Records of Speed

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The idea of record setting speed has been a goal humans have wanted to achieve – on multiple forms of transportation – for over a century. This goal has been set, and broken dozens of times leading to the current list of records.


152 in tow
Current record for fastest speed on a bicycle
John Howard, Olympic cyclist and Ironman triathlon winner, reset the record to 244 km/h (152 mph), also at the Bonneville Salt Flats, on July 20, 1985. Fred Rompelberg from Maastricht, Netherlands is the current holder of the motor-paced speed world record cycling with 268.831 km/h (166.9 mph) since 1995.


Rocky Robinson Motorcycle Land Speed record WEB Current record for fastest speed on a motorcycle
Since late 2010, the Ack Attack team has held the motorcycle land speed record at 376.36 mph (605.69 km/h).


thrust_ssc Fastest Land Speed Achieved (Fastest Car)The current world land speed record stands at 763.035 mph, as set in October 1997 by British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green driving the jet-powered Thrust SSC.


Usain-Bolt-Running_0 Fastest running speed achieved by human
The fastest human footspeed on record is 45.7 km/h (12.4 m/s or 27.78 mph), seen during a 100 meters sprint (average speed between the 60th and the 80th meter) by Usain Bolt.


plane fastest speed in airplane
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird holds the official Air Speed Record for a manned airbreathing jet aircraft with a speed of 3,530 km/h (2,193 mph). It was capable of taking off and landing unassisted on conventional runways. The record was set on 28 July 1976 by Eldon W. Joersz and George T. Morgan Jr. near Beale Air Force Base, California, US.
cheetah of Serengeti Fastest running speed (animals)
The fastest land animal is the cheetah which has a recorded speed of 109.4–120.7 km/h (68.0–75.0 mph)


peregrine_falcon_3 Fastest Flying Animal
The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird, and the fastest member of the animal kingdom with a speed of 389 km/h (242 mph).
a0cdd37edad9c95a2f3e6f9213c8fbf1 Fastest Speed on a Watercraft
Water speed record. The World Unlimited water speed record is the officially recognised fastest speed achieved by a water-borne vehicle. The current record of 511 km/h (317 mph) was achieved in 1978.


Fastest Speed Ever Achieved by Man
When it comes to vehicles built for space travel, the speed record is staggering. Upon re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere on May 26, 1969, the Apollo 10 Lunar Module reached speeds of 24,791 miles per hour.