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It happened on October 15th: Andy Green sets supersonic record on land (+video)

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Andy Green, a pilot from the British Royal Air Force, broke the sound barrier with his Thrust SSC car on October 15th, 1997.

The record feat took place in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The official speed was 1,227.986 km/h.

By comparison, the Bugatti Veyron is the world's fastest production automobile with a speed of 408.84 km/h.

Source: Wikipedia