10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World

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Jet Aircraft are powered by jet engines and move much faster as compared to the propeller-powered aircraft. You can see a jet aircraft at a certain place before your sound can even reach there! Yes undoubtedly some of the jet aircraft even move faster than the speed of sound. The concept of jet aircraft was first given by two engineers, Frank Whittle of UK and Hans von Ohain of Germany.
Top 10 fastest jets are as follows:

10: General Dynamics F-111 “Aardvark”

10 General Dynamics F 111 “Aardvark” 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World

It was developed in 1960’s by US and it is in active use of the Royal Australian Air Force. Its max speed is 2.5 Mach/ 2.5 times faster than the speed of sound. Aardvark is powered by twin Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-100 afterburners turbo fans.

9: MIG 31 Foxhound

9 MiG 31 FoxHound 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World

It is produced by Russia and is an advanced version of MiG-25 FoxBat. The max speed of Foxhound is 2.83 Mach or 1860 mph and it is driven by two SoloveivD-30F6 afterburners turbo fans. Foxhound has the capability to produce 34,172 lbf of dry thrust.

8: F-15 Eagle

8 F 15 Eagle 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
A product of USA, F-15 Eagle is powered by double Pratt & amp; Whitney F100 axial-flow turbofan with an ability to produce 29,000 lbf of thrust. It has a max speed of 2.5 Mach.

7: XB-70 Valkyrie

7 XB 70 Valkyrie 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
It has a max speed of 3.1 Mach and is produced by USA. It is powered by 6 General Electric YJ93-GE-3 afterburning turbojet machines.

6: Bell X-2 Starbuster

6 Bell X 2 Starbuster 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
This jet comes with a sad but successful history with it. It is produces by USA and was a research project with ability to cross Mach 3. Lt.Col. Frank K. “Pete” Everest in November 1955 was the first one to test this jet and he flew this thing above Mach 3 but unfortunately, this took his life as well. It was indeed a despondent incident. Starbuster is powered by two-chamber XLR25 sea level thrust throttle-able engine.

5: Mig-25 “Foxbat”

MiG 25 Foxbat 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
It is produced by Russia and is really pragmatic in functioning at high altitude above 80,000 feet. Its max speed is 3.2 Mach and is powered by twin Tumansky R-15B-300 afterburning turbojets.

4: SR-71 BlackBird

SR 71 blackbird 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
It was developed by Lockheed Corporation, USA in the 1960’s and is the upgrade version of U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. It is powered by 2 Pratt $ amp; Whitney J58-1 continuous –bleed afterburning turbojets with a capability to supply 32,500 lbf thrust each. It can fly as high an altitude as 100,000 feet with 3 times the speed of sound (3.5 Mach). It was in use by USAF for 40 years and was retired in 1998.

3: X-15

x 15 7 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
With the max speed of 6.72 Mach, X-15 is the 3rd fastest jet aircraft. Its engine is Thiokol XLR99-RM-2 liquid fuel rocket engine that uses liquid oxygen us fuel. It can fly as high as 354,330 feet.

2: X-43A

2 X 43A 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
This jet is fueled by Hydrogen and can move at a speed of 9.8 Mach. The credit goes to the supersonic-combustion-ramjet. It is produced by USA.

1: Space Shuttle

1 Space Shuttle 10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World
The fastest plane in the world is powered by 3 assemblies that contain reusable Orbiter Vehicle or OV, the external tank or ET which is fueled by LOX/LX2, and 2 reusable solid rocket boosters or SRB which are powered by MMH/N204. Its max speed is more than 20 Mach.


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17 Responses to “10 Fastest Jet Aircraft In The World”

  1. Matt says:

    I’m not trying to be a jerk, but jets and rockets aren’t the same thing.

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  2. haider says:

    Howdy Matt !

    what about the rest of the 9 jets? Cm’n buddy, i know you can let go of one mistake..if at all it is…! :D

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  3. Geezer says:

    X2, X15 & Space Shuttle were all powered by rocket engines, not jets. The essential difference is that a jet combusts it’s fuel with atmospheric oxygen, while a rocket combusts it’s fuel with oxygen (or an oxidiser) that it carries with it.

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  4. designer/writer/inventor/gamer says:

    First off the X-43A is powered by A Scramjet engine, not A Ramjet engine. The X-43A, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II designs came from me.

    I have designs for A new hybrid system that could double A vehicles mileage, with the same or better HP. You will not see this system come to market as the car companies that I have talked with think their designers are capable of the same results. LOL! The truth is they are many years behind my R & D!

