10 Fighter Jets You Can Buy Right Now

10 Fighter Jets You Can Buy Right Now
An F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-4 Phantom II perform a heritage flight Oct. 8, during their aerial demonstration at the “Legacy of Liberty.” -Photo by Senior Airman DeAndre Curtiss

Have you ever wanted your own fighter jet? Here are 10 fighter jets that you can buy right now.

1. Sukhoi Su-27

The Sukhoi Su-27 is a Soviet-origin twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy aircraft ordnance, sophisticated avionics, and high maneuverability. The Su-27 was designed for air superiority missions, and subsequent variants are able to perform almost all aerial warfare operations. It was designed with the Mikoyan MiG-29 as its complement. Sukhoi Su-27 can be yours for $8.95 Million

2. Sea Harrier FA2

The British Aerospace Sea Harrier is a naval short take-off and vertical landing/vertical take-off and landing jet fighter, reconnaissance, and attack aircraft. Unusual in an era in which most naval and land-based air superiority fighters were large and supersonic, the principal role of the subsonic Sea Harrier was to provide air defense for Royal Navy task groups centered around the aircraft carriers. Sea Harrier FA2 can be yours: $Call.

3. Mikoyan MiG-29

The Mikoyan MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s, the MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new U.S. fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon.[2] The MiG-29 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1982. A flying condition Mikoyan MiG-29 can be yours for $4.65 Million. Link

4. McDonnell Douglas F4H-1F Phantom: 

The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4 was used extensively during the Vietnam War. It served as the principal air superiority fighter for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and became important in the ground-attack and aerial reconnaissance roles late in the war. A flying condition F4H-1F Phantom can be yours for $ 2.9 Million. Link

5. Mikoyan Gurevich MIG-21

For a while, the MIG-21 was the backbone jet fighter of the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War. The plane is actually a relatively simple fighter jet, but it does pack a serious supersonic punch! As a Russian saying goes, quantity is quality in itself, and the MIG-21 was built to be affordable, which means there are many of them left as surplus from the Cold War. If you want to join the club, a flying condition Mikoyan Gurevich MIG-21 can be yours for $250,000. Link

 6. Douglas A-4D Skyhawk

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk is a single-seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s. It is capable of carrying a bomb load equivalent to that of a World War II-era Boeing B-17 bomber and can deliver nuclear weapons using a low-altitude bombing system and a “loft” delivery technique. Later, the Navy flew A-4s as a part of their Blue Angels Demonstration Team. A flying condition A-4D can be yours for $1.3 Million. Link

7. North American F-86 Sabre

The F-86 Sabre is, without doubt, one of the most influential and historically significant fighter jets the world has seen. This is the plane that introduced fighter jets to swept-wing performance, helping them achieve an impressive top speed of 650 MPH, which certainly was a factor in helping the plane achieve a 10:1 kill/loss ratio in the Korean War. For a mere $250,000, it’s possible to become the owner of one of these historic planes in flight-worthy condition. Link

7. BAE Systems Hawk

The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. It was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey, in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk, and subsequently produced by its successor companies, British Aerospace, and BAE Systems. It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft. BAE Systems Hawk can be yours for $2,000,000. Link

6. Folland Gnat

A simple and nimble little jet, the Folland Gnat was a British jet trainer designed and built in the 1950s. While they served faithfully training new pilots to fly fighter jets, they also gained prominence for being the Red Arrows display team’s jet of choice up until 1979. Currently for sale, a Gnat can be purchased for $255,000, with just an annual inspection needed to start flying it. . Link

9. Aero L-39 Albatross

A successful Soviet jet trainer, the L-39 Albatross entered service in 1971 and also carried out ground attack roles. L-39s were built by the thousands, and plenty can be found for sale, both from Eastern Europe surplus and from North America, where they are one of the most popular ex-military jets for civilians to own. If you want to join the club, a flying condition L-39 can be yours for $300,000. Link

10. Aero L-29 Delfin

The predecessor to the L-39 Albatross, the L-29 Delfin entered service in 1963 in the same trainer role. Over 3,600 L-29s were produced in Czechoslovakia throughout its life, helping new fighter pilots master the skies. Just like the L-39, the plentiful production and cheap costs make this a popular choice for private ownership. A flying condition L-29 can be yours for just $35,000. Link

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