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Andy Green

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Day Job

Andy has ‘the World’s Best day job’ as a Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force.  He flew the F4 Phantom in Germany at the end of the Cold War, and the Tornado F3 on operations including the Balkans and the Middle East.  He’s currently working in the Royal Air Force Headquarters, supporting operations around the globe, and wishing he was still flying....

Holiday Job

Andy also has ‘the World’s Best holiday job’, working as part of a Land Speed Record team.  In 1997 he was the driver for the Thrust SSC team, as they set the current World Record of 763 mph, still the world’s first and only supersonic Record.  In 2006 he drove a pair of JCB digger engines in close formation, in the JCB DIESELMAX, to a diesel world record of 350 mph.  He’s now working with Project BLOODHOUND to make another great statement about world-class British engineering, and aiming to inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers, as the team builds the world’s first 1000 mph car.

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!
 

Related Articles

Modelling by hand - Designing the Steering Wheel (Part 2)

Friday, 16 April, 2010 - 11:12

by Hywel Vaughan

At the end of my last article, we had finished with a concept for a steering wheel. A mixture of sketches and blue foam models, we had decided on how the wheel would be laid out. We had seen what had been done on Thrust SSC, which route JCB Dieselmax had taken, and now it was time for us to develop our own, unique steering set up.

Andy Green's First Race (not going in a straight line!)

Thursday, 18 June, 2009 - 08:34

by Andy Green

I ended up racing at the Lotus Festival as a result of the terrific support shown to BLOODHOUND by a 1K Club Gold Member, Paul Golding, and ‘Lotus on Track’.  Paul painted his race-prepped Lotus Elise in BLOODHOUND colours, sold some advertising space on the side to help the Project, and then asked me to drive it at the Festival.  Only one snag now – I had no race licence and no experience.  But how hard can it be...? 

The Lotus Festival - 13-14th June 2009, Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk,

Thursday, 18 June, 2009 - 07:53

A celebration of Hethal’s finest products. A two day event of racing and parade laps and a record attempt for the most Lotuses on track.

On Saturday Andy Green took to the circuit for his first qualifying session prior to racing in the Lotus Elsie Trophy on Sunday.
Andy was driving one of 32 160bhp race prepared Elises in his category. This was his first race weekend having only passed his ARDS test a few weeks before.

Andy in the test rig

Friday, 20 February, 2009 - 21:34

For the first time, land speed record car driver Andy Green sits in the Bloodhound SSC (1,000mph car) cockpit test rig designed by level 2 Product Design Technology students from UWE, Bristol (University of the West of England).

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Andy Green's Diary - March 2011

Friday, 29 April, 2011

The refinement of BLOODHOUND SSC’s design continues.  We are still working on the final stability balance for the Car, looking for the so-called ‘positive yaw static margin’.  In other words, we need to have the aerodynamic centre behind the centre of gravity, so that – just like a dart – the fi

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