The US Air Force has been at the top of the game for military jets since its inception over a century ago, a proud holder of some of the world’s most advanced top fighter jets.  

From Lockheed’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters (considered to be 4th generation in stealth by the US Air Force) producing lightning speeds and precise targeting systems, to Boeing’s seminal F/A-18 Super Hornets with massive payload offerings, the Air Force arsenal keeps getting better and better.

These 21st-century fighters offer serious firepower that rivals any other country’s current military assets, giving the US military an edge in combat and air superiority against adversaries worldwide. 

With advances in technology and strategy, this trend has continued through the years. An array of sophisticated military aviation machines come together to create one powerful force that can defend against any potential threat with just the touch of a button – and that’s only scratching the surface. Today we take an inside peek at some of these cutting-edge war machines and examine what makes them superior combat platforms to their predecessors.

F-16 C/D Block 70/72

F-16 fighter Jets
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Today, F-16 Today’s F-16 –the Block 70/72 –is the most advanced 4th generation fighter ever built and brings a new level of capability to air forces around the world,” says Lockheed-Martin’s website.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon, also known as the Viper to her pilots and crews, is a single-engine supersonic fighter aircraft developed by Lockheed Martin (formerly General Dynamics). Its latest version is the F-16 C/D Block 70/72, which has been in service since 1978.

Originally developed as a lightweight, high-performance air superiority fighter with the ability to engage in air-to-air combat and ground attack missions, its design was heavily influenced by the need for a cost-effective replacement for the aging fighter aircraft in the US Air Force inventory.

The first F-16A/B entered service with the US Air Force in 1979. Since then, over 4,600 aircraft have been produced for 29 countries, making it one of history’s most successful fighter aircraft.