Guinness World Records posthumously awards Jessi Combs land speed mark after fatal attempt

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Guinness World Records posthumously awards Jessi Combs land speed mark after fatal attempt

Guinness World Records has posthumously awarded Jessi Combs the fastest land speed mark by a woman following her death during an attempt to break i

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Guinness World Records has posthumously awarded Jessi Combs the fastest land speed mark by a woman following her death during an attempt to break it last year.

The automotive TV personality was driving the jet-powered North American Eagle across Oregon’s Alvord Desert on Aug. 27, 2019, when the vehicle hit a rock and broke a wheel at 550 mph, causing it to lose control and burst into flames as it crashed.

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Combs had just completed the second of two runs in opposite directions required for the official record, which Guinness has verified at 522.783 mph.

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It marks the first time a new record has been set since Kitty O’Neil hit 512 mph at the same location in 1976.

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