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Andy Green

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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!
 

Photos:

Andy Green introduces HRH Prince Michael of Kent to the team

Farnborough July 2010

Andy Green at the Autosport Show

Stefan Marjoram

Andy Green in Edinburgh

Stefan Marjoram

Prince Michael of Kent meets Andy Green

Farnborough July 2010

Related Articles

Speed of sound

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 - 12:37
This is Andy Green and Thrust SSC at around 763 mph (just over the speed of sound) on the Black Rock desert, October 1997. Following a storm, the desert was covered in a fine layer of dust which allows you to see the shockwave stretching out either side of the twin engined car. 

The FIA World Land Speed Record

Tuesday, 12 November, 2013 - 13:56

BLOODHOUND, along with our competitors, is aiming to set a new Outright World Land Speed Record. In BLOODHOUND’s case, we’re aiming to push the Record past the astonishing target of 1000 mph. As you can see in the rest of this website, we’ve got some great technology, and some great sponsors, behind us and we’re confident that we can get there.

However, none of our technical expertise will matter if we don’t meet the rules of the competition. The World Land Speed Record is regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA for short.

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Blogs

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.

Andy Green’s Diary – October 2013

Friday, 11 October, 2013

It was exactly 30 years ago that Thrust 2 broke the World Land Speed Record – 633 mph – and brought the record back to Britain. Until then, it seemed that the US had taken the record away from us for good, with all their new-fangled jet and rocket technology. Fortunately for Britain, a certain Richard Noble decided that we should get it back. When he set the record in 1983, he reminded us (and the rest of the world) that Britain was still a world-beater.

Now, 30 years later, we’re building something that would go past Thrust 2 like it’s standing still. BLOODHOUND SSC, the world’s first 1000 mph Car. We have the best motorsports industry in the world (if you need proof, just have a look at where all the Formula 1 teams are based) and one of the best aerospace industries (see the RAF’s world-class new Typhoon aircraft for further details). BLOODHOUND is going to be product of both industries, with a bit of space technology thrown in. It’s another world champion in the making. Read more

Andy Green’s Diary – September 2013

Monday, 30 September, 2013

We’ve decided to start a ‘Top Gear’ style leader board for the VIPs that have set a time on our BLOODHOUND Driving Experience. The current list includes Baroness Scotland at 997 mph, David Willetts (Minister for Universities and Science) at 1003.3 mph and William Hague (Foreign Secretary) who was – until recently – just in the lead with a speed of 1003.6 mph.

This month’s test driver was the Chancellor, George Osborne. After a quick brief, he jumped into the Driving Experience and set our new fastest time – 1007 mph.

Andy Green’s Diary – August 2013

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

I’m still smiling after the amazing weekend we had recently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. BLOODHOUND’s huge marquee was packed out with Festival-goers talking to the team about the BLOODHOUND Show Car, its EJ200 jet engine, the massive aluminum diffuser floor (which had literally come straight from the factory) and the huge range of other bits we had on display. Press interest was also intense, with 2 TV crews fighting each other for space at one stage. I dread to think what it’s going to be like when we’re running the Car….

Outside, the kids were busy making and racing BLOODHOUND rocket cars (which is both difficult and impressive!), next to my personal favourite, the display of previous World Land Speed Record cars.

Andy Green’s Diary – May 2013

Thursday, 30 May, 2013

Great news this month – we’ve just announced a fantastic new sponsor. For the first time in the company’s history, Rolls-Royce is sponsoring a World Land Speed Record project. Its engines have been used since the early days of record breaking, and they created what was probably the most successful record power-plant ever: the 37-litre, V-12 ‘Type R’, which became the only engine in history to set Air, Water and Land Speed Records in the 1930s.

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Andy Green’s Diary – April 2013

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013

Project Bloodhound is about more than just building the world’s first 1000 mph Car (impressive though that will be).  Our long-term legacy is the Bloodhound Education Programme, which continues to go from strength to strength.  Our latest schools competition is the chance to design the colour scheme for my helmet.  I’ve got 2 helmets so we’re going to pick 2 winners, one from the UK and one from South Africa.  The winners will get a schools visit from Bloodhound, plus a chance to come and see the Car run for themselves.  The competition closes on 10 May, so there’s still time to enter. if you’re quick.

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