McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II
Beauty and the beast, pleasure and pain, the ultimate mount for a BF2 jet pilot. Carrying a devastating loadout of weaponry, the Harrier in the hands of a good pilot will win any dogfight hands down due to their superior maneuverability. But beware, they can be unforgiving to an unskilled pilot who may suddenly find himself painted all over the nearest hill. The British invented the original Harrier, licensed it to the US who improved on it and built it into the AV-8B, which impressed the British enough to license the new technology back as their own GR.7 version. Want to win? Choose the Harrier.
The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is a stealth ground attack aircraft operated solely by the United States Air Force. As a product of the Lockheed Have Blue stealth prototype program, it became the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology. Designed for ground pounding missions, the f117a has little hope in an air to air engagement but relies on stealth as a means to survive.
The Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) AH-64A Apache is the Army's primary attack helicopter. It is a quick-reacting, airborne weapon system that can fight close and deep to destroy, disrupt, or delay enemy forces. The Apache is designed to fight and survive during the day, night, and in adverse weather throughout the world. The principal mission of the Apache is the destruction of high-value targets with the HELLFIRE missile. Both tough and devestating, the apache when used to it's full potential is a perfect example of why the USMC has the cutting edge on the battlefield.
A note on the JASSM (Joint Attack Strategic Standoff Missile) carried by the F-16LG - this is an autonomous intelligent form of cruise missile, meaning that it can be fired without a lock. It will slowly climb until it detects a target, at which point it will home in. If the target is destroyed by another means, the JASSM will resume its climb/seek behaviour until it expends its fuel and self-detonates. It may be tempting to fire these off randomly, hoping for spam kills, but be warned - the JASSM is a greedy missile, and if none of the enemy make a valid target, then one of your own will do. Best used with care! The AIX JASSM flies much slower than the real one, has a gaudy paint job, and emits a beeping noise to alert any potential victims. Why? Because it has one of the largest explosion radii and does more damage than any other airborne payload. Hear beeping? Get out and run.
Both F-16 types carry sidewinders for air defence.