Nearly all jet aircraft use a variety of Kerosene
(yup heavy diesel...). The reason is that
hydrocarbon fuels contain more energy per liter as
the molecular weight goes up. (This is why a
diesel car can go farther on a gallon of diesel
than a gasoline car can). Still heavier fuels are
not used because they take too long to pre-heat
for engine starting (and the plane sits on the
As for which plane is a better (or
tougher) aircraft, the F-16 is designed to get
into the air quickly for rapid response. The F-22
Raptor carries more arms payload...and goes
faster... but does not scramble as quickly. Once
both are in the air, I'd bet on the
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I was in the Air Force for a while before I went
to college.Both jets use a derivative of kerosene
for fuel. There are different types; a couple
called JP-4 and JP-6. The fuel isn't the
important part of the aircraft as much as the
"accessories". These are things like range,
weapon capacity, guidance systems, etc. The F-16
is a no-frills fighter--not as fancy as the F-22.
It is cheap and often sold to poor countries.
This doesn't mean that it is inferior; just that
it is appropriate for less high tech work. You
should keep in mind that when a military force is
built, no single part of it, whether it is a tank,
gun, fighter, or bomber, is really the "best".
This is because it is the collection of weapons
that makes the military. The military is more
like a set of tools with each having a particular
job to do. There is really no single piece of
hardware that is the best for all jobs.
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