Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: The fastest manned airplane ever built. It could fly from New York to London in under two hours at speeds up to Mach 3.2. Even though it regularly flew reconnaissance missions over enemy territory, none were ever lost to enemy fire due to their incredible speed, altitude, and stealth capabilities. Painting by Dru Blair.
When the Mosquito entered production in 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world.Entering widespread service in 1942, the Mosquito first operated as a high-speed, high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft, and continued to operate in this role throughout the war.