on speed attempts, including the runs that set the 763 mph record.

IIRC, it was British team, the "car" did look like a plane, probably with reverse lift, and the wheels were solid aluminum (-ium...).

13 posted on 01/06/2014 6:36:56 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: umgud
He was my childhood idol.
One of mine, too - I met him at a custom car show in Seattle in the mid 60's, got his autograph and his wife's too. She held the women's land speed record at the time. I was 12.
14 posted on 01/06/2014 6:37:20 PM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: Jack Black

I’m pretty sure the average fighter jet is off the ground at well below 200. As long as some guy is willing to drive something anywhere near 800 mph, I don’t care what he’s driving. I ain’t riding along.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 6:38:36 PM PST by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: Paladin2
Don't know why that didn't display. It's a Tucker Sno-Cat and I want one too.

These other people are being frivolous, we're being practical. How about the driver has to load up a little girl who says as they close the cockpit, "I wanna go potty" and you gotta get her to the service station before disaster happens? That's data people can use.

16 posted on 01/06/2014 6:40:03 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SunkenCiv
Steve Fossett’s Land Speed Record Car For Sale


17 posted on 01/06/2014 6:40:09 PM PST by Daffynition (It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.)
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To: Billthedrill

“When are we going to git there?”


18 posted on 01/06/2014 6:50:13 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: umgud
Breedlove has a long record of breaking records. He was my childhood idol. He is now 76 years old.

I remember reading about Breedlove in Sports Illustrated when I was a kid many moons ago. I was wondering how old he was.

In any case, good luck to Mr. Breedlove. I hope he breaks the record.
19 posted on 01/06/2014 6:51:28 PM PST by Ticonderoga34
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To: Billthedrill
That pic disappeared for me too.

Given my vehicular proclivities, I'd go for the extended Station Wagon model:


20 posted on 01/06/2014 6:54:18 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SunkenCiv

2 year old story? What are the results?


21 posted on 01/06/2014 6:55:09 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Paladin2
How about a tracked WRX?
22 posted on 01/06/2014 6:58:56 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Jack Black

At the time Breedlove broke 600mph, the FIA refused to recognize it as a record not only because the vehicle was not wheel-driven (they have since changed this rule), but also because it had only three wheels. But because it had fewer than four wheels, the FIM did recognize it as a record.

IIRC, the record for wheel-driven vehicles is somewhere in the mid-400mph range.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 7:00:34 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Wiki says it’s the Poteet Speed Demon at 439.
He runs a Kenny Duttweiler turbo small block that makes some serious hp.


24 posted on 01/06/2014 7:04:33 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Billthedrill

Though I'd be willing to put Trax on one of my TDI Jetta wagons.

25 posted on 01/06/2014 7:11:06 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: US_MilitaryRules

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3109087/posts?page=10#10


26 posted on 01/06/2014 7:15:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Spirit of America - Craig Breedlove’s land speed record - 1963
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZPWsMrehEA


27 posted on 01/06/2014 7:22:38 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: SunkenCiv

SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST.
Current holder of the jet powered Land Speed Record for Rail Vehicles, ..


28 posted on 01/06/2014 7:29:32 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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Budweiser rocket car breaks sound barrier.

http://youtu.be/ZgMFdxmh1aU


29 posted on 01/06/2014 7:55:10 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SunkenCiv
The record should be 1000mph by the Blue Flame... Shameless plug about my sisters book about my dad and the Blue Flame and how it set the record in a crippled state..

The Reluctant Rocketman
30 posted on 01/06/2014 8:29:08 PM PST by Daus
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To: SunkenCiv

In the 70’s my Dad took me to see a movie about the speed attempts on water & at the salt flats. I’ve been unable to find any history, title or info on this film. I do rember being full of imagination as I rode my bike as fast as possible.
I’d love to see that movie again with my sons.


31 posted on 01/06/2014 9:03:19 PM PST by Djester62
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To: SunkenCiv

I had lunch with Mr Breedlove once and asked him what it was like to drive at 600 mph.
He laughed and said; “pretty hairy”.


