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  • steve rowell
    Expat Geordie
    • Apr 2003
    • 13281

    United speed record

    A significant airliner speed record was bagged by United recently. The event involved a Boeing 747-400,callsign"United 816",nonstop from Sydney to Lax,across the Pacific.
    UAL816,under the command of Captain David Seymour,reached a cruising speed of 1017.18 kilometres per hour.The previous speed record was 988.59 kilometres per hour,which was recorded back on April 18 1981,by an airliner under the command of Captain Verne Jobst,also from the USA.
    The new UAL-816 speed record was ratified by the FAI,the record was Claim No 7593 in Sub Class C,Group 3 which means "turbine aeroplane catergory operating a commercial air route.
    Best Regards Steve
  • KabirT
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 8157

    #2
    thats cool!
    "one is the loneliest number.."

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    • andrewm
      Rank 2 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 4456

      #3
      what mach was he doing then
      Regards, Andrew

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      • wysiwyg
        Retard :)
        • Jan 2000
        • 3749

        #4
        He would be cruising at between his normal operating mach number and MMo but he would have been travelling the bulk of the way down a huge jetstream to set these kinds of speeds.

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        • monster500
          Senior Member
          • Jan 2000
          • 910

          #5
          what was the final journey time for UA 816??

          and how much of the journey was assisted by the jetstream?

          the journey on average from Syd to Lax is about 13hr.45min

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          • EGNM
            Sadact
            • Jan 2000
            • 3875

            #6
            thats quite a differance between the old and new records!
            Brgds
            EGNM

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            • KabirT
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2000
              • 8157

              #7
              Originally posted by andrewm
              what mach was he doing then

              that would be enar abt 0.86.
              "one is the loneliest number.."

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              • greekdude1
                Senior Member
                • Jan 2000
                • 3183

                #8
                Why can't they go fast when I'm on that flight! I've been on UA816 from SYD to LAX at least a half dozen times. It typically lasts around 13 hours, I'd like to see how long this one took.

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