2007 Festival of Speed
Andy Green, posing with Carlos Ghys.
Squadron Leader Andy Green (born 1962), a British RAF pilot, is the current holder of the land speed record and the first person to break the sound barrier on land. On September 25, 1997 in ThrustSSC he beat the previous record in Black Rock Desert, USA, reaching a speed of 714.144 mph (1149.30 km/h). On October 15, he reached 763.035 mph (1227.99 km/h), the first supersonic record (Mach 1.016).