Top 10 Fastest Jets In The Air Will Shatter Your Beliefs In Technology

Top 10 Fastest Jets In The Air Will Shatter Your Beliefs In Technology

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When you were travelling in an aeroplane you would have experienced acceleration while the plane was taking off. Well, that speed doesn’t come any closer to the speeds these aircraft are capable of achieving. The technological developments have made us experience things what were once only in science fiction. By this time, you were expecting that the list contains the latest jets in the 21st century. You are wrong. That’s why this list will shatter your beliefs in technology. Why wait…ponder the list.

10. Douglas F4D Skyray

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
James B Verdin Oct-03, 1953 Salton Sea (USA) 1211.5 KMPH
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1211.5 KMPH

This is a carrier-based fighter/interceptor jet built by Douglas company. This jet never entered a combat zone and also was in service for a relatively small amount of time. This is the first aircraft to have recorded a speed of 1211.5 KMPH or 752.8 MPH. This was designed by Edward H Heinemann to intercept and destroy an enemy aircraft flying at altitudes of 50,000ft and with 5 minutes of sounding an alarm. Heinemann received Collier Trophy for his efforts in designing this.

9. F-100C Super Sabre

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Horace A Hanes Aug-20, 1955 Palm Dale (USA) 1323 KMPH
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1323 KMPH

The F-100C Super Sabre is a supersonic jet fighter that served the American Airforce from 1954 to 1971 and then for Air National Guard until 1979. This was manufactured by American Aviation and was also used by China, France and Turkey in their Airforces. Its name Sabre 45 is derived from the 45 degrees of its wing sweep. Titanium was extensively used in this aircraft. It broke the record speed of 822.1 MPH on Aug-20, 1955 by its pilot Horace A Hanes.

8. Fairey Delta 2

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Peter Twiss Mar-10, 1956 Chichester (UK) 1822 KMPH
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1822 KMPH

Fairey Delta 2 or FD2 is a British supersonic research aircraft that broke the 1000MPH speed barrier for the first time in the history of aviation. This World Air Speed record was held for over a year. FD2 was manufactured by Fairey Aviation Company. This was the first British jet to have all powered controls. Pilot Peter Twiss realized that FD2 is capable of crossing 1000MPH speed and on the last attempt he achieved this speed. As this is faster than the apparent motion of the Sun, it appears that the Sub is moving backwards.

7. McDonnell F-101A Voodoo

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Adrian Drew Dec-12, 1957 Edward Airforce Base, CA (USA) 1943.5 KMPH
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1943.5 KMPH

McDonnell F-101A Voodoo is a supersonic jet fighter which served the United States Airforce and Canadian Airforce. Initially, it was developed as a nuclear-powered bomber. Though its service as a fighter-bomber is brief, it served in other variations. It was used by Tactical Air Command as a single nuclear weapon carrier against tactical targets.

6. Lockheed F-104C Starfighter

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
WW Irvin May-16, 1958 Edward Airforce Base, CA (USA) 2259.5 KMPH
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2259.5 KMPH

The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed by Lockheed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-104 served with the USAF from 1958 until 1969 and continued with Air National Guard units until 1975. This jet is also used by Chines, Japanese, German and Turkish Airforce. A total of 2,578 Starfighters were produced and mostly used by NATO members. This jet was notorious for being unsafe due to its poor safety standards. In fact German Fighter ace, Erich Hartmann was retired for protesting against the deployment of F-104Cs. However, Lockheed F-104C held the record speed of 1404 MPH which was held by for more than a year.

5. Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Joseph Rogers Dec-15, 1959 Edward Airforce Base, CA (USA) 2455.7 KMPH
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2455.7 KMPH

The Convair F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft of the United States Air Force from the 1960s through the 1980s. It was designed to be “Ultimate Interceptor” and it was the last dedicated interceptor in U.S. Air Force service to date. It was manufactured by Convair and General Dynamics together. The F-106 was designed to be a specialized all-weather missile-armed interceptor to shoot down bombers. This jet was fitted with Weber “zero-zero” ejection seat in 1963.

4. McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Robert G Robertson Nov-22, 1961 Edward Airforce Base, CA (USA) 2585.1 KMPH

2585.1 KMPH

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engined, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber. This was originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft company. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. As this jet proved highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. By the mid-1960s, this jet had become a major part of their respective air wings. This jet was used by 11 other nations which show how successful this jet was. The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The Phantom gathered a number of nicknames during its career. Some of these names included “Snoopy”, “Rhino”, “Double Ugly”, “Old Smokey”, the “Flying Anvil”, “Flying Footlocker”, “Flying Brick”, “Lead Sled”, the “Big Iron Sled” and the “St. Louis Slugger”. In recognition of its record of downing large numbers of Soviet-built MiGs, it was called the “World’s Leading Distributor of MiG Parts”. As a reflection of excellent performance in spite of its bulk, the F-4 was dubbed “the triumph of thrust over aerodynamics.” Phantom II recorded the speed of 1606.3 MPH on Nov-22, 1961.

3. Mikoyan-Gurevich Ye-166

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Georgii Mosolov Jul-07, 1962 Russia 2681 KMPH
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2681 KMPH

This is a modified Ye-152 aircraft manufactured by Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in Russia. This is a single seat fighter/interceptor aircraft. Speed record was set on October 7, 1961 when E-166 made 2385km/h in a closed 100km course.

2. Lockheed YF-12A

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Robert L Stphens, Daniel Andre May-01, 1965 Edwards Airforce Base, CA (USA) 3331.5 KMPH
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3331.5 KMPH

The Lockheed YF-12 was an American interceptor aircraft evaluated by the United States Air Force. The YF-12 was a twin-seat aircraft. The YF-12 set and held speed and altitude world records of over 2,000 mph and over 80,000 ft (later surpassed by the SR-71), and is the world’s largest manned interceptor to date. It was even tested by NASA. The existence of the aircraft was not officially revealed until Feb. 29, 1964. 93% of its surface is made up of Titanium alloys to withstand the skin temperature up to 500-degree centigrade. The aircraft also is coated with a special black paint that helps radiate heat from its skin.

1. Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Pilot Name Date Location Top Speed
Eldon W Joersz, George T Morgan Jul-28, 1976 Beale Airforce Base, CA (USA) 3529.6 KMPH
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3529.6 KMPH

The “Blackbird,” is a long-range, advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A aircraft. The first flight of an SR-71 took place on Dec. 22, 1964. Throughout its nearly 24-year career, the SR-71 remained the world’s fastest and highest-flying operational aircraft. On July 28, 1976, an SR-71 set two world records for its class — an absolute speed record of 2,193.167 mph and an absolute altitude record of 85,068.997 feet. From 80,000 feet, it could survey 100,000 square miles of Earth’s surface per hour. When I first started searching on the fastest aircraft, I assumed that there will be many latest jets in the list from 21 st century. To my surprise, all the fastest jets are from the 20th century. How amazing!
Latest is not always the fastest.
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