High Flying in a 172 - For Fun

Decided to get crazy with the 172 on casual server. MEM to SDF.

Had a solid 80 knot tailwind which probably helped, long but steady step climb out of MEM to FL40 - long slow decent into Louisville. Plane of course was painfully slow but was fun to do it anyway, and handled fairly well. I think ground speed topped out about 320 knots.


Some people managed to cross the Atlantic in 4 hours with that thing


I would suspect with a good tailwind it is quite doable. This flight took a a little over 1.5 hours.