Re: Fastest airliner ?

From: (John Carr)
Organization: Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
Date:         30 Jul 95 13:02:10 
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In article <airliners.1995.1134@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote:

>While definitely not a hot-rod by the book, I think a DC-8 holds the
>speed record for a "subsonic" jetliner -- during a test flight, one
>went very slightly supersonic, which depending on altitude was around
>700-750 mph or so.  I'm not sure if a 707 has accomplished that feat
>or not.

A few years ago an airliner (a 727?) was hijacked.  The hijacker shot
the crew and the airplane did a power on dive into the ground.  I heard
that it went supersonic in the last seconds.  I'm not sure whether to
believe that -- 700 kts at low altitude is probably well above the
structural limit.

    John Carr (