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We Are The Mighty: 10 Fighters Changing the Air War

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The eternal theme is the comparison of military equipment and the compilation of various ratings. The American online magazine We Are The Mighty also does not stand aside and offers a list of 10 fighters that changed the war in the air. It is proposed to consider the aircraft that made the greatest contribution to the conduct of battle in the sky (regardless of the nature of such a contribution).




Top Ten


The WATM list is accompanied by some reservations and comments. However, in general, the opinion of the publication looks like this:

10. Su-27 Flanker.
9. F-86 Saber.
8. Fokker Dr.1.
7. F-4 Phantom.
6. Supermarine Spitfire.
5. F-117 Nighthawk.
4. F / A-18 Hornet.
3. MQ-1 Predator.
2. F-15 Eagle.
1. F-22 Raptor.

For obvious and even obvious reasons, a dozen fighter jets include mainly American-made vehicles (with rare exceptions). It includes only three foreign samples, and the best of them did not even hit the top five.

The arguments in favor of various Top-10 participants look quite interesting and sometimes convincing. Consider some of the ranking items of greatest interest.

Trailing Su-27


The Soviet / Russian fighter Su-27 placed WATM in the last place. He was fully named the modern fighter of the USSR, created in response to the appearance of the American F-15. In addition, the Su-27 awarded the epithet "one of the most impressive fighters of the XX century."



In close maneuver combat, the Su-27 is a threat to foreign fighters due to the presence of the P-73 air-to-air missile and the helmet-mounted target designation system. In battle, the Su-27 may even have advantages over the American F-15. Whether the F-15 avionics will allow the Russian Su-27 to approach a dangerous distance - WATM suggests discussing separately.

Su-27 was created with the goal of gaining superiority in the air, but later showed greater flexibility. It can intercept air targets, as well as strike at ground targets. A similar multipurpose fighter-bomber remains in service to this day.

Subtle 7 spot


The F-7 Nighthawk stealth plane placed WATM on the 117th place - for its merits in introducing advanced technologies and the impact on further development aviation. It is noted that the issue of stealth for radars has been studied almost since the Second World War, however, it was the F-117 that first used such capabilities in battle.



This aircraft was developed in an atmosphere of secrecy and was supposed to be a means of delivering attacks with minimal risk of detection. In 1981, it was Nighthawk that became the first stealth aircraft in the world to enter service.

In 1999, in Yugoslavia, the United States lost one of its F-117, and with it military advantages. The details of the incident are still secret, but there is information according to which the crashed plane landed in a tolerable condition. This means that Russia and China could gain access to American technology.

For two decades, the F-117 Nighthawk has been able to take part in several operations. Its creation and operation paved the way for today's fifth generation fighters, also distinguished by stealth.

Unmanned "bronze"


The third place in the WATM ranking was not given to the fighter, but this machine really influenced the war in the air. "Bronze" in the ranking receives an unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-1 Predator. He was the first real combat UAV and became the "beginning of the end of air battles involving humans." In November 2002, Predator first carried out an air strike with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile and forever changed the war.



The MQ-1 was remotely controlled by one pilot and one or two target load operators. Multi-purpose UAVs with medium altitude and long flight duration were mainly used for reconnaissance and surveillance. However, if necessary, he could strike with outboard weapons.

March 9 2018 US Air Force officially removed the MQ-1 Predator from service. The replacement for it was the more advanced drone MQ-9 Reaper. To attack ground targets, this machine carries Hellfire missiles, as well as JDAM and GBU-12 bombs.

"Eagle" second place


At the second step of the ranking placed the F-15 Eagle fighter. This aircraft, created back in the seventies, is still able to show high combat qualities in a battle with other equipment.



High flight characteristics, stunning maneuverability and a developed range of weapons contribute to such results. High thrust-to-weight ratio combined with low wing load allow maneuvering without loss of speed and accelerate to speeds M = 2,5. All this made the F-15 the first US fighter capable of vertical acceleration.

