Friday, March 24, 2017
Watch America's Fighter Jets Morph Over the Decades From the F-1 Fury to the F-35 Lightning II.
The United States military has been flying jets since 1946. Autoauctionmall.com has put together a morphing GIF that celebrates many of the major fighter designs, starting with the F-1 Fury and continuing to today's F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
Here's the full list of the aircraft depicted:
F-5 Freedom Fighter
F-7 Sea Dart
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-23 Black Widow
F-35 Lightning II
Design trends over the decades are easy to pick out. The first aircraft, the F-1 Fury, dates to 1946 and looks like a propeller-driven plane. In the 1950s, aircraft such the F-4 Phantom and F-7 Sea Dart were optimized for speed. The 1970s-era F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle mixed speed with maneuverability, while the F-16, F-17, and F-18 trended towards maneuverability over speed. In the 1990s, the F-22, F-23, and F-35 were the first aircraft to adopt stealthy body shaping characteristics, resulting in sleeker, sharper aircraft designs.
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