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Top 10 Fighter Aircraft

The following is the result of a MilitaryFactory.com study concerning the best military fighter designs of all time. Fighters were chosen based on production numbers, combat performance and a general assessment of their effect during their particular period in aviation history. As such, the list contains mainly fighter aircraft of World War 2 with only one example emerging from World War 1 and several proven performers showcased in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Using the mentioned factors, the list leaves out such entries as the relatively untested yet all-modern Lockheed F-22 Raptor and the late-war German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter – these aircraft appearing with some puzzling regularity on other Top Ten Fighter lists around the web. Some lists go on to include the famous Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, which is not a fighter by any measure. Our list seeks out those hearty performers with the historical numbers and stellar histories to reinforce their respective legacies. As will be made apparent, designs utilized during war time tend to outclass all those other “impressive” designs appearing during peacetime or in low-level conflicts. War has a habit of bringing out the best (and worst) in any weapon and helps to separate excellent designs from average ones.



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