Think about Monster Speed Machines From the Past.
World War II proved to be a forum for both the Allies and Axis Powers to showcase each member countries’ might in terms of aviation technology and firepower. During the six years of the war there was an extreme emergency to assemble the world’s brightest minds that could provide the best solution for both warring parties in winning the war for world control. That necessity brought to that time the wide selection of propeller driven, piston-powered aircraft the world has ever known. Firepower was something but speed is another and on the greater aspect, aircraft design rules the most. Here I have assembled a dozen of the world’s fastest warbirds worthy of recognition and the fact that compared to the modern Pond racer boasting of only 640 km/h (400 mph), majority of these warbirds remain uncontested monsters of speed at their own right.
Yakovlev Yak-3 (Soviet Union)
Built as an air superiority fighter, escort fighter for bombers and as a ground attack aircraft itself, the Yak-3 brought havoc to its opponents in the air and to enemy stations on the ground. Manoeuvrability is the vital edge of this aircraft against other fighters in its class considering it could achieve a full 360 degree turn in less than 20 seconds.
Wingspan: 30 ft 2 in , Length: 27 ft , Maximum Speed: 720 km/h (447 mph)
Powerplant: 1 Klimov VK-105PF-Z liquid cooled V12 rated at 1,240 hp
North American P-51 Mustang (United States)
The P-51 was built as a single seat fighter/long range escort fighter/fighter-bomber or reconnaissance aircraft. Its outstanding performance as fighter escort allowing bombers to achieve their mission deep within enemy territory made it one of the most versatile fighters that allowed the Allied Forces to gain an edge in winning the war.