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Plane speed records

21 Jun
2012

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Supermarine S.6B S1595, flown by Flight Lieutenant G. H. Stainforth, 13 September 1931

When one thinks of the Schneider Trophy air races, one of the aircraft that springs to mind is the Supermarine S.6B. Piloted by Flight Lieutenant J. N. Boothman, S.6B S1596 established an average speed of 340 8 mph (547.3 km/h) over the Schneider course on 13 September 1931. winning the trophy outright for Great Britain On the same day, S.6B S1595, flown by Flight Lieutenant G. H. Stainforth, was flown to a speed of 379 mph (610 km/h) to attain a new world absolute air speed record. The same aircraft then bettered this at 407.5 mph (655.8 km/h) with A. H. Orlebar at the controls on 29 September.

Supermarine Speed Spitfire’ N.17 (K9834)

The Speed Spitfire’, actually K9834 but renumbered N.17, was a Spitfire Mk I modified for an attempt on the world air speed record in 1938. The aircraft had a flush riveted-skin, modified windscreen, larger radiator and oil cooler, four-bladed propeller, tailskid and reduced-span wings In the event, the Heinkel He 100 V8 pushed the air speed record to 463.92 mph (746 59 km/h) before any attempt could be made N.17 was then converted to Spitfire Mk II standard and used as a photo-reconnaissance aircraft.

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Fairey FD.2 WG774, flown by Peter Twiss, 10 March 1956

During the immediate post-war period and throughout the 1950s, Great Britain was at the forefront of aircraft technology It was typical of the British industry at the time that Fairey FD.2 (Fairey Delta 2) WG774, piloted by Peter Twiss. smashed the air speed record on 10 March 1956, recording a speed of 1,132 mph (1822 km/h). It also became the first aircraft in the world to exceed 1,000 mph (1609 km/h) in level flight. It is shown here as it appeared at the time of the record flight. Later it was finished in an attractive overall blue scheme, with white cheatlines, to mark the event.

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Supermarine Swift F. Mk 4 WK198, flown by Mike Lithgow, Libya, 25 September 1953

Mike Lithgow, flying Swift F. Mk 4 WK198 (actually the F. Mk 4 prototype), broke the world air speed record in 1953, attaining a speed of 737.3 mph (1186.5 km/h) (later revised to 735 mph/1182 8 km/h).

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Gloster Meteor F. Mk IV EE455, flown by Eric Greenwood. RAF High Speed Flight, 7 November 1945

One of the more famous record-breaking Meteors, EE455 was nicknamed The Yellow Peril. A similar aircraft in full camouflage. EE454, was nicknamed Britannia. Eric Greenwood flew EE455 in an attempt to break the world air speed record. He averaged 603 mph (970 km/h) over four runs on 7 November 1945, but could not beat the record-breaking 606 mph (975 km/h) average set by Group Captain Wilson in EE454 earlier in the day.

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