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Faster Plane Official records versus unofficial
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird holds the official Air Speed Record for a manned airbreathing jet aircraft with a speed of 3,530 km/h (2,193 mph). It was capable of taking off and landing unassisted on conventional runways. The record was set on 28 July 1976 by Eldon W. Joersz and George T. Morgan Jr. near Beale Air Force Base, California, USA. SR-71 pilot Brian Shul reported in The Untouchables that he flew in excess of Mach 3.5 on April 15, 1986, over Libya, in order to avoid a missile.

 

The last new speed record ratified before the outbreak

of World War II was set on 26 April 1939 with a Me 209

V1, at 755 km/h (469 mph). The chaos, and secrecy, of World War

II meant that new speed breakthroughs were not publicized nor ratified. In

October 1941, an unofficial speed record of 1004 km/h (624 mph) was secretly set by a Messerschmitt Me 163 AV4 rocket aircraft. Continued

research during the war extended the secret, unofficial speed record to 1130 km/h (702 mph) by July 1944, achieved by a Messerschmitt Me 163B

V18. The first new official record in the post-war period was achieved by a Gloster Meteor in November 1945, at 976 km/h (606 mph). The first

aircraft to exceed the unofficial October 1941 record of the Me 163 AV4 was the Douglas Skystreak, which achieved 1031 km/h (641 mph) in August

1947. The July 1944 unofficial record of the Me 163B V18 was officially surpassed in November 1947, when Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 to 891 mph

(1434 km/h).

 

The official speed record for a seaplane moved by piston engine – still valid today – is 709.209 km/h, from the seaplane (“idrocorsa”) Macchi-Castoldi

M.C.72, attained on October 23, 1934, by Francesco Agello.Faster Plane It was equipped with the Fiat AS.6 engine (version 1934) developing a power

of 3100 hp at 3300 rpm, with coaxial counter-rotating propellers. The original Macchi-Castoldi MC72 MM.181 seaplane that holds the record is kept

in the Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle in Italy.Faster Plane

 

On 12 November 1981, Space Shuttle mission STS-2 was flown through its gliding re-entry from Mach 24 through its entire approach and landing, so

as to test the limits of the shuttle’s stability and controls.Faster Plane The fastest manned atmospheric vehicle of all time was the Apollo Command

Module, reaching speeds of around Mach 30 during re-entry. While different from most people’s idea of an ‘aircraft’, the capsule did have a lift to

drag ratio of around 0.368, which was used to control the flight trajectory.

Top 10 fastest aircraft in the worldFaster Plane

Travelling in air has been one of the most exciting things to do in this world. It is also the fastest mode of travel in the world. Planes which are used to

fly from one place to another can carry people to other continents, countries and across the oceans within hours. There was a time when such long

distances were travelled in days and weeks via ships on water or road trip. With the advancement in technology, there are planes that take only

minutes to reach their destination. In this article, we are going to highlight the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world. These airplanes achieve the highest

level of speeds which no other vehicle can.Faster Plane

 

 

 

Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker

Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

 

 

The Su-27 is a big long-range air superiority fighter, comparable to the U.S. F-15 but superior in many respects. Its top speed of 2.35 mach brings it to

the very edge of USSR craftmanship with a twin engine and the first fly-by-wire control system on a Russian jet ever. It was built for air superiority to

counter the new American 3.5 gen fighters such as the F-15 Eagle.Faster Plane

 

 

General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

Next on the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world list is the F-111. It was a multipurpose tactical fighter bomber capable of supersonic speeds. The aircraft was one of the more controversial aircraft ever to fly, yet it achieved one of the safest operational records of any aircraft in USAF history and became a highly effective all-weather interdiction aircraft. F-111 Aardvark is not a fighter but a tactical bomber capable of flying at mach 2.5. It had, before its retirement in 1998, 9 hardpoints and 2 weapon bays, together being able to deliver a payload of 14,300 kg of bombs, a nuclear bomb, air-to-air missiles or a 2000 round machine gun could be fitted. However due to the Aardvark’s role in air it was rarely fitted with the gun.Faster Plane

