What are the speed records (true air speed) of these Jumbos: The Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380 if any?

  • 4
    $\begingroup$ indicated airspeed, true airspeed, mach number or groundspeed? $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jun 22, 2017 at 11:17
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ I dont think it is too broad. At most with 4 different speed you need just 8 numbers to come up with. $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Jun 22, 2017 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ Probably during China Airlines flight 006's high speed dive $\endgroup$
    – Steve Kuo
    Jun 22, 2017 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ Tokyo -> Honolulu at 708 MPH (ground speed). goo.gl/6CVtvD $\endgroup$
    – pr1268
    Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00

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The published Maximum Operating Mach number (MMO) for the B747 is Mach 0.92 but it can sometimes be exceeded accidentally due to aircraft upset. It has been reported that Mach 0.99 was attained during a Boeing test flight in a slight nose down attitude.

The A380 has a slower MMO of Mach 0.89

The actual true airspeed of a Mach number will depend on the temperature and altitude but at 35,000 feet Mach 0.92 would be about 530 Knots. (610 mph)


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