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Top 10 Fastest Fighters

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)
Thrust/weight 0.91

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbyNc3GxMN4[/youtube]

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)
Thrust/weight 1.09

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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daOPK07baBw[/youtube]

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