Top 10 Fastest Military Aircrafts in History

December 19, 2014
Comments (17)
  1. No mention of the Concorde in 1976? Capable of sustained efficient cruising over mach 2, a stated top speed of mach 2.35 (with many sources claiming that it could go faster), and a payload capacity that dwarfs everything else on the list…

    1. Admin says:

      Yes. It had speed of 2+ mach, but it was a passenger transport vehicle. What we have listed here are only military aircrafts (though it was stupid of us to give the title of fastest aircrafts instead of military aircrafts). We have changed the title to reflect the same.

      1. Iouri says:

        Because the MiG-25 and MiG-31 are not military aircraft? To top the illiteracy off, the MiG-31 is one of the fastest military aircraft. Ever. But it’s not on the list.

        Nevermind the various assortment of other Mach 2+ capable jets that are omitted in favor of…. the first supersonic aircraft ever? I understand the historical significance but holy sh*t. Call it a historical list of fast airplanes if you want, but it’s not a list of the fastest aircraft in history, military or otherwise.

        1. Knuckles says:

          Iouri is correct… the MiG-25 and MiG-31 are faster than all but the SR-71. The YF-12 was the SR-71 prototype, which makes it a redundant entry on the list.

          Where is the F-15? It is faster than all but 3 aircraft on this list. And there are plenty more, none of which are obscure. A shameful and decidedly NOT kickass list.

        2. john smith says:

          Shall we forget the British English Electric Lightning that has a cruise speed of mac 2.0 and which also still holds the world record for the fastest Military jet with the highest rate of climb and also the phantom F4 which was refitted by the British which could out pace the american version.

          You have also left out most of the Russian Interceptors like the Mig 25 which actually should be on this list it out does most of theis American planes by miles.

          On the whole this article seems to be very American centralized and it is a shame to see that people only wish to recognize their country’s success whilst there are planes considerable better in every way for the time period so really whoever wrote this article really does need to rethink this article.

    2. RD says:

      You somehow missed the word ‘military’ in the title, but the author of the piece also missed many other military aircraft for their top 10, and some of the rate of climb figures and top speeds are way off. In any case, as far as large airframes go, reference the Tupolev 144 vs Concorde, and the Tu-160 Blackjack; beyond that, several Mirage and MiG, many, many others, qualify for the list, like F-111 and F-15.

  2. Mihir says:

    What about the Mig 25 family?

  3. Stillannoyedaboutitcanadian says:

    what about the avro arrow? it was the fastest intercepter and high altitude fighter jet in its time. it achieved mach 2 at over 50000ft in 1958 for god sakes.

  4. Iouri says:

    Garbage list. As pointed out above, there are plenty of faster aircraft then the ones listed here.

  5. Nicole says:

    Grammatical point: there is no such word as “aircrafts”. You may talk of one aircraft or two aircraft: the word is invariant.

  6. James says:

    This list is sh*t and the author is a c**t bubble.

  7. rghrgrgrg says:

    Yea Yea, another one idiot writer.

  8. FukYu says:

    Change your webpage name from KickAssFacts to ShitAssOpinions

  9. pogg says:

    English Electric lightening????

    able to hit mach 2
    and later models hitting 2.27 (so faster than the F4)

    also, where is the f-15?
    Su 27 family
    Dassault Mirage F1

    1. RD says:

      Sorry mate, Phantom held records above 2.27, it’s a shame they weren’t budgeted to build their ultimate version which would have used water injection to crack 2.8-3+. And there are others missing as well, like the Super Crusader, which rocketed out to somewhere in the 2.8 range and had to be heeled because of canopy browning, aerothermal effects… It’s a shame the F-8U3 was never built in large numbers, NASA picked up at least one or two, and lore is that they used to bounce Phantoms for fun and zoom off.

  10. Where to begin. You have left the fastest Fighters and interceptors off the list. F15 Eagle? F-16 Fighting Falcon? Mig-25? Mig-31? Sukhoi su-27? Probably most glaring Omission is the English electric lightning. Mach 2 plus and 50000 feet per minute rate of climb. This is not to mention all of the mirages, tornadoes, and all the other Fighters that are all Mach Two fighters. If you really measured the top speeds of all fighter aircraft, the F-100 Super Sabre wouldn’t even make the top 50. It could barely get over the speed of sound. And all of that before we even get to the biggest emissions, airplanes like the F-22. In the F-35. It’s an odd list because it’s nowhere near what it says it is

  11. alex the bookworm says:

    why not mention lockheed SR-71A stragetic reco.

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