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A British Airways plane just broke the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight from New York to London. With the help of heavy tailwinds, it hit up to 800 mph, taking just four hours and 56 minutes to land at Heathrow Airport in London.

Some unusually strong storm winds of over 200 mph propelled the aircraft, according to meteorologists. Its top speed during the flight reached 825 mph, taking almost two hours off the scheduled time. Next time you fly, you can hope some friendly gusts will help you get there faster, or at least on time!

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