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  5. MAC says:

    The SR71 is the fastest known jet aircraft. By your own definition, scramjet and rocket powered aircraft should not even be in the list…

    And then, there is the Aurora project. Wrapped in secrecy it is purported to be a Mach +5 vehicle and if it exists and the numbers are right then; the Aurora is the fastest jet aircraft ever developed.

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  6. matt says:

    What thell is mach? You are not talking to Malcolm in the middle or something, just say mph

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  7. Tye says:

    The Mach number is commonly used both with objects traveling at high speed in a fluid, and with high-speed fluid flows inside channels such as nozzles, diffusers or wind tunnels. As it is defined as a ratio of two speeds, it is a dimensionless number. At Standard Sea Level conditions (corresponding to a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius), the speed of sound is 340.3 m/s[3] (1225 km/h, or 761.2 mph, or 661.5 knots, or 1116 ft/s) in the Earth’s atmosphere. The speed represented by Mach 1 is not a constant; for example, it is mostly dependent on temperature and atmospheric composition and largely independent of pressure. Since the speed of sound increases as the temperature increases, the actual speed of an object traveling at Mach 1 will depend on the fluid temperature around it. Mach number is useful because the fluid behaves in a similar way at the same Mach number. So, an aircraft traveling at Mach 1 at 20°C or 68°F will experience shock waves in much the same manner as when it is traveling at Mach 1 at 11,000 m (36,000 ft) at -50°C or -58F, even though it is traveling at only 86% of its speed at higher temperature like 20°C or 68°F.

    Now Matt do you kind of understand what MACH is?

    Now I have to say the title say’s The ten fastest jets in the world. I would have to say that you need to knock off the X-15, and the Space Shuttle. Those I have to say are rockets not jets.

    A jet engine is a reaction engine that discharges a fast moving jet to generate thrust by jet propulsion and in accordance with Newton’s laws of motion. This broad definition of jet engines includes turbojets, turbofans, rockets, ramjets, pulse jets. In general, most jet engines are internal combustion engines but non-combusting forms also exist.

    In common parlance, the term jet engine loosely refers to an internal combustion airbreathing jet engine (a duct engine). These typically consist of an engine with a rotary (rotating) air compressor powered by a turbine (“Brayton cycle”), with the leftover power providing thrust via a propelling nozzle. These types of jet engines are primarily used by jet aircraft for long distance travel. Early jet aircraft used turbojet engines which were relatively inefficient for subsonic flight. Modern subsonic jet aircraft usually use high-bypass turbofan engines which give high speeds, as well as (over long distances) fuel efficiency that is about as good as piston and propeller aeroengines.

    I hope this help you all out.

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  8. David says:

    1. The Fastest Fighter Jets Are the F-22 & F-35 ,YF23 too! There Speed is over (M) 2.1 + to Crusing Speed too!

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    • Bob says:

      YF-12A (subsequently SR-71) mach 3.5+ at mil speed across the Atlantic just to show off.

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  9. David says:

    1. The Rocket Powered Space Planes will be on service by the Year of 2100 A.D too! This time the Rocket Space Age Rocket Planes Make Jet Fighter Planes are Replaced too! And Scram_Jet Fighters Planes will be obersolute for Military Service too! True!!!

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  10. Chris K says:

    What an awful piece…so full of errors. Pete Everest died a couple of years back as a retired General in the USAF. It was Cpt Mel Apt who was killed in the X-2 after achieving mach 3. And, as has been exhaustively pointed out, the rocket planes are not jets. The most glaring omission here is the F-104 Starfighter. Mach 2.5 interceptor that was used in high altitude testing of reaction control systems in the early 1960s at over 125,000 feet. Often referred to as “The Missle with a Man in it”.

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  11. twootton says:

    Ye who have little faith. scram jet tech. was designed into the a12 sr71 or blackbird, all though some what different than a hydrogen burnig engine, the blackbird has a spike at the intake of each engine and is placed by a computer to direct the shock wave into the intake and the flare on the wing is a bye pass so the engine needs not use a series of fan blades because it takes advantage of the shock wave at the front of the intake. it may not be a true ramjet by definition but the aircraft was designed to reach speeds far greater than what the stats say 3.1

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  12. twootton says:

    Do your own research find the top speeds of highly intergrated soviet surface to air missle systems and that the sr71 blackbird has never even change coarse because of enemy activities. doesn’t take a rocket scientists

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