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Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed  
User currently offlineBOEING747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 319 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

What was the highest ever recorded airspeed/groundspeed you've ever noticed on Airshow of either an Airbus or Boeing commercial aircraft in a revenue flight? What was the equipment & registration of the aircraft and what route was it flying on?

The highest airspeed I've ever seen on Airshow was 800 mph or 1280 kph on a 744 flying eastward over the Pacific Ocean but I don't know what the actual groundspeed or the tail wind was.

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User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

800mph is for sure a ground speed, unless you were in the new supersonic 744.

User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 3072 times:

I've seen 650 or so on groundspeed on the L1011 from LAX to JFK(we all had commuter flights to make...).

Also on the L1011 I've seen M .88 for awhile. We did .86 all the time.TC

FL450, M.85
User currently offlineDelta15 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 3064 times:

760, on an L1011 over denver area on SFO-ATL,

User currently offlineCainanUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 3038 times:

There was a website somewhere where pilots took pictures of their airspeed indicators and posted them. Cant remember the address though....

Cainan Cornelius
User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 3032 times:

I saw both the highest and the lowest groundspeed on the same day. It was a flight to Rome FCO from MLA some years back. Aircraft was a B732. Northbound the groundspeed was 292kts and southbond 555kts.

User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 3027 times:

1250 km/h (what's that in miles - roughly 800) on flight SQ285 from Singapore to Auckland on B747-412 9V-SPI for about an hour over eastern Australia through to roughly Brisbane...

That was COOL!

Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

1150 km/h with Scanair DC10-30 from
Las Palmas-ARN 1989...
Fastest I´ve ever flown!!
 Big thumbs up


Airbus SAS - Love them both
User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

I flew backwards in a Navy C130 once. The IRU's said 7 knots backwards. We were screwing around in W263 with about 160kts of headwind. And I did see .90 on an L1011 on two different occasions. Both on a descent.

User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Operated a Lockheed L1011-500 a few years ago on the route FUK-NRT, and at FL410, with an indicated mach number of .86, the groundspeed readout on the FMS was 746knots...857mph, approximately.

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