


With that disclaimer aside, below are the most accurate maximum level speeds currently available for a number of world aircraft. Note that the maximum speeds are provided at some altitude since aircraft can fly faster the higher they go (due to decreased air density). A more objective comparison is the Mach number, a nondimensional value, although the Mach number is dependent on altitude (i.e. Mach 1 at sea level is 15% faster than Mach 1 at 50,000 ft).
Aircraft  Speed  Altitude  Mach Number 

SR71 Blackbird 
2,275 mph (3,660 km/h) 
80,000 ft (24,385 m) 
Mach 3.35 
MiG25 
2,110 mph (3,390 km/h) 
42,650 ft (13,000 m) 
Mach 3.2 
F15 Eagle 
1,650 mph (2,655 km/h) 
36,000 ft (10,975 m) 
Mach 2.5 
Su24 
1,590 mph (2,560 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.4 
F14 Tomcat 
1,565 mph (2,515 km/h) 
36,000 ft (10,975 m) 
Mach 2.37 
MiG23 
1,555 mph (2,500 km/h) 
36,000 ft (10,975 m) 
Mach 2.35 
Su27 
1,555 mph (2,500 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.35 
MiG29 
1,520 mph (2,445 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.3 
J8 
1,450 mph (2,340 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.2 
Mirage 2000 
1,455 mph (2,340 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.2 
Tornado 
1,450 mph (2,335 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.2 
F16 Fighting Falcon 
1,350 mph (2,175 km/h) 
40,000 ft (12,190 m) 
Mach 2.05 
MiG21 
1,355 mph (2,175 km/h) 
42,650 ft (13,000 m) 
Mach 2.05 
Tu160 
1,380 mph (2,220 km/h) 
40,000 ft (12,200 m) 
Mach 2.05 
F22 Raptor 
1,355 mph (2,180 km/h) 
30,000 ft (9,150 m) 
Mach 2.0 
Gripen 
1,320 mph (2,125 km/h) 
36,000 ft (10,975 m) 
Mach 2.0 
Rafale 
1,320 mph (2,125 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.0 
Typhoon 
1,320 mph (2,125 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 2.0 
Tu22M 
1,240 mph (2,000 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 1.88 
F18 Hornet 
1,190 mph (1,915 km/h) 
40,000 ft (12,190 m) 
Mach 1.8 
B1B Lancer 
1,000 mph (1,600 km/h) 
36,090 ft (11,000 m) 
Mach 1.5 
B2 Spirit 
630 mph (1,010 km/h) 
40,000 ft (12,190 m) 
Mach 0.95 
Tu95 
575 mph (925 km/h) 
40,010 ft (12,205 m) 
Mach 0.87 
For additional aviation speeds, check out a previous question on speed records.
 answer by Jeff Scott, 10 June 2001
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