Jet suit pilot will try to break his own world speed record

Richard Browning will make the attempt near Brighton Pier.

A test pilot is set to soar alongside Brighton Pier on Thursday in hot pursuit of a new world record.

“Iron Man” Richard Browning will attempt to zoom past the world record for fastest speed in a body-controlled, jet engine powered suit – a record he set himself in 2017.

Not content with the blistering 32.02mph record he set at Lagoona Park in Reading, Mr Browning hopes to double his speed to show how the suit has developed since then.

Mr Browning is the founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries, which designs, builds and flies jet suits.

His latest attempt will be overseen by Guinness World Records editor in chief Craig Glenday, who will be able to verify if it’s a success.

The attempt forms part of the Guinness World Records’ Spirit of Adventure theme, which celebrates adventurers and boundary pushers from around the world.

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