 

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a twin-engine, all weather fighter that is the backbone for the Air Force’s air superiority. Its proven design is undefeated in air-to-air combat, with more than 100 aerial combat victories.The Eagle’s twin-engine and thrust-to-weight ratio of almost 1:1 can propel the 18,000 kg aircraft to more than 2.5 times the speed of sound. The F-15 has been claimed to be one of the most successful aircraft ever built and is still in service with the US Air Force.Faster Plane

 

Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World
With a top speed of mach 2.83, the next plane on our top 10 fastest aircraft in the world list is the Mikoyan Gurevich-31 Foxhound. The Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound is a Russian-built interceptor aircraft—it’s designed to go straight, very fast, in order to intercept and destroy invading planes—as a modernized replacement to the older MiG-25 Foxbat in the late 1970s and early 1980s.Faster Plane

 

XB-70 Valkyrie
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

The XB-70 Valkyrie was a unique aircraft with six engines which together could accelerate the 240,000 kilogram aircraft to a velocity of mach 3. This speed resulted in the frame of the aircraft being heated up to as much as 330°C on some areas.

The extreme speed was needed for two reasons: 1: To accelerate away from Soviet interceptors and 2:

To be able to escape the blast of the nuclear bombs that it was capable of dropping.

The aircraft had its first flight in 1964 and is now retired,

only two were built.Faster Plane

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Bell X-2 Starbuster
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

The Bell X-2 was a rocket-powered,

swept-wing research aircraft designed to investigate the structural effects of aerodynamic

heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high speeds and altitudes.

The program was developed jointly in 1945 to explore aerodynamic problems of supersonic flight and to expand the speed and altitude regimes obtained with the earlier X-1 series of research aircraft.

The Starbuster was a continuation of the X-2 program and so its area of investigation was to see

how aircrafts behaved when flying at speeds higher than mach 2.0. It did, as can be understood, not carry any weapons and featured a back-swept wing

which made it have little air-resistance and was by that able to achieve the stunning speed of 3.196 mach in 1956. However soon after this speed was attained the pilot, Milburn

G. Apt, made a sharp turn and the aircraft tumbled out of control. He could not regain control of the aircraft and bailed out. Unfortunately, only the small parachute of the escape shuttle was opened and he hit the ground with too high speed. This fatal crash ended the Starbuster program, but Bell X-2 still is one of top 10 fastest aircraft in the world.

Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 was a super fast interceptor and reconnaissance/bomber aircraft (its speeds are still not matched today!) designed by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. First flown as a prototype in 1964,

it entered service in 1970. With a top speed of Mach 3.2(however the engines would blow up at that speed), a powerful radar and four air-to-air missiles, the MiG-25 worried Western observers and prompted development of the F-15 Eagle.

Lockheed YF-12
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

This jet was an American interceptor prototype with a top speed of mach 3.35.

It looked almost like the SR-71 Blackbird and featured three Air-to-Air missiles. The reason for it looking a lot like the SR-71 was because the SR-71 was based on the YF-12. Only 3 YF-12’s

were built but the program still made it into the history books with its “highest speed”, “highest altitude” and “biggest interceptor” records.Faster Plane

 

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Top 10 Fastest Aircraft in the World

After its introduction in 1966

 

all used for reconnaissance and experimental research.

 

it could outrun the interceptors or surface-to-air

missiles that was fired at it, due to its fantastic speed. The Blackbird was so fast that the air in front of it did not have time to escape, hence building up a huge pressure, and raised temperature.

The temperature of the aircraft, which could reach several hundred degrees high, expanded the metal, hence it had to be built by too small pieces. Because of this, the SR-71 actually leaked oil when standing still.

