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WWII: 1945-1953 1954-1960 1960-1970 1970-1990 1990-Present Future

FIGHTER PLANES 1970-1990

F-14 TOMCAT

Developed and manufactured by Grumman for the United States Navy.   The Tomcat is a long range
two seat, twin engine fighter plane with variable geometry wings.  The F-14 was the Navy's primary air superiority and fleet defense platform until its retirement in September 2006, it has since been replaced by the venerable F/A18 Hornet.  The first Tomcat flew in 1970 and began to replace the F-4 Phantom in 1974. and has all-weather capability.   

During the Viet nam war, the F-4 was the primary air superiority fighter used by the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Marines.   Shortly after its introduction thePhantom set numerous world records, including top speed (1606 mph) and altitude (98,557 feet).    The biggestadvantage the Phantom had in combat was sheer thrust, allowing it to engage and disengage almost at will.  The biggest disadvantage was arguably the lack of a cannon, until finally being added to the fuselage in the F4-E model.  

Armament:   1 x 20 mm M61 Vulcan Cannon
                    4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, 4 x AIM-7 Sparrow missiles.
                    Up to 18,600 lbs of bombs and pods on hard points.  
Engines:
       2 x Genteral Electric J79 turbojet.
Speed:
         1472 mph (2,370 km/h)
Ceiling:        60,000 feet

 
F-14 Tomcat
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F-15 EAGLE

The F-15 Eagle developed by McDonnell Douglas is an all weather tactical fighter built for air superiority.   Though the F-15 will eventually be phased out and replaced by the F-22 Raptor, it is expected that the F-15 Eagle will stay in service well past 2020.   The F-15 has an impressive kill ratio, having never being shot down by an aggressor aircraft in a combat situation, and claiming over 100 kills to its credit.  
Armament:   1 x 20 mm M61A1 Cannon
                    AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles 
                    Up to 16,000 lbs of bombs and pods on wing and fuselage hard points.  
Engines:
       2 x Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning Turbofans.
Speed:
         1875 mph (3018 km/h) at altitude
Ceiling:        65,000 feet

F-15 Eagle
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F-16 FIGHTING FALCON

The F-16 was developed by General Dynamics and Lockheed for the U.S. Air Force.   Known as the viper by those who fly it, the Falcon has several characteristics that make it one of the best dogfighter aircraft in the world, such as the bubble canopy for unobstructed view, 9G capability partly due to the reclined seat and design of the cockpit, a positive thrust to weight ratio, side mounted control stick, and fly-by-wire controls.    Some of the more notable moments in the history of the F-16 include the bombing of the Iraqi Osiraq nuclear facility by the israeli air force, the shooting down of Captain Scott O'Grady by a surface to air missile over Bosnia in 1995, and the airstrikes that killed Al Qaeda terrorist Abu musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq in 2006. 

Armament:   1 x 20 mm M61A1 Cannon
                    AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles 
                    AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-88 HARM air to ground and AGM-119 anti-ship missiles.
                    Multiple general purpose, laser guided and JDAM bombs, and the B61 nuclear bomb.
Engines:
       1 x Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning Turbofans.
Speed:
         1320 mph (2124 km/h) at altitude
Ceiling:        50,000 feet
    

F-16











Fighting Falcon
 
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F-18 HORNET
F-18
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HARRIER II    Video1     Video2     Video3

Harrier II

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PANAVIA TORNADO

Panavia Tornado

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SAAB VIGGEN
Saab Viggen
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MIG 29
Mig 29
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MIG 31
Mig 31
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SUKHOI SU-27
Sukhoi SU-27
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