F-15 carries advanced avionics and advanced weapons, including AIM-120D AMRAAM missiles. Avionics, weapons and flight characteristics make it a unique fighter. Not a single enemy aircraft has yet been able to shoot down the US Air Force F-15.

Xnumx place xnumx generation


The first American fighter of the last fifth generation - F-22 Raptor with the honorary title of "the most powerful fighter for gaining superiority in the air, and even in the whole universe" was placed in first place. The reasons for this WATM solution are simple. The F-22 was the first 5 generation fighter in the US Air Force and has unprecedented capabilities in the fields of air combat, radio electronics, situational awareness, stealth, etc. All this allows the aircraft to protect not only itself, but also others.



When working on air targets, the Raptor can carry six AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. On air-to-ground missions, he takes on board two GBU-32 JDAM bombs. At the same time, the aircraft retains a pair of AMRAAM and Sidewinder missiles - but only to fight off the enemy.

A powerful engine and a sleek glider allow the F-22 to perform a supersonic flight without using afterburner. The controls, including the special nozzle, give the aircraft unique maneuverability. This aircraft has no equal - in the whole world stories.

Assessment problem


On the whole, the rating of “10 fighters that influenced the war in the air” from We Are The Mighty is quite interesting, and the arguments presented look reasonable and logical. However, some features of this rating leave questions, including uncomfortable. Its authors can be suspected of being biased towards a particular technique and, as a result, of a lack of objectivity.

Indeed, the predominance of American aviation equipment - 7 aircraft from the 10 presented - looks very strange, although understandable. It is especially unpleasant that out of the whole variety of Soviet and Russian combat vehicles - which in one way or another influenced the development of combat aircraft and air combat - only one got into the Top-10. However, one can imagine that we are talking not only about the basic Su-27, but also about the entire family of equipment based on it.

The heading of the list speaks of fighters, but in the rating itself there are two samples for a different purpose. So, the F-117 had very limited capabilities for aerial combat and was actually a strike aircraft. UAV MQ-1 also could not carry the developed weapon to hit air targets. However, one cannot but admit the correctness of WATM - these machines really had an impact on the development of combat aircraft.

The first place for the fifth-generation American fighter F-22 Raptor is understandable and even expected. For all its problems, this aircraft is one of the reasons for the pride of aircraft manufacturers and the US Air Force. Despite its considerable age, limited number and lack of a large history of combat use, the F-22 is considered the basis of air power. It is unlikely that another plane could count on first place in such a rating.

However, the authors of WATM are well aware of the specific nature of the lists and ratings of military equipment and reserve the right to ambiguous and controversial assessments. Therefore, readers who have comments or reasons for criticism were invited to go to the comments section and leave their opinions there.

Top 10 fighters that changed aerial warfare forever rating: wearethemighty.com/gear-tech/best-fighter-planes-aviation.
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  1. Molot1979
    Molot1979 8 November 2019 05: 21 New
    25
    This hat, not TOP. It’s a bad thing for an American if he has to kiss himself in the ass.
    1. Sergey_G_M
      Sergey_G_M 8 November 2019 08: 27 New
      +5
      Why bad? They always did that))
      So there is nothing surprising in this rating.
      1. Krasnoyarsk
        Krasnoyarsk 8 November 2019 08: 58 New
        10
        Quote: Sergey_G_M
        Why bad? They always did that))

        Are they the only ones? All according to the laws of the genre, each sandpiper praises its swamp.
        1. Sergey_G_M
          Sergey_G_M 8 November 2019 09: 18 New
          0
          Of course, everyone praises themselves, I even think that healthy patriotism is normal.
          It’s just that the Americans are self-promoting and PR reach hyperbole inflated sizes, as they have not burst))
    2. zenion
      zenion 17 December 2019 14: 45 New
      0
      But do they even get kissed in the ass?
  2. Sergey_G_M
    Sergey_G_M 8 November 2019 05: 28 New
    23
    Oh, MiG-25 forgot, but they pushed their own.
    Mig, although not much fought, but in its performance characteristics at one time was an outstanding machine.

