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  • World War 1 Aircraft Ranked-by-Speed (1914-1918)



    World War 1 saw the birth of the fighter and bomber airplane - with each new passing month, a newer design of greater capability was unleashed.





    As with any war, World War 1 pushed the limited of the technology of the period, providing the canvas for new engines with corresponding airframes developed to certain military specifications. Many designs proved pioneering in their nature and solidified both the fighter and the bomber as capable tools of war to be used in conjunction with land and naval forces. Many-an-ace were made thanks to the impressive mounts fielded in a war where it proved just as important to outmatch your opponent through sheer power than skill alone. The list below showcases WW1 aircraft by their reported maximum speed values. Bear in mind that the listed speeds below pertain to a specific production variant rather than to an entire family of aircraft. Additionally, some developmental aircraft appearing during the war are featured in this list despite them having not seen formal service nor combat.


    There are a total of (155) World War 1 Aircraft Ranked-by-Speed (1914-1918) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by maximum reported speed descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.



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    1918

    1
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Dragon
    149 mph (240 kph)
    Sopwith Dragon
    1918

    2
    Thumbnail picture of the Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard
    145 mph (233 kph)
    Martinsyde F.4 Buzzard
    1917

    3
    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.4
    143 mph (230 kph)
    Airco DH.4
    1917

    4
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XIII
    138 mph (222 kph)
    SPAD S.XIII
    1917

    5
    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5
    138 mph (222 kph)
    Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5
    1918

    6
    Thumbnail picture of the Ansaldo A 1 Balilla (Hunter)
    137 mph (220 kph)
    Ansaldo A 1 Balilla (Hunter)
    1920

    7
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XX (S.20)
    135 mph (217 kph)
    SPAD S.XX (S.20)
    1918

    8
    Thumbnail picture of the Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11
    134 mph (215 kph)
    Packard-Le Pere LUSAC-11
    1917

    9
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XIV
    127 mph (205 kph)
    SPAD S.XIV
    1917

    10
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XII
    126 mph (203 kph)
    SPAD S.XII
    1918

    11
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.7
    124 mph (200 kph)
    Macchi M.7
    1918

    12
    Thumbnail picture of the LFG Roland D.VI
    124 mph (200 kph)
    LFG Roland D.VI
    1918

    13
    Thumbnail picture of the Boulton Paul P.3 Bobolink
    124 mph (200 kph)
    Boulton Paul P.3 Bobolink
    1917

    14
    Thumbnail picture of the Bristol F.2
    123 mph (198 kph)
    Bristol F.2
    1918

    15
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 28
    123 mph (198 kph)
    Nieuport 28
    1917

    16
    Thumbnail picture of the Breguet Br.14
    121 mph (195 kph)
    Breguet Br.14
    1918

    17
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Snipe
    121 mph (195 kph)
    Sopwith Snipe
    1916

    18
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.VII
    119 mph (191 kph)
    SPAD S.VII
    1918

    19
    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
    118 mph (190 kph)
    Siemens-Schuckert D.IV
    1918

    20
    Thumbnail picture of the Ufag C.I
    118 mph (190 kph)
    Ufag C.I
    1917

    21
    Thumbnail picture of the Macchi M.5
    117 mph (189 kph)
    Macchi M.5
    1918

    22
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker D.VII
    117 mph (189 kph)
    Fokker D.VII
    1916

    23
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Triplane
    117 mph (188 kph)
    Sopwith Triplane
    1918

    24
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker D.VIII (Fokker E.V)
    117 mph (188 kph)
    Fokker D.VIII (Fokker E.V)
    1918

    25
    Thumbnail picture of the Salmson 2
    117 mph (188 kph)
    Salmson 2
    1916

    26
    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)
    116 mph (187 kph)
    Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (Type KD)
    1917

    27
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.V
    116 mph (186 kph)
    Albatros D.V
    1917

    28
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.Va
    116 mph (186 kph)
    Albatros D.Va
    1918

    29
    Thumbnail picture of the Halberstadt CL.IV
    116 mph (186 kph)
    Halberstadt CL.IV
    1917

    30
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 27
    115 mph (185 kph)
    Nieuport 27
    1917

