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    Default Jessi Combs dies during attempt to set land speed record

    Jessi Combs, of Mythbusters Fame, died trying to earn the title "fastest woman on earth".





    Her "car" was basically a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter with the wings removed. That vehicle was scary enough with its tiny wings still attached. I think she was somewhere north of 600 mph when she lost control of the vehicle.
     

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    That's a terrible loss - she was a really cool person, and obviously as brave as they come.

    If memory serves, the 104 nearly killed Chuck Yeager too. Trying to land something with wings that small had to be quite a challenge - I'm guessing the stall speed was pretty high.
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    Default Re: Jessi Combs dies during attempt to set land speed record

    Quote Originally Posted by thollandpe View Post
    Jessi Combs, of Mythbusters Fame, died trying to earn the title "fastest woman on earth"...
    She was much more than that...source Wikipedia:

    "Jessica Combs (July 27, 1980 – August 27, 2019) was an American professional racer, television personality, and metal fabricator. She set the women’s land speed record in 2013 and broke her own record in 2016. She was known as "the fastest woman on four wheels".

    She co-hosted the Spike TV show Xtreme 4x4 for more than 90 episodes from 2005 to 2009. Other television shows she appeared on included Overhaulin', Mythbusters, The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die, All Girls Garage, and Science Channel's How to Build... Everything in 2016."
     

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    Agreed. She was a big promoter of women in science and the trades. She designed women's welding gear sold by Lincoln Electric. She co-founded and supported this collaborative: Real Deal Revolution

    One heck of a resume for somebody who didn't yet see her 40th birthday.

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    Default Re: Jessi Combs dies during attempt to set land speed record

    Thank you for posting that link, Todd.
     

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