The article highlights Top 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft (Fast Planes) in 2012 according to measured speed during tests.
Jet Aircraft are powered by Jet Engines that travel mush faster than Propeller Powered Aircraft. Some Jet Aircraft travel faster than the speed of sound hence converting the journey of hours into minutes, saving time and money.
Fast Aircraft are mostly used for space research & security purposes. The advent in technology has resulted into the development of advanced systems that can dodge the radar monitoring for reaching their target.
Jet Aircraft are expensive so very few in numbers and mostly held for strategic purposes. Here we present the list of fastest planes in the world for the year 2012.
1- Falcon HTV 2
Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV 2) is regarded as the fastest aircraft in the world today. As claimed by the owners, this arrowhead shaped unmanned aircraft could launch an attack anywhere in the world within a span of 30 minutes. With the ability to travel at the speed of 13,000 miles per hour which is almost 20 times the speed of sound this jet aircraft tops our chart.
The hydrogen fueled speedy aircraft developed by NASA for their space research projects, X43-A catches the attention of speed lovers. The X43-A aircraft has the capacity to travel at a speed of almost 7,000 mph which is 9.3 times faster than the speed of sound. The unmanned plane could reach its top speed in just 11 seconds.
The X-15 was a rocket powered fast aircraft that currently holds the record of being the most speedy manned aircraft. The jet engine installed in this aircraft is Thiokol XLR99-RM-2 liquid fuel rocket engine, that uses liquid oxygen, ammonia and hydrogen peroxide to deliver expected results.
4- Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird”
The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that holds the record of being the fastest air breathing manned aircraft. The ability to reach top speeds of 2,200 mph and advanced capability to withstand heat make it an iconic plane.
The MiG 31 Foxhound is a Russian Aircraft that stands out due to advanced radar system and the ability to track multiple targets. The jet aircraft could achieve a speed of 1860 miles an hour or Mach 2.83.
The Bell X-2 Starbuster was another aircraft designed by NASA for research purpose. The aircraft is powered by two-chamber XLR25 sea level thrust throttle-able engine and exhibits superb performance. The maximum speed is Mach 3.196 (2,094 mph, 3,370 km/h)and maximum height it could travel is 126,200 ft (38,466 m).
Powered by 6 × General Electric YJ93-GE-3 after burning turbojet, XB-70 Valkyrie has a maximum speed of 3.1 Mach (2,056 mph, 3,309 km/h)and service ceiling of 77,350 ft (23,600 m).
8- F15 Eagle
F15 Eagle is a twin engine, all-weather tactical fighter jet powered by 2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-100 or −220 after burning turbofans. It has a maximum speed of Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,665+ km/h).
9- Mig-25 Foxbat
The Russian Aircraft MiG-25 Foxbat is powered by 2 × Tumansky R-15B-300 after burning turbojets. The aircraft has a maximum speed of Mach 3.2(3,600 km/h, 2,170 mph).
10- General Dynamics: F-111 Aardvark
The F-111 Aardvark was a medium range tactical strike aircraft. The aircraft has maximum speed of Mach 2.5 (1,650 mph, 2,655 km/h), service ceiling of 66,000 ft (20,100 m) and powered by 2 × Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100 turbofans.
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