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Veteran Royal Marines Reservist Smashes Own Flight-Speed World Record

The former Royal Marine reservist set a new world record at Brighton Pier.

A former Royal Marine reservist has broken his own jet-suit speed-record, setting a new Guinness World Record.

Richard Browning hit 85.06mph at Brighton Pier, beating his previous personal best of 32mph.

Landing on a shingle beach in front of on-lookers, the new personal-best will appear in the record book as the new 'fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit'.

Mr Browning, Chief Test Pilot for Gravity Industries who created the suit, was confident that technological advances would allow for higher speeds – despite tough coastal conditions on the day.

After beating his previous record by more than 50mph, he said has never hit such speeds.

The suit, created by Gravity Industries, has seen huge development since the previous record was set in 2017.

"I'm really very pleased… it's the fastest I've ever been, even in training," he said.

"Having Brighton Pier there, flying by an iconic landmark was really special."

In July this year, Mr Browning went to sea with the Royal Navy’s HMS Dasher – launching from the P2000 patrol boat to test his suit’s capabilities.

"A lot has changed since we flew 32mph two years ago, it's a completely different suit, and I wanted to show how far we've come," he said.

According to the former Royal Marine Reservist, the suit has a greater power-to-weight ratio than a Typhoon fighter jet – with 1,000 horsepower and 144kg of thrust. 

Though he was clearly thrilled with the result, Mr Browning believes he can go even faster – telling Forces News his firm is “only scraping the surface.”

Mr Browning initially set the record back in 2017, not long after launching Gravity Industries, at Lagoona Park in Reading.

Craig Glenday, from the Guinness World Records, oversaw the morning’s attempts to verify the result.

"No-one embodies the spirit of adventure like Richard Browning.

"He's smashed his previous record and in much more challenging conditions."