Since the dawn of civilization, empires have tried to build the biggest and strongest armies to survive during times of war. With the invention of the airplane, we have reached new levels of military protection and warfare. Civilians have never seen many of these fighter planes. One is the F-15. Many people think that this is the greatest fighter plane ever created. Here’s the plane that the F-15 has no chance against and many more.
The Caspian Sea Monster
This Russian plane was designed to fly close to the surface of the water for military rescue teams. It was an experimental plane, and only one was produced. The plane ended up being destroyed, but you can still play one of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X.
The Xian H-6 Bomber
This is a Chinese aircraft, and it was first flown in 1958. Since then, it has had a long career in the military. The H-6 bomber served in the Egyptian and Iraqi Air Forces. The Egyptians retired the plane in 2000, and the Iraqi Forces retired it in 1991. Since then, newer versions have been produced.
This is a Soviet-made aircraft, and for 50 years, it has been used by several countries. It is the highest produced supersonic jet in history and is being used by dozens of countries. It was also the most popular combat aircraft since the Korean War. This plane has never gone out of style.
The Kongjing-2000 Radar Plane
This plane wasn’t designed for fighting; it was intended for radar and monitoring. It took its first flight in 2003 and can track ballistic missiles and fighters from between 470 and 1200 meters away.
The Convair B-36 Peacemaker
This was the first plane to carry nuclear weapons. It was capable of intercontinental flights without needing to refuel. It was retired in 1959, and replaced by Boeing’s B-52 Stratofortress.
The Tupolev Tu-160
This is the heaviest combat aircraft in use today. It belongs to the Russian Air Force, and it entered service in 1987. The propeller blades are capable of moving faster than the speed of sound. It was the last strategic bomber used by the Soviet Union, and two years after its first flight, the Berlin Wall came down.
The Boeing 747-8 Freighter
This plane has a takeoff weight of 975,000 and was launched in 2005. You won’t find a plane heavier than this one.
This plane was used by the Royal Air Force and is the only fighter plane used by the British during World War II. It helped fight off the German Air Attack during the Battle Of Britain. Today, it is the most admired plane by aviation enthusiasts.
Hughes H-4 Hercules
This plane of considered to be the monster truck of the sky. It was built for transatlantic flights during World War II. It wasn’t completed it time and only took flight once. Today, it remains the largest flying boat ever built, and it has the widest wingspan of any aircraft in history.
Another Antonov, The Mriya
This plane was produced in the Ukrainian SSR in the 80s. Its takeoff weight is 640-tons and is known as a flying cruise ship. In 2016, it delivered a 130-ton generator to Australia.
The Long and Strong Convair XC-99
This is the second-largest piston engine-powered aircraft, right behind the Hercules. It has a wingspan of 230-feet, and on one mission, it carried over 40,000-tons of cargo. It was retired in 1957 and is parked in Ohio.
The Ilyushin II-76
This is a 152-foot long plane that was built in 1974. It was made to be a replacement for an Antonov aircraft. It can reach a top speed of 559 miles per hour and was the first four-jet heavy transporter owned by Russia. Today, there are nearly 1,000 still in operation today.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
This is the largest military transport aircraft ever built. It was produced from 1991 to 2015. Each plane costs $218 million.
Boeing’s KC-135 Stratotanker
This was the first plane used in the Vietnam War, and it was also used in Operation Desert Storm. It can reach a maximum speed of 580 miles per hour, and it can travel the longest distance of any plane without needing to be refueled.
The Lockhead Martin C-130J Super Hercules
This plane took its first flight in 1996 but wasn’t formally introduced until 1999. In 2012, 250 of these planes were delivered to 15 nations around the world.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
The Falcon was initially built to be a fighter plane. However, it had plenty of roles in the Air Force over the years. It is capable of some pretty slick maneuvers, and pilots call it the Viper. It got this nickname because of its similarities to the viper snake.
U-2 Dragon Lady
This plane is officially called the Lockheed U-2 but has been nicknamed Dragon Lady. It is used for high-altitude reconnaissance missions and dates back to the Cold War. Today it is still used by the Air Force to gather intelligence and has been used in military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Martin JRM Mars
This World War II four-engine jet can dip into the water, and took its first flight in 1942. Today, only one plane is still in use.
This British aircraft didn’t get the attention that it deserved. It was a huge asset during the Battle of Britain due to its fantastic dogfighting capabilities. Nearly 15,000 of these plane were manufactured and flew in major battles during World War II.
The Kawanishi H8K
This plane was nicknamed Emily by military personnel using Allied radios during World War II. It was mostly used for patrol at sea. During the war, many variations were built, and only four of them made it until the end of the war. Today, there is an Emily submerged off the coast of Saipan, and it attracts plenty of scuba divers today.