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How fast is 4.60 feet per second?

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It's about one-seventy-fifth as fast as a Peregrine Falcon
In other words, the speed of a Peregrine Falcon is 76.90 times 4.60 feet per second.
(a.k.a. Peregrine, a.k.a. Duck Hawk, Falco peregrinus)
The Peregrine Falcon can reach speeds of up to 355 feet per second when diving. Falcons are sometimes sent to scare smaller birds away from airports to improve air traffic safety and were used in World War II to intercept carrier pigeons used by enemy forces.
It's about one-two-hundred-fiftieth as fast as The Speed of Sound
In other words, 4.60 feet per second is 0.00409 times the speed of The Speed of Sound, and the speed of The Speed of Sound is 244 times that amount.
(in dry air at 20°C)
The speed of sound in dry air at 20°C (68°F) is 1,130 feet per second. Air is a relatively poor acoustic conductor, however, as sound will travel at speeds of between 4,910 feet per second to 5,120 feet per second in water, depending on its salinity.
It's about one-two-hundred-fiftieth as fast as a Bullet (Handgun)
In other words, 4.60 feet per second is 0.00365 times the speed of a Bullet (Handgun), and the speed of a Bullet (Handgun) is 274 times that amount.
(for .40 Smith & Wesson 135 grain Sierra JHP, VV 3N37 powder, Fed. 100 primer, Remington case) (muzzle velocity)
A 0.40 caliber Smith & Wesson bullet has a muzzle a velocity of 1,260 feet per second. This type of ammunition has been the standard issue round of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 1990.
It's about one-five-hundredth as fast as a Jet Fighter
In other words, 4.60 feet per second is 0.0021 times the speed of a Jet Fighter, and the speed of a Jet Fighter is 480 times that amount.
(for Lockheed Martin F-16, a.k.a. Fighting Falcon, a.k.a. Viper) (maximum speed at altitude)
An F-16's maximum speed at altitude is approximately 2,200 feet per second. The F-16 has a flight ceiling of approximately 15 km (9.32 mi).
It's about one-six-hundred-fiftieth as fast as a Bullet (Rifle)
In other words, 4.60 feet per second is 0.00153 times the speed of a Bullet (Rifle), and the speed of a Bullet (Rifle) is 654 times that amount.
(5.56 x 45 mm, a.k.a. 5.56 NATO)
A 5.56 x 45 mm cartridge is fired at a velocity of 3,000 feet per second. As the NATO rifle cartridge, it is used by the military forces of more than thirty-one countries, including use in the M16 series, M4 Carbine, HK-416, and M249 Squad automatic weapons used by the United States armed forces.
It's about one-five-thousand-five-hundredth as fast as The Space Shuttle
In other words, 4.60 feet per second is 0.00018106 times the speed of The Space Shuttle, and the speed of The Space Shuttle is 5,523 times that amount.
(Orbiter vehicle velocity)
The space shuttle orbits at a speed of 25,406 feet per second. During liftoff, the space shuttle accelerates to orbital speed in 8.5 minutes, consuming over 1.59 million kg (3.51 million lbs) of propellant in the process.
It's about one-thirty-thousandth as fast as a Meteor
In other words, the speed of a Meteor is 30,000 times 4.60 feet per second.
(formally Meteoroid or meteorite, depending on the context; a.k.a. "shooting star", a.k.a. "falling star")
Small meteoroids enter the Earth's atmosphere at speeds between 36,000 feet per second and 240,000 feet per second, depending on their size. The fireball effect, known as ablation, ceases once the atmosphere has slowed the meteoroid to a velocity of about 9,100 feet per second.