These Are The Fastest Air-Crafts Built Till Date!
Technology has advanced to a level where aircrafts are operating beyond the speed of sound. Many aircrafts are now able to exceed speed of mach 2.0. Below are listed 10 of the fastest aircrafts that air forces from all over the world possess.
10. Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker
Twin engine Sukhoi Su-27 was developed by Russia to counter American 3.5 gen fighters as F-15 Eagle. It can attain a speed of 2.35 mach and is armed with a 30 mm gun. Sukhoi has been adored by many nations including India for its air superiority.
9. General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
This is a tactical bomber that can fly at a speed of mach 2.5. Over 2000 rounds of machine guns round can be fired from this bomber and it can also deliver a payload of 14,300 kg of bomb as also a nuclear bomb.
8. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
This is a pioneer aircraft in US Air force and it can fly at a speed more than 2.5 times that of sound. This aircraft is also being used in Japan, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
7. Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxbat
Mikoyan MiG-31 can attain a top speed of mach 2.83 and can fly at supersonic speeds at both high and low altitudes. It is equipped with a 23 millimetre gun that can fire 260 rounds at a given time.
6. XB-70 Valkyrie
This unique aircraft has six engines and can attain a velocity of mach 3. This aircraft was used by Soviet Union and was manufactured in 1964. However, it was not much popular and only two of these were produced.
5. Bell-X2 Starbuster
This was designed as a American research aircraft and was commissioned to fly in 1955. Its original speed was mach 2.0 but during testing it was able to achieve astonishing speed of 3.196 mach. However, the pilot at that time Milburn G. Apt was not able to control the speed and the Bell-X2 dashed to the ground.
4. Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat
This was a Soviet jet that was mainly used to intercept American airplanes. It was much popular, owing to its unusual speed of mach 3.2. It was able to carry four air to air missiles and over 1100 of these were built from 1964 to 1984.
3. Lockheed YF-12
An American interceptor prototype, Lockheed YF-12 was able to attain a top speed of mach 3.35. Only 3 of these have ever been produced but it made to warfare books owing to its high speed and technical superiority.
2. Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
This aircraft was mainly used for experimental research purposes. Due to its high speed, it was able to overcome interceptors and surface to air missiles. It was designed in 1966 and has been used by NASA for research purposes.
1. North American X-15
This aircraft holds record for being the fastest to be ever designed. It attained an amazing speed of 6.70 mach on 3rd October, 1967. Owing to its extremely high speed capabilities, rocket thrusters were used in X-15.