Forget “seven minutes in heaven.” Who wants to be in a darkened closet of someone’s house when you could be in a cockpit at 500 knots (or faster)? This video puts you in hot jets, many of them flying at low levels. You can almost feel the speed.
This video shows the top 10 fastest aircraft ever recorded. That got us wondering about other badass aircraft. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites.
F-15C Eagles FTW
We start with F-15C Eagles from the 18th Wing out of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa. The F-15 has some serious speed. According to the Air Force, it’s able to reach up to 1,875 miles per hour. It’s also equipped with an APG-70 radar. All of that is great but it can also carry theAIM-120 AMRAAM and the AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.
Next, let’s talk about F/A-18 Hornets. These are very versatile multi-role fighters, according to a U.S. Navy fact sheet. It carries a wide variety of weapons – just some of which are illustrated in this US Navy graphic.
The Royal Danish Air Force is pretty legit, too
So those other aircraft are pretty amazing. But let’s talk about the F-16s from the Royal Danish Air Force flies. These aircraft often deliver low-level passes over the Arctic Circle. Specifically, the Greenland Detachment of the Fighter Wing Skrydstrup arctic surveillance mission is followed by some from a separate video involving RDAF F-16s on their two-day mission.
Finally, let’s talk about the British Aerospace Strikemaster fighter run by the New Zealand company Strikemaster, Ltd. This older plane still could carry about 3,000 pounds of bombs and was produced until 1984. Even though it’s a relic, it’s still pretty fantastic.