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Old 03-21-2012, 01:52 PM
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First driver to run 400 mph and 500 mph on dirt.
First driver to run 400 mph and 500 mph on tireless wheels.
Only female driver to have run 400 mph and 500 mph.

She was also the first female driver in drag racing to run in the fours and at over 300 mph. She is the last American driver to set FIA or FIM jet or rocket records.

On June 7, 1977, driving Ky Michaelson's rocket dragster, Kitty O'Neil set an FIA standing start half kilometer record at El Mirage of 207.739 mph (that's the AVERAGE speed for the entire distance from a DEAD start). That is the last jet or rocket FIA record to have been set by an American driver.

On December 6, 1976, driving Bill Frederick's SMI Motivator rocket land speed car, O'Neil set a woman's FIM flying kilo record at Alvord dry lake of 512.706 mph. That is the last jet or rocket FIM record to have been set by an American driver.




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Old 03-21-2012, 02:29 PM
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She was also deaf. I think she set a 1/4 mile record a 420 mph in the jet dragster.
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Timeslip for Kitty O'Neil's 512 mph record
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Kitty O'Neil at El Mirage
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