What Is the Name of the Fastest Manned Aircraft?

What Is the Name of the Fastest Manned Aircraft?

What Is the Name of the Fastest Manned Aircraft?

According to LiveScience, the fastest manned aircraft ever flown is the experimental X-15. As of 2013, the X-15 holds the world record for fasted speed achieved by a piloted aircraft: 4,520 miles per hour, which is 6.72 times the speed of sound.

This rocket-powered plane was one model in a fleet of experimental aircraft engineered together by NASA and the U.S. Air Force in the early 1960s. The X-15 test flights set many records, including the highest altitude achieved by a piloted aircraft, at over 62 miles. Although the X-15 was retired from flight in 1970, its records for speed and altitude still remain in place as of 2013. The X-15 featured many notable test pilots, including Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.