The fastest aircrafts in the world

In front of you is the elite company of the fastest in the sky.

For starters, we got to checking, the fastest aircrafts known broader masses. We did not care much about the facts like: are they still in the service, whether experimental or military, managed to take them at a distance or whatever. We've brought the focus to their maximum speed.

Fastest Helicopter - Westland Lynx (401 km / h, 250 mp/h)

Westland Lynx Westland Lynx is a British multi-purpose military helicopter designed and built in a factory Westland Helicopters in Yeovil. This helicopter was originally designed as a civilian and naval helicopter, but there is also the military interest. After 1977 entered the operational deployment of the British army began the interests of other nations in the helicopter. In 1986, the modified Westland Lynx broke the speed record (401 km / h) for helicopters standing still.


Westland Lynx

The fastest passenger aircraft - Tupolev Tu-144 (2500 km / h, 1560 mp/h)
 

Tupolev Tu-144 was the first supersonic passenger aircraft in the world. In the history of passenger aviation there were only two supersonic aircraft in commercial use, and that the Tupolev 144 and the Franco-British Concorde. Tupolev 144 is a product of the Russian Tupolev company for production of passenger and military aircraft located in Moscow. It is named after the Soviet aircraft architect Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev. The prototype flew for the first time 31 December in 1968. near Moscow, which is two months before the first flight of Concorde. Broke the sound barrier for the first time 5 June in 1969., and 15 July in 1969. became the first commercial (civil) aircraft that broke the magic limit of Mach 2.

Tupolev Tu-144

Fastest plane - SR-71 Blackbird (3500 km / h, 2185 mp/h)

Blackbird Lockheed SR-71 was an advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft long range speeds over Mach 3. SR-71 was unofficially named "Blackbird" while the crew called "Habu". For many improvements on this plane was credited Lockheed Aeronautical engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. Defensive characteristics of the aircraft was its high speed and operating altitude. If he was attacked surface-to-air missile, to avoid the plane simply would accelerate. SR-71 was in service since 1964. up in 1998., 12 of the 32 aircraft were destroyed in accidents, though none of them was shot down in hostile actions.


SR-71 Blackbird

North American X-15 (7274 km / h, 4546 mp/h)
 

North American X-15 was an American rocket plane, made for a joint research program of NASA, the Air Force and the U.S. Navy, as part of a series of experimental aircraft "X". During the 1960s, the X-15 set numerous speed and altitude records, among other things, reaching the Kármán line (outer edge of the universe - 100 km altitude), and during his lifetime accumulated a vast amount of data on supersonic air streams, aerodynamic heating, control and stability at supersonic speeds, flight control above the atmosphere, techniques pilotage way back into the atmosphere, human factors, and flight instruments used in the design of aircraft and spacecraft. Still holds the world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned aircraft.

North American X-15

NASA X-43 (11265 km / h, 7040 mp/h)

The NASA X-43A Hyper-X, speed ​​record for aircraft scored 2004th. The supersonic unmanned aerial vehicle was developed to test the experimental engine called a scramjet, reached a speed of Mach 9.6, which corresponds to a speed of approximately 11265 km / h, almost 10 times the speed of sound. All other missiles except X-43A must carry heavy loads of oxygen to his own burning a fuel, while the X-43A takes oxygen from the atmosphere and mixes with liquid hydrogen, which carries with it in order to "build" fuel. 

NASA X-43
 

 

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