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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

CRAIG BREEDLOVE / SPIRIT OF AMERICA: PHOTOS (PART 4)




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Craig Breedlove working on one of Spirit of America's wheels, a Goodyear rep looking on, circa 1963. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Spirit of America at Bonneville, 1963 or '64, attached to its start cart.  (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig Breedlove looking back at his Spirit of America jet car, the striped tent and vehicles of the pits in the background. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig and Spirit again, protective covers clearly visible over the J-47 air ducts. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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The tension prior to a run, 1963. Craig looking pensive.


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It took a stepladder to climb up into Spirit of America's cockpit. This shot dates from 1964. (courtesy Bob Burbridge)


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Craig being interviewed in the cockpit by Jim Economides, Oct. 1964. (courtesy Bob Burbridge)


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Spirit being towed at Bonneville, 1963 or '64. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Spirit again, being towed. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig Breedlove and the Spirit of America crew, Bonnevillle, 1963. Bob Davids provides the following identifications (left to right): "I forget the first guy's name, he was a Craig relative/groupy that was like an assistant to Craig with no official duties; Bill Moore (part-time crew member/artist); Stan Goldstein (paperwork); Bob Johnson (main engine man); Walter Sheehan (airducts, assistant engineer); Quincy D. Epperly; Craig Breedlove; Rod Schapel (engineer); Nye Frank (crew chief); Jack Carter (chutes); Alan Buzkirk (electronics); Dick Compton (engine mechanic); Bob Davids (fiberglas/chutes)." (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Another shot of Craig Breedlove and Spirit of America, circa 1963. This and some of the other shots on this page are a bit fuzzy because they were scanned directly from negatives. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig Breedlove, Spirit of America and some of the crew, circa 1963. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig Breedlove set a land speed record of 407.447 mph on August 5, 1963. Here Bill Moore writes the time of Craig's faster return run on a chalk board as Joe Petrali (squatting) looks on. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig being congratulated on his 407 mph record, Aug. 5, 1963, by Bill Moore (shaking his hand) and an unidentified crew member. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Rod Schapel shakes Craig Breedlove's hand after Craig breaks the land speed record, Aug. 5, 1963. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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