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22 of The Fastest Aircraft in The World

Updated 2 weeks ago on March 12, 2020
By LifehackLane Team

Military spending and government projects have led to some of the fastest vehicles known to man, but which is fastest?

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Although not a definitive list (as with all technologies, things develop at a rapid speed) and including some experimental projects and projected speeds, we've taken a look at some of the fastest aircraft developed in the world. Usually developed as military projects, the advancement of technology has seen some incredibly rapid vehicles flying through our skies. Here we look at the 22 of the fastest (as of writing - not necessarily the fastest) and countdown to number 1.


F-117 Nighthawk

Cost: $111,200,000

Top Speed: 617mph

Time To Circumnavigate the Globe: 40.36 hours

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A secretive project that saw a twin-engine, single seater plane developed for the US military. Operational from 1983, it saw action in the Gulf War 1991 and during the Yugoslavia conflict 1999 where one was shot down making it the only one ever lost in combat. Retired in April 2008.

B-2 Spirit

Cost: $737,000,000

Top Speed: 630 mph

Time To Circumnavigate the Globe: 39.53 hours

Commonly known as the stealth bomber, it was designed so as to not be seen on radar (although radar technology has since developed). Used in Kosovo 1999, it also saw action in Afghanistan and Iraq.


F-35 Lightning II

Cost: $106,000,000

Top Speed: 1,200mph

Time To Circumnavigate the Globe: 20.75 hours

Designed to perform ground attacks and aerial reconnaissance it is a descendant of the F-25 and the F-35 projects and as of 2014, 115 have been built.

F22 Raptor

Cost: $150,000,000

Top Speed: 1,497mph

Time to Circumnavigate the Globe: Unknown


This Lockheed Martin model is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather extraordinaire. Built for the United States Air Force, the F22 Raptor can pick up some serious speed, with a top speed mooted to be around the 2,410 km mark.

Unsurprisingly, the unit cost to manufacture a bad boy like this sets the American government back around $150m.

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