Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Bloodhound seeks land speed record [AAD16D2]

15 September 2016

The fastest car ever built and some of the largest airlifters yet seen in the African skies are among the main attractions at this year’s AAD.

Apart from the spectacular aerobatics of the SA Air Force’s Silver Falcons and regular flypasts of fighter planes, helicopters and executive jets, one of the top attention-grabbers is a full-scale replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car, which has been designed to break the 1,000mph speed barrier for the first time ever.

The pencil-shaped car powered by jet and rocket engines will attempt to break the world land speed record at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape next year.

The model forms part of the Youth Development Pavilion at AAD, but is accessible to all visitors. Students from all provinces will attend the show to get hands-on experience working with sophisticated technology and learn more about careers in the modern, high-tech defence sector.

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