Every human being today who has traveled on a plane or gazed at the wonders of exploring space should ultimately be grateful to those brave and brilliant brothers for the legacy they left for humanity.
But what kind of speed capability has our collective quest for faster flying machines created up to now, and how far can we push the boundaries of technology and science into the future?
The innovation comes from the human quest to rule the skies most of the aeronautics technology is developed in the airforce research facilities for developing fighter jets that will have an upper edge over enemies.
Here are the top 10 fastest fighter jets in the world.

10.Sukhoi Su-27

Top Speed: 1804 mph
Max Flight Distance: 2193 miles with internal fuel.

Its full speed of 2.35 Mach carries it with a twin-engine and the first fly-by-wire control system ever on a Russian jet to the very weakest of Soviet craftsmanship. 
They built it to counter the new American 3.5 gen fighters like the F-15 Eagle for air superiority.
It is equipped with a 30 mm gun and ten internal turrets capable of holding both air-to-air, heat-seeking, short and medium-range rockets. 
It has many distinct variations for all its achievements and popularity. Some of them like Sukhoi Su-57 Fifth-generation jet fighter is even today top-modern, 35 years after the Flanker’s first plane (1977)

09.McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Top Speed: 1875 mph
Max Flight Distance: 2991 miles with internal fuel.

Even today, most people consider F-15 being one of the most successful fighter jets ever created and is still in service with the U.S. Air Force. 
The twin-engine and thrust-to-weight ratio of the Eagle of nearly 1:1 can propel the plane of 18,000 kg to over 2.5 times the sound speed.
Developed in 1976 and will stay a part of the air force until 2025. Nearly 1200 F-15s were built and exported to Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, among others. USAF’s current plan is to continue producing them until 2019.
It was first designed as an air-superiority aircraft but was later built as an Air-to-Ground variant, the F-15E Strike Eagle. 
The F-15 can carry on its 11 hardpoints a range of Sparrow, Sidewinder,120-AMRAAM, crash missiles.
Together with it’s 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan gun and fastest speed, it is no surprise that this fighter jet has over 100+ confirmed aerial combat victories.

08.Mikoyan MiG-31 BSM

Top Speed: 1957 mph
Max Flight Distance: 4287 miles with internal fuel.

The Mikoyan designed the plane as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 “Foxbat”; The MiG-31 is based on and shares design elements with its predecessor MiG-25.
MiG-31 distinguishes itself as one of the world’s fastest planes before and even now.
It can fly at high altitudes at high speeds up to 2.83 Mach (2171.372 mph) 
Its D30-F6 jet engines, each rated at a thrust of 152 kN, allow the speed of Mach 1.23 (932 mph) at low altitude.
The MiG-31 was one of the first planes with a phased array radar and as of 2013 was one of two fighter jets in the world capable of freely firing air-to-air long-range missiles.
Also, it was the first operational fighter in the world with the Zaslon S-800, a passive electronically scanned array radar (PESA).
Its maximum reach against fighter targets is about 200 km, and it can track up to 10 objectives and strike four of them simultaneously with its Vympel R-33 rockets. 
The aircraft was in production from 1975, the Russian Air Force and Kazakhstan Air Force are still using MiG-31 and will remain in service until or beyond 2030.

06.North American XF-108 Rapier

Top Speed: 1990 mph
Max Flight Distance: 4287 miles with internal fuel.

The North American XF-108 Rapier was a long-range, high-speed interceptor plane designed by North American Aviation to protect the U.S. from supersonic fast Soviet bombers.
The aircraft would have moved at speeds around Mach 3 (3,200 kph; 2,000 mph) with an unrefueled combat radius of over 1,000 nautical miles (1,200 miles) 
With radar and rockets providing engagement capabilities of up to 100 miles (160 km) against targets of bomber size.
USAF continued to develop the F-108 radar and missiles, and eventually, the system was used in the Lockheed YF-12 project.

05.Bell X-2

Top Speed: 1990 mph
Max Flight Distance: 4287 miles with internal fuel.

