How fast is the fastest plane in the world? You won’t believe it when we tell you …
When you see how advanced the planes on this list are, you’ll be surprised to hear that many of them were built – or at least conceptualized – in the 1950s and 60s, a time of rapid post-war innovation. But how they could have conceived aircraft capable of such dramatic aeronautical achievements is really mind-boggling. Among the amazing innovations on this list is a plane that can reach speeds of 7,000 miles an hour. 7000! At that rate, you could circle the globe in less time than it takes to watch Lord of the Rings! And that’s not even the fastest plane on this list.
31. Dassault Falcon 7x 615mph
The Falcon 7x, one of the fastest private jets on the market, is built by Dassault Aviation. You can credit its extreme speed to its three jet engines, called the “trijet” system. The 7x made its debut flight at the Paris Air Show back in 2005. This long range jet seats up to 20 passengers so you can bring your whole crew! With a top speed of 615 mph, the 7x recently set a new record for the New York to London run in just under six hours.
30. Gloster Meteor 606mph
The only jet aircraft the Allies had available during World War II was the British made Gloster Meteor and its groundbreaking turbojet engines. built by Power Jets Ltd. and pioneered by Sir Frank Whittle starting in 1940. It made its debut flight March of 1943 and commenced operations July of 1944. By no means was this an incredibly advanced and sophisticated aircraft, it even earned the nickname “meatbox”. However, it still managed to have a successful career as a fighter plane. It also set the first official air speed record with 606mph.