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1. F-22 Raptor

A technological masterpiece, but each model comes at an astronomical price. Lockheed Martin claims the 5th-generation aircraft is the best overall fighter in the world today.
2. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

Almost as good as the F-22, but with a cheaper price tag, the US Military has chosen the F-35 to be the nation's premier aircraft through 2040.
3. F-15 Strike Eagle

This fighter jet's high thrust-to-weight ratio allows the craft to turn tightly without losing speed. The F-15 proved its worth during Operation Desert Storm by attacking targets deep in enemy territory.
4. F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 is a true dogfighter designed to go up against enemy aircraft in close combat. Though the official name is "Fighting Falcon", pilots refer to it as the "Viper", named after television's Battlestar Galactica starfighter.
5. A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog)

Designed exclusively for close air support, this "tank killer" features a seven-barrel Gatling-type rotary cannon that can shred tanks.
6. F/A-18 Hornet

The Super Hornet is a versatile craft that can quickly change roles between dogfighting and attacking ground targets. During the Gulf War, two Hornets shot down two MiGs and still managed to complete their bombing run.
7. F-4 Phantom

The F-4 Phantom was a workhorse in the Vietnam War and was still useful during the Gulf War. The aircraft's emblem is a cartoon ghost called "The Spook".
8. F-14 Tomcat

The Tomcat features a variable-sweep wing and was immortalized in the 1986 movie Top Gun starring Tom Cruise.
9. A/V-8B Harrier II

This awesome jet can land like a helicopter!
10. F-117 Nighthawk

The first operational aircraft designed around stealth technology, it was among the only US aircraft to strike downtown Baghdad during the Gulf War.