- Flight airspeed record
An air speed record is the highest speed attained by an
aircraftof a particular class.
The rules for all official aviation records are defined by
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale(FAI), and they also ratify any claims. Speed records are divided into multiple classes with sub-divisions. There are three classes of aircraft: landplanes, seaplanes and amphibians; then within these classes, there are records for aircraft in several mass bands. There are still further sub-divisions for piston-engined, turbojet, turbopropand rocket-engined aircraft. Within each of these groups, records are defined for speed over a straight course and for closed circuits of various sizes carrying various payloads. There are still further records for the speed between specified cities such as Londonto New York.
List of vehicle speed records
*Lockheed X-7 - Mach 4.31 (2,881mph)in the 1950s
* [http://records.fai.org/general_aviation/ web site] of the
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale(FAI)
* [http://www.speedrecordclub.com/records/outair.htm Speed records time line]
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