    Yes, and Messer 109, frankly, made a greater contribution to the change in war in the air than spitfire.
    1. novel66
      novel66 8 November 2019 07: 23 New
      10
      and "zero" in general
    2. neri73-r
      neri73-r 8 November 2019 09: 17 New
      11
      Quote: Sergey_G_M
      Oh, MiG-25 forgot, but they pushed their own.
      Mig, although not much fought, but in its performance characteristics at one time was an outstanding machine.

      What about the MiG-15? Did they forget who brought them down? Or ashamed to remember.
      1. Sergey_G_M
        Sergey_G_M 8 November 2019 09: 26 New
        10
        Saber - MiG-15 is debatable here. All the same, due to the range of action, Saber is better for Americans, equipment - the same sight will be better.
        On TTX it is debatable who is better.
        By the effect on the change of war in the air (about which the article itself) weaned the bombers from flying in tight formation.
        1. Sapsan136
          Sapsan136 8 November 2019 11: 43 New
          10
          Adequate Western ratings put the F-86 and MiG-15 on the same level, as the aircraft fought with varying success, depending on the modification and in general, were approximately equal in the air ... They had their advantages and disadvantages .. As for the F- 15, then the Indians on the Su-30 defeated the Yankees in all air battles, despite the fact that the Yankees fought using Avax, and the Indians were forbidden to fully use the on-board electronics of Sushka ... F-22, so far, has fought only against third world countries, so most likely, this is a soap bubble, the same as the Abrams and Leopard-2 tanks, which also occupied the top of the ratings, and in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are burning like matches ... What is the invisibility of F-117 we saw in Yugoslavia , and the Yankees themselves admit that on the MiG radars inherited from the German Democratic Republic, all these invisibilities are clearly visible ... In general, this rating is another advertisement for the United States and its weapons ... designed for the population of the United States and such as Lithuania and Ukraine. ..
        2. +5
          +5 8 November 2019 14: 58 New
          +7
          MiG-15 appeared earlier.
          He showed that fan (piston) bombers, covered by any number of jet fighters, are almost defenseless against jet fighters. Last but not least, after that, the Americans stopped dreaming about "throwing 100500 yadrenbonb on Soviet cities" ... until we build a fleet of jet bombers.
          Deserves to be included in the list most of all mentioned there ..
        3. svp67
          svp67 8 November 2019 18: 32 New
          +9
          Quote: Sergey_G_M
          On TTX it is debatable who is better.

          Forgive me, but here it is not the performance characteristics that are assessed, but the "influence on the course of the war in the air" and here the MiG-15 is clearly OUT OF COMPETITION. Like our MiG-31, which forced the Americans to abandon high-altitude and high-speed reconnaissance aircraft, switching to spy satellites and accelerating work on the creation of reconnaissance UAVs
  3. svp67
    svp67 8 November 2019 05: 35 New
    18
    The American online magazine We Are The Mighty also does not stand aside and offers a list of 10 fighters that changed the war in the air.
    A purely American look. We did not forget to mention our own, quite worthy F-86 "Saber", but what exactly did it change in the war in the air? Why did they forget his "vis-a-vi" MiG-15, which, for sure, was able to change the war in the air, proving in Korea that the era of "hordes of heavy bombers" that demolished everything in their path is over
    Also puzzling is the appearance of the Fokker Dr.1 triplane in the list, what is it with its help you managed to change the war in the air? It only comes to my mind that it was on him that the most successful PMV ace, Richtofen, died. But why did they not remember about the "Moran" by Roland Garro, which has the first working synchronizer of weapons? A real fighter plane appeared precisely with the advent of the synchronizer.
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 8 November 2019 05: 45 New
    +9
    All such ratings are far-fetched and biased, their objectivity is less than zero percent. Therefore, and treats them seriously is impossible.
  5. Amurets
    Amurets 8 November 2019 05: 53 New
    10
    In 1999, in Yugoslavia, the United States lost one of its F-117, and with it military advantages. The details of the incident are still secret, but there is information according to which the crashed plane landed in a tolerable condition. This means that Russia and China could gain access to American technology.
    What's the secret here? Radar P-18 "Terek" saw him perfectly: "Opposed to" Nighthok "Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Dani, the commander of the third battalion of the 250th air defense brigade. He had at his disposal a battery of S-125 missiles, a general detection radar P-18, operating in the meter range, and missile guidance station SNR-125 with a centimeter range radar.When Lieutenant Colonel Dani received a message from the command center about aircraft in the air, he ordered the P-18 radar to be activated using the lowest frequency. The radar immediately detected four targets, and Dani I realized that the anti-aircraft gunners are "leading" the "invisible".

