Fighters & Attackers (some are basically bombers, but in a fighter name)
- F-14 Tomcat
- The Navy's Tomcat is old but carries the modern Phoenix, Sparrow,
Sidewinder missiles (largest->smallest). The F-14 Tomcat is the US Navy's standard carrier based fighter. Its missions include Combat Air Patrol (CAP), Deck-Launched Intercept (DLI), and air superiority. It is a large, fast, heavy aircraft. Production of this may have recently ended, but USA has plenty of these.
- F-15 Eagle
- an all-weather tactical fighter. It carries a M-61
cannon, four Sidewinder missiles and four Sparrow missiles. World's best (in my opinion),
and US's most used fighter. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight any current or projected enemy aircraft. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. Its weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat. Its armed with one internally mounted M-61A1 20mm 20-mm, six-barrel cannon with 940 rounds of ammunition; four AIM-9L/M Sidewinder and four AIM-7F/M Sparrow air-to-air missiles, or eight AIM-120 AMRAAMs, carried externally. F-15E StrikeEagles are dual role-can attack ground targets and fight its way out.
- F-16 Fighting Falcon
- small multi-role fighter aircraft known
for its exceptional
maneuverability and diverse capabilties. It carries one M-61 A1 20mm
multibarrel cannon, and up to 6 air-to-air missiles. The U.S. has the most of these, but sells these fighters to its allies, and is most commonly used by smaller nations of NATO.
- F-117A Nighthawk
- The stealth Nighthawk is "undectable" to radar, and is basically a bomber though in the (F) division. It was made in 1982, and costs 45 million dollars. If the enemy can't see you, they can't shoot you.
- F-4 Phantom
- F-4 Phantom II is an all-weather multi-role fighter aircraft, all-weather multisensor reconnaissance, originally a carrier-based interceptor produced by McDonnell Douglas. It was the first Navy fighter to defend the fleet without guns, relying entirely on its missiles. Its now an exported fighter.
- F-5 Freedom Fighter
- The F-5 was developed as a cheap 'export fighter' for military assistance programs. It was a smalll jet fighter with short-span wings, twin-engined and optimized for easy maintenance. The F-5 was never used on a large scale by the USAF, but because of characteristics similar to the MiG-21, the F-5 was used as 'agressor' aircraft. Production of this is over.
- F-111 Raven
- The F-111 is a multipurpose tactical fighter bomber capable of supersonic speeds. It can operate from tree-top level to altitudes above 60,000 feet.
- YF-23 Black Widow 2
- Unique Prototype Fighter from Northrop. Was unveiled in 1990. The worlds first supersonic stealth jet! This is still being made and will be one of US's future aircrafts.
- F-22 Raptor
- This is predicted to be the best fighter of the future. It is stealthy, fast, and maneuverable. Its max speed is Mach 1.8, and its max range is over 900+ miles for attacking. In Mach 1.4 it can still pull a 6-G turn. This fighter/bomber will be every MiG's nightmare.
- F/A 18 Hornet
- a fighter/bomber and its max speed is Mach 1.7 (close to a MiG 29). The standard fighter in the Navy and Marine Corps. Practically replaced the A-7 of U.S.A.F, and F-4 of the U.S. Navy.
- A-6 Intruder
- The A-6E is an all-weather, two-seat, subsonic, carrier-based attack aircraft. In spite of its weight, it has excellent slow-flying capabilities with full span slats and flaps. The crew, sitting side by side, can see in all directions through a broad canopy. The aircraft is equipped with a micro-miniaturized digital computer, a solid state weapons release system, and a single integrated track and search radar. The Intruder is armed with laser-guided weapons and equipped with a chin turret containing a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system and laser designator and receiver.
- A-10 Thunderbolt II
- The Thunderbolt (nicknamed Warthog because it flies low and slow)
is a tank-killer. You would have seen them as a failed design, but they
worked so well in Desert Storm, they are one of America's favorites. The A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt IIs are the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles
- EA-6B Prowler
- worked incredible in Iraq. If radar is turned on
its missiles will track and then destroy the radar center. Iraq feared
these so much they refused to turn on their radars. However, if spotted
by another aircraft, like a MiG, they are as good as dead. This is made by the US Navy.
- AV-8B Harrier
- British + U.S designed, used by US's Navy + the British Airforce. It can
hover like a helicopter, but can be as fast as Mach 1. It has air-to-air,
and air-to-land missiles. A multi-role aircraft used by most of the Allied Forces.
- Mirage 2000
- This Delta-wing, European, supersonic aircraft first flew after the Suez crisis of 1956, and has since been modified for bombing, intercept, and reconnaissance missions. Its low-set wing gives it exceptional ability for dog fighting. Its commonly used by the French. It can carry 30 mm cannons, anti-runway bombs, cluster bombs, laser-guided bombs, and a host of missiles. It is capable of launching ASMP nuclear missiles. It is smaller, cheaper fighter, but with great acceleration and maneuverability.
- Germany, Italy and Great Britain teamed up to build this aircraft, which with a sweep of its wings can be configured in flight for low-level bombing or high-speed intercepting and electronic warfare. The Panavia Tornado flew a number of Gulf War missions, and took heavy losses. Each plane carries a crew of two and has a 1,500-mile range.
- Produced to meet a joint Anglo-French requirement in 1965 for a dual-role advanced/operational trainer and tactical support aircraft, the Jaguar has been transformed into a potent fighter-bomber. The RAF originally intended to use the aircraft purely as an advanced trainer, but this was later changed to the offensive support role on cost grounds.
Perhaps the European Jaguar's most impressive feature is its navigation and attack system. With mission data fed into the computer, all the necessary information for a pinpoint attack is relayed to the head-up display. From the display, the pilot knows exactly where the target is located and precisely when to release his weapons for maximum effect.
