Nwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
Thanks, I thought the Citation was right up there, but it's not part of any airline fleet that I'm aware of, is more a corporate jet. How can I find out more information about planes that have broken the sound barrier?
QantasA332 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1500 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
Anyway, still looking for information on the sound barrier - does it happen only in a steep dive, or can any of the current commercial airliners actually go that fast?
No current commercial airliners can exceed M1.0 in level flight - the only circumstance under which M1 would ever be reached is in a dive. Oh and I suppose if there was a large enough headwind (on the order of 160 mph), your airspeed could theoretically get up to M1 then, as well.
As for the very fastest, it's currently the B747-400, which is capable of approximately M0.885. I've explained how this has to do with the "area rule" and the 744's bulging upper deck before, so a quick search should fill you in.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17326 posts, RR: 66
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
The SR-71 is the fastest airbreathing plane and, as Timz says, the fastest plane to take off under it's own power.
The X-15 is the fastest rocket powered plane.
And since no one has mentioned it yet, I will: Aurora.
NetJets is a fractional ownership company, meaning that you buy a certain share in the use of an executive jet. NetJets provides the plane including crew and maintenance. You provide the cash and can use a plane for a given amount of hours each year.
It's not really an airline in the traditional sense, but aren't charter airlines simply you buying a share in the usage of the plane? It's a fuzzy distinction at best.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."