It’s official – Jessi Combs is the fastest woman in the world! After reviewing her run across the Alvord Desert last August, Guinness World Records officially announced Combs set the "fastest land speed record (female)" with a 522.783 mph run in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, on August 27, 2019. Combs broke Kitty O’Neil’s women’s land speed record run of 512.71 mph in 1976 across the same dry desert lake bed.

The award is bittersweet. The jet-powered land speed racer she was piloting for the North American Eagle Project crashed that same day, claiming her life. Combs set several land speed records during her lifetime, but breaking O’Neil’s 43-year-old record will now be remembered as her crowning achievement. Even in death Combs continues to be an inspiration to many.

Courtesy of Guinness World Records

Who: JESSI COMBS

What: 841.338 KILOMETRE(S) PER HOUR

Where: UNITED STATES (ALVORD DESERT, OREGON)

When: 27 AUGUST 2019

The fastest land speed record (female) is 841.338 kph (522.783 mph), and was achieved by Jessi Combs (USA) in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, USA, on 27 August 2019.