“Jetfighter” and “Jet fighter” redirect here. For other uses, see Jet fighter (disambiguation).


A fighter aircraft is a forces aircraft designed primarily designed for air-to-air combat opposed to other aircraft,[1] having the status of conflicting to bombers and attack aircraft, whose key mission is to attack ground targets. The hallmarks of a fighter are its hurry, maneuverability, and insignificant size next of kin to other combat aircraft.


Many national guard be inflicted with secondary ground-attack capabilities, and approximately are designed having the status of dual-purpose fighter-bombers; often aircraft with the aim of organize not discharge the standard definition are called national guard. This possibly will befall designed for opinionated or else state security reasons, designed for advertising purposes, or else other reasons.[2]

A fighter’s key rationale is to prove air superiority in excess of a battlefield. Since humankind War I, achieving and maintaining air superiority has been considered essential designed for victory in the sphere of conservative conflict.[3] The accomplishment or else failure of a belligerent’s labors to expansion air supremacy hinges on several factors plus the skill of its pilots, the tactical dependability of its doctrine designed for deploying its national guard, and the records and performance of folks national guard. For the reason that of the consequence of air superiority, since the dawn of aerial combat armed forces be inflicted with constantly competed to develop technologically supercilious national guard and to deploy these national guard in the sphere of greater records, and fielding a viable fighter fleet consumes a significant proportion of the protection budgets of new armed forces.[4]


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  • 1 Terminology
  • 2 Development overview
  • 3 Piston engine fighters4 Rocket-powered fighters
    • 3.1 World War I
    • 3.2 Inter-war period (1919–38)
    • 3.3 World War II
      • 3.3.1 European theater
      • 3.3.2 Pacific theater
      • 3.3.3 Technological innovations
    • 3.4 Post–World War II period
  • 5 Jet-powered fighters6 See also
    • 5.1 First generation subsonic jet fighters (mid-1940s to mid-1950s)
    • 5.2 Second generation jet fighters (mid-1950s to early 1960s)
    • 5.3 Third generation jet fighters (early 1960s to circa 1970)
    • 5.4 Fourth generation jet fighters (circa 1970 to mid-1990s)
      • 5.4.1 4.5th generation jet fighters (1990s to present)
    • 5.5 Fifth generation jet fighters (2005 to the present)
    • 5.6 Sixth generation jet fighters
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

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