fastest planes of the world (commercial and military)

This is the List of fastest planes of the world. with a staggering speed of 3529.6 kmph/2193.2 mph:

 Fastest planes: 

fastest planes #1 :Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird #61-7958:(3529.6 kmph/2193.2 mph)

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 Fastest planesThe SR-71 was the fastest plane of the world and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career. On 28 July 1976, SR-71 serial number 61-7962 broke the world record for its class: an “absolute altitude record” of 85,069 feet (25,929 m). Several aircraft exceeded this altitude in zoom climbs but not in sustained flight. That same day SR-71, serial number 61-7958 set an absolute speed record of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.2 mph; 3,529.6 km/h).

The SR-71 also holds the “Speed Over a Recognized Course” record for flying from New York to London distance 3,508 miles (5,646 km), 1,435.587 miles per hour (2,310.353 km/h), and an elapsed time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds, set on 1 September 1974 while flown by U.S. Air Force Pilot Maj. James V. Sullivan and Maj. Noel F. Widdifield, reconnaissance systems officer (RSO). This equates to an average velocity of about Mach 2.68, including deceleration for in-flight refueling. Peak speeds during this flight were probably closer to the declassified top speed of Mach 3.2+. For comparison, the best commercial Concorde flight time was 2 hours 52 minutes, and the Boeing 747 averages 6 hours 15 minutes. Former SR-71 Pilot Brian Shul and author of the book Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet referenced the top speed of the aircraft as actually unknown. In his words, “At max power the aircraft would continue to accelerate at any speed and no pilot ever maintained full throttle beyond reaching speeds necessary to avoid any threat”. It’s his opinion the aircraft would simply continue accelerating until eventually flying apart.

First FlightPilotSpeed (mph)Speed (kmph)fastest planesLocation
7/28/1976Capt. Eldon W. Joersz and Maj. George T. Morgan2193.23529.6Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird #61-7958Beale AFB, US
7/28/1976Capt. Eldon W. Joersz and Maj. George T. Morgan2193.23529.6Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird #61-7958Beale AFB, US
7/7/1962Col. Georgii Mosolov1665.92681Mikoyan Gurevich Ye-166 – name adopted for the record attempt, originally a version of a Ye-152USSR
11/22/1961Robert G. Robinson, US Navy1606.32585.1Modified McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom IIEdwards Air Force Base, US
December 1959Maj. Joseph Rogers, USAF1525.92455.7Convair F-106 Delta DartEdwards Air Force Base, US
10/31/1959Col. Georgii Mosolov14842388Ye-66 (proto Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21)USSR
May 1958Cap. WW Irwin, USAF14042259.5Lockheed F-104C StarfighterEdwards Air Force Base, US
December 1957USAF1207.61943.5McDonnell F-101A VoodooEdwards Air Force Base, US
3/10/1956Peter Twiss11321822Fairey Delta 2Chichester, UK
October 1955Horace A. Hanes822.11323North American F-100C Super SabrePalmdale, US

fastest planes #2: Lockheed YF-12: (3,331.5 kmph/2,070.1 mph)

Fastest planesDuring flight tests the YF-12As set a speed record of 2,070.101 mph (3,331.505 km/h) and altitude record of 80,257.86 ft (24,462.6 m), both on 1 May 1965, and demonstrated promising results with their unique weapon system. Six successful firings of the AIM-47 missiles were completed. The last one launched from the YF-12 at Mach 3.2 at an altitude of 74,000 ft (22,677 m) to a JQB-47E target drone 500 ft (152 m) off the ground. One of the Air Force test pilots, Jim Irwin would go on to become a NASA astronaut and walk on the Moon.

The program was abandoned following the cancellation of the production F-12B, but the YF-12s continued flying for many years with the USAF and with NASA as research aircraft.

fastest planes #3: Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-150 family: (1,883 mph; 3,030 kmph)

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General characteristics

  • Length: 19.656 m (64 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.793 m (28 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 40.02 m2 (430.8 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 10,900 kg (24,030 lb) 10900
  • Max takeoff weight: 14,350 kg (31,636 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Tumansky R-15-300 turbojet, 66.7 kN (15,000 lbf) thrust dry, 99.6 kN (22,400 lbf) with afterburner


  • Maximum speed: 3,030 km/h (1,883 mph; 1,636 kn) @ 15400m (50,520ft) mach 2.8+
  • Range: 1,470 km (913 mi; 794 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 22,680 m (74,409 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 62.5 m/s (12,300 ft/min) 5.33min to 20000m (65620ft)
  • Time to altitude: 4.5min to 20000m (65620ft)


  • Guns: (Ye-151) 2x TKB-495 or TKB-539 cannon in an aimable mount
  • Missiles: (proposed) 2xK-7 or 2xK-6 or 2xK-9 Air to Air Missiles

fastest planes #4: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II: (1207.6 mph/ 1943 kmph)

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Transcontinental “Operation LANA” in 1961

To show off their new fighter, the Navy led a series of record-breaking flights early in Phantom development: All in all, the Phantom set 16 world records. With the exception of Skyburner, all records were achieved in unmodified production aircraft. Five of the speed records remained unbeaten until the F-15 Eagle appeared in 1975.