    After the target was lost several times, Dani decided to violate his own order and not turn off the radar after 20 seconds of operation. Since there were no other targets detected, it became clear that the attack with anti-radar missiles did not threaten. At 20 hours 40 minutes local time, Lt. Col. Zelko began to approach the target, opening a bomb gate.
    The open wings of the Nighthawk bomber were an additional reflective surface to facilitate detection.
    https://masterok.livejournal.com/4912150.html
    "The F-117 is a specialized tactical attack aircraft designed primarily for nighttime high-precision attacks of critical targets during autonomous single missions. It can also be used for tactical electronic reconnaissance of areas covered by enemy air defenses. The F-117 is radically different from previous machines. Firstly, conventional missile and bomb weapons have given way to precision-guided weapons. Secondly, survival in the air defense zone is provided not so much by armor as by flight stealth. "
    https://topwar.ru/15671-o-f-117.html
    And where is the fighter? Only in the "F" index?
  6. Herman 4223
    Herman 4223 8 November 2019 07: 01 New
    +5
    This is an element of stupid propaganda no more. You can stuff absolutely any plane here. After all, each of his appearance has changed something or has really seriously affected something.
  7. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich 8 November 2019 07: 32 New
    +3
    Of course laughing laughing laughing
    Who has the most aircraft? the Americans. Who has the best tank in the world? The Americans. Who has the best ships in the world? The Americans. Who is the most honest, white and fluffy, the most peaceful ?? Drum roll ..... Americans !!! fool laughing
    Who has made himself great and exceptional on the planet? America. Who is allowed everything, but nothing to others? America lol
    Therefore, there is nothing to be surprised if in American ratings all the best is American wink
    PS Only everyone else should not forget that people are not fighting aircraft, but people wink And therefore, if such a narcissistic American imbitsil comes with his values ​​to someone else’s garden, then with kicks and instructions he must show him his real place in his waste yes
    Personally, my opinion hi
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    2. Nenie Lynn
      Nenie Lynn 10 November 2019 21: 47 New
      -3
      Quote: Rurikovich
      Who has the most aircraft? the Americans.

