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The World's 13 Fastest Fighter Jets

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The two fastest jet fighters on the list – the MIG-31 Foxhound and the MiG-25 Foxbat – were built by the former Soviet Union and are both still in service. The Foxhound is an outgrowth of the Foxbat with a more powerful engine and with better control at lower altitudes. The Foxbat is one of the warplanes operated by Ukrainian air force pilots. 

To identify the fastest warplanes, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed aviation information site Aero Corner’s list, The Top 13 Fastest Fighter Jets in The World. Jets, only those used in armed combat, were ranked by their top speed. Aero Corner often used government sources to find speed performance of many of these aircraft. (See if the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest air force.)

The J-10 is the third-fastest fighter on the list. It is the first warplane developed by the Chinese that can challenge Western fighters in performance and capabilities. Development began in 1988, and its mission was to counter threats from the Soviet Union. The J-10 went into service in the Chinese air force in 2004. The J-10 cannot match the performance of similar Western warplanes such as America’s F-16 and the Eurofighter Typhoon. 

Two other Russian-made jets are on the fastest warplane list – the SU-27 Flanker and the SU-35 Flanker. The former fighter also is serving in the Ukraine air force. Ukrainian forces claimed to have shot down an SU-35 Flanker in early April. The SU-35 is one of Russia’s newest fighters and has been in service in the Russian air force since 2014.

Six of the fastest warplanes are from the United States: F-4 Phantom II, F-22 Raptor, F-106, F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, and the F-111 Aardvark. (see the 30 combat aircraft being built for the U.S. Military) The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation stealth warplane that had been discussed as an enforcer of a no-fly zone over Ukraine. 

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13. Mirage 2000
> Top speed: 1,453 mph
> Maker: Dassault
> Nation: France

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12. F-4 Phantom II
> Top speed: 1,472 mph
> Maker: McDonnell Douglas
> Nation: United States

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11. Su-35 Flanker-E
> Top speed: 1,500 mph
> Maker: Sukhoi
> Nation: Russia

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10. F-22 Raptor
> Top speed: 1,500 mph
> Maker: Lockheed Martin
> Nation: United States

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9. F-106
> Top speed: 1,526 mph
> Maker: Convair
> Nation: United States

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8. F-14 Tomcat
> Top speed: 1,544 mph
> Maker: Grumman
> Nation: United States

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7. Eurofighter Typhoon
> Top speed: 1,544 mph
> Maker: Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH
> Nation: Multinational

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6. Su-27 Flanker
> Top speed: 1,600 mph
> Maker: Sukhoi
> Nation: Russia

5. F-15 Eagle
> Top speed: 1,650 mph
> Maker: McDonnell Douglas
> Nation: United States

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4. F-111 Aardvark
> Top speed: 1,650 mph
> Maker: General Dynamics
> Nation: United States

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3. J-10
> Top speed: 1,687 mph
> Maker: Chengdu
> Nation: China

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2. MiG-25 Foxbat
> Top speed: 1,900 mph
> Maker: Mikoyan
> Nation: Soviet Union

1. MIG-31 Foxhound
> Top speed: 1,900 mph
> Maker: Mikoyan
> Nation: Soviet Union

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