The top speed of any gas turbine engine-powered aircraft depends on its designed mission; however, with a cruising speed of Mach 3 or approximately 2,200 mph, the fastest aircraft in history is the SR-71 Blackbird. Commercial aircraft, with the exception of the Concorde, travel at transonic speeds.
The Concorde, operated by Air France and British Airways, had a cruising speed of 1,350 mph. This aircraft made its last commercial flight in October 2003. The Boeing 747-400ER, where "ER" stands for Extended Range, has a cruising speed of 567 mph, or Mach 0.86. This commercial aircraft is used for long distance flights, such as from New York to Hong Kong.Learn More
As of September 2014, the top speed of the current range of Porsche models ranges from 135 mph in the Cayenne Diesel to 214 mph in the 918 Spyder. Multiple editions of each model are produced with varying top speeds.Full Answer >
In general, the top speed for most NASCAR cars is around 200 miles per hour. In April 2014, five NASCAR Sprint Cup teams achieved speeds over 217 miles per hour during Goodyear's tire testing event at Michigan International Speedway.Full Answer >
The top speed of a Yamaha Raptor 660R is estimated in the range of 80 to 95 miles per hour. The vehicles are equipped with an electronic limiter which does not allow speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.Full Answer >
The Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the first vehicle designed to be propelled by an internal combustion engine, had a top speed of about 7 mph. The car was created in 1885 and patented in 1886. Later versions of the automobile reached top speeds of up to 10 mph.Full Answer >