Fastest Airplanes in the World

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Fastest airplanes regarded as the emperors of the sky with the most powerful engines, and they are sure to satisfy professional pilots' expectations. The following airplanes are said to be the fastest ones in the world, some of mankind's most incredible innovations:

01. Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle is part of the STS or the Space Transport System which was introduced by NASA for human space-flight missions. Each space shuttle is a RLS or Reusable Launch System which contains three assemblies including the reusable Orbiter Vehicle (OV), the External Tank (ET) and two reusable Solid Rocket Boosters or SRB.

Space Shuttle



02. X-43A

The X-43A scram-jet is an unmanned experimental hypersonic aircraft and was realized for the worlds fastest flight set by a jet-powered aircraft. On 16th November, 2004 it touched 9.8 Mach (7,546 mph), which is more than three times faster than the SR-71 Blackbird. In terms of its structure, the craft was designed to encapsulate a new breed of engine called the supersonic-combustion-ramjet, the "scramjet".





03. X-15

The X-15 was part of the X-series of rocket-powered experimental aircraft development. It was also the most ambitious effort made to push the limits of flight and explore the prospects of space travel. The X-15 utilized a Thiokol XLR99-RM-2 liquid-fuel rocket engine to deliver the thrust that it packed,so it was fueled by liquid oxygen and ammonia. The aircraft also consumed hydrogen peroxide to drive the high-speed pump that pumped the fuel into the engine.





04. SR-71 Blackbird

The SR-71 Blackbird is a strategic reconnaissance aircraft which was introduced by Lockheed Skunk Works from the Lockheed A-12 and YF-12A. It was also a huge improvement over its predecessor the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. The SR-71 could cruise at 3.5 Mach, which is three times faster than the speed of sound, at an altitude above 100,000 feet and has a range of about 4000 miles.

SR-71 Blackbird




05. MiG-25 "Foxbat"

In 1969 MiG-25R was produced, which was given the codename "Foxbat-B" by the NATO. The MiG-25 is carved only for high-altitude flights and consequently performs terribly on low altitude flights and "dog-fights" as it is not swift and nimble in its maneuvers.

MiG-25 "Foxbat"



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This article was published on 2010/02/20