Best War Plane Ever

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The best plane ever used by the Armed forces of any country.

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1Spitfire

A magnificent aircraft. A fighter pilots dream. Not only beautiful in flight and a sure fire dogfight winner. When compared with the Mustang you are not comparing like with like as they were born of different generations. The Spitfire was a winner when it was needed but let's not forget its sister during the Battle Of Britain, the almost equally formidable Hurricane.

The Spitfire was actually of all metal monocoque construction and was designed as a point defense fighter. This was a role which it accomplished with ease. I have looked at the comments made for the Mustang and some of them are fundamentally untrue. The Spitfire was more maneuverable, had a much better rate of climb and a much tighter turn. All round it was a much better dogfighter. The Mustang (and lets not forget it was originally built for our friends across the pond)had radically different design criteria and was pretty much the world's first MRCA. It was a fantastic airplane but not an out and out fighter.

It wasn't the only aircraft in product from the start of the war til the end just for looking good. Yes people say the P51 won the war but this (and the Hurricane) won the Battle of Britain which gave the allies the sight that they could actually stop the Nazis - alleksas50

A great plane made out of wood,

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2P-51 Mustang

"The best fighter ever" - The Military Channel.
"The F-15 Eagle is only surpassed by the P-1D Mustang as history's most dominate fighter aircraft." - Air Classics Magazine - corebare32

Hmm.. best war planes of all time? Definitely the mustang over the ship fire. Why don't we look at facts, the p51 has been in serious much longer than the spitfire, has much more variants, has greater range, is much faster, could dive better, could climb better, was much more durable (but it wasn't extremely durable). Overall, the P-51 was much better in combat, yet you people think that the spicier is better just because of maneuverability? Laugh out loud, I am not saying that the s pitfire is a bad plane because it was great. But it was definitely not as good as the mustang.

Range, performance, looks, it was still in service in some 3rd world air forces til the mid 1970's, yes it took the spitfires rolls royce merlin to make it the super escort fighter it became, but it could travel 2,000 miles with drop tanks, and reach over 450 knots in level flight, and the mustang shot down the 1st jet fighter the me 262 which was at least 100 knots or mph faster, and this was 1944-45, spitfires a great plane with good looks, but in my opinion the mustang was better and more versatile.

The P-51 had a 11 to 1 kill ratio which is outstanding and had the fuel range to escort the bombers all the way to Berlin and back simply a great fighter aircraft.

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3SR-71 Blackbird

It is the fastest jet fighter it had stealth capabilities even before the words existed and it is still after 50 years the fastest plane on earth and it had a very high altitude and and a very long range

An engineering marvel. Everything but the engines was built from scratch. Also, they never lost a plane or a crew member on a mission. No other aircraft can claim that.

the coolest, stealthiest, coolest, really cool,... did I mention its cool? - moose4life19

It is the best plane ever

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4F-22 Raptor

F-22 was in simulated actual maneuvers against a ratio of six to one The F-22 took all others out some without even knowing the Raptor was there. This plane is cutting edge and will most likely be the last fighter jet to be manned as it can fly past what a human can endure in G forces. Its capability and stealth and ability's are way above what any other country has or can produce in numbers

The most important is stealth it promotes the fighter to do surgical strike

Downfall to a very great plane-price. 150 million dollars per unit. F15s are only 35 million. Yeah they are stealth, but the f-15 is faster and cheaper. If your plane is fast enough you don't even need stealth. Sorry Lockheed-Martin but Boing did a better job. - Dsr

Best fighter jet ever know to the public

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5F-15 Eagle

Yes the other guy's have stealth, super maneuverability, all the best gadgets and gizmos, but when it comes down to getting in a knife fight with the other guy, the Eagle will always come out on top, it's record speaks for its self.

Owning the sky's since July 1972, The U. S Air Force plans to keep the F-15 in service until 2025. - lopedogg55

The Strike Eagle has the best war record ever. It's never been shot down. Heck, it's barely ever been shot at, air to air... - corebare32

Ever since it was first in service, it had a perfect track record. Still does.

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6F 14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat, best fighter ever made. This aircraft tested enough during Iran-Iraq war and proved it that is the best fighter jet ever.

best plane of its time and it was a mistake to retire it - HistoryLover

During iran-iraq war iranian tomcats shut down 114 fighters without any CASUALTY

Best of the best. Anytime baby

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7F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter
8F-16 Fighting Falcon

If I was in a close sir dogfight, that's the plane I want to be in.

The Tomcat at #2? It doesn't have near the record of the F-15, or near the capabilities. It's the oldest fighter in service and the most expensive to keep flying. (It'll be retired next year)

The P-40 Warhawk at #8? That plane was crap and was barely used once the P-51, P-47 and Corsair entered the war.

The Harrier at #9? Other than the Falkland Islands, it's never done anything and is going to be surpassed by the F-35 soon.

The Blackbird wasn't a "war plane. " It was a reconnisense airplane. It was a camera that could fly at Mach 3. 5.

The A-10, the F-15 Eagle, the BF-109, the Camel, F117 and the F-22 should all replace the Blackbird, P-47, Vulcan, Harrier, Tomcat and Fokker in the top ten.
The Spitfire was a great plane. Would have been greater if it wasn't made of wood...

Potential and Kinetic energy of this bad boy is tough to beat, especially at lower altitudes in the Viper.

My uncle is based in ak and is flying it right now - Grimreaper7

9B-22

awesome, cool, looks amazing, thats all I can really say, you should see this marvel by urself - technoid526

10Lancaster Bomber

Best bomber plane of WW2. - ozzydog12

THE BEST PLANE EVER MADE AND FLEW, ASK ANY WAR VETERAN!

Could carry the heaviest load of any bomber.

The Contenders

11Messerschmitt Bf 109

The plane that shot down more enemy fighters than a spitfire or mustang.

When Germany had enough skilled pilots and was not confronted with a numerous disadvantage at the end of the war the ME109 was the plane to fly.

All the great german aces flew the 109 most notably the highest scoring ace of all time erich hartmann

12Sopwith Camel

The best british fighter plane of WW1. - ozzydog12

13Mitsubishi A6M Zero

This plane was a flying bomb and could not withstand enemy hits as its fuel tanks would explode. Performance wise it was OK better than what it was up against for a short time until allied fighters surpassed it and the Zero ran out of pilots just like the boyfriend-109 did

When this was built it was far ahead of any other fighter around, it could outmaneuver anything it went up against even at the end of WWII, it achieved an amazing kill ratio of 12 - 1 over China, and it was the first ideal superiority fighter, the Mitsubishi A6M Reisen should most definitely be in the top ten.

ask to USA pilot when he finded for the first time, and fight whit him

Definitely should be higher than this!

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14Fokker Dr.I

The plane used by the infamous Red Baron of WW1. - ozzydog12

This was the plane that the Red Baron flew!

My hero, the Red Baron's plane.

15P-40 Warhawk

Great American fighter plane of WW2. - ozzydog12

Destroyed the Imperial Japanese Airforce. Used in ALL theaters of WWII. Airsup and ground attack. Great plane.

16Sukhoi Su-30MKI

Su30 mki is best
The fling birds have most skilled pilots in world. Ie Indian pilots

17Stuka
18Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

The "Jug" did more damage and had more kills than any other planes in WWII combined. (Air and ground targets combined)
It had 8-12. 7 wing mounted machine guns.
It carried up to 2500lbs of mounted bombs, rockets and other ordinance.
It had a massive 2535HP radial engine and top speed of 433 MPH. (fast for its size) And great range at 1900 miles.
Most of all, it could take a lot of damage and bring the pilot home. If I had to chose, I would pass on the Spitfire (made of wood) and the P-51D Mustang and take the Thunderbolt.

I can't believe it's not on the list. But it is now!

19B-17 Flying Fortress

The most well built and strongest plane of all time. You can cry all you want that the Avro lancaster is better (the bomb load was better) but the B17 had 13.50 BMGs all over in all directions and and an undying armor. I think it should find work as a gunship even in modern days.

20PAC JF-17 Thunder
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