9 fastest manned aircraft in the world

In the past, US and Soviet military superpowers consistently developed high-speed fighter aircrafts to show their power.

F-4 Phantom 2 aircraft of the US commenced its first flight on May 27, 1958. Initially, it was developed for the Navy. In the mid-1960s, the Marines and Air Force also used the aircraft. Maximum speed of the aircraft could reach nearly 2.368km/h, carrying many weapons such as air-to-air missiles, ground-to-air missiles and bombs. 

Convair F-106 Delta Dart can reach the highest speed of about 2,454km/h. The US has been using the aircraft since 1959 to intercept and attack Soviet bombers during the Cold War. To date, it still holds the record for being one of the fastest motorized fighter aircrafts in the world. 

Mikoyan MiG-31 Foxhound has a top speed of 2,993km/h. The MiG31 is still the fastest fighter aircraft that the Soviet Union has ever invented, and has served in the Russian and Kazakh military today. It took off for the first time on September 16, 1975 and Russia plans to remain in the squadron until 2030. 

Mikoyan Ye-152 of the Soviet Union first launched in 1959. The maximum speed of the aircraft was 3,030 km/h. 

XB-70 of the US was the prototype of the US B-70 Strategic Nuclear Weapon Project. However, this project has never been completed. The highest speed was 3,038 km/h, taking off for the first time in 1964. 

Bell X-2 "Starbuster" was only available for a short period of time from November, 1955 to September 1956. This is the result of a joint project between Bell Airways, the US Air Force and the National Aeronautics Commission. The maximum speed was 3,369km/h on September 27, 1956. However, pilot Milburn G.Apt died after the test flight. He was also the first pilot to achieve Mach 3 speed (1,020m/s). 


Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 Foxbat of Soviet military was first introduced in 1970. It was a supersonic interceptor and could be used in surveillance. Its maximum speed was 3,492km/h but would cause damage to the engine. It could maintain a fast stable speed of 3.089km/h. 

SR-71 Blackbird, which was  designed by Lockheed Martin in the US, was debuted at the end of 1964. It could fly at a height of more than 24,000m and reach a top speed of 3,540 km/h. It has only worked for over 30 years. On the last flight before retirement, SR-71 flew from Los Angeles, California, to Washington in just 67 minutes. 

X-15, the world's fastest manned aircraft of NASA, first flew on June 8, 1959. However, until October 3, 1967, it reached a maximum speed of 7,274 km/h. 

By: Relly Jonas

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