The Starbuster was an American research fastest plane flying for the first time in 1955 and retired in 1956. It was a part of the X-2 program and so its investigation area was to see how plane behaved at altitudes greater than Mach 2.0 when traveling.
With no weapons, it featured a back-swept wing that created it to have a little air-resistance and prepared to meet Mach 3.196’s amazing velocity in 1956.
But the pilot made a sharp turn soon after he reached very high speed and then it crashed out of control. He could not regain aircraft power and bailed out. 
Unfortunately, the rescue shuttle’s tiny parachute was only launched, and he struck the floor too fast. The Starbuster program finished this deadly collision.

04.Mikoyan MiG-25

Top Speed: 2170 mph
Max Flight Distance: 1650 miles with internal fuel.

This jet was a Soviet aircraft constructed among the fastest fighter jet to join the flight to attack American aircraft during the cold war such as the SR 71 blackbird and high-slow moving surveillance aircraft.
Since they intended it to attack SR 71, excessive speed was the need, hence its maximum capacity of Mach 3.2. 
Unlike the Blackbird, the Foxbat contained 4 air-to-air missiles that made it an interceptor rather than a plane of surveillance.
It has never fired down a Blackbird, but it has had many other effective fighting missions, for example in the conflict between Iran and Iraq. 
Between 1964 and 1984, over 1100 Foxbats were built, but today it restricts the use, with Russia, Syria, Algeria, and Turkmenistan being the only consumers.
The MiG-25 was also MiGFlug’s fastest plane ever provided for fun flights–they used it primarily for space edge missions.

03.Lockheed YF-12

Top Speed: 2275 mph
Max Flight Distance: 3000 miles with internal fuel.

The Lockheed YF-12 was an American prototype interceptor aircraft assessed in the 1960s by the U.S. Air Force. 
YF-12 just appeared like the Blackbird SR 71 which have three Air-to-Air missiles. 
It is because they modeled the SR 71 on the YF-12 and because they both had the same designer, Clarence Johnson, “Kelly.”
The YF-12 set and maintained world records of the fastest plane in the world and an altitude of over 2,000 miles per hour (3,200 km/h) and over 80,000 feet (24,000m) (later surpassed by the SR 71 blackbird) and is the largest, heaviest and fastest manned interceptor plane in the world to date.

02.Lockheed SR 71 Blackbird

Top Speed: 2193 mph
Max Flight Distance: 3250 miles with internal fuel.

Both USAF and NASA used SR 71 Blackbird, after its inception in 1966; They built 32 Blackbirds and used for reconnaissance and experimental research. 
It showcased stealth technology, but if, against all odds, even if enemy fighter planes detected it because of its amazing speed, 
It could surpass the interceptors or surface-to-air missiles shot at it.
Blackbird was so fast that there was no time to escape from the air in front of it, thus building up a huge pressure and raising the internal temperature. 
The fighter jet’s temperature, which could reach several hundred degrees high, expanded the metal, so it had to be built by small parts. Because of this, when standing still, the SR-71 spilled oil.
The SR 71 was the fastest and highest-flying operational manned plane in the world during its entire career.
This has to be the pinnacle of our fastest plane in the world list.

01.X15

Top Speed: 4520 mph
Max Flight Distance: 280 miles with internal fuel.

As part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft, the North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered plane operated by USAF and NASA.
For the fastest plane which carried a human, this rocket jet has the current world record. Its top speed was Mach 6.70 (about 7,200 kph) which is achieved with his pilot qualified as astronaut William J Chevalier on October 3, 1967.
It had to feature a big wedge tail to be stable at these super-high altitudes, but the downside of this was at the lower altitude the drag from such a tail was enormous.
A B-52 had to carry it to an altitude of approximately 14,000 meters before leaving it at which it ignited its own engines. 
Just imagine sitting in a 15m long rocket and then being released, it must have been an amazing thrill!
They used X-15 at such extreme speeds that’s why it didn’t use traditional steering methods (using slide over a fin) but used rocket thrusters instead! 
This enabled elevations of over 100 kilometers to be reached, which was one of its world records.
X-15 these three records: 

  1. It was the first operational spaceplane.
  2. It got to a height of over 100 km.
  3. It flew over six times the speed of sound (Mach 6.70)

This is our unbeaten fastest plane in the world ever built.

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