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Thursday, October 30, 1997 Published at 11:31 GMT


Supersonic car comes home

The car will now be shown at museums before a permanent home is found

The world's first supersonic car has been welcomed back to Britain by the man behind the record-breaking effort.

Travelling rather slower than the 763.035mph it achieved in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, Thrust SSC was flown into Stansted Airport, Essex, on Thursday.

Members of the Thrust team who travelled with the car were greeted by Richard Noble with a spray of champagne just before 8am.

The world's largest commercial all-cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124, was needed to transport the 10-tonne car and its 80 tonnes of support equipment.
[ image: Thrust holds the world land-speed record]
Thrust holds the world land-speed record

Mr Noble said it was great to have Thrust back in the country.

"It's a wonderful feeling. The whole team really achieved something. We broke the world record and we broke the sound barrier," he said.

Asked if there were any future plans for new records, Mr Noble said: "We have got something planned but there's a lot of research to do first. We will have to wait and see what happens.

"I think we all want a couple of months' holiday first - it has been six years of hard work and now we need a rest."

The car will now return to its hangar at Farnborough, Hampshire. There are several public appearances planned in coming weeks, including the Lord Mayor's Show in London next week.

The car, which was driven into the record book by fighter pilot Andy Green, will probably be displayed in museums before a permanent home is found for it.
[ image: Andy Green drove Thrust into record books]
Andy Green drove Thrust into record books

Thrust SSC easily beat the previous land-speed record set in 1983 by Mr Noble.

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