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Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 3:23 am

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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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 3:37 am

800mph is for sure a ground speed, unless you were in the new supersonic 744.
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Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:11 am

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
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:13 am

760, on an L1011 over denver area on SFO-ATL,
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:17 am

There was a website somewhere where pilots took pictures of their airspeed indicators and posted them. Cant remember the address though....
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:18 am

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.
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 5:20 am

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!
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 6:26 am

1150 km/h with Scanair DC10-30 from
Las Palmas-ARN 1989...
Fastest I´ve ever flown!!
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 6:42 am

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.
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RE: Highest Airspeed/Groundspeed

Sun Dec 21, 2003 11:00 am

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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