It flew down the runway at 300 mph, and it wasn’t a jet

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Loring Air Force Base doesn’t see much action these days.

The Maine airbase — named after Maj. Charles Loring, Medal of Honor winner — closed in 1994. But it was the site of a new world record Sunday, when a Floridan man rode his motorcycle faster than 311 mph.

Other speed records were set Sunday, including one man who drove a 1995 Nissan pickup at 179 mph.

So what’s it driving a motorcycle faster than the cruising speed of some jets?

“In this situation it was very calm,” Bill Warner told the Bangor Daily News. “I progressed my speeds up from 180 all the way up to that speed over the past few years, so it was not a traumatic thing to do.

“The big part of it, after the speed happens, is trying to stop the bike. Here at Loring Air Force Base, there is a mile shutdown to slow the vehicles down and I used every bit of it. The bike was bouncing, hopping, skipping and sliding. Needless to say, I got it stopped safely. It was a little scary.”

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