Loony Yanks

#1
It appears the US is attempting to snatch back the World Land Speed Record from the UK with this project! It's an F104 Starfighter with its wings hacked off (not that you would need to as it didnt have much in the way of wings in the first place).

Mad as a mad thing!





If they do succeed, I'm going to do my own attempt.

 
#4
Flash that was some awesome PSP work, I reckon you have a plan, after all the lightning would pi55 it no bother! As I seem to remember didnt Thrust 1 use a Lightning engine? What do you reckon the max running speed of that Ifor Williams trailer is tho lol
 
#6
Lets bring on the Beast! I know of one in full running order not too many miles away! Mind you seen as the runway has been eaten up by agri-business might have to be a short run! but boy does she roar!







Woohoo ! What a gorgeous bit of kit! pi55 allover the poor Spam effort!
 
#7
Why not go the full hog and resurrect this,which I understand, when flying to BAC Warton, went supersonic on one engine and left the chase lighting for dust on even on reheat. 8)



That would be the ultimate revenge as it was the septics F111 that caused the cancellation of this beauty in the first place. :) 8)
 
#10
From the Landspeed.com website:

First, we believe that America needs something to be proud of at this particular juncture, along with a hero or two. When the British or any other country can transport their vehicle to the United States, utilize US resources and take the record and research information back to England without so much as a "bye your leave", there is something dreadfully wrong. The North American Eagle™ team will be attempting to bring the record back to the USA and share data with North American industry.
No bitterness there then :D

Link: http://www.landspeed.com/projectoverview.asp
 
#11
is that the same car used by the f*ckwit for his insurance claim whilst wrapped in roll mats and matresses? got the right name on it
 
#12
To answer Ugly, one of the TSR 2 Prototypes was used as a range target a Shoeburyness!

Luckily 2 others survive 1 at Cosford, 1 at Duxford? plus a cockpit section at Brooklands. Much research data
was supposed to have gone into the Tornado project showing how advanced it was.

Maggie T looked at resurrecting the project in the 1980s, but it was too late, and the F111, that we did not buy in the end, turned out to cost more than the TSR 2 would have. The stop gap replacement for both F111 and TSR 2 (Buccaneers transferred from RN) being the very aircraft criticised by RAF and used to demonstrate the need to start the project in the first place! :roll:


What "US resources" did the Thrust team use apart from local hospitality and a flat bit of dirt? :roll:

To my understanding the first and current supersonic land speed record holding car was a truly British project full stop.

Perhaps the septics should paint thier car green for envy? also that they stick to the rules unlike in 1979 and just go ahead and claim the title anyway!
 
#14
The yanks have always claimed they had a car go supersonic useing the motor from a SideWinder or several Windei. Car did one run and they had probs for return run and their was no offical FIA timers there with their specialised equipment, so no record.
john
TSR 2 grown men known to weep over that one.
 

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#15
The late Slammin' Sammy Miller's Vanishing Point, powered by an engine from the Lunar Module.



With roughly 25,000 BHP to play with Vanishing Point made all others look like toys.
0-60 mph 0.16 seconds
0-100 mph 0.36 seconds
1/8 mile record 1.60 seconds 319 mph
1/4 mile record 3.58 seconds 386 mph

 
#16
Cutaway said:
0-60 mph 0.16 seconds
0-100 mph 0.36 seconds
1/8 mile record 1.60 seconds 319 mph
1/4 mile record 3.58 seconds 386 mph
8O 8O 8O

Christ on a bike thats shifting....

I went to santa Pod many moons ago and saw the Yellow ford Cargo's similar to the ones adopted at Leconfield with what if I remember correctley was a Spey From an F4 on the back....

I want one, if only to put LJH in and remotly plough him into a skip full of rubble :D
 
#17
I saw the Vanishing Point do his thang at the Hockenheim circuit circa '88. It was all very theatrical, with "Theme for the common man" playing and then an audience countdown to the moment he ignited that NASA rocket, then WOOOSH!! Off he went down the 1/4 mile straight in front of the grandstand at over 350mph, before deploying a huge drag chute which only just slowed him down enough before the first right-hand bend. One of those moments that leaves you with a big sh*t-eating grin on your face. :D
 
#18
Can Us Aussies play ????? This is our entrant .....

When travelling fast, the Kangaroo bounds forward on only its huge, powerful hindlegs, with the tail held out behind for balance, and the front legs tucked in close to the body. This motion is very fluid and graceful, and the 'roo can cover huge distances, with leaps up to 8 m long (26 ft), and short bursts of speed reaching nearly 65 kph (40 mph)! An average travelling speed would be about 12 kph (8 m)

H 1.8 m W 90 kg
 

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#19
Mighty_doh_nut said:
Cutaway said:
0-60 mph 0.16 seconds
0-100 mph 0.36 seconds
1/8 mile record 1.60 seconds 319 mph
1/4 mile record 3.58 seconds 386 mph
8O 8O 8O

Christ on a bike thats shifting....

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Aye, Miller said once that driving the monster always made his nose & ears bleed.
He died in '02, (I think,) nothing to do with racing but in an accident while working on a Texan oil field.
 

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