posted on Apr, 23 2010 @ 02:45 AM
The UK keeps a grand total of between 4 and 6 fighter aircraft on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)
Those aircraft are fully armed with pilots in dispersal huts next to them.
Either of the two "fighter" types - either Tornado F3 or Eurofighter Typhoon - can carry four AMRAAM radar guided missiles and 2-4 sidewinder
heatseeking missile. They also have cannons on board.
Both types will also carry extra fuel in "drop tanks".
A number of planes are kept on reduced alert status, and these are brought up to operational standard as needed.
So a modern jet fighter could - if nothing malfunctioned and everything hit, take down 8, maybe 10 WW2 vintage aircraft by itself.
If you go with the 10 figure, four aircraft on alert could take down 40 incoming aircraft.
If we were at war, there would be considerably more than 4 planes on QRA - during WW2 all available aircraft on an airfield were fuelled and ready to
Modern warfare is slightly different though