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World's Fastest Self-Powered Aircraft

Fastest man-made, self-propelled aircraft with maximum cruising speed in Mach.

World's Fastest Self-Powered Aircraft

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2.30
Ma

F-107 Ultra Sabre

2.3 Mach
F-107 Ultra Sabre

The F-107 is a US-developed tactical fighter-bomber from the mid-50's era. It incorporated several innovated designs features, most notably, the odd-looking variable air intake just above and behind the cockpit, which was used to automatically regulate air fed to the engine. Although several successful prototypes were developed, this aircraft never entered mass production. No unit cost is available.

12.

2.30
Ma

MIG-29 Fulcrum

2.3 Mach
MIG-29 Fulcrum

The Mikoyan MIG-29 is an air-superiority and multi-role fighter developed in the late 70's to counter US advances with the F-15 and F-16. The Fulcrum features a twin-engine, twin-tail design with mostly aluminum frame, giving it superior maneuverability. This aircraft was very successful, leading to a production run of over 1,600 units, many of which were sold abroad and still in active service. Unit cost: $29 million, inflation adjusted.

13.

2.30
Ma

IAI Kfir

2.3 Mach
IAI Kfir

The Kfir, developed by Israel Aircraft Industries in the early 70's, serving as a multi-role combat fighter. It was based on the French-designed Mirage, whose blueprints were stolen by the Israel secret service and later used to build this heavily-modified variant. Over 220 units were produced and served for 20 years, until they were retired from active service in the 90's.

14.

2.25
Ma

F22 - Raptor

2.25 Mach
F22 - Raptor

The advanced Lockheed F-22 was developed in the early 90's as the next generation of air-superiority fighter to replace the aging F-15 and one-up the SU-27. The F-22 features full stealth capabilities, thrust vectoring, and advanced fly-by-wire. After a drawn-out development cycle and congressional approval process, the F-22 entered production in 2005, with over 150 units currently in service. Unit cost: $150 million.

15.

2.25
Ma

Su-35 Flanker

2.25 Mach
Su-35 Flanker

The Sukhoi Su-35 is heavy long-range fighter developed in the late 80's based off the Su-27. The Su-35 incorporated many upgrades, and although a success design, it was not put into immediate mass production. The Russian Defense Ministry ordered 48 Su-35 which are scheduled to begin delivery in 2010. Unit cost: $55 million.

16.

2.20
Ma

YF-23 - Black Widow

2.2 Mach
YF-23 - Black Widow

The Northrop YF-23 was a prototype next-generation air-superiority fighter developed in conjunction with the F-22. The two were in a head-to-head competition be the next production fighter to replace the F-15. Similar to the F-22 in general, the YF-23 was stealthier and faster, but had lower maneuverability and higher cost. The F-22 won out and the YF-23 was shelved, with the only two units now on display.

17.

2.20
Ma

F-4 Phantom

2.2 Mach
F-4 Phantom

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was developed in the late 50's as a long-range interceptor and fighter-bomber. It's had a very success service record with over 5,000 units produced. The F-4 was used extensively in Vietnam for ground strikes and recon. It was phased out and replaced by modern fighters like the F-14, F-15, F-16, and F-18 in the 80's. Unit cost: $17 million, inflation adjusted.

18.

2.20
Ma

Tornado ADV

2.2 Mach
Tornado ADV

The Tornado Air Defense Variant (ADV) wad developed by Panavia for the British Royal Air Force in the late 70's as a Soviet bomber interceptor. Over 200 units were produced, put in use by the British, Saudi's, and Italians. Because the F-4 was designed to take down Soviet bombers, it has good endurance and payload, but lacks maneuverability. The last of the F-4's are schedules for retirement in 2011.

19.

2.18
Ma

SU-24 Fencer

2.18 Mach
SU-24 Fencer

This twin-engine, two-seater interdiction and attack aircraft was developed by the Soviets in the late 60's. The Fencer features a 4-configure variable wing geometry designed for low-altitude strike capability and an integrated digital nav/attack system for all-weather deployment. The SU-24 is still in active service in Russian, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Unit cost: $33 million, inflation adjusted.

20.

2
Ma

Lightning

2 Mach
Lightning

The Lightning was a super-sonic interceptor developed by English Electric in the early 50's. An advance aircraft for its time, the Lightning featured the first ever super-cruise capability and had excellent climb-rate. Over 300 units were built, serving the Royal Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force until they were retired in the late 80's.

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