Flying on the Ground

Business Jet Traveler » December 2006
Race car driver Jesse Harris with BizJet International’s Bern Kowalewski and,
Friday, December 1, 2006 - 4:00am

When it comes to a hot ride, it doesn't get much hotter on the ground than Jessie Harris' dragster, the Queen of Diamonds. A 6,000-lb thrust GE J-85-5 turbojet engine powers the dragster to speeds in excess of 300 mph. A native of Rome, N.Y., Harris had her debut in 2003 and was crowned International Hot Rod Association World Champion, running the quarter-mile in 5.16 seconds at an average speed of 304 mph. She's pictured here at the BizJet International exhibit at the 2006 National Business Aviation Association convention in Orlando, Fla. BizJet International, an aviation services and aircraft engine specialist in Tulsa, Okla., keeps the Queen of Diamonds' engine purring.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

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