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    Default How fast could a propeller driven piston powered plane theoretically go ?

    If you have all the knowledge and means to get there....what could it be ?

    Is it M0.92 ?

    I have been modelling a V-tailed "mustang" with extra hyper fast ram air effect system. It looks extremely fast. With slight v-form ie "sweep" in the wing.
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    Default Re: How fast could a propeller driven piston powered plane theoretically go ?

    Sam Bousfield and Eric Ahlstrom introduced the DART racer in 2003.

    It was supposedly a M0.82 mover.

    https://www.tiede.fi/s3/files/styles...?itok=5ewkT35Q

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    Default Re: How fast could a propeller driven piston powered plane theoretically go ?

    There are various stats in various places, but the AFS lists top speed of the Tu-95 as 925 kmh, although they don't list an associated altitude. I believe it is the fastest propellor driven machine, though obviously not piston powered.

    Would be very interesting to see what the Bear, Voodoo, or Strega could achieve at altitude today.

    Per Air & Space:

    https://www.airspacemag.com/history-...52/?c=y&page=2

    In this article, they quote Yeager as saying, in a P-51 he achieved .81 mach in a vertical dive from max altitude. Even with mods, I expect it would be tough to get there in level flight. Yeager said Hoover was along side in a P-47 at mach .805. That I'll admit, sounds like a Yeager-y story.

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    Technical paper on the DART racer
    http://aero-comlab.stanford.edu/Pape...0-4341-839.pdf
    "young" Thomas

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    Default Re: How fast could a propeller driven piston powered plane theoretically go ?

    Do you think it would have to be a pusher ?
    Last edited by Jukka; 03-20-2019 at 11:37 PM. Reason: data added

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