      in fact it was, the 4th generation gave birth ten years after the amers, 5 still give birth, carbon bombers as an answer to Chamberlain ...
  8. Jack O'Neill
    Jack O'Neill 8 November 2019 07: 53 New
    0
    Instead of the Su-27, put the MiG-29, F-15 in first place, and in the second F-16 and norms.
    On the whole, it is clear (objectively) why there are more American planes here, but ours are too few. I would also stick the MiG-15 and MiG-25. Ah, again MiGs.) Well done, the veterans are worthy.
    By the way, MiGs lit up when fighting with the Goa'ulds. Vidos inserted into the spoiler.
    1. Avior
      Avior 8 November 2019 08: 31 New
      +3
      why mig-29?
      Su-27 is much more logical.
  9. Nycomed
    Nycomed 8 November 2019 08: 01 New
    +3
    As always, sheer nonsense! fool
  10. rocket757
    rocket757 8 November 2019 08: 27 New
    +3
    Kulikovo-bog reasonings .... there is nothing to discuss objectively, but they won’t let them rewrite their rating.
  11. Ros 56
    Ros 56 8 November 2019 08: 31 New
    -1
    One hundred percent lie probably gives courage to striped pilots, but the result will be as usual, let them remember Vietnam and Korea, and even Kozhedub in the 45th let down one insolent man from heaven to earth.
    1. Crash_117
      Crash_117 8 November 2019 10: 31 New
      -11
      Not tired of these tales of Kozhedub poison? There is no documented evidence that he shot down two P-51s. Only his stories and no more.
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 8 November 2019 12: 43 New
        +3
        When you know something about aviation, then you will tell your opinion.
      2. Amurets
        Amurets 8 November 2019 14: 54 New
        +2
        Quote: Crash_117
        Not tired of these tales of Kozhedub poison? There is no documented evidence that he shot down two P-51s. Only his stories and no more.

        There is nothing. Not even the testimony of the pilot shot down by him, the film of the camera gun, not the article for 2013. "When the tension of the battle subsided, my mood was not at all victorious - I had already managed to make out the white stars on the wings and fuselages." They will arrange for me ... on the first number "- I thought, planting the car. But everything worked out In the cockpit of the Mustang ", who landed on our territory, sat a hefty black man. To the question of the guys who came to him, who knocked him down (or rather, when this question could be translated), he answered:" Focke-Wulf "with a red nose ... I don't think he was playing along ; even then the allies did not learn to look both ways ...
        The clashes between Soviet and American air groups that began in the second half of 1944 were by no means a consequence of the confusion traditional for any war. Even then, the States considered the entire European continent their zone of influence. Once the commander of the American Air Force Spaats even defiantly refused to discuss with Marshal Zhukov the order of flights over the Soviet zone, impudently stating that "American aircraft flew everywhere, and flew without any restrictions." (GK Zhukov. Memories and reflections. M., 1971. P.670). "
        1. tesser
          tesser 11 November 2019 15: 08 New
          -3
          Quote: Amurets
          There is nothing

          Uh-huh.
          Quote: Amurets
          Even the testimony of a downed pilot

          This is not there.
          Quote: Amurets
          film machine gun films

          And this is not. There are obscure pictures that Bodrikhin gives out for the FKP of this battle.
          Quote: Amurets
          articles for 2013

          All sorts of articles. They go back to Bodrichin's preface to Kozhedub's memoirs. With reference to a private conversation with Kozhedub, who, however, was remembered only 15 years after the death of the latter.

          And, which, in fact, is complete nonsense.

          Quote: Amurets
          the cockpit of the Mustang, which had landed on our territory, was a huge black man.

          There was only one fighter group with black pilots. 332th. It did not fly Berlin has never been based in the south. Kozhedub in April at the Kyustrinsky bridgehead.
          April 17, 1945, met in the air "Flying Fortress"

          April 17, 8BA did not fly.
        2. tesser
          tesser 12 November 2019 01: 31 New
          -3
          Quote: tesser
          however, it was remembered only 15 years after the death of the latter.

          I'm sorry, after 5 years. Bodrikhin tells this story already in the "Soviet aces" in 96.

          On the other hand, the 332th, they say, still flew to Berlin, although not in April. On the third hand, FKP crap, so that trust Bodrikhin zero. On the fourth side, the follower Kozheduba tells the same story. On the fifth hand, two stories are constantly confused: the March one, which certainly had a place to be, and the April one, which is such a thing.

