USA is considered to be the most powerful country the world has to offer these days. In terms of armed forces that will protect every territory of the country, the United States also have the brave and fully-armed forces. They even have the most high-tech and powerful fighter jet planes that are very useful during war times. In this regard, here are the top 10 US fighter jet planes:
10. F-4 PHANTOM
This fighter jet plane is otherwise known as McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. This is a long-range supersonic jet developed by McDonnell Aircraft to be used by United States Navy. It’s a two-seat, twin-engine fighter jet. Thus, it needs two fighter pilots in order to function. This is made for all weather conditions.
9. F-14 TOMCAT
This is also known as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which is also a two-engine, two-seat fighter aircraft. Grumman Aerospace Corporation intentionally manufactured this supersonic fighter jet for the VFX (Naval Fighter Experimental) program of the US Navy. This is to substitute the F-111B project, which happened to be a failure.
8. AV-8B Harrier II
It was firstly introduced way back on January 1985. This is a ground-attack fighter jet that only has a single engine. It belongs to the Harrier Jump Jet’s 2nd generation family. What is the best about it is it can land and takeoff shortly or vertically.
7. A-10 THUNDERBOLT (WARTHOG)
Another name of this fighter jet is Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II. It’s a twin-engine fighter aircraft developed in early 70’s by Fairchild Republic. It is designed for nearer air support such as attacking ground targets that only have lesser air defenses.
6. F/A-18 HORNET
It’s a twin-engine supersonic combat jet, which is designed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing to be an excellent attack and fighter aircraft. The best thing about it is it’s a multirole aircraft that can carry some fighter passengers. It was in the year 1986 when the US Navy firstly used it.
5. F-117 NIGHTHAWK
This two-engine, single-seat fighter jet is manufactured by Lockheed Corporation. It’s an attack aircraft intentionally made for USAF or United States Air Force. It’s actually designed with the help of stealth technology. The very first flight of this fighter jet happened on June 18, 1981.
4. F-16 FIGHTING FALCON
It’s a multirole fighter aircraft made by General Dynamics in order to be used by USAF (United States Air Force). This single-engine jet is perfect for use during the day. Moreover, this fighter aircraft can resist whatever weather condition it’s facing. It was firstly introduced on August 17, 1978.
3. F-15E STRIKE EAGLE
This is another fighter jet manufactured by McDonnell Douglas, that is a multirole strike fighter jet. This fighter jet is actually made based on the concept of McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. It is used for long range attack. The first flight of this fighter jet happened on December 11, 1986.
2. F-35 LIGHTNING II
It’s a multirole fighter jet manufactured by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. It’s a 5th generation combat aircraft that only has one seat and one engine. Stealth technology is used in manufacturing it, so this aircraft is assured to be powerful enough for air defense missions, aerial reconnaissance, and ground attack.
1. F-22 RAPTOR
It’s a tactical fighter aircraft designed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which made use of stealth technology in manufacturing it. It’s also a twin-engine, single-seat fighter jet perfect for any weather conditions. Its first flight can be dated back to September 7, 1997.
These are the top 10 US fighter jet planes available nowadays. When it comes to war, these aircrafts will certainly survive.