Speed, at least when it comes to air-travel, is difficult to wrap one’s mind around since it’s impossible to truly comprehend (and feel) how fast one is moving, when miles above the Earth. Speed, like anything else, is relative; but it can’t be argued that there are some aircraft that are unrivaled when it comes to being recognized as the fastest private jets, hands down!
To put ‘miles per hour’ in clearer perspective, keep in mind that commercial jets travel at a top speed of about 575 mph. Here are three non-commercial jets that take the lead when it comes to speed:
No. 3 – The Dassault Falcon 7X
The Dassault Falcon 7X is a large, roomy jet that was launched in 2005. This beauty has the ability to travel up to 5,950 nautical miles, non-stop, with Mach 0.90 – hitting a top speed of 593 mph. As a side note, Mach 1.6 = 1,217 mph.
Only 200 Dassault Falcon 7X’s are owned around the world with a hefty price tag of $52.5 million. It was in 2014 that a 7X made a record trip from NYC to London is less than 6 hours! That translates into a trip that is an hour less than a typical, commercial flight.
Interestingly, the Falcon 7X incorporates more than 30 years of aviation expertise. With this personal jet, one will find a background of military history where fighter-jet technology has been embedded, resulting in fighter-jet handling and an unforgettably-smooth ride – from take-off to landing.
No. 2 – The Gulfstream G-650
The Gulfstream G-650 is a coveted beauty that has millionaires on a buyers’ 3-year wait-list since only a few were manufactured – it comes in at a cool $65 million. It boasts of Mach 0.925 – 610 mph. Eighteen pampered passengers can travel 51,000 feet above Planet Earth and cover 7,000 nautical miles while the craft is in long-range cruise mode.
The Gulfstream G-650 is the pinnacle of Gulfstream’s aviation accomplishments in the private-jet industry. This craft possesses a unique wing design which alters how air flows over the craft, to the point of optimizing velocity. Flying Magazine states: The G-650 is the biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest-range, and most-technologically-advanced jet, by far, that Gulfstream has ever built.
No. 1 – The Cessna Citation X+
The Cessna Citation X+ is a private jet that holds the title as the undisputed “King of Speed”. This craft was introduced in 1996 and is built for incredible swiftness – how about a max speed Mach of 0.935, topping off at 617 mph? Flying from Boston to LA in under 4 hours is no problem for this compact bad-boy, with Rolls Royce turbofan engines that generate impressive power.
If you choose to buy your own Cessna Citation X+, all you will need is a mere $22million to make it happen.
These three jets represent the latest generation of aircraft that caters to private aviation – stunning aircraft that shave hours off airline routes, and provide primo-comfort and exquisite amenities we can only dream of.