- Eurofighter Typhoon 2000
- This Eurofighter (made by Germany, Spain, Italy, & Britain) has faster acceleration than the average fighter, and better maneuverability because of its delta wings. It has the FLIR system, and doppler radar. It can cruise at Mach 1, stealth properties, multitarget engage ability, and long range radar. It can be armed with regular air-to-air missiles, but can also be an attacker. Its air-to-surface missiles include laser guided bombs, advanced anti-armour weapons, and conventionally armed stand-off missiles. Its top speed is 1,450 mph, and is Europe's future fighter.
- SAAB Viggen AJ-37
- Its top speed is 1,320mph and has delta wings for better maneuverability. This Swedish, supersonic fighter can carry a heavy load of missiles and bombs. It can fight, but also attack. The Viggen was designed to fulfill several roles with one basic airframe, but in multiple versions: fighter-bomber, attack aircraft, tactical recce, sea surveillance, operational trainer, and pure fighter. The canards and a thrust reverser --- the combination of this with an afterburner is unique --- make the Viggen capable of operating from small, dispersed airstrips. It can take off and land on short distances, making it a carrier based aircraft.
- SAAB JAS 39 Gripen
- This fighter's top speed is also 1,320 mph and also has delta wings. It has low drag, and sophisticated fly-by wire controls. This small plane is about 1/4 the size of a F-22. It is a fighter, attacker, and recon aircraft, and can go fast than Mach 2. It is also a Swedish fighter, with multi-roles. The downside to this European fighter is that its instable.
- Dassault Rafale
- This lightweight, French, multi-role fighter has delta wings and is equipped with tactical nuclear missiles, laser-guided missiles, infrared missiles, and anti-ship missiles. There are several versions, of these, the navies' is carrier-based. Its top speed is Mach 2, and has air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles.
- F-8P/ E (FN) CRUSADER
- The F-8 Crusader worked great in Vietnam, and earned the name "MiG killer". There have been many versions of this aircraft, whose top speed is Mach2. This was made by the US and France, but was withdrawn shortly by US, but France still uses these.
- B-52 Stratofortress
- Can fly as high as 50,000 ft, and can carry 70,000 lbs of nuclear
and conventional bombs, missiles, or mines. Made in the Cold War to
perhaps nuke USSR, it is now US's primary bomber.
- B-1B Lancer
- The Lancer was also designed to nuke the Soviets, but now can
bomb nukes, cruise missiles, and conventional arms. Long-range, multirole bomber.
- B-2 Spirit
- The Spirit is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering
conventional and nuclear munitions anywhere on the globe. Its "stealth"
characteristics blend low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic
efficiency and large payload, providing greater freedom of action at high
altitudes. Multi-role, heavy, long range bomber. It costs 1 billion dollars!
- AH-64 Apache
- The Apache is the U.S. Army's main gunship/anti-tank
helicopter. It is a tough, versatile craft that can operate at night and
in bad weather. It has a top speed of about 190 mph, a range of about 300
miles, and carries a powerful arsenal. Enemy defenses must be destroyed
before these can launche their hellfire missiles.
- AH-1 Cobra
- In combination with the latest weaponry, this provides the US Marine Corps with a highly advanced close support and attack helicopter ideally suited to support of beach-head operations from forward airstrips or from assault ships lying just offshore. It has hellfire, anti-tank missiles.
- RAH-66 Comanche
- The comanche will be the newest helicopter to the US's military. It is a stealth helicopter, with the best maneuverability. However, they will not be equipped fully for fighting til 2003-2005, and are in high expectations for this helicopter.
- OH-58 Kiowa Warrior
- Scouts out the enemy for the AH-64's with its mast periscope. This light, fast helicopter is equipped with air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, and a machine gun.
- S-70 Blackhawk & UH-60 Blackhawk
- Cargo + troop + tank transport chopper
- MH-60G Pave Hawk
- The MH-60G's primary wartime missions are infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces in day, night or marginal weather conditions. Other missions include combat search and rescue.
- MH-53J Pave Low III
- Special Ops chopper and carries miniguns and machine guns
- SA-341 Gazelle
- light French-designed helicopters fitted with AT-4 anti-tank missiles and SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles, along with rocket pods and machine guns.
- CH-47 Chinook
- Troop + cargo transport helicopter. Can carry small units as well, like in this picture
- KC-10 Extender
- refuels other airplanes in the air and drops paratroopers
- E-3 Sentry AWACS
- These are surveillence cameras in the air with a small crew of men. If the enemy is seen by these they are as good as dead. The AWACS provides all-weather surveillance, command control and communications. For a price tag of $270 million, it has a radar dome that can detect small, low flying targets for 200 miles, and larger, higher-flying targets even farther away.
- C-5 Galaxy
- The C-5 Galaxy can carry over 400 tons, and among these transports is the most heavy aircraft ever. It can transport many armored units, like the M1A1 Abrams.
- KC-135 Stratotanker
- refuels other airplanes in the air
- C-141b Starlifter and C-17 Globemaster III
- Cargo and Troop transport
- S-3B Viking
- Jet aircraft, used in the detection and attack of submarines, and as an armed scout in the anti-surface role. Extremely versatile, the aircraft is also equipped for tanking, mining, and limited electronic surveillance. It can be armed up to 3,958 pounds (1,781 kg) of AGM-84 Harpoon and AGM-65 Maverick missiles, torpedoes, mines, rockets and bombs. It is an anti-submarine aircraft, and sea surveillence aircraft.
- C-130 Hercules
- The Hercules drops supplies or paratroopers for the fight.
- AC-130 Spectre
- Can drop Paratroopers. Also can give air support. Armed with