Over the past century, dozens of aircraft have been designed and built to fight in the sky. But now based on expert opinion, audience polls and technical comparison, we’ve constructed a five-point matrix, that will rank the Top Ten Fighter aircraft of all time
No. 10: F/A-22 Raptor
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney F-119 PW-100
Top Speed: Mach 2.5
Armament: One 20mm cannon, six AMRAAM and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles
Because it is almost invisible to radar and carries an awesome array of weaponry the F-22 Raptor, America’s fourth-generation fighter, gets superb innovation and fear factor ratings. However, the aircraft’s prowess is compromised by its astronomical production costs and the fact it has some way to go to match the combat records of the F-15 and F-16. Therefore, in the kill ratio, production and service length categories, the Raptor scores zip, placing it firmly in 10th place on our list.
Discovery Channel’s Future Weapons episode featuring the F/A-22 Raptor.