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Farnborough International Air Show: Supersonic car, anti-aircraft laser debut

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(Read caption) The Bloodhound SSC is seen traveling at speed in this undated artists impression, received in London October 23, 2008. The supersonic car, along with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, are being introduced at the Britain's Farnborough International Air Show.

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A supersonic car dubbed the “Bloodhound” that aims to exceed 1,000 mph was unveiled today at the Farnborough International Air Show in Britain.

The life-size replica is the first-ever public showing and gives a glimpse of the real 42-foot-long jet-engine-powered car expected to be tested next year, says Matthew Knowles of the ADS Group, parent company of the Farnborough International Air Show. “It’s the first time it’s been unveiled,” he says.

Bloodhound project director Richard Noble and test driver Andy Green are the same men behind the ThrustSSC, which set the current record speed for a land vehicle at 763 mph in 1997, making it the first car to officially break the sound barrier. (See video below of the vehicle cruising over the desert.)

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The sleek, rocket-shaped car was not to be outdone, however, by appearances of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A400M, whose sales are expected to help the aviation industry recover from two years of financial losses.

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