  • Operation Top Flight: On 6 December 1959, the second XF4H-1 performed a zoom climb to a world record 98,557 ft (30,040 m). The previous record of 94,658 ft (28,852 m) was set by a Soviet Sukhoi T-43-1 prototype. Commander Lawrence E. Flint, Jr., USN accelerated his aircraft to Mach 2.5 at 47,000 ft (14,330 m) and climbed to 90,000 ft (27,430 m) at a 45° angle. He then shut down the engines and glided to the peak altitude. As the aircraft fell through 70,000 ft (21,300 m), Flint restarted the engines and resumed normal flight.
  • On 5 September 1960, an F4H-1 averaged 1,216.78 mph (1,958.16 km/h) over a 500 km (311 mi) closed-circuit course.
  • On 25 September 1960, an F4H-1 averaged 1,390.21 mph (2,237.26 km/h) over a 100 km (62.1 mi) closed-circuit course.
  • Operation LANA: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Naval aviation (L is the Roman numeral for 50 and ANA stood for Anniversary of Naval Aviation) on 24 May 1961, Phantoms flew across the continental United States in under three hours and included several tanker refuelings. The fastest of the aircraft averaged 869.74 mph (1,400.28 km/h) and completed the trip in 2 hours 47 minutes, earning the pilot (and future NASA Astronaut), Lieutenant Richard Gordon, USN and RIO, Lieutenant Bobbie Young, USN, the 1961 Bendix trophy.
  • Operation Sageburner: On 28 August 1961, a Phantom averaged 902.769 mph (1,452.826 km/h) over a 3 mi (4.82 km) course flying below 125 feet (38.1 m) at all times. Commander J.L. Felsman, USN was killed during the first attempt at this record on 18 May 1961 when his aircraft disintegrated in the air after pitch damper failure.
  • Operation Skyburner: On 22 December 1961, a modified Phantom with water injection set an absolute world record speed of 1,606.342 mph (2,585.086 km/h).
  • On 5 December 1961, another Phantom set a sustained altitude record of 66,443.8 feet (20,252 m).
  • Operation High Jump: A series of time-to-altitude records was set in early 1962: 34.523 seconds to 3,000 meters (9,840 ft), 48.787 seconds to 6,000 meters (19,700 ft), 61.629 seconds to 9,000 meters (29,500 ft), 77.156 seconds to 12,000 meters (39,400 ft), 114.548 seconds to 15,000 meters (49,200 ft), 178.5 seconds to 20,000 meters (65,600 ft), 230.44 seconds to 25,000 metres (82,000 ft), and 371.43 seconds to 30,000 metres (98,400 ft).


fastest planes #5:  Convair F-106 Delta Dart: (1525.9 mph /2455.7kmph)

fastest planesThe Convair F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft for the United States Air Force from the 1960s through the 1980s. Designed as the so-called “Ultimate Interceptor”, it has proven to be the last dedicated interceptor in U.S. Air Force service to date. It was gradually retired during the 1980s, with the QF-106 drone conversions of the aircraft being used until 1998.

fastest planes #6: Ye-66 (proto Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21): (2,228 km/h /1,468 mph)

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  • Maximum speed: 2,228 km/h (1,468 mph)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.05
  • Range: (internal fuel) 1,210 km (751 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 17,800 m (58,400 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 225 m/s (44,280 ft/min)


fastest planes #7: Lockheed F-104 Starfighter: (1,404 mph/ 2259.5 kmph)

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3,000 metres (9,800 ft) in 41.85 seconds The F-104 was the first aircraft to simultaneously hold the world speed and altitude records. On 7 May 1958 U.S. Air Force Major Howard C. Johnson, flying YF-104A 55-2957, broke the world altitude record by flying to 91,243 feet (27,811 m) at Edwards AFB. On 16 May 1958, U.S. Air Force Capt Walter W. Irwin flying YF-104A 55-2969 set a world speed record of 1,404.19 mph over a 15/25 kilometer course at Edwards AFB. Flying F-104A 56-0762 over NAS Point Mugu, California U.S. Air Force Lt William T. Smith and Lt Einar Enevoldson set several time-to-climb records on 13 and 14 December 1958:

  • 6,000 metres (20,000 ft) in 58.41 seconds
  • 9,000 metres (30,000 ft) in 81.14 seconds
  • 12,000 metres (39,000 ft) in 99.90 seconds
  • 15,000 metres (49,000 ft) in 131.1 seconds
  • 20,000 metres (66,000 ft) in 222.99 seconds
  • 25,000 metres (82,000 ft) in 266.03 seconds

fastest planes #8: McDonnell F-101 Voodoo: (1,134 mph, 1,825 km/h)

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fastest planes #9:  Fairey Delta 2 :1300 mph (>2092 km/h)

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  • Maximum speed: >1300 mph (>2092 km/h)
  • Range: 830 miles (1336 km)

fastest planes #10: North American F-100 Super Sabre 864 mph, 1,390 km/h)

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