32 posted on 01/06/2014 9:06:47 PM PST by MistrX
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To: Steely Tom

The J47 wasn’t in any of those aircraft.

That was the J79.


33 posted on 01/06/2014 9:28:16 PM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Steely Tom

I had just turned 12 when he broke the record in ‘63. My Dad gave me a gift subscription to Popular Science was I was 11 or 12 and I kept it going for 20 or so years until it turned into a Parade magazine wannabe. Watching those LSR cars at that age was really excitement! That combined with the Atlas and Thor rockets, then the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo manned spaceflight programs — those were the glory days, huh? It’s so awful that Viet Nam tore the country apart and we are still paying for the ascendancy of the communists as a result.


34 posted on 01/06/2014 10:06:12 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: UCANSEE2

That thing with the eagle painted on the side is the North American Eagle LSR vehicle. It’s housed about a mile from me. The body is that of an F-104 with the wings removed. The vehicle istelf ...while it was still a plane...has a very interesting history. Gen. Chuck Yeager actually flew in it way back when. The paint job was done by students in the bodywork and auto paint program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. My wife was privileged to sit in the cockpit.

They are still tweaking it and may make an LSR attempt this year. They do expect to top the current record, even if only until the BloodhoundSSC totally shatters the record sometime this or next year.


35 posted on 01/06/2014 10:18:09 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

I met and had a little chat-up with Craig Breedlove in Sacramento
once. In 1979 I was one of NHRA funny car star Ron Capps’ high
school freshman football coaches and I am acquainted with
Gen Chuck Yeager who is a member of the same sportsmens
(gun) club as I. Rubbing shoulders with those speed demons makes
me wonder why I am still the slowest slug in the garden.


36 posted on 01/06/2014 10:52:56 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: chaosagent
The J47 wasn’t in any of those aircraft.

That was the J79.

How could I have made such a silly mistake. Thanks for pointing it out. I got carried away with memories, and didn't take time to re-read before posting. So foolish. The J79, of course.

37 posted on 01/06/2014 11:33:31 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Ticonderoga34

Breedlove nearly got killed on a run when the parachute on his car failed and he wound up in a pool of water way past the finish line

I always admired Art Arfrons and his “Green Monster” Basically strapped a J-79 on a set of wheels and took off. Yowzah !


38 posted on 01/07/2014 2:37:10 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: hoagy62

An interesting story.
Thank you.


39 posted on 01/07/2014 6:09:36 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SunkenCiv
Here's a more-friendly source (my interest as well, LSR):

North American Eagle team plans record-breaking 800 MPH run later this year", though it incorrectly asserts 'later this year (2011)'...

This has some more background, "Craig Breedlove announces plans to break the 800 MPH barrier", including:

Breedlove was involved in design work for a planned LSR assault by global adventurer and aviation record-setter Steve Fossett. The car, actually an updated Spirit of America, was put up for sale when Fossett was declared dead following a 2007 plane crash."

Images source

North American Eagle

Thrust SSC

Fossett LSR (unknown status)

Aussie Invader

40 posted on 01/07/2014 8:21:20 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: SunkenCiv
The North American Eagle is the best chance for an American to break the LSR that we have.

As a matter of fact....on October 9th, 2013, Jessi Combs piloted the Eagle to break the Women's Land Speed Record with a 2-way average of 392.594 mph. She reached a top speed of 440.709 mph.

Some time this year, if all goes well, Jessi will try to break 512 mph. The Eagle's owner and primary driver, Ed Shadle, will attempt to break ThrustSSC's record and possibly try for 800 mph.

If you FReepers want to chher on and support a couple of Americans trying for the LSR....here you go.

North American Eagle

41 posted on 01/07/2014 9:24:36 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Steely Tom

It was easy for me to remember.

I spent a lot of time as a DOD contract employee pulling them out of F4’s at MCAS Beaufort, SC back in the early 70’s.

BTW did you know the B-57 Canberra Bomber had Buick jet engines in it?


42 posted on 01/07/2014 10:20:03 AM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: logi_cal869; hoagy62

Thanks!


43 posted on 01/07/2014 5:24:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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