Top 10 Fastest Passenger Planes in History
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10. Cessna Citation CJ3 – 478 mph
The plane is powered by a couple of Williams FJ 44-3A engines with 2,820 lbf and Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. Maximum cruising speed is 478 miles per hour. The plane can climb at a rate of 3,576.07 ft/min and can reach a maximum of 45,000 feet.
9. Bombardier CRJ 1000 – 541 mph
The plane is powered by a couple of General Electric GE CF34-8C5A1 engines with 13,630 horsepower and Rockwell Collins ProLine 4 avionics. It has a maximum cruising speed of 541 miles per hour. The plane has a service ceiling of 41,000 feet and climb at a rate of 2,000 fpm.
8. Gulfstream G550 – 585 mph
It is powered by a couple of Rolls Royce BR 725 A1 12 engines at 16,100 lbf and Honeywell PlaneView 2 Cockpit avionics. The maximum cruising speed is 610 miles per hour and service ceiling is at 51,000 feet. It costs $62 million.
7. Gulfstream G650 – 610 mph
Gulfstream G550 is a heavy business jet manufactured in the United States. It costs $55 million to $57 million. It has a travel range of 6,750 nautical miles or 12,501 kilometers and can accommodate up to 18 passengers.
6. Boeing 747 8 – 614 mph
Boeing 747 8 is a jumbo passenger jet from The Boeing Company. It is manufactured in the United States and costs $351.4 million. It has a travel range of 8,000 nautical miles or 14,816 kilometers and can accommodate 700 passengers. Four General Electric GEnx 2B67 engines with 66,500 lbf and Rockwell Collins avionics power the plane. The maximum cruising speed is 614 miles per hour. Service ceiling of the plane is 43,000 feet.
5. Dassault Falcon 900 EX – 662 mph
Dassault Falcon 900 EX is a midsize business jet from Dassault Aviation made in France. This plane costs $36 million. It has a travel range of 3,995 nautical miles or 7,399 kilometers and has a seat capacity of 19 passengers. The plane is powered by three Honeywell TFE 731-60 engines at 5,000 lbf and Dassault 3D EASy Cockpit. Maximum cruising speed is 662 miles per hour. Service ceiling is 39,000 feet with climbing rate of 2,500 fpm.
4. Airbus A380 – 676 mph
Some of its variants include the A380 700, A380 800 and A380 900 models. All three have maximum cruising speed of 676 miles per hour. The costs range from $301 million to $337.5 million. The 800 and 900 models both have four Rolls Royce Trent 970B engines with 70,000 lbf and Thales Rockwell Honeywell Combo avionics. Both can climb at a rate of 4,500 fpm with service ceiling of 43,000 feet. The 700 model, on the other hand, has four Engine Alliance GP 7270 engines with 70,000 lbf and avionics system similar to its sister models.
3. Cessna Citation X – 700 mph
It has a travel range of 3,070 nautical miles or 5,686 kilometers and can accommodate 12 passengers. The plane is powered by a couple of Rolls Royce AE 3007C1 at 6,764 lbf and Honeywell Primus 2000 autopilot avionics. Maximum cruising speed is 700 miles per hour and service ceiling is 51,000 feet. The plane can climb at a rate of 3,650 fpm.
2. Concorde – 1,354 mph
The Concorde was a turbojet powered supersonic passenger airliner, or what is called as the supersonic transport, or SST. It flew commercial flights for 27 years before it was retired from service in 2003.It had a maximum cruising speed of 1,354 miles per hour with flight range of 7,250 kilometers. It could accommodate 128 passengers and its service ceiling was 60,000 feet at climb rate speed of 5,000 fpm. Four Rolls Royce/Olympus 593 turbojet engines powered the plane.
1. Tupolev TU 144 – 1,510 mph
Tupolev TU 144 was a supersonic transport plane from Tupolev OKB. It was produced between 1968 and 1984, though only 55 flights were completed because of its poor safety record. It was also used for cargo until 1983. The plane could accommodate 140 passengers and was utilized primarily by Aeroflot. Service ceiling was at 65,600 feet at a climb rate of 9,840 fpm. The plane had four Kolesov RD-3651 turbojet engines.
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