Fastest airliner ?

From:         Walter.Baeck@ping.be (Walter Baeck)
Organization: PING Belgium
Date:         28 Jul 95 02:53:22 
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Hi !
Could anyone tell me what the fastest reported speed is for an
airliner till now ? (Could you express this speed in mph or km/hr
instead of Mach numbers..?)

Actually, I am interested int the fastest air speed reached for any
plane, but I fear that reports on military prototypes might be biased.
Therefore, I'd like to restrict the query to planes you can fly with
yourself (if you've got money enough, that is). But if there are
scientific projects which are solidly thrustworthy, could you
mention those too, please ?
Thanks!

				Walter Baeck.