    31
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Camel
    115 mph (185 kph)
    Sopwith Camel
    1917

    32
    Thumbnail picture of the Aviatik D.I (Berg D.I)
    115 mph (185 kph)
    Aviatik D.I (Berg D.I)
    1916

    33
    Thumbnail picture of the Hanriot HD.1
    114 mph (184 kph)
    Hanriot HD.1
    1918

    34
    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron R.11
    114 mph (183 kph)
    Caudron R.11
    1917

    35
    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.9
    113 mph (182 kph)
    Airco DH.9
    1917

    36
    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert D.III
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Siemens-Schuckert D.III
    1916

    37
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Pup
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Sopwith Pup
    1917

    38
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Dolphin
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Sopwith Dolphin
    1917

    39
    Thumbnail picture of the Phonix D (Series)
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Phonix D (Series)
    1917

    40
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.XI
    112 mph (180 kph)
    SPAD S.XI
    1917

    41
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler D.I
    112 mph (180 kph)
    Rumpler D.I
    1915

    42
    Thumbnail picture of the DFW T.28 Floh (Flea)
    112 mph (180 kph)
    DFW T.28 Floh (Flea)
    1917

    43
    Thumbnail picture of the Phonix C.I
    110 mph (177 kph)
    Phonix C.I
    1916

    44
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 17
    110 mph (177 kph)
    Nieuport 17
    1916

    45
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.I
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Albatros D.I
    1916

    46
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.II
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Albatros D.II
    1917

    47
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros D.III
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Albatros D.III
    1917

    48
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.X
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Albatros C.X
    1917

    49
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.VII
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Rumpler C.VII
    1917

    50
    Thumbnail picture of the LVG D.III
    109 mph (175 kph)
    LVG D.III
    1918

    51
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker C.I
    109 mph (175 kph)
    Fokker C.I
    1917

    52
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.IV
    106 mph (171 kph)
    Rumpler C.IV
    1918

    53
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey III
    106 mph (171 kph)
    Fairey III
    1918

    54
    Thumbnail picture of the Vought VE-7 Bluebird
    106 mph (171 kph)
    Vought VE-7 Bluebird
    1916

    55
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.V
    106 mph (170 kph)
    Albatros C.V
    1917

    56
    Thumbnail picture of the LVG C.V
    106 mph (170 kph)
    LVG C.V
    1918

    57
    Thumbnail picture of the LVG C.VI
    106 mph (170 kph)
    LVG C.VI
    1918

    58
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber
    104 mph (168 kph)
    Martin MB-1 / Glenn Martin Bomber
    1916

    59
    Thumbnail picture of the Ponnier M.1
    104 mph (167 kph)
    Ponnier M.1
    1919

    60
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Vimy
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Vickers Vimy
    1917

    61
    Thumbnail picture of the Beardmore WB III / SB 3
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Beardmore WB III / SB 3
    1918

    62
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Rhino
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Sopwith Rhino
    1916

    63
    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
    103 mph (166 kph)
    Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
    1915

    64
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler G.I
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Rumpler G.I
    1917

    65
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker)
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Fokker Dr.I (Dreidecker)
    1917

    66
    Thumbnail picture of the Pfalz D.III
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Pfalz D.III
    1916

    67
    Thumbnail picture of the AEG G.IV
    103 mph (165 kph)
    AEG G.IV
    1915

    68
    Thumbnail picture of the Morane-Saulnier Type N
    103 mph (165 kph)
    Morane-Saulnier Type N
    1916

    69
    Thumbnail picture of the LFG Roland C.II (Whale)
    103 mph (165 kph)
    LFG Roland C.II (Whale)
    1916

    70
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
    102 mph (164 kph)
    Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter (One-and-One-Half Strutter)
    1917

    71
    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.5
    102 mph (164 kph)
    Airco DH.5
    1915

    72
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Baby
    101 mph (162 kph)
    Sopwith Baby
    1914

    73
    Thumbnail picture of the Bristol Scout
    100 mph (161 kph)
    Bristol Scout
    1918

    74
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers CL.I
    100 mph (161 kph)
    Junkers CL.I
    1917