          So everything is peculiar. In my opinion, it is not worth trump cards with such cards.

          http://www.vif2ne.org/nvi/forum/arhprint/128389
  12. Gato
    Gato 8 November 2019 09: 43 New
    +1
    About "those who changed the war in the air" I agree only with MQ. But they are not fighters yet. The idea itself is tempting - with a developed industry, UAVs can be stamped indefinitely, without bothering with the training of pilots, and then update them with the firmware of their "brains" and improve their weapons.
    True, the electronic warfare equipment also does not stand still, but against the Papuans UAVs - that's it.
    1. +5
      +5 8 November 2019 15: 00 New
      -2
      Which UAVs are unmeasured? How is a traitor? Are you aware of its size and price ???
      He changed the war in the air only against the Papuans.
  13. Crash_117
    Crash_117 8 November 2019 10: 28 New
    0
    I would make my top Military Review, the picture was exactly the same, 8 out of 10 cars would be Russian. What varied then?
    1. 30hgsa
      30hgsa 8 November 2019 13: 21 New
      +4
      Hardly. If we are talking about airplanes that changed the war in the air ... Then there would be:

      Fokker E1 - the first normal fighter that could fire normally thanks to the synchronizer

      Me-109 - the first biplane of the WWII generation massively used in the war; its mass use crossed out all obsolete pre-war vehicles

      Mig-15 and F-86 - the first massively used post-war reactive rockets used in battle - a new level of war in the air

      Mig-21 - massive cheap and light 2nd generation, fought everywhere and everywhere, changed the tactics of battle in the world

      Harier - first serial with VTOL aircraft - new page in naval aviation

      F-111 - the first serial with variable wing geometry

      F-15 and Su-27 - 4th generation, on which everything is supported now

      B-17 - the first mass semi-strategic bomber

      B-29 - the first real strategic bomber

      MQ-1 - the first mass attack drone
      1. Town Hall
        Town Hall 8 November 2019 13: 36 New
        0
        Quote: 30hgsa
        Me-109 - the first massively used in the war biplane generation WWII, its massive use crossed out all obsolete cars of the pre-war period

        Me-109 biplane?
        1. 30hgsa
          30hgsa 8 November 2019 15: 52 New
          0
          monoplane naturally
          1. Oberon_13
            Oberon_13 10 November 2019 03: 50 New
            0
            Something I do not remember such a machine as the Me-109. Maybe more correct Bf.109 designer Willy Messerschmitt?
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      3. Gato
        Gato 12 November 2019 02: 07 New
        0
        Since we remembered the bombers, you can add others:
        "Ilya Muromets"
        TB-3 - also massive and all-metal
        Il-2 is generally a new subclass of "clean" attack aircraft, up to the A-10 and Su-25 all the rest can be considered fighter-bombers
        MiG-25 and MiG-31
        High-altitude scouts like U-2 and SR-71
        Well, like a cherry on a cake - AWACS planes, these really changed a lot of things in tactics
    2. RaptorF22A2
      RaptorF22A2 8 November 2019 14: 20 New
      -1
      Well, you have to poke lol Let them whine further laughing
  14. 30hgsa
    30hgsa 8 November 2019 11: 38 New
    -1
    7. F-4 Phantom. - a failed plane that was lost in bundles in Vietnam, heavy, expensive.
    6. Supermarine Spitfire. - And who said that it was just a super plane? Good, but obviously nothing breakthrough.
    5. F-117 Nighthawk. - an expensive car that turned out to be unsuitable for any of the tasks due to aerodynamic damage?
    4. F / A-18 Hornet. - airplane feil, inferior to competitors in everything. The super hornet is another matter. But the plane essentially had to be redone.
    1. F-22 Raptor. - flying agitation.
    1. maden.usmanow
      maden.usmanow 8 November 2019 14: 05 New
      +1
      F / A-18 Hornet

      Well, call the decker, non-American, to whom Hornet was inferior
      1. RaptorF22A2
        RaptorF22A2 8 November 2019 14: 19 New
        0
        Why ask him such questions? wink Let him continue to believe in his opinion lol
      2. 30hgsa
        30hgsa 8 November 2019 16: 05 New
        +3
        Why not an American? We are talking about machines that "changed the war in the air." Well, the F-18 was inferior to the F-14. In addition, the F-18 was not only in the version based on an aircraft carrier, many of them were based entirely on ordinary airfields and there they need to be compared not with deck ships and there it turns out tin. The worst aircraft of the 4th generation.

