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40 years today: Eldon Joersz the record of the fastest man in the world on USAF Blackbird plane

Lausanne, Switzerland - A record that still stands today

On 28 July 1976 Eldon W Joersz officially became the fastest man in the world, when he flew his US Air Force Blackbird plane at an astonishing 3,529.56km/h (2,194 mph). Perhaps even more astonishingly, the record still stands today, 40 years after the record was set at 80,600ft above Southern California. Flying with George Morgan as reconnaissance systems officer, Joersz hit an incredible 3,529.56km/h...

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