The United States has the largest air force in the world. The USAF boasts over 300,000 active service personnel and over 5,000 planes in use. It also has an impressive budget of $161 billion.
America commands airplanes that are able to fly up to 1,875 miles per hour. Our planes are the most expensive, the most advanced, and the fastest of any military aircraft in the world.
This article shows you the fastest of the fast.
We’re not going to make you click through the whole post to find out what the fastest plane in the Air Force is. Here it is. The F-15E Strike Eagle.
The F-15E Strike Eagle was built both for air-to-air and air-to-ground maneuvers. It is operated by two pilots.
It first debuted in 1986, and since then, has made a name for itself. It is credited with over 100 aerial combat victories, with zero air-to-air losses.
Wingspan: 42.8 feet
Length: 63.8 feet
Speed: 1,875 mph
Cost: $31.1 million (1998 dollars)
The F-15E has a highly-advanced targeting system. When utilized, it can track other aircraft up to ten miles away.
The tracking data is routed from the targeting system directly to the homing missiles and smart bombs the plane carries.
This photo, taken in 2008, shows the F-15E launching heat decoys in Afghanistan.