Kinds of Military Jet Airplanes
Jet airplanes have been used by the militaries of the world since World War II. Jets are essential to the function and war making capability of the military. Here are the major types of jets used by the military:
Fighter and Attack Jets: Fighter jets are the glamour players in the world of jet airplanes. Fighters like the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet and F-22 Raptor rule the skies in air combat and fly deep into enemy territory to drop a load of bombs. Modern jet fighters are high technology airplanes that can fly at supersonic speeds and perform tremendous maneuvers. This type of jet airplanes include attack aircraft like the A-10 Thunderbolt and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth jet.
Bomber Jets: To some extent, bombers are a relic of the Cold War. The B-52, B-1B and B-2 stealth bomber can deliver a payload of nuclear weapons anywhere in the world.
Cargo/Transport Jets: The military cargo and transport jet airplanes must be able to haul supplies, large pieces of military equipment and troops anywhere in the world. The current transport jet airplanes used by the U.S. military are the C-17 Globemaster, C-5 Globemaster and C-141 Starlifter. These jet transport airplanes can be spotted by their high wings, four engines and large rear cargo doors/ramps.
Specialty Jets: The military purchases some jet airplanes for specific purposes and missions. The U-2 and SR-71 are spy/reconnassaince jet airplanes. The T-38 and T-45 are jet pilot trainers used by the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Experimental jet aircraft are built to test the technology that will go into the next generation of military jets.