What's the Fastest Stock Plane in MSFS?

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So I've just become familiar with the MSFS aircraft and I would like to know what is the fastest stock plane available from a default install of the simulator.

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You've tapped into a topic that combines the allure of flight simulation with the thrill of high-speed aviation. Let's break down the speed capabilities of each aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) 2020's default fleet, providing you with precise figures to satisfy your need for speed.

Here's a rundown of the top-speed performers:

  • Cessna Citation CJ4: A blend of luxury and speed, the CJ4 reaches a top speed of 453 knots (839 km/h), making it a swift choice for business jet simulation.
  • Airbus A320neo: A staple in commercial aviation, the A320neo clocks in at a max cruise speed of 473 knots (876 km/h). This aircraft offers a balance of efficiency and velocity.
  • Cessna Citation Longitude: The Longitude, another business jet marvel, achieves a maximum cruise speed of 483 knots (895 km/h), showcasing its rapid transit capabilities.
  • Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental: This modern incarnation of the legendary jumbo jet reaches a max cruise speed of 533 knots (987 km/h), blending iconic design with formidable speed.
  • Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: The Dreamliner, known for its long-range and efficiency, impresses with a max cruise speed of 515 knots (954 km/h), perfect for simulating long-haul journeys.

These speeds provide a glimpse into the diverse performance characteristics available in MSFS 2020. From the agility of business jets to the robustness of long-range commercial airliners, each aircraft offers a unique flight experience that's as close to real-world aviation as it gets.

For enthusiasts exploring other platforms like X-Plane 12, while the exact models and performance might differ, the pursuit of high-speed aviation is a shared thrill across simulation platforms.

In closing, MSFS 2020's default aircraft selection not only offers a range of experiences but also caters to speed enthusiasts with these high-performance machines. As you continue your flight simulation journey, remember that each aircraft in this lineup offers a distinct slice of aviation, be it in terms of speed, handling, or technological advancements.

To the best of my current knowledge, these figures represent the latest available data. However, the dynamic nature of flight simulation means there's always something new on the horizon.

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