        I pay attention once again, we are talking about a hornet, not a super hornet. In fact, the hornet came out as a fail and was withdrawn from service, and instead a new superhornet aircraft was adopted for service. The common between the F-18A and F-18E as between the Tu-22 and Tu-22M. If you are in the subject.
  15. Narak-zempo
    Narak-zempo 8 November 2019 14: 25 New
    0
    Title does not match content.
  16. +5
    +5 8 November 2019 14: 55 New
    0
    Saber appeared in response to the MiG-15, and only with its appearance in Korea, the Americans were able to regain parity (before that, the MiG-15 tore everyone).
    The F-18 is generally an ordinary and mediocre aircraft.
    Spitfire what has changed?
    F-117 and the Predator are generally brain juice. It’s more logical to put their own AWACS or jammer.
    The phantom was the first truly multi-purpose, though ....
    F-15 - the first 4th generation ... although, too, what did he radically change without AWACS? Mig-23 missiles at medium distances at the time better bullet.
    F-22 - the first 5th generation. In general, the United States overtook everyone for several years - what, each first-generation of a generation has changed something?
    Did the Su-27 change anything too? Restored parity / became better than the F-15.

    I would leave the F-15 and F-22 from the list ...
  17. Good_Anonymous
    Good_Anonymous 8 November 2019 16: 43 New
    -1
    F-4 Phantom.


    He is "Lead Sled", he is "Triumph of engine building over aerodynamics" smile
  18. Good_Anonymous
    Good_Anonymous 8 November 2019 16: 45 New
    +3
    It's funny that the 1st number of the list didn’t even fight, but still changed the war smile
  19. Janek Travinski
    Janek Travinski 8 November 2019 23: 17 New
    0
    Quote: 30hgsa
    Hardly. If we are talking about airplanes that changed the war in the air ... Then there would be:

    Fokker E1 - the first normal fighter that could fire normally thanks to the synchronizer

    Me-109 - the first biplane of the WWII generation massively used in the war; its mass use crossed out all obsolete pre-war vehicles

    Mig-15 and F-86 - the first massively used post-war reactive rockets used in battle - a new level of war in the air

    Mig-21 - massive cheap and light 2nd generation, fought everywhere and everywhere, changed the tactics of battle in the world

    Harier - first serial with VTOL aircraft - new page in naval aviation

    F-111 - the first serial with variable wing geometry

    F-15 and Su-27 - 4th generation, on which everything is supported now

    B-17 - the first mass semi-strategic bomber

    B-29 - the first real strategic bomber

    MQ-1 - the first mass attack drone


    Me 262 there too
  20. Sailor
    Sailor 9 November 2019 08: 33 New
    0
    Another Mig-15, Mig-21 and this is unique, but instead of the F-117 I would indicate the B-52.
  21. iouris
    iouris 9 November 2019 13: 27 New
    0
    In the first and 10th place are fighters who did not participate in air wars.
  22. nikon7717
    nikon7717 10 November 2019 06: 30 New
    0
    Narrowly the latest advertising top with no reminders of the history, where before the Yankees did not light up.
  23. Pavel57
    Pavel57 11 November 2019 16: 55 New
    +1
    My view of fighter jets that have changed the tactics of battle -
    1. MiG-15 (appeared in Korea before Saber),
    2. Mig-21 (although it was somewhat inferior to the F-5 and Mirage, but served as an impetus for the creation of the F-16)
    3. F-14 - air defense fighter with headlamps and long-range missiles, integrated circuit.
    4. Su-27 - inferior in close combat MiG-29, but won in real battles. Combination of melee and mid-range combat capabilities.
    5. F-22 is the first really 5th generation.