Jessi Combs has been dubbed “the fastest woman on four wheels”. He died Tuesday in Oregon in a car powered by a plane that was trying to be faster.
The 36-year-old won her nickname by breaking records. In 2013, he crossed the 48-year mark at 393 mph on his North American Eagle Challenger Speed Challenger. She set another record in 2016 driving nearly 478 mph, her fastest speed, in the same desert where her life ended.
The combs had already tried to overcome their own speed. In an Instagram post in September, Combs announced reaching a new maximum speed of 483 mph. “Unfortunately, debris was absorbed by the inlet of the turbine. The damage is minimal, although the game is over for the moment, “she subtitled a picture of her smiling at the aviator glasses. Looking towards the next attempt at a ridiculous speed. ”
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While I did actually go slightly faster with a new top speed of 483.227 mph… on our very first slow speed shakedown run… unfortunately a piece of debris was sucked into the turbine intake. There is minimal damage, though game over for now. Quite a bummer, but happy with the new achievements 🙂 Looking forward to the next attempt of ludicrous speed. . #iwillgofaster in hopes to become the #fastestwomanonearth Thanks to the #northamericaneagle team for all your hard work and our friends and family for the support. #iloveyou
Tuesday’s attempt resulted in a 911 call to the Harney County Sheriff’s office around 4 pm, according to KTVZ in Oregon. The sheriff’s office and the land administration office are investigating the accident.
Terry Madden, a member of the Combs team, confirmed his death in an Instagram post this morning, claiming he was the first to arrive. He urged people not to donate for fake donation pages that might appear.
“She was the most incredible spirit I have ever met or known,” he wrote in the article. Madden said he and the Combs family were working on a documentary that Combs wanted to make and that a base in his honor will help him keep his legacy alive.
Combs, who describes himself as a “stereotype breaker” and a “real deal” on his social platforms, was also a welder and a metal maker. He graduated from WyoTech with a degree in automotive manufacturing and created a line of welding equipment for women.
Combs was also known for his time on television, as a guest manufacturer in Overhaulin ‘, as co-host of Xtreme 4×4 and All Girls Garage, among others.
In one of his latest posts on social media, Combs looks at the back of a jet car, overlooking the desert as his team looks after the machine.
“It may seem a bit crazy to walk straight into the firing line,” she wrote. “Those who wish are those who achieve great things.”