Skibum9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1229 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3821 times:
It probably does not have a designator, so they have it filed as a 182. However, if you look at the airspeed, it is going much faster than a typical 182. Flightaware is tracking it going 185 kts. Now granted they could have a tailwind, but when checking the charts, the winds aloft were they are only shows a tailwind in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 kts. This would put their airspeed at around 170, which is above the typical 182s cruise speed of 145. So this would leave me to believe this is the prototype flying.
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
This winds aloft chart for 10,000 ft shows tailwinds up to 80 kts at 10,000 ft. The plane could be going 160 kts, with a 60 knot tailwind. Just watch as it comes over Florida and the winds aloft switch to a crosswind, then the plane's true spedd might show.