    75
    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
    99 mph (160 kph)
    Hansa-Brandenburg W.12
    1917

    76
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)
    99 mph (160 kph)
    Fokker V.5 (Fokker F.I)
    1918

    77
    Thumbnail picture of the Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
    98 mph (158 kph)
    Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
    1916

    78
    Thumbnail picture of the AEG C.IV
    98 mph (158 kph)
    AEG C.IV
    1918

    79
    Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page H.P. O/400
    98 mph (157 kph)
    Handley Page H.P. O/400
    1915

    80
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 11 (Bebe)
    97 mph (156 kph)
    Nieuport 11 (Bebe)
    1916

    81
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro 523 Pike
    97 mph (156 kph)
    Avro 523 Pike
    1916

    82
    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert D.I
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Siemens-Schuckert D.I
    1916

    83
    Thumbnail picture of the DFW C.V
    96 mph (155 kph)
    DFW C.V
    1917

    84
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII)
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Fokker V.6 (Fokker D.VII)
    1917

    85
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker V.4 (Fokker D.VI)
    96 mph (155 kph)
    Fokker V.4 (Fokker D.VI)
    1915

    86
    Thumbnail picture of the SPAD S.A
    96 mph (155 kph)
    SPAD S.A
    1917

    87
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.2
    96 mph (154 kph)
    Felixstowe F.2
    1917

    88
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss H-16
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Curtiss H-16
    1917

    89
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro 529
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Avro 529
    1916

    90
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler 6B
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Rumpler 6B
    1917

    91
    Thumbnail picture of the Armstrong Whitworth FK8
    95 mph (153 kph)
    Armstrong Whitworth FK8
    1915

    92
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.I
    94 mph (152 kph)
    Rumpler C.I
    1916

    93
    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8
    94 mph (151 kph)
    Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.8
    1915

    94
    Thumbnail picture of the Airco DH.2
    93 mph (150 kph)
    Airco DH.2
    1917

    95
    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.6
    93 mph (150 kph)
    Caudron G.6
    1917

    96
    Thumbnail picture of the Dorand AR
    92 mph (148 kph)
    Dorand AR
    1915

    97
    Thumbnail picture of the Nieuport 12
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Nieuport 12
    1914

    98
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler B.I
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Rumpler B.I
    1913

    99
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro 504
    90 mph (145 kph)
    Avro 504
    1917

    100
    Thumbnail picture of the LTG FD.1
    90 mph (145 kph)
    LTG FD.1
    1915

    101
    Thumbnail picture of the Aviatik C.I
    88 mph (142 kph)
    Aviatik C.I
    1918

    102
    Thumbnail picture of the Felixstowe F.5
    88 mph (142 kph)
    Felixstowe F.5
    1915

    103
    Thumbnail picture of the Short Type 184
    88 mph (142 kph)
    Short Type 184
    1916

    104
    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (Type LDD)
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Hansa-Brandenburg C.I (Type LDD)
    1917

    105
    Thumbnail picture of the Gotha G.V
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Gotha G.V
    1917

    106
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros J.I
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Albatros J.I
    1917

    107
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.VIII
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Rumpler C.VIII
    1914

    108
    Thumbnail picture of the Sopwith Tabloid
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Sopwith Tabloid
    1915

    109
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.I
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Albatros C.I
    1915

    110
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros C.III
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Albatros C.III
    1915

    111
    Thumbnail picture of the Fokker E (Eindecker)
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Fokker E (Eindecker)
    1918

    112
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.4
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Caproni Ca.4
    1915

    113
    Thumbnail picture of the Pfalz E.I
    87 mph (140 kph)
    Pfalz E.I
    1917

    114
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.3
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Caproni Ca.3
    1918

    115
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Curtiss NC (Nancy Boat)
    1917

    116
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Campania
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Fairey Campania
    1916

    117
    Thumbnail picture of the Lohner C.I
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Lohner C.I
    1915

    118
    Thumbnail picture of the Lohner B.VII
    85 mph (137 kph)
    Lohner B.VII
    1916

    119
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler C.III
    85 mph (136 kph)
    Rumpler C.III
    1915

