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Thread: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

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    What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Given that the new Russian T-50 has had its first flight, I was wondering what everyone thought was the best fighter plane in the world. Now, I am asking what the best fighter is, as in dogfighter. Bombing roles aside, what do you think is best?

    I personally feel the F-22 is best, because of who would be flying it, and the support the pilot would have, without even getting into the abilities of the plane itself.

    EDIT: I've left out any fighters which have not yet actually flown.
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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Obviously the F-22.

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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Honestly, there hasn't been real air to air combat with real combatants in 30+ years. We don't really know what the key to success is. Granted, the f-22 dominates in stealth, maneuverability and avionics so it will be excellent regardless. The main problem is that it comes at incredible cost. The best fighter of the future may be a relatively cheap airframe that is basically just a bus for long range missiles and electronics. Or maybe stealth works well enough to limit engagement ranges to dog fights so that you can dump the LPI radar and carry a lot more cannon ammo.

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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    spitfire..

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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I personally feel the F-22 is best, because of who would be flying it, and the support the pilot would have, without even getting into the abilities of the plane itself.[/I]
    But suppose those same pilots, with that same support, were placed in any of the other planes.

    Which plane then would be the best?
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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    spitfire..
    Corsair!

    Though it is hard to beat the "Spitfire" name.

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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Honestly, there hasn't been real air to air combat with real combatants in 30+ years. We don't really know what the key to success is. Granted, the f-22 dominates in stealth, maneuverability and avionics so it will be excellent regardless. The main problem is that it comes at incredible cost. The best fighter of the future may be a relatively cheap airframe that is basically just a bus for long range missiles and electronics. Or maybe stealth works well enough to limit engagement ranges to dog fights so that you can dump the LPI radar and carry a lot more cannon ammo.

    That's not true. There were air-air fights in the original Gulf War.

    F-22 hands down. The Russians wish they could make such a weapon.
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    Re: What is the Best Fighter Plane in the World

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    That's not true. There were air-air fights in the original Gulf War.

    F-22 hands down. The Russians wish they could make such a weapon.
    Oh, they can!
    50 years from now.

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