10 Of The Fastest Planes On Earth
Date: 2020-02-20 13:15:00
Ten of the world’s fastest planes! From Soviet-made interceptor aircrafts to American-produced fighter jets.
#10 Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker
Built as a response to American fourth-generation fighter jets like the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle, this twin-engine Soviet aircraft first debuted in the ranks of the Soviet Air Forces in 1985. The Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker’s primary purpose was to provide long range defense against foreign bomber jets as well as supply escort support to Soviet bombers. To keep up with these responsibilities, this plane needed to be exceptionally fast. And with a top speed of 1,600 miles per hour, or 2,500 kilometers per hour, this jet is up to the task. Today, this plane and its many variants are in service under the Russian Air Force, Uzbekistan Air and Air Defence Forces, and other air forces around the world.
#9 General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
For nearly 40 years, this long-nosed aircraft has served air forces as one of the most versatile, high-speed planes in the world. After first entering service with the U.S. Air Force in 1967 as a medium-range tactical jet specializing in operating behind enemy lines, many different versions of the F-111 were developed to fill other roles in combat. From performing aerial reconnaissance to employing electronics targeting tactics to carrying a strategic nuclear payload, the Aardvark was able to fulfill all sorts of militaristic needs. After seeing the success it brought the U.S. Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force would go on to order their own batch of F-111Cs in 1973, a special unit designed to combine upgrades from other models to create a jet up to Australian standards. A total of 563 of these planes were produced between 9 separate variant models, and the last of the F-111s were retired back in 2010 as the RAAF finally put a cease to their usage. Even after it’s been retired, though, the F-111 Aardvark is among the fastest planes ever made with a top speed of 1,650 miles per hour!