    120
    Thumbnail picture of the Lebed Type XII
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Lebed Type XII
    1916

    121
    Thumbnail picture of the Gotha G.IV
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Gotha G.IV
    1917

    122
    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin-Staaken R-series
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Zeppelin-Staaken R-series
    1917

    123
    Thumbnail picture of the Friedrichshafen G.III
    84 mph (135 kph)
    Friedrichshafen G.III
    1915

    124
    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.4
    82 mph (132 kph)
    Caudron G.4
    1915

    125
    Thumbnail picture of the LVG C.II
    81 mph (130 kph)
    LVG C.II
    1916

    126
    Thumbnail picture of the Wright Model L
    81 mph (130 kph)
    Wright Model L
    1915

    127
    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2
    80 mph (129 kph)
    Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2
    1915

    128
    Thumbnail picture of the AGO C.II
    80 mph (128 kph)
    AGO C.II
    1915

    129
    Thumbnail picture of the Lloyd C.II
    80 mph (128 kph)
    Lloyd C.II
    1914

    130
    Thumbnail picture of the Hansa-Brandenburg B.I (Type D/FD)
    78 mph (125 kph)
    Hansa-Brandenburg B.I (Type D/FD)
    1919

    131
    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
    78 mph (125 kph)
    Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
    1915

    132
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny)
    75 mph (121 kph)
    Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny)
    1915

    133
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.1
    75 mph (120 kph)
    Caproni Ca.1
    1913

    134
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
    75 mph (120 kph)
    Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
    1916

    135
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky S-16 (RBVZ S-XVI)
    75 mph (120 kph)
    Sikorsky S-16 (RBVZ S-XVI)
    1917

    136
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 39
    73 mph (117 kph)
    Aeromarine 39
    1912

    137
    Thumbnail picture of the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
    72 mph (116 kph)
    Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
    1917

    138
    Thumbnail picture of the Standard J-1
    71 mph (115 kph)
    Standard J-1
    1918

    139
    Thumbnail picture of the Aeromarine 40
    71 mph (114 kph)
    Aeromarine 40
    1915

    140
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers FB.5 (Gunbus)
    70 mph (113 kph)
    Vickers FB.5 (Gunbus)
    1917

    141
    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)
    66 mph (106 kph)
    Zeppelin L.52 (LZ-98)
    1914

    142
    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.3
    66 mph (106 kph)
    Caudron G.3
    1914

    143
    Thumbnail picture of the Farman MF.11 Shorthorn
    66 mph (106 kph)
    Farman MF.11 Shorthorn
    1915

    144
    Thumbnail picture of the LVG B (Series)
    65 mph (105 kph)
    LVG B (Series)
    1915

    145
    Thumbnail picture of the Voisin Type 5
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Voisin Type 5
    1914

    146
    Thumbnail picture of the Albatros B.II
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Albatros B.II
    1914

    147
    Thumbnail picture of the Ponnier L.1
    65 mph (105 kph)
    Ponnier L.1
    1914

    148
    Thumbnail picture of the Aviatik B.I
    62 mph (100 kph)
    Aviatik B.I
    1910

    149
    Thumbnail picture of the Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)
    62 mph (100 kph)
    Rumpler Taube (Etrich Taube)
    1916

    150
    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin L.32 (LZ-74)
    62 mph (100 kph)
    Zeppelin L.32 (LZ-74)
    1915

    151
    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin L.10 (LZ-40)
    58 mph (93 kph)
    Zeppelin L.10 (LZ-40)
    1918

    152
    Thumbnail picture of the NS7
    57 mph (92 kph)
    NS7
    1918

    153
    Thumbnail picture of the SSZ.65
    53 mph (85 kph)
    SSZ.65
    1917

    154
    Thumbnail picture of the C.23 (Coastal Class)
    47 mph (76 kph)
    C.23 (Coastal Class)
    1909

    155
    Thumbnail picture of the Bleriot XI
    47 mph (75 kph)
    Bleriot XI