Protecting the world’s first Supersonic Car
Pall's latest filtration solution not only debuted with a bang, but also with a sonic boom. On October 15, 1997, Andy Green became the first man to drive faster than the speed of sound, thanks in part to the crucial hydraulic system in his car, protected by Pall filtration.
On that dusty day in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA, Green, a 35-year-old fighter pilot with the UK Royal Air Force, strapped on a twin-engine jet designed for supersonic speeds, but which was never intended to fly. Before the day was over, Green and his car, the Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car), owned the prestigious World Landspeed Record, with an official speed of 763.035 mph (1,228 kph), or Mach 1.020. This result shattered the 14-year-old record of 633.468 mph (1,019 kph) set by Green's boss and Thrust team leader, Richard Noble, and allowed Green to claim the title as the first man to ever officially drive faster than the speed of sound. This amazing achievement came 50 years and one day after Chuck Yeager's historic supersonic flight.