I have read a lot of weird answers for the greatest fighter ever. A lot of bad ones. If you really want to learn a great deal about fighter jets the
read the biography of John Boyd. He was an instructor pilot at Nellis and went on to be a major influence in the design of the F-15, F-16 and the
A-10. Also his concepts helped create the F-18. He is also considered the father of modern military aviation.
I saw on some of the Posts people put the F4 as one of the greatest. It might have been one of the worst. A fighter aircraft that had no machine
guns and fired missles that were so unreliable that they were considered worthless. Also the horrible design flaws in its wings that were covered up
by the ugly angles. The palne was overweight but could pull a 7G turn. A design flaw thought revealed that while in turn the plane would lose enery
and altitude making it a wide open target for MiGs. Against the MiGs in early vietnam it was losing horribly and the only way to stay alive was to
hit the deck and outrun them.
Another plane the F-111. Hands down the worst. If it was so good then why did every country cancel its orders along with the navy. The Air force
had to eat the project. And why was that plane only in commission for a decade if it was awsome it might have stuck around. It was found that the
sweep wing design was one of the worst ideas ever because it would create stress fractures in the body. Also once again the thing was to big. Also,
how are you going to fight another aircraft when you cant see behind yourself. Awsome design of the cockpit.
F-14 here is another brilliant design with the sweep wing. A classic example of the top brass in the military thinking Bigger is better. if this
plane was so good then why was it referred to as "Turkey Tom". It wasnt a compliment. If you really think the F-14 is sweet Air-to-Air then you
have been watching way to much Top Gun. It is good for one pupose and that is perscion bombing. It is not an Air-to-Air fighter. It was
underpowered because of its size. yeah it could go fast but it had no acceleration. Bad quality to have as a fighter. If it was so good then why
get the F-18?
F-15 In development was actually the F-X. Was supposed to come out as the premier Air-to-Air fighter plane. But when the generals got a hold of it
they gold plated the thing with unecessary gizmos. Over complicating the plane. It was oversized and over weight. Once again it was good as a quick
in and out persicion bomber. If it is such a good Air-to-Air then why develope the F-16?
When thinking of the best planes ever you must think of their role. US versions only
-Lightweight, handles the most G's(the most important thing in a dog fight) awsome thrust to weight ratio(outstanding acceleration).
great Air-to-Air similar in performance to the F-16. they were designed together. The yF-17 wa the original F-18 and competed with the
F-16 to be the Air Force premiere fighter. It was destroyed over and over by the F-16 in competition.
-Air-to-Air combat is virtually non exsitant in modern war fare and is partly the reason these two planes have lost their luster and the F-15 and F-14
seem the kings of the air. The F-16 and F-18 have had to abandon their original purpose and do the perscision bombing thing.
1. A-10 the best ever at Close Air support. No plane will ever come close. Damn thing can take a missle shot to an engine. It also has
heavily armored fuel tanks to where they can also take a missle shot. The Warthog is king at CAS
1. B-52 Find anyplane better. it is undiputed the greatest plane ever. Name another plane in commision today that is over 50 years old. You
2. B-2 pretty kick butt. Not as good as the B-52. Just out of respect and longevity.
Best bomber Fighter??
- what ever the hell that is. How can a bomber be a fighter and a fighter be a bomber. Doesnt work out that well. Too many tradeoffs
1. F-15 Could have been the greatest Air-to Air until the Air force wanted it multi purpose. Became to big and heavy. Not Agile enough to hang
with the f-16 or f-18 or any smaller MiGs.
2. F-14. Same problem as the F-15
3. F-22 not enough action yet. I have a feeling that in close Ai-to-Air it is going to have the same problems as the F-15. It is just to big for
Air-to-Air. Yeah its stealth until you have a visual. that is how close dog fighting is. The F-16 was going to be built without a radar at first.
You don't need one in dogfighting. We will never know how good the thing really is because the Air Force generals will always butter it up.
There is no such thing as a multipurpose because of all the tradeoffs you have. To cary more bombs and missles you must give up agility and
turning radius. To be light and quick you can't carry as many bombs. Think of it this way...I want multipurpose car one that can carry a load of
5,000lbs, offroad like a jeep, plow snow, go 250mph and handle like and Indy car. By the way it also must get 30mpg. Not going to happen.