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    The Elite Five of America’s Fastest Fighter Jets: Soaring at Supersonic Speeds

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    The F-15EX, the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, arrives to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida March 11. The aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from beginning to end through combined developmental and operational tests. The 40th Flight Test Squadron and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron personnel are responsible for testing the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)

    The United States has a storied history of aviation triumphs, marked by a relentless pursuit of technological innovation in military aerospace. This pursuit has borne fruit in the form of some of the world’s fastest and most advanced fighter jets. As of 2023, a quintet of fighter jets has solidified their status as the top speedsters in the U.S. military’s arsenal, demonstrating America’s unwavering commitment to maintaining air supremacy.

    The F-15EX, the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, sits by an F-15E Strike Eagle March 11 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The newly-arrived aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from beginning to end through combined developmental and operational tests. The 40th Flight Test Squadron and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron personnel are responsible for testing the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Karissa Rodriguez)

    The legendary McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, a product of the 1970s, continues to dominate the skies with a blistering top speed of around Mach 2.5. With advanced avionics and formidable weaponry, the F-15 has maintained an iron grip on air superiority for decades.

    Trailing just slightly behind in velocity but not in capability is the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, the apex predator of the skies with a top speed surpassing Mach 2. A fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, the F-22 is a testament to American ingenuity, featuring unmatched agility and stealth capabilities. Its introduction marked a significant evolution in air combat technology, offering advanced integrated systems and thrust-vectoring engines that ensure its position as an unrivaled air dominance fighter.

    Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II adds another layer to the United States’ air combat prowess. A multi-role fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, the F-35 boasts a top speed of approximately Mach 1.6. What truly sets the F-35 apart is its cutting-edge sensor systems and integrated avionics, empowering pilots with unparalleled situational awareness and reinforcing its role as a formidable asset in modern aerial warfare.

    Meanwhile, the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet demonstrates the multifaceted strength of U.S. naval aviation. With a top speed of approximately Mach 1.8, the Super Hornet merges speed, agility, and versatility, skillfully performing a spectrum of missions from air superiority to strike and reconnaissance. This carrier-based fighter jet has proven itself indispensable in the complex arena of naval operations.

    FILE PHOTO — The B-2 Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. A dramatic leap forward in technology, the bomber represents a major milestone in the U.S. bomber modernization program. The B-2 brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    Last but not least, the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, often known as the Stealth Bomber, secures its place on this distinguished list due to its impressive capabilities despite its primary strategic bomber role. The B-2’s top speed of approximately Mach 0.95 is complemented by its stealth features, long range, and substantial payload capacity, which make it a vital piece in the strategic framework of the U.S. military.

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    An F-22 Raptor flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 23 on a routine training mission. The F-22 is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)
    The F-15EX, the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, arrives to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida March 11. The aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from beginning to end through combined developmental and operational tests. The 40th Flight Test Squadron and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron personnel are responsible for testing the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
    The F-15EX, the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft, is flanked by an F-15E and F-15C in the distance March 11 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from beginning to end through combined developmental and operational tests. The 40th Flight Test Squadron and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron personnel are responsible for testing the aircraft.
    OVER IRAQ — An F-15E Strike Eagle flies off in the early evening light after receiving fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender during a recent mission here in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson)
    LEEUWARDEN, THE NETHERLANDS -MAY 26: F-35 fighter during it’s first test in Europe on May 26, 2016 in Leeuwarden. It is the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter.
    NEW WINDSOR, NY – AUGUST 2, 2019: The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II from Stewart International Airport during the New York Airshow.

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