While the MiG-31 Foxhound might be the fastest fighter jet in use today, the honor for the fastest fighter jet ever built does belong to the United States.
The NASA/USAF X-15 is the fastest fighter jet ever produced. It reached record top speed of Mach 6.72 or 4,520 mph, which is more than five times the speed of sound.
The United States of America maintains the strongest Air Force in the world by an impressive margin. As of late 2021, the United States Air Force (USAF) is composed of 5217 active aircraft, making it the largest, the most technologically advanced, and the most powerful air fleet in the world.
Lockheed Martin's new hypersonic plane is expected to travel at Mach 6. The Lockheed Martin SR-72, which is rumored to be the world's fastest plane, is expected to make a test flight in 2025, eight years after its private proposal in 2013.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is the fastest jet aircraft in the world, reaching speeds of Mach 3.3--that's more than 3,500 kph (2,100 mph) and almost four times as fast as the average cruising speed of a commercial airliner. Key elements of the SR-71's design made this possible.
The SR-71 Blackbird remains the fastest operational military aircraft in history to this day, despite leaving service more than two decades ago, but its Lockheed predecessor in the A-12 was actually faster.
Taiwan displayed on Wednesday its most advanced fighter jet, the missile-equipped F-16V, in a rare nighttime demonstration in the wake of China's unprecedented military drills around the island.
And it's one of the most impressive too -- the USAF has planes capable of flying at speeds of 1,875 miles per hour.
Fighter jets can fly anywhere between 1,500 to 1,900 mph, with the average fighter jet flying close to 1,600 mph.
In fact, there are only four 5th-gen fighter jets in the world, 2 each with the US and 1 each with China and Russia. The rest of the most advanced jets are mostly 4.5-gen in built, and India has two of them.
Interestingly, the top 2 places were taken by the US Air Force and US Navy, followed by the Russian Air Force, US Army Aviation, and US Marine Corps. The list is followed by the Indian and Chinese (PLAAF) Air Force.
1. F-15 Eagle. Few aircraft are more iconic in the American imagination than the McDonnell Douglas F-15. Since the 70s, it has been virtually synonymous with “fighter jet” in the minds of most Americans, and for good reason.
GAO-22-105995 Published: Apr 28, 2022. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2022. F-35 aircraft comprise a growing portion of DOD's aviation fleet. DOD currently has 450 F-35s, and plans to procure about 2,500 in total.
The Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) was ranked seventh in the world, due to its lack of fourth-generation fighter planes and high-end drones. In General Shaozhong's view, China will become the second-largest military power in the world only in 2049, when it celebrates its centennial anniversary.
The Ukrainian Air Force today is tasked with protecting the Ukrainian sky from enemy aircraft, drones, and missiles; and performing air support for ground forces to strike Russian manpower and combat equipment such as armored vehicles, artillery, and tanks.
1. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The Us Airforce came into being on September 11, 1947.
1. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The F-22 Raptor is one of the world's oldest and most powerful combat planes. The fighter aircraft, which was developed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the US Air Force and inducted in 2005, is not for sale to other countries.
The Tupolev Tu-160 is the largest, heaviest supersonic and combat aircraft ever constructed. The aircraft also holds the title for the largest variable-geometry “swing wing” aircraft. The Tu-160 (NATO code: Blackjack) has a 183-foot wingspan and a max takeoff weight of 606,271 pounds.
The Vought-Sikorsky "Corsair" F4U-1 Navy fighter, is one of the fastest warplanes in existence. Powered by a 2,000 horsepower Pratt and Whitney engine, it has a cruising speed in excess of 425 miles per hour. Its top speed is a military secret.
Air Force One is also larger, faster and can fly for longer without refueling.
The slowest jet aircraft is the Polish-made PZL M-15 "Belphegor", a single-engined crop-dusting plane that made its first flight on 20 May 1973. The Belphegor was a biplane weighed down with two huge pesticide tanks that had a top speed of just 200 km/h (120 mph).
F-22. An F22 Raptor could circumnavigate the earth in 17 hours if it flew nonstop at top speed, but an F22 would have to be refueled at least 15 times before this can happen. While capable of refueling in the air, it would take 22 to 25 hours for an F22 to circumnavigate the earth if we include refueling time.