No 8. Grumman F-14 Tomcat
|Maximum speed||Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph, 2,485 km/h) at high altitude|
|Combat radius||575 mi, 926 km|
|Ferry range||1,840 mi, 2,960 km|
|Service ceiling||50,000 ft (15,200 m)|
|Rate of climb||>45,000 ft/min (229 m/s)|
|Wing loading||113.4 lb/ft² (553.9 kg/m²)|
Developed for the US Navy this jet topped at Mach 2.34 but currently, is operated only by Iran with US Navy retiring it in 2006. The F-14 was the largest and most expensive fighter of its time and hence, had to be replaced by a good alternative after being introduced in 1974.
No 7. Sukhoi Su-27
|Maximum speed||Mach 2.35 (2,500 km/h, 1,550 mph) at altitude|
|Range||3,530 km (2,070 mi) at altitude; (1,340 km / 800 mi at sea level)|
|Service ceiling||18,500 m (62,523 ft)|
|Rate of climb||300 m/s (64,000 ft/min)|
|Wing loading||371 kg/m² (76 lb/ft²)|
Originally manufactured by the Soviet Union, its main role is of a Air superiority fighter. Topping at Mach 2.35 one of the main features of the Su-27 is its maneuverability which it pretty neatly displays with a “Cobra” or dynamic acceleration in which it sustains a level flight at 120 degrees angle of attack.