A Good Day at Black Rock: Inside the Race to Shatter the Land-Speed Record
Does team North American Eagle -- a ragtag but determined bunch of American and Canadian jet geeks, hackers and hot rodders -- have what it takes to beat a better-funded, pseudo-national effort from Britain to the world land speed record? We followed them out to the Nevada desert on a recent test session to find out.
This past July, team North American Eagle landed in Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, NV for a critical high-speed test session. A makeshift hanger provided the team and its jet car -- a converted F-104 Starfighter -- shelter from the scorching sun and desert winds.
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