Best War Planes Ever

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

The Top Ten Best War Planes Ever

1 Spitfire

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

The Spitfire is a purebred fighter. The Mustang was a multi-role aircraft. As William Dunn says in his book "Fighter Pilot - The First American Air Ace", in a dogfight between the two, the Spitfire would win ninety nine times out of a hundred. He was an American that flew both types in WW2 (as well as other types). Compare speed, roll rate climb etc. The Mustang had range over the Spit and arguably was a sturdier airframe (heavier of course) but that's all.

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

2 P-51 Mustang

My dad was in World War 2. He often interrogated German prisoners. One of the number one things they feared and respected was the P51 Mustang. They didn't like allied artillery either, they thought it was automatic. It wasn't. The allies had so much artillery it just seemed that way. The final thing the Germans mentioned as not wanting to face was the 50 caliber machine gun.

The P-51 is my favourite plane I just wish I could own one one day but it will cost millions

"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.

3 F 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".

The F-14 tomcat is my favorite fighter plane ever, I wish they were still in service.

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

4 SR-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

Fastest fighter ever and stealth technolagy make it the best. - dudeguyman

5 F-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.

it did make history in wars. it's one of the speedest jets. - tigershark

6 Lancaster Bomber


Best bomber plane of WW2. - ozzydog12

Could carry the heaviest load of any bomber.

Could take a beating and still fly

7 Mitsubishi 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.

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

8 F-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

Different eras spurred different favorites. I was surprised there was no love for the P-38 here at all. All in all, the record speaks across all eras: never shot down is an amazing stat! And must be acknowledged. That is what superiority is all about!

9 A-10 Thunderbolt II

It actually fires 4,200 rounds per minute which is about 70 rounds per second, soo

Without a doubt the greatest feared by many countries in Afghanistan they call it the "Death Machine" and they say "When you see it, don't bother running away or else you'll die tired." This plane is also "The most survivable plane ever built" It's beautiful and tanks are more scared of this weapon of destruction than anything else. This thing did phenomenal in the first gulf war. Go on Google and search "23 tanks destroyed in one day" and guess which plane did that, oh the A-10 Thunderbolt II and it was just one of them not multiple cause everyone knows it would take multiple F 22 Raptors to destroy that much. If this plane was designed for shooting other jets it would be the number one on this list. This jet is the best additional 30 mm cannon too so yeah NUMBER 1!

It's basically a tank in the sky. almost impossible to shoot down. has a nose cannon that fires a 30mm depleted uranium armor piercing round that can cut through a tank with one shot. it fires the gun at 35 rounds per second not minute second.

Best plane ever with its pilot bathtub protection great engines and its ability for slow low flying to protect troops and take out tanks. Whom ever designed this aircraft should be given the highest praise. I love this plane!

10 Fokker 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.

The Contenders

11 Harrier II

Gravity defying multi purpose aircraft, with the ability to take off from anywhere.

It can hover making it one of the most manoeuvrable planes ever. - ozzydog12

12 Avro Vulcan

British nuclear bomber used as a deterrant against the USSR in the cold war. - ozzydog12

A beautiful soaring bird. The noise those engines make is amazing.

I made an AIRFIX model of it. I love it it rocks lol

13 Messerschmitt 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

IL2 STURMOVIK experience
ME 109 G2 - The best climb rate (except probably Spitfire - 9). The incredibly low stall speed (the best ever). The low speed turning. The canon was good against Bombers and in the hand of an expert it was good against fighters too, but I would like the wing mounted machine guns with no canon against fighters. Its high speed performance seems to be bad although later models corrected this to some extent but not incorporated in G2 ( I can always turn G6 as good as P51 above 500 km speed but not with G2). That was an easy fix and could have been incorporated in G2. In IL2 Sturmovik, I (ME 109 G2) outclimbed and outstalled P51B at 12 km Altitude, what is more to say. G2s redline was also lower than the later models.

14 Sukhoi Su-30MKI

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

15 P-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.

Great American fighter plane of WW2. - ozzydog12

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

16 F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter
17 Sopwith Camel

The best british fighter plane of WW1. - ozzydog12

18 F-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.

Nice one its great

19 Republic 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.

20 PAC JF-17 Thunder

Because its best ever I have seen

It looks like po and peee

so stupidd

21 Stuka
22 B-22

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

What is a B-22?! - Nightfire

23 Mikojan-Gurewitsch MiG-21

Tough, fast, reliable

24 de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

As Herman ze German said, "In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set - then at least I'll own something that has always worked."

