posted on Nov, 29 2005 @ 05:28 AM
It captured the worlds first absolute speed record in 1956.
10 March 1956 - The second Fairey Delta 2, WG777, today captured the World's Absolute Speed Record at 1,132 mph between Ford and Chichester in
Sussex. Piloted by Lt Cdr P Twiss, this was the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 mph in level flight.
However, there appears to be a little controversy about this.
XF-104 number one achieved a top speed of Mach 1.79 at 60,000 feet on March 15, 1955. Lockheed test pilot J. Ray Goudey was at the controls. This was
the highest speed achieved by either of the XF-104 prototypes.
Mach 1.79 at standard altitude/pressure would be 1373 mph.
The Bell X-1A was the first to go past 1000 mph in level flight, but it was a rocket plane. The XF-104 appears to be the first to exceed 1000 mph,
but it was an experimental prototype. From the records, the first OFFICIAL production airplane to break 1000 mph in level flight IS the Fairey Delta
X-1A #9 December 8, 1953 Chuck Yeager 48-1384 USAF 3 1.9 18,300 First high-mach flight. Achieved mach 1.9 during slight climb.
X-1A #10 December 12, 1953 Chuck Yeager 48-1384 USAF 4 2.44 15,250 Encountered severe instability above mach 2.3. Inverted spin from apogee
down to 7,624 m. Pilot recovered control.
[edit on 11/29/2005 by Zaphod58]