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Andy Green

Driver

Day Job

I have the World’s Best day job, as a Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force. I was sponsored through Oxford University by the Royal Air Force (where I gained a love of flying, a First in Mathematics and the chance to row for the University).  Three years later, qualified as a Fighter Pilot, I was lucky enough to fly the F4 Phantom in Germany at the end of the Cold War. My final flying tours were on the Tornado F3, which included service over Bosnia, Iraq and the Falklands. Since then I’ve spent a year in Australia at Staff College, supported UK operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and run the Harrier airfield at Royal Air Force Wittering. I’m currently working in the Royal Air Force Headquarters, supporting operations around the globe, and wishing I was still flying....

Holiday Job

I also have the World’s Best holiday job, working as part of a Land Speed Record team. In 1997 I drove Thrust SSC to the current World Record of 763 mph.  To this day, Thrust SSC remains the world’s first and only supersonic Record Car – but we’re working to change that. I was also lucky enough to get involved with the JCB DIESELMAX project, which aimed to find out how fast we could go with a pair of digger engines in close formation. The answer, in August 2006, was 350 mph, making a JCB the fastest diesel car in the world. Like Thrust SSC, the DIESELMAX project was a great statement about the quality, innovation and expertise of British engineering – and I am proud to have been able to help with both.

Other Interests

Chairman of the Royal Air Force Cresta team, Yachtmaster, aerobatic pilot (sadly, my flying is only at weekends now, and at my own expense), Harley rider, skydiver – the usual stuff to keep me entertained when I’m not at work or involved with a record car.

I have the best wife in the world. Emma is an eye specialist and is fully supportive of all the unusual things I get up to in my spare time. When we met in 2007 she had never even heard of the World Land Speed Record. That’s changed!
 

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Picture of the week

Thursday, 3 July, 2014 - 11:41

BLOODHOUND Driver Andy Green settles into his 1,000mph office for the first time during his seat fitting. Finding the perfect seat angle and position was crucial because the final seat will be custom formed to his shape and manufactured from carbon fibre.

Inside Andy Green's 1,000mph office

Friday, 13 June, 2014 - 06:25

BLOODHOUND's Driver, Andy Green, shows you around his 1,000mph office.

Andy has drawn on his experience of flying fast jets and driving World Land Speed Record winners Thrust SSC and JCB Dieselmax to design the dashboard and cockpit layout. Good ergonomics are vital given that BLOODHOUND SSC will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds, or 150m in the (300 millisecond) blink of an eye.

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Andy Green’s Diary – June 2014

Tuesday, 1 July, 2014

It was great to see the cockpit finished and unveiled in public this month. This is my ‘1000 mph office’, which I first started to design over 6 years ago. It’s been exciting to see it come together, but as the design of the Car became more detailed, I’ve had to change some of the requirements as we went along. I’m thrilled and – I can now finally admit – slightly relieved that it does all fit in the space available.

Andy Green’s Diary – April 2014

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

‘Data is key to pushing the boundaries – work out what you need and build it in from the start’. That was the advice we got from former NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong when he visited the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre back in 2010. This was very much our plan, but it was great to hear it confirmed by the first man to walk on the Moon. The reality seemed a long way off at the time, but suddenly it’s here and we’re building the sensors into BLOODHOUND SSC.

Andy Green’s Diary – March 2014

Monday, 31 March, 2014

The build programme for our 1000 mph Car marches on. BLOODHOUND SSC is the kit car from hell, with around 3500 bespoke components, plus fasteners (including 15,000+ rivets in the rear chassis alone). Of course, that doesn’t stop me greeting the team with a helpful ‘Hi guys – have you finished it yet?’ each time I go down there.

Andy Green’s Diary – February 2014

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014

Earlier this month I was speaking to a British Airways audience at their annual flight safety day.  My aim was to tell them how we set the first-ever supersonic record back in 1997, with Thrust SSC, and to talk about how we planned to get to 1000 mph with BLOODHOUND, safely.  It was also a useful chance for us to show our homework to a group of industry safety specialists – in this case 200 commercial pilots and aircraft engineers.  If there is something that we haven’t thought of yet, they will find it!  From my point of view, this is one of the great strengths of Project BLOODHOUND.  The more expert advice we have, the more confident we can be that we’re going in the right direction.

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Photos:

  • Andy Green introduces HRH Prince Michael of Kent to the team

    Farnborough July 2010
  • Andy Green at the Autosport Show 2012

    Stefan Marjoram
  • Andy Green in Edinburgh

    Stefan Marjoram
  • Prince Michael of Kent meets Andy Green

    Farnborough July 2010