Jump to content
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  • Welcome to the forum!

    Welcome to the War History Online Community Forum, please register or login to start commenting.

Question

2 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0
15 hours ago, Thomas Moreton said:

Were there any piston driven airplanes of WW2 that came close to the speed of sound or actually broke the speed of sound?

The info I can find is that the fastest plane over a "lap", which appears to be how it is measured now, is by a modified P-51 last year - achieving an average of 531.53 mph.

http://vintageaviationecho.com/steve-o-prop-record/

There are quite a few claims for outright fastest speed and some are discredited because they're in a dive such as a Spitfire in 1952 reaching 690 mph

https://spitfireassociation.com.au/the-spitfires-that-nearly-broke-the-sound-barrier/

 

Edited by Edward, The Black Prince

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

The fastest propeller-driven fighter that I have seen accurate and reliable information on for World War 2 was an experimental version of the US P-47 Thunderbolt that hit over 500 miles per hour during flight testing.  There was a late-war version of the Mustang that hit over 480 miles per hour in flight testing.  Both of those speeds were achieved in level flight.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×