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F-16 vs Commercial Jets

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2019, 19:25
by rowbeartoe
Hi Everyone.

Most of the new commercial jets (as compared to business jets) will cruise at around Mach 0.85 over great distances. I think planes like the 747 and Airbus can go slighter faster. Question, could a Military Jet such as the F-16 travel half the country much faster? I used to think military Jets could sustain their top speeds and never gave it a second thought. But now, after learning those high speeds were for brief moments I was wondering if there really is much difference in traveling. Obviously If we are talking only a few hundred miles, the military Jets would easily win, but over great distance, would there be much difference? For fun- lets say the F-16 could refuel in air as much as possible.

Thanks everyone.

Re: F-16 vs Commercial Jets

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2019, 20:44
by jaws
The point of this thread is ________

Re: F-16 vs Commercial Jets

Unread postPosted: 25 Aug 2019, 00:44
by firebase99
rowbeartoe wrote:Hi Everyone.

Most of the new commercial jets (as compared to business jets) will cruise at around Mach 0.85 over great distances. I think planes like the 747 and Airbus can go slighter faster. Question, could a Military Jet such as the F-16 travel half the country much faster? I used to think military Jets could sustain their top speeds and never gave it a second thought. But now, after learning those high speeds were for brief moments I was wondering if there really is much difference in traveling. Obviously If we are talking only a few hundred miles, the military Jets would easily win, but over great distance, would there be much difference? For fun- lets say the F-16 could refuel in air as much as possible.

Thanks everyone.



If F-16 could refuel in air as much as possible then yes itd be MUCH faster than an airliner. A clean Viper at 36,000 can probably supercruise for quite some time.

Re: F-16 vs Commercial Jets

Unread postPosted: 25 Aug 2019, 02:26
by southernphantom
jaws wrote:The point of this thread is ________


To discuss the effective cruising speeds of two types of aircraft with very different propulsion and aerodynamic design.