America is considered the largest superpower due to its military capability. A strong military is dominant on land, water, and air. The US has the most military planes. Many, but not all of them were American built. Here is a list of some of the fastest jets ever made.

1. SR-71 Blackbird Cont’d

According to History Garage, the Blackbird is the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft ever built with a speed of 2,193 mph. It is incredibly fast and it can even overtake a missile. Can you believe that? You should. A story is told about the Blackbird, that while on a mission, was detected from the ground and an air missile was fired to bring it down.

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When the pilot realized there was a missile heading his way, he hit the throttle and the jet basically outran the missile. That’s pretty interesting, right?

2. F-15E Strike Eagle

The plane is a successor of the F-15 and can fly at a speed of 1,875 mph, according to Insider Monkey. Its also known as Boeing’s Strike Eagle and was designed as a strike fighter. The jet is equipped with a set of new engines, avionics, and radar which allows the pilot to comfortably fly at a low level as the radar maps the terrain ahead. These and several other added features make the model the best jet for striking in the enemy’s rear beyond the air cover umbrella. The engines push the plane at a speed fast enough to avoid being hit by the enemy’s counter missiles, making it one of the fastest US Air Force Fighter planes.

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3. MiG-25 Foxbat

According to Military Machine, the jet was built for speed and ability to maneuver. The aircraft was built in the Soviet Union as a competitor for F-4 Phantom II, in 1964. The two jets went toe-to-toe over Northern Vietnam. The MiG was cheaper than most military jets, despite its capability and excellent engineering. The model is still in service even though many of them were upgraded to the MiG-31. When it comes to airspeed, the only jet that can be compared to the Foxbat is the SR-71 Blackbird. The Foxbat can fly at a speed of 2,170 mph.

4. SR-71 Blackbird 2

This plane is mentioned above as the only challenger to Foxbat in its time. According to History Garage, the aircraft was retired in 1999. It was considered a reconnaissance aircraft, or in lighter terms, a “spy plane” because of its speed capability and ability to fly high which made it hard to detect. It was designed in the early 1960’s, flew [VIDEO] for the first time in 1964. 32 of the aircraft were built. It remained functional until 1998. It was capable of flying at a speed of 2,193 mph. #Sr 71 Blackbird