Correct answer is... 254 km/h. It is equal to 137 kn or 158 mph.
A cruise speed is the speed of a plane in relation to the air masses surrounding it. If we wanted to figure out how fast the plane is moving in relation to earth we would have to take into account the factor of wind. In windless weather the cruise speed equals the speed in relation to earth. However, the higher the plane flies the stronger the wind.
To give an example, the cruise speed of Curtiss SB2C Helldiver flying at 500 meters against the wind of 40 km/h will equal 214 km/h. With the wind, it will equal 214 km/h. If there is a side wind, the speed will vary between 214 and 294 km/h, depending on whether it’s more against or with the wind.
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