The SR-71 was developed as a long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at speeds over Mach 3.2 and at 85,000 feet.Faster Plane
The Top Ten fastest planes in the World

Before we start – here is a nice video showing you the 10 fastest planes in the world:

 

There are very many aircraft that has exceeded the speed of mach 2.0. Some of them are research aircraft, some are military and some are simply flying for reconnaissance purposes

But there is always something special with supersonic aircraft. Just imagine flying at an altitude of 5 kilometers, hearing a “go” from the radio and pushing that throttle backwards while feeling the 100+kN engine accelerating you to speeds higher than any other lifeform has ever been seen doing. But you are not the fast one, you are just the passenger.

The aircraft that you are flying in,

the machine that gives you powers to rise above the clouds in mere minutes is the true masterpiece. The masterpiece of military engineering. In this article we will look into ten of the fastest military aircraft ever flown and see what they have in the trunk.Faster Plane

 

Su-27SKM
Number 10: Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker. Its top speed of 2.35 mach brings it to the very edge of USSR craftmanship with a twin engine and the first fly-by-wire control system on a Russian jet ever. It was built for air superiority to counter

the new American 3.5 gen fighters such as the F-15 Eagle. It is armed with a 30 mm gun and 10 external pylons that can hold both Air-to-Air, heat-seeking, short and medium range missiles. Due to all its accomplishments and popularity it has very many different variants.

Some of which are top-modern even today, 35 years after the first flight of the Flanker (1977). Some of them are:Faster Plane

And – the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker was once available for passenger fun flights with MiGFlug! Read more here.

 

Picture of a F-111 showing its variable sweep wing.
Number 9: General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. Number nine on this list is not a fighter but a tactical bomber capable of flying at mach 2.5. It had, before its retirement in 1998,

9 hardpoints and 2 weapon bays, together being able to deliver a payload of 14,300 kg of bombs,

 

The Aardvark was the first aircraft in production with a variable sweep with configuration

 

 

F-15C during operation Noble Eagle
Number 8: McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle The F-15 has been claimed to be

one of the most successful aircraft ever built and is still in service with the US Air Force.

The Eagle’s twin-engine and thrust-to-weight ratio of almost 1:1 can propel the 18,000 kg aircraft to more than 2.5 times the speed of sound. It was introduced in 1976 and will continue to be a part of the air force beyond 2025.

There has almost 1200 F-15s built and it has been exported to among others Japan, Saudi Arabia and Israel. The current plan is to keep producing them until 2019.

It was first designed as an air-superiority aircraft but later the F-15E Strike Eagle was built, a Air-to-Ground derivative. The F-15 can load a variety of Sparrow, Sidewinder, 120-AMRAAM,

drop bombs ( for instance Mark 84 or 82) or external fuel tanks on its 11 hardpoints. Together with its 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan gun it is no surprise that this buster has over 100 confirmed aerial combat victories.

By the way a lot of visitors are interested in flying the F-15 – so we wrote a small article about that topic. Click the link for more information.Faster Plane

 

MiG-31 flying over Russia
Number 7: Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxbat With a top speed of mach 2.83, the next aircraft on our list is the Mikoyan Gurevich-31 Foxhound (also this one was once available for tourist flights!).

Due to its enormous twin-engine with a thrust of 2*152kN it was able to fly at supersonic speeds at both high- and low altitudes.

It is a Soviet Interceptor built to take out enemy aircraft and has great capabilities to do so using a combination of active and passive radars.

Four Foxhounds can together control a front of 900 kilometers in length.

The weapons that it has to its disposal are:Faster Plane

One 23 millimeter gun with 260 rounds.
Under fuselage:
4x R-33 Air-to-Air (heavy) or 6x R-37 Air-to-Air missiles.
On pylons:
Long or medium range missiles, short range IR missiles or a special medium-range Air-to-Air missile for high speed targets.
The production ended in 1994 but is unknown exactly how many MiG-31 that were built but between 400-500 is said to be a qualified guess.

The MiG-31 is still today in service with the Russian and Kazakhstan Air Forces.

