US Air Force Fighter Aircraft Size Comparison


The United States Air Force is one of the essential departments in the United States Armed Forces. With the motto of “Aim High… Fly-Fight-Win,” the USAF is the country to beat when it comes to air-to-air combat. Hence, in this article, you’ll get to know the size comparison of the US air force fighter aircraft operated over the years of service. 


SMALLEST FIGHTER AIRCRAFT 

Photo: boeing.com

In 1948, the smallest plane ever, the XF-85 Goblin, took its first flight. According to boeing.com, the Goblin measures 14.10 feet long and 8.4 feet tall, with a wingspan of 21 feet. In context, the smallest fighter plane of the USAF measures about two times as long as a queen-size bed, as tall as the world’s tallest man, and has a wingspan as wide as one-tenths of a Boeing 747 wing.


AVERAGE-SIZED AIRCRAFT 

Photo: military.com

We’re all aware that every aircraft is enormous when we compare it to a regular size of an adult person. So to give you an idea of what an average-sized US fighter jet looks like, here’s an aircraft that stands right in the middle of the smallest to the biggest list of fighter planes the USAF has operated. 

The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter in service since 1974. According to USAF’s website, the F-15 Eagle measures 63.8 feet long and 18.5 feet tall, with a wingspan of 42.8 feet. 

To put things into perspective, an average-sized fighter aircraft of the USAF measures as long as a bowling lane, as tall as two Christmas trees, and a wingspan as wide as two giraffes laid down. 


BIGGEST FIGHTER AIRCRAFT 

Photo: lockheedmartin.com

Next, let’s check the largest American warplane ever created, the B-36 bomber. According to lockheedmartin.com, the B-36 bomber measures 162 feet long and 46 feet tall, with a whopping wingspan of 230 feet. 

To look at it from a different perspective, we can measure the B-36 bomber as half as the length of a Football pitch, as tall as two giraffes, and a wingspan that’s wide as half of the Pyramid of Giza’s height.

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References:

  1. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104501/f-15-eagle/ 
  2. https://www.boeing.com/history/products/xf-85-goblin.page 
  1. https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/history/b-36.html 
  1. http://www.bluebulbprojects.com/measureofthings/default.php

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