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The fastest plane in the world is NASA's Boeing X-43A Scramjet, flying in the record books at a speed of Mach 9.6, or 7,350 mph (11,760 km/h).
The first man in space boarded the Russian spacecraft Vostok 1 in April 12, 1961 with a 50-50 chance of survival. The spacecraft orbited the earth for one hour and 48 minutes and returned successfully.
The "Solar Challenger" is a solar powered plane that was built in 1980 with the ability to fly using only the energy provided by sun. It's longest flight was 160 miles (260km), completed without the use of any batteries.