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
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.
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
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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