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Quiz: Which Aircraft Is The Fastest?

They're all fast, but there's a clear winner in each category. Do you know which aircraft is the fastest (Vne/MMO)? Find out!


  1. 1) What's the fastest of these corporate jets?

    You got it. The Citation X+ tops the group at Mach .935. The G650 goes Mach .925, the Falcon 7X Mach .9, and the Global Express Mach .89.

    Nice try. The Citation X+ tops the group at Mach .935. The G650 goes Mach .925, the Falcon 7X Mach .9, and the Global Express Mach .89.

  2. 2) What's the fastest of these fighter jets?

    You got it. The F-15 tops the group at Mach 2.5+. The F-22 goes Mach 2.25 (estimated), F-16 Mach 2, and F-35 Mach 1.6.

    Nice try. The F-15 tops the group at Mach 2.5+. The F-22 goes Mach 2.25 (estimated), F-16 Mach 2, and F-35 Mach 1.6.

  3. 3) What's the fastest of these single-engine pistons?

    You got it. The Mooney Acclaim Type S tops out the group with a max speed of 242 knots.

    Nice try. The Mooney Acclaim Type S tops out the group with a max speed of 242 knots.

  4. 4) What's the fastest of these helicopters?

    You got it. The Apache tops the group at 197 knots. The Blackhawk tops out at 193 knots, the Chinook at 170 knots, and the Kiowa at 120 knots.

    Nice try. The Apache tops the group at 197 knots. The Blackhawk tops out at 193 knots, the Chinook at 170 knots, and the Kiowa at 120 knots.

  5. 5) What's the fastest supersonic transport?

    You got it. The Tu-144 is the fastest, with a top speed of Mach 2.15. The Concorde has a top speed of Mach 2.04.

    Nice try.  The Tu-144 is the fastest, with a top speed of Mach 2.15. The Concorde has a top speed of Mach 2.04.

  6. 6) What's the fastest of these turboprop singles?

    You got it. The Pilatus PC-21 tops the group at 370 knots. The TMB-900 goes up to 320 knots, the Tucano 319 knots, and the Texan II 278 knots.

    Nice try. The Pilatus PC-21 tops the group at 370 knots. The TMB-900 goes up to 320 knots, the Tucano 319 knots, and the Texan II 278 knots.

  7. 7) What's the fastest of these airliners?

    You got it.  The Boeing 747 tops the group, with a max speed of Mach 0.92. The A380 and 777 top out at Mach 0.89, and the A340 tops out at 0.86. 

    Nice try. The Boeing 747 tops the group, with a max speed of Mach 0.92. The A380 and 777 top out at Mach 0.89, and the A340 tops out at 0.86. 

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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