Top 10 Fastest Fighters

No 6. General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

Maximum speed Mach 2.5 (1,650 mph, 2,655 km/h)
Combat radius 1,330 mi, 2,140 km
Ferry range 4,200 mi, 6,760 km
Service ceiling 66,000 ft (20,100 m)
Rate of climb 25,890 ft/min (131.5 m/s)
Spread 126.0 lb/ft² (615.2 kg/m²)
Swept 158 lb/ft² (771 kg/m²)
Lift-to-drag ratio 15.8
Thrust/weight 0.61

F-111 was the first aircraft to implement the geometry “swing wing” that allowed it to change its flying characteristics “on the fly”. Although the aircraft retired in 1998 at the US Air Force, it is still operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. It topped at Mach 2.5 and was replaced by the more successful F-15.


No 5. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Maximum speed High altitude: Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,660+ km/h), Max Mach 2.7

Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (900 mph, 1,450 km/h)

Combat radius 1,222 mi, 1,967 km for interdiction mission
Ferry range 3,450 mi, 5,550 km with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
Service ceiling 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
Rate of climb >50,000 ft/min (254 m/s)
Wing loading 73.1 lb/ft² (358 kg/m²)
Thrust/weight 1.12 (-220), 1.30 (-229)

Considered one of the most successful modern fighters with over 100 aerial victories, it reaches speeds of Mach 2.7. It is still in service with the US Air Force and is expected to be serving till 2025. F-15 eagles took part in the Gulf War and were responsible for almost all the Air Force victories there. Its current operators include US, Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia.


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