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800mph in a fighter jet on wheels, the North American Eagle

Ryan Block, @ryan
North American Eagle

What do you get when a retired IBM engineer and a Boeing manager with way too much free time, both of whom drop tens of thousands on a decade long project? You get a restored 52,000-horsepower fighter (a Lockheed, ironically) that burns 160 gallons of jet fuel per minute. It's called the North American Eagle (what, was the Central American Eagle taken by some Guatemalan jet-powered funny-car?) Their goal: to break the current land-speed record (763mph) at over 800+ mph in the Nevada salt flats. Don't ask why, don't even worry about the details and the money part. Just be glad you live in these times.

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