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The Best And Weirdest Records Broken By The Military

Take a look at some of the best and weirdest records broken by the British military...

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Former Royal Marine reservist and inventor Richard Browning soared into the Guinness World Record books with the new title of “fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit”.

The kit, created using six miniature jet engines and a special exoskeleton, allows the user to take off vertically and fly.

Richard achieved an impressive speed of 32.02 mph (51.53 km/h) on his third and final timed attempt, before dropping into the lake.

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Richard Browning, founder ad pilot at Gravity Industries Ltd, sets the Guinness World Record for 'the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit'.

It took Mr Browning 13 months to build the suit, which can currently fly for 10 uninterrupted minutes.

And as today is Guinness World Records Day we thought we would celebrate by taking a look at some of the best - and weirdest - records broken by the military.

Highest Ranking Sheep

The highest ranking sheep is Lance Corporal Derby XXX, a member of the Mercian regiment who was promoted to Lance Corporal, at Dale Barracks, Chester, on September 1st, 2015.

Lance Corporal Derby XXX was promoted from Private by the Colonel of the Regiment Brigadier Andrew Williams for good behaviour.

The Lance Corporal had a number of important duties, including taking part in military parades and charity functions.

As a serving member of the British Armed Forces, Lance Corporal Derby XXX was entitled to take a wage, which covered his food and vet’s bills.

He was also entitled to annual leave, which he generally took at Christmas to spend time with loved ones. Derby XXX died a hero after contracting a bacterial infection in January last year.

Lance Corporal Derby XXX
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Fastest Time To Climb The Height Of Everest On A Versaclimber

The fastest time to climb the height of Everest (29,028 ft) on a versaclimber machine was achieved in 1hr 56 min and 8 seconds by a team of Royal Airforce Firefighters.

Not only did the team surpass their target by 20%, they made the climb whilst carrying 40lbs army backpacks.

Richard Saville, Edward Kerry, Steve Wilson, Chris Grimshaw, Charlie Boyes, Dan Levy, Dave Rome and Kevin Williams (all UK) broke the record at the NAAFI Bar, Mount Pleasant Airfield, Falkland Islands on April 27th, 2004.

Mount Everest
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Oldest Person To Receive A Medal For Military Service

Commander William Leslie King was the oldest surviving British Royal Naval submarine commander and the last to have served for the entire Second World War.

In 2006, he received the Arctic Emblem from the Ministry of Defence at the age of 96 on the deck of HMS Belfast in London.

The medal, introduced on 7 March 2005, is given in recognition to sailors who served in the Arctic convoys supplying vital aid to the Soviet Union between 1941 and 1945.

It was Commander King's seventh decoration for service in World War Two.

WWII Arctic Convoy
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Fastest Speed March

A team of eight serving and former Royal Marines currently hold the Speed March world record.

The team completed a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles while carrying a weight of 40lbs or more.

The Royal Marines finished it in four hours, 16 minutes and 43 seconds, breaking the previous record by over two minutes.

The team conducted training runs at Lympstone Commando, Yeovil, Richmond Park and Manchester in all conditions.

Previously, the record was held by the 29 Commando Regiment RA, who in 1998 completed the distance in four hours, 19 minutes and 7 seconds.

A speed march is a combination of marching and running which features in one of the four Commando Tests that every Royal Marine must pass to earn their green beret.

The Commando Tests include an Endurance Course, a 9-mile speed march, a Tarzan Assault course and a 30-mile march across Dartmoor.

Royal Marines Speed March

First Use Of Playstations As Military Training Equipment

The Royal Navy was the first service organization to use Sony PlayStations for military use.

Marine engineers were provided with the PlayStations in order for them to use software provided by the Maritime Warfare School.

The school purchased 230 consoles- a movement that was seen as heralding the arrival of a generation that no longer studied from books.

Cover image courtesy of Guinness World Records.