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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 5)




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Craig Breedlove with Spirit of America, Bonneville Salt Flats, 1964. (courtesy Bob Davids)


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Craig suiting up for a speed run in Spirit, circa 1964. The fuzzy, ghostly quality of this and some of the other shots provided by Bill Moore is due to the fact that they are direct scans of negatives. Some, such as the shot that directly follows, I cleaned up to remove dust and other particle marks. This one I didn't. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Craig climbing into the cockpit, circa 1964, Nye Frank looking on. (courtesy Bill Moore)


breedlove spirit of america crash 1964
In setting his 526.277 mph land speed record on October 15, 1964, Craig lost his chutes and his brakes and was nearly killed. This shot, taken from an aircraft circling overhead, shows Spirit of America nose-down in a brine pond with Craig, soaking wet from his near downing and still in shock, looking on. The other two men are likely Utah Highway Department employee Roland Portwood and Deseret News sportswriter Hi McDonald, the first to arrive on the scene. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Spirit of America's tire tracks through briny slop on its way to destruction, Oct. 15, 1964. (courtesy Bob Burbridge)


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Another view of Spirit sunk in the brine lake at Bonneville, just minutes after the accident. (courtesy Bob Burbridge)


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Spirit of America's tail sticking up out of the brine lake at Bonneville, Oct. 15, 1964.
(courtesy Bob Burbridge)


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Another shot of Spirit sunk in the brine lake, Oct. 15, 1964. (courtesy Bob Burbridge)


craig breedlove spirit of america crash
Oct. 16, 1964, the day after the crash: Craig Breedlove returns to survey the damage to Spirit after it has been hauled out of the water. The jet car, battered and soaked in salty brine, was beyond repair. Craig will have to start again. This time he will do so with a much more powerful J-79 engine.


spirit of america sonic 1 concept drawing
Bill Moore's concept drawing for Craig Breedlove's new land speed jet car, Spirit of America-Sonic 1. Unlike the first Spirit, Sonic 1 would have four wheels to officially qualify it as a "car." (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Sonic 1 under construction in its warehouse/workshop in the Watts neighborhood of LA. The Watts riots of 1965 are about to begin. (courtesy Bill Moore)


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Sonic 1 on its trailer being towed onto the salt flats, Oct. 1965. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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Spirit of America-Sonic 1 at Bonneville. There don't appear to be any louvres or flanges yet on the sides, so this photo dates to October 1965. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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Sonic 1 at Bonneville, circa Oct. 1965, foam slabs in the air duct to protect the J-79 engine from blowing salt, tow rope coiled over the pointy sonic probe. (courtesy Ron Christensen)


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