The f-15 has actually reached an altitude of over 95,000 feet
The ASAT anti-satellite missile is fired from the f-15 at an altitude of over 85,000 feet during a 45 degree climb. The f-15 also has the “Time to Climb” record where it takes off and climbs as fast as it can. It reached 95,300 feet in less than 3.5 minutes. My uncle is retired USAF fighter pilot who flew the f-15 from 1985 to 2016 when he retired after developing arthritis in his knee so he could no longer pass his flight physical to remain on flight status. He retired from the Air Force after a career spanning over 35 years.
Wow! The F-35 Lightening II with the EG on the tail fin is from Eglin Air Force Base. It is flying over the East Jetty, flying North over Okaloosa Island and Destin in Florida. I grew up in Fort Walton Beach which is 8 miles West of where this photo is taken. Use to surf and fish there in Destin and Sand Skiing. Use to jump off that bridge all the time. My dad was in the Air Force for 10 years and Civil Service foe over 30 years and stationed at Hurlburt Field off US98. Most every night we would have a fireworks display as C-130 “Spooky” Spectre Gunships lit up the night sky on Eglin AFB target ranges with Vulcan canons and Gatling guns. Everyday F-15s and F-16s would fly over head at low levels. Driving out to Hurlburt on US-98 you had to drive by the runway where C130s and fighter jets would land and take off. If you weren’t use to it it would scare the crap out of you.
Depends on how you look at it. If the the question is air to air combat, the F-22 > F-35. The F-22 is a plane killer. F-35 is more a balance of all scenarios but not the best when specialized. Ideally, the F-22’s would come in first and kill enