British Pilot Breaks Sound Barrier on Land

It happened 20 years ago today – on October 13, 1997. Andy Green, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, broke the sound barrier on land. The Thrust SuperSonic car’s jet-powered engine propelled Green across the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to the speed of 764.168 miles per hour, 1.007 percent above the speed of sound. He made a second run an hour later to establish the record officially.

Green’s achievement came almost exactly fifty years after American pilot Chuck Yeager’s historic supersonic flight in 1947. Green, who graduated with first-class honors in mathematics from Worcester College, Oxford, in 1983, is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

What Andy Green did in 1997, man has been trying to do since creation. He likes to go fast. Not prone to slow down, we live microwaved lives.

But God has a better plan. “Be still and know that I am God,” he says. It is in slowing down that we get to know God – and ourselves. Speed is fun. But sometimes slow is better.

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