The MiG-31 is a derivative of the MiG-25 which can be read about further down (place 4) and in the link at the very end of the article.Faster Plane

 

two were built.Faster Plane

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X-2 Starbuster together with its crew
Number 5: Bell X-2 Starbuster. The Starbuster was an American research aircraft which had its first flight in 1955 and was retired in 1956.

It was a continuation of the X-2 program and so Its area of investigation was to see how aircrafts behaved when flying at speeds higher than mach 2.0. It did, as can be understood,

not carry any weapons and featured a back-swept wing which made it have little air-resistance and was by that able to achieve the stunning speed of 3.196 mach in 1956.

However soon after this speed was attained the pilot, Milburn G. Apt, made a sharp turn and the aircraft tumbled out of control. He could not regain control of the aircraft and bailed out.

Unfortunately, only the small parachute of the escape shuttle was opened and he hit the ground with too high speed. This fatal crash ended the Starbuster program.

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Mikoyan Gurevich 25PU
Number 4: Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat. This jet was a Soviet machine built to intercept American aircraft during the cold war like the SR-71 and high- slow flying surveillance aircraft. Since it was built to intercept the SR-71 it was required to have an extreme speed,

hence its mach 3.2 top capability. The Foxbat, unlike the Blackbird, featured 4 air-to-air missiles which made it an interceptor rather than a reconnaissance aircraft. It has never shot down a Blackbird but it has had many other combat missions which have been successful, for instance in the Iran-Iraq war. Over 1100 Foxbats were built between 1964 and 1984, however today the use is limited,

with its only users being Russia, Syria, Algeria and Turkmenistan. For more information about this astonishing bird see the link at the bottom of the article. The MiG-25 was also the fastest plane ever offered for fun flights by MiGFlug – it was mainly used for Edge of Space flights.

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YF-12A, the first YF-12
Number 3: Lockheed YF-12. This jet was an American interceptor prototype with a top speed of mach 3.35. It looked almost like the SR-71 Blackbird and featured three Air-to-Air missiles.

The reason for it looking a lot like the SR-71 was because the SR-71 was based on the YF-12,

and also because both of them had the same designer, the extremely famous Clarence “Kelly” Johnson. Only 3 YF-12’s were built but the program still made it into the history books with its “highest speed”,

“highest altitude” (both of these were later surpassed by the Blackbird) and “biggest interceptor” records.

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SR-71B (double cockpit)
Number 2: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird After its introduction in 1966 it has been used by both the USAF and NASA. 32 Blackbirds were built, all used for reconnaissance and experimental research. It featured stealth technology but if it was, against all odds, spotted by enemy forces, it could outrun the interceptors or surface-to-air missiles that was fired at it, due to its fantastic speed.

The Blackbird was so fast that the air in front of it did not have time to escape, hence building up a huge pressure, and raised temperature. The temperature of the aircraft, which could reach several hundred degrees high,

expanded the metal, hence it had to be built by too small pieces. Because of this, the SR-71 actually leaked oil when standing still. The Blackbird holds the record for manned, air breathing aircraft, see here. A nice documentary about the SR-71 for those who love this plane as much as we do:

 

 

The winner of our top 10 – the X-15!
Number 1: North American X-15 This aircraft has the current world record for the fastest manned aircraft. Its maximum speed was mach 6.70 (about 7,200 km/h) which it attained on the 3rd of October 1967 thanks to its pilot William J.

“Pete” Knight. To be stable at these super high velocities, it had to feature a big wedge tail, however the downside of this was at lower speeds the drag was extremely big from such a tail. Therefore a B-52 Stratofortress had to carry it up to an altitude of about 14,000 meters before dropping it at which it ignited its own engines. Just imagine sitting in a rocket measuring only 15 m

in length and then being dropped,

must have been a truly magnificent feeling! The X-15 was used at such extreme speeds so that it did not use traditiona

l ways to steer (using drag over a fin) but instead it used rocket thrusters!

This made it possible to reach altitudes higher than 100 kilometers, which was one of its world records.

These are the three records that brought the X-15 rocket jet into the history books:

It was the first operational space plane.

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