Since accomplishing what is still today one of man’s greatest achievement, harassing the power of flight, man has improved and evolved the basis of a machine that once
10. Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker
Engineered over 35 years ago, with the ability to run autonomously while, over hostile territory, this twin engine Russian jet reaches an impressive 2.35 Mach. Built to rival and outgun the American F-15 Eagle, this machine carries 10 external pylons strapped with heat-seeking, Air-to-Air, medium and short range missiles. Not to mention the massive 30 mm gun that carries 150 rounds of ammunition. The Su-27SK has two AL-31F turbofan engines that add it to the list of the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world.
9. General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
What would one day become the inspiration for the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, the F-111 Aardvark is a worth a mention aside from it being one of the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world, capable of hitting Mach 2.5. This side-by-side two seater not only allowed it’s pilots equal access to all needed controls but exhibited “swing-wing” technology that allowed the crew to change the wing positions three ways. Created by General Dynamics, this 73-foot long transformer carried payloads of up to 30,000 pounds.
8. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Predicted to be in operation beyond 2025, the F-15 Eagle comes in at the number 8 amongst the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world. Flying at 2.5 times the speed of sound, this McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) produced tactical fighter is considered the U.S. Air Force’s most successful fighter created to this date. The F-15’s superior radar and tactical navigation systems put it a heads-up above the competition. Loaded with a 20mm Gatling gun tucked under its wing and the ability to carry AIM-120 advanced medium range Air-to-Air missiles, it is no wonder why the F-15 Eagle is still in operation today.
7. Mikoyan Gurevich-31 Foxhound
Known as one of the fastest combat jets to ever be created, the Mikoyan Gurevich-31 Foxhound hits an impressive Mach 2.83. Earning the number seven spot on the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world, in addition to it’s high recorded speeds, this Russian fighter is equipped to take out fast moving enemy targets. With its pylons carrying short, medium, and long-range missiles the Mikoyan Gurevich-31 Foxhound is expected to be in regular use beyond 2030.
6. XB-70 Valkyrie
Imagine an aircraft with six engines, and the ability to ride its own shockwave and hit Mach 3. That’s the XB-70 Valkyrie. Designed to dodge Soviet fighters, this hardcore war machine not only moves fast to swiftly outmaneuver its enemies but to hit the highway passed the danger zone once it unloads one of the fourteen nuclear bombs it carried. Now retired, the Valkyrie earned its spot amongst the top ten fast aircraft ever built.
5. Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat
Designed and developed to intercept their counter American aircraft, the XB-70 Valkyrie. The Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat saw supersonic stardom hitting an impressive Mach 3.2 and a service ceiling of 80,000 feet. Made of titanium and other heat proof metals, the Mikoyan Mig-25 Foxbat exterior reaches temperatures above 350 degrees Celsius while in flight.
4. Lockheed YF-12 Blackbird
Introduced in 1964 with the ability to reach Mach 3.35, the American Lockheed YF-12 is an impressive war machine prototype designed by the same team that brought forth the famous SR-71 Blackbird. Hitting recorded speeds over 2,000 mph at an altitude of 80,000 feet the YF-12 was started as a secret project and would ultimately pave the way for the SR-71 Blackbird.
3. Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Due to it’s stealthy design and nature, the Lockheed SR-71 was nicknamed “Blackbird”. With side scanning radar and the ability to disrupt enemy radar and communications, the Blackbird is not only stealthy and savvy. Hitting Mach 3 speeds the Blackbird has gained the reputation of being one of the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world. With over four thousand logged strikes against the Blackbird, not one has hit. It’s impressive speed and tactical maneuvering isn’t the only thing to write home about. The Blackbird navigation system is powerful enough to pick up over 60 stars during the day, as the aircraft sits on earth.
2. North American X-15
Developed by North American Aviation and Reaction Motors in 1955, the currently the World Record holder for Fastest Manned Aircraft, the North American X-15 comes in the second spot on the top 10 fastest aircraft in the world list. With the capability of reaching the edge of outer space and hitting speeds as high as Mach 6.70, rocket thrusters were implemented to steer this amazingly fast aircraft. Pilots who exceeded an altitude of 50 miles qualified for astronaut status.
1. Falcon HTV-2
Initially launched in 2010, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) has been recorded hitting Mach 20. Reaching speeds beyond 13,000 mph the Flacon HTV-2 is the only aircraft on this list that is unmanned. Used to collected data, it’s ability to fly from Los Angeles to New York City in under 15 minutes awards it the well-deserved champion crown of our list of top 10 fastest aircraft in the world. Forget Amazon drones, we want the Falcon HTV-2 to deliver our household goods and pizzas!