Correct answer is... 402 km/h. It is equal to 217 kn or 250 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 Hughes H-4 Hercules flying at 500 meters against the wind of 30 km/h will equal 372 km/h. With the wind, it will equal 372 km/h. If there is a side wind, the speed will vary between 372 and 432 km/h, depending on whether it’s more against or with the wind.
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