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Fighter aircraft used by the various branches of the United States Military Services.

F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Jet
Article explores the multiple roles performed by the F/A-18 fighter jet. The article also looks at the reasons why the aircraft has proven popular with fighter pilots and endured for more than 30 years.

The F-35 Lightning II -- The Future of Air Combat
An overview of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft that is currently being developed by the U.S. military and its international allies. Once in operation, this combination stealth bomber and fighter jet promises to bring air combat into the 21st Century.

The AV-8B Harrier is a lightweight single-seat aircraft used by the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Ground Task Force to destroy targets on the ground and in the air and to act as an armed escort for helicopters.

Nicknamed Lightning II, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was meant to be the new kid on the block in an arena of aging fighter and strike aircraft. Varying versions of the craft are slated for use by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

The melding of an attack and fighter jet, the F/A-18 Hornet entered Navy service in 1980 and Marine Corps service two years later, and had its first run in a combat capacity in 1986 over Libya.

Compact and highly maneuverable, the F-16 is nicknamed the Fighting Falcon.

Fighters in Action II
More U.S. Air Force Fighters in Action. Photos may be freely copied or downloaded.

Fighters in Action
Air Force A-10s, F-15s, F-16s, and F-117A's in action. Photos are not copyrighted, and may be freely downloaded or redistributed.

Fighter Aircraft Overview
Air Force doctrine states that the attainment of air superiority is normally one of the first and most important U.S. military goals in a conflict. Without the attainment of air superiority, achieving success in a military campaign is more difficult.

F-14 Tomcat Fact Sheet
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter. The Tomcat's primary missions are air superiority, fleet air defense and precision strike against ground targets.

F-14 Tomcat
The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place fighter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions.

F-15 Eagle Fact Sheet
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat.

F-15 Eagle
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat.

F-15E Strike Eagle Fact Sheet
The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

F-16 Fighting Falcon
The F-16 has been, by any standard, a success. USAF has used it heavily and successfully for air-to-ground in the 1991 Gulf war and all subsequent conflicts. The Israeli Air Force has also had great success with it.

F-20 Tigershark
Northrop developed the F-20 Tigershark in response to a U.S. Government call for the private development of a tactical fighter specifically tailored to meet the security needs of allied and friendly nations.

F-21A Kfir
The Kfir (which means lion cub) is basically a redesigned Mirage 5 with a canard mounted on the air intake. The wings are low-mounted, delta-shaped with a sawtooth in the leading edges.

F-22 Operational Tests
Operational testing on the F/A-22 Raptor began April 29 (2004) when the first two-ship sortie was flown and tested by members of the F/A-22 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Air Force bases nationwide are gearing up for the phase following the initial operational test and evaluation. ACC will receive the first...

F-22 Raptor Fact Sheet
The F-22 is a multi-role air-superiority fighter with improved capability over current Air Force aircraft. From the inception of the battle, the F-22’s primary objective will be to establish air superiority through the conduct of counter-air operations.

F-22 Raptor
The F-22 program is developing the next-generation air superiority fighter for the Air Force to counter emerging worldwide threats.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
The F-35 is the result of the Defense Department's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, which sought to build a multirole fighter optimized for the air-to-ground role with secondary air-to-air capability.

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a multi-role fighter optimized for the air-to-ground role, designed to affordably meet the needs of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allies, with improved survivability, precision engagement capability, the mobility necessary for future joint operations and the reduced life cycle costs associated with tomorrow’s fiscal environment.

F-4 Phantom II and F-4G Advanced Wild Weasel
The F-4 Phantom II was a twin-engine, all-weather, fighter-bomber. The aircraft could perform three tactical air roles — air superiority, interdiction and close air support. F-4s are no longer in the U.S. Military inventory but are still flown by foreign nations.

F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger
The development of the Northrop F-5 began in 1954 when a Northrop team toured Europe and Asia to examine the defense needs of NATO and SEATO countries.

F-8 Crusader
The F-8 aircraft was originally built by LTV Aerospace, Dallas, Texas.

F/A-18 Hornet Fact Sheet
All-weather fighter and attack aircraft. The single-seat F/A-18 Hornet is the nation's first strike-fighter.

F/A-18 Hornet
The F/A-18 "Hornet" is a single- and two-seat, twin engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases.

YF-110 (MIG 21 Fishbed)
The MiG-21F is a short-range day fighter-interceptor and the first major production version of the popular MiG-21 series. MiG-21 aircraft acquired by the United States under the Foreign Materiel Acquisition/Exploitation program are designated as the YF-110.

YF-113 (MiG-23 FLOGGER)
Meant as a point defense fighter, the Flogger offered a powerful radar, an infrared search and track system, a selection of radar and infrared guided weapons and tremendous speed (Mach 2.35) to counter its adversaries. MiG-23 aircraft acquired by the United States under the Foreign Materiel Acquisition/Exploitation program are designated as the YF-113.

YF-17 Cobra
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet traces its direct ancestry to the Northrop Cobra, a twin engine multimission fighter design developed for the export market in the late 1960s.

YF-23 Black Widow II
Two YF-23 prototypes were designed and built by the contractor team of Northrop and McDonnell Douglas as part of the demonstration and evaluation phase of the US Air Force's Advanced Tactical Fighter selection program, which concluded in 1990.

F-15SE Silent Eagle - Stealth Fighter Jet
An article about the development and use of the F-15SE Silent Eagle aircraft.

F-22 Raptor - Superior Fighter Jet
An article about the F-22 Raptor fighter jet and its role with the U.S. Air Force.

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