An astonishingly original and unique plane, cleverly designed to win by flying higher and faster than anything that could be flung into battle against it. And not only that: it could perform as a fighter, a bomber, in a ground attack role and as a reconnaisance plane and pathfinder. That it could combine this operational performance and versatility with a cunning plan to circumvent shortages of aluminium by being made in WOOD (! ) is the finishing touch that makes this the most amazing warplane ever to take to the skies.

Arguably the best and certainly the fastest non jet aircraft of World War 2

The only plane the German pilots were truly scared of.

25 B-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


26 F-4 Phantom

Last plane in service to score an "Ace". Brought in a new era of jet powered fighters

A true multirole warhorse.

27 Focke-Wulf Fw 190

The Butcher Bird was Germany's best prop fighter of the war. Had the Germans had it in the Battle of Britain, results could have been different. As it's four 20mm cannons were much more deadly than the boyfriend-109's MG 131 machine guns. And the FW also had a larger round capacity for it's machine guns. It was also 20 mph faster than the 109 and could take greater damage and survive.

Best German fighter of WW2

28 F/A-18 E Super Hornet
29 Vought F4U Corsair

My feeling is best plane of WWII name another plane from this era that flew on into Korea and would have had better results if it woud have flown in the European theater. In my opinion much better than the P51 mustang

Best plane in the pacific

30 Panavia Tornado
31 Vultee A-31 Vengeance
32 North American F-86 Sabre

11 - 1 kill ratio, could go Mach 1 in a dive, first to use radar assisted targeting. The last of the true gunslingers.

33 F-15 Silent Eagle

F 15 silent eagle is the best fighter jet ever

34 Grumman F6F Hellcat

How can this plan not be on the list? Wiped out the Imperial Japanese Navy. From drawing board to operational service in no-time. Great carrier-based fighter which claimed 56% of ALL US Navy+Marines air kills in WWII. 19:1 kill ratio. This plane won the Pacific war!

35 IAR 80

The IAR 80 was a Romanian World War II low-wing monoplane, all-metal monocoque fighter and ground-attack aircraft. When it first flew, in 1939, it was comparable to contemporary designs such as the German Messerschmitt boyfriend 109B, the British Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, and the American Curtiss P-40B/Tomahawk Mk.I and superior to the Dutch Fokker D.XXI and Polish PZL P.24. Production problems and lack of available armament delayed entry of the IAR 80 into service until 1941. It remained in frontline use until 1944

36 Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master
37 Sukhoi SU-37 Terminator

Did you guys see this thing fly.
What Russians did with this plane Pentagon should do with F/15-16. Take what is good and improve. Throwing money on F22/35 put USAF in back seat. No planes. To expensive. Unproven.
I bet you if US goes to war over Siria they will bring Eagle and Falcon along. And the bad thing is that SU27 became good good good plane. Now what.
Where is F16-2000 or F15 silent eagle. Those would be good things to match.
Like this. At the moment although I am Tomcat child, I must say
SU 35/37 rocks.

38 Chengdu J20

The real best fighter

39 Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA
40 F-105 Thunderchief

Best fighter plane ever

41 Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

Beautiful design and awesome machine

42 Sukhoi Su-27

I'm surprised there are no comments. The SU-27 and MiG-29 are as good as, or better than, any fighter of the U.S. F-teens models. Unfortunately they can't even hold a candle to the Raptor, guaranteed losers in almost every scenario. Still, good fighter right now.

Just look at it!

43 Mikoyan MiG-31
44 Tiger Moth

Yes its only a training plane buttt... it looks very cool and is Thunderbird 6. Has the Lancaster been a thunderbird? Has the Vulcan? Has the Lightning? nope - lyonst05

45 North American P-51H Mustang

Had it ever been used in Air battles, it would have outclassed every single prop airplane out there and could even match with some jets Like the 262 - P-51IsDaBest

46 Lavochkin La-9

It has 4X 23 mm cannon

47 F-106 Delta Dart

Ahead of it's time.

48 Mikoyan MiG-29
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