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The 10 Fastest Military Aircraft Ever Built

Get your heading right, because you can get lost in a hurry at these speeds.

10) Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker (Mach 2.35 - 1,553 mph)

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9) General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark (Mach 2.5 - 1,650 mph)

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8) McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle (Mach 2.5 - 1,650 mph)

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7) Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Foxhound (Mach 2.83 - 1,864 mph)

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6) North American XB-70 Valkyrie (Mach 3.02 - 2,056 mph)

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5) Bell X-2 Starbuster (Mach 3.2 - 2,094 mph)

4) Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 Foxbat (Mach 3.2 - 2,190 mph)

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3) Lockheed YF-12, The SR-71 Test Variant (Mach 3.2 - 2,275 mph)

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2) Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (Mach 3.4 - more than 2,500 mph)

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1) NASA/USAF X-15 (Mach 6.72 - 4,520 mph)... Yep, This Is Pretty Much A Rocket With Wings

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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