If you choose a plane from a bygone era, you need to cite a specific year, in fact, probably a month if we are talking WWII.
At the moment the F-22 is top dog. It will be aware of and launch missiles at any bandit well before the bandit knows whats going on. Its speed, altitude, radar signature are all unbelievably impressive and that information is just the tip of the unclassified iceberg.
Of the battle proven modern fighters the F-15 has the most scored kills with no losses due to an enemy.
The only thing Russian stuff is good for lately is crashing into crowds at airshows.
eta: And Lord, the F35 is a blackhole of wasted tax payer dollars that is a compromise of crap. Its that plane meant to do everything but excel at nothing.
This post was edited on 8/20 at 8:42 am