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Wing Commander Andrew Duncan Green OBE (born 30 July 1962)[1] is a British Royal Air Force fighter pilot and World Land Speed Record holder.

Andy Green
Birth name Andrew Duncan Green
Born (1962-07-30) 30 July 1962 (age 56)
Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1980 - present
Rank Wing Commander
Service number 5203707F
Awards Officer of the Order of the British Empire

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RAF careerEdit

Born in Atherstone, Warwickshire, Green was educated at Bydales Comprehensive School at Marske-by-the-Sea, Cleveland and St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington, Kent, and then gained an RAF scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1983 with first class honours in mathematics.[2] Later that year Green was promoted from acting Pilot Officer to substantive Pilot Officer in the RAF.[3] He qualified as a fighter pilot on F-4 Phantom and Tornado F3 aircraft. In 2003 Green was promoted to Wing Commander.[4] He later became Officer Commanding Operations Wing at RAF Wittering near Peterborough. Green is also the captain of the RAF team at the Cresta Run,[5] where he uses an experimental French toboggan.

Speed recordsEdit

SupersonicEdit

Green is the current holder of the World Land speed record, and the first person to break the sound barrier on land. On 25 September 1997 in ThrustSSC he beat the previous record in Black Rock Desert, US, reaching a speed of 714.144 miles per hour (1,149.303 km/h). On 15 October 1997, 50 years and 1 day after the sound barrier was broken in aerial flight by Chuck Yeager, Green reached 763.035 miles per hour (1,227.986 km/h), the first supersonic record (Mach 1.016). His call sign was "Dead Dog". As the vehicle crossed the speed of sound it created a sonic boom.

Green is now working with Richard Noble again on their new record attempt to break the 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km/h) mark with Bloodhound SSC.

Road carEdit

His next land speed attempt was intended to be for MG in a specially modified MG F called the MG EX255,[6][7] however, due to the time required for modifications, the project did not finish on time and that attempt never happened.

Diesel powerEdit

Since then, Green's most recent challenge was the driving of the JCB Dieselmax car, attempting to take the Diesel Land Speed Record over 300 mph (480 km/h). Having tested the vehicle on his own RAF base, Wittering, on 22 August 2006, he broke the previous record of 236 miles per hour (380 km/h) (set in August 1973), after attaining an average speed of 328.767 miles per hour (529.099 km/h) during two runs on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. Twenty four hours later, Green broke his own record, achieving a speed of 350.092 miles per hour (563.418 km/h) on 23 August 2006.

Honours and awardsEdit

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1998 New Year Honours.[8] He was awarded the Segrave Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club in 1997. In 2006 he was awarded the John Cobb Trophy by the British Racing Drivers' Club for "a success of outstanding character"[9] and an Honorary degree from Staffordshire University, July 2008.

Racing experienceEdit

On 14 June 2009 Green gained his first ever circuit racing experience, whilst raising money for the Bloodhound SSC project, by participating in Round 4 of the Elise Trophy at Snetterton.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Andy Green, UK, 1st to break sound... July 30 in History". Brainyhistory.com. 30 July 1962. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Oxford University Gazette, 6 November 1997: News Pages". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ "No. 49449". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 August 1983. p. 10846.
  4. ^ "No. 56992". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 July 2003. p. 8469.
  5. ^ "RAF Seizes Victory on Ice". Raf.mod.uk. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. ^ "EXTREME MGF and Concepts Page". Mgf.ultimatemg.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  7. ^ [1] Archived 28 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Sport – Sport salutes hard-hitting stars". BBC. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  9. ^ "BRDC Awards". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  10. ^ [2][dead link]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Richard Noble
Land speed record holder
1997 - present
Incumbent