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.

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

Just pure beauty fantastic speed and was soupier to all other planes in the battle of Britain.

Spitfire is the best!

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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 ability to escort the bombers all the way, and back, the cooperation between the allies by putting a merlin engine in her. Think what could have been. Mustangs @ the battle of Britain.

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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

Too bad for you. Now there's an sr72 at mach 6 suka

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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

For those who say the F15 is faster... You're obviously uneducated on your jets. This is the fastest jet, and most maneuverable. It is worth the cost.

Real good plane. Super lethal

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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

Real good. All the lockheed martin planes are beast except for the f35.

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6F 14 Tomcat

I worked on Tomcats in the 80s and, at that time, they were unmatched as a FLEET DEFENSE FIGHTER/INTERCEPTOR. They are still my favorite plane and, I think, certainly among the best fighters every made in overall capabilities. But you do have to sacrifice something to get something, so the Tomcat was good at everything, but not great in a couple of critical areas. In "Red Flag" exercises, only when limited in certain scenarios, could the f-15 or f-16 defeat her consistently. But there were flaws, especially against the Eagle. Original "A" models didn't have the acceleration of the Eagle or the tight mid-speed (below 500 knots but above 300) turning ability. The Tomcat could hold it's own in an extended dogfight, but that lack of acceleration, climb and turn ability hurt when the Tomcat was "jumped", whereas the Eagle could hit the burners, bank hard and get the hell out! Some of that was rectified in the "D".

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

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.

The Spitfire was NOT made of wood, it was all metal construction. The Hurricane was made of wood.

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9B-22

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

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10Lancaster Bomber

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

Could carry the heaviest load of any bomber.

Could take a beating and still fly

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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.

How you rank this plane depends on when in the war you are talking about. The 109 was generally a loser against the Spitfire or Hurricane in the "Battle of Britain", but held its own very well. In the early days of the war it was almost unmatched and was even a tough customer in 1943-44. Many forget that it was, largely, replaced on the top German fighter list at the end of the war by the FW-190 and the Me-262. At the same time the Spitfire and Hurricane were taking a back seat to the P-51.

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

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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.

The A6M was a great fighter, but there is a reason it was often referred to as a "Kite". Could climb like a rocket, was very delicate, could turn on a dime, couldn't dive well. Once American Pilots figured out the weaknesses, even the 1930s era P-40 became a formidable opponent for the Zero.

The best ever

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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

This warrior stood up to the Axis powers when later fighters were still on the drawing board and not in combat. The P-40 is thought to have been obsolescent from its inception. Its naval contemporary, the F4F Wildcat (which is described as being a better opponent for the Zero by World War II magazine) was based on a biplane design! Of course, few authorities mention that. The P-36 airframe wasn't obsolete, merely proven successful. It was actually very sturdy. Secondly, newer fighters, including the P-38, P-47, and P-51 overshadowed it. Finally, its faults (and it had some--all aircraft do) were exaggerated to the point that it seemed impossible for the P-40 to succeed against any enemy aircraft. Although it couldn't out maneuver the Zero (the Warhawk's main foe in the Pacific Theater), neither could the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lighting, Thunderbolt, Mustang, Wildcat. It had an excellent kill ratio. Enough said about its effectiveness.

It is a travesty of justice that it is ranked ...more

The P-40 was solid and tough, but under-powered and comparatively lightly armed. Both of these faults were fixed when the plane went from two.50 cal and two.30 cal. guns to six.50 cal guns and the British Rolls-Royce engines with superchargers were installed. While never a great pure fighter, it became a consistent performer as a fighter and attack/close air support plane.

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

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16Sukhoi Su-30MKI

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

17Republic 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!

The Spitfire was all-metal, the Hurricane was made of wood and fabric.

18PAC JF-17 Thunder

Because its best ever I have seen

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19Stuka
20B-17 Flying Fortress

This plane was almost out of date by the time the war started. It had a pathetically small bombload and is highly overrated.

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.

Cobblers! Mosquito carried more bombs nearly twice as fast didn't need nurse maiding with fighters, and while we are at it Lancaster could carry 22,000lb Grand Slam, strongest plane of all time, grow up

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