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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

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