The world record for the fastest speed achieved by a manned aircraft was set by Major William “Pete” Knight on October 3, 1967. Piloting the experimental X-15 Major Knight was clocked going 7,274 km/h (4,520 mph), or Mach 6.7.
For us ground-folk, it’s hard to put that speed into perspective, which is why this compilation of aircraft top speeds over the decades is such a shock to the system.
“Crazy to think there’s just a dude sitting in there going Mach Jesus,” Ethan W said in the comments.
“You forgot my neighbors clapped out civic” joked Griffin.
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