List of military aircraft with cruising speeds in excess of 1,000 knots

This statistic shows the military aircraft which are currently in production or service which have cruising speeds greater than 1,000 knots. The cruising speed of an aircraft is usually the speed at which it is most economic to fly, slightly faster than the speed which allows for its maximum range, but also slower than the aircraft's top speed. Of these aircraft, only the Lockheed F-22 Raptor and Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle have cruising speeds more than twice the speed of sound (approximately 1,333.5 knots)

Military aircraft currently in service with cruise speeds greater than 1,000 knots

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Release date

September 2016



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Supplementary notes

This data displays the average cruising speed of the fastest military aircraft currently in production/service.

* The Lockheed F-35A (Conventional Takeoff and Landing Variant), F-35B (Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Variant), and F-35C (Carrier Variant) all share this cruising speed. This does not include the F-35A Lightning II, which is listed elsewhere in this statistic.

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