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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!
 

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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.

Rolex Unveils Instruments Of Speed

Thursday, 1 May, 2014 - 09:09

Bristol, 30 April 2014 – Rolex, the leading luxury watchmaking brand, has revealed the two bespoke instruments it exclusively developed and manufactured for BLOODHOUND SSC, the supersonic car. True to its philosophy, Rolex has combined world class technology with exacting standards of precision and reliability to create these highly accurate instruments that will be installed in the cockpit of BLOODHOUND SSC as it aims to set a new World Land Speed Record of 1,000 miles per hour (1609.34 km/h) in South Africa in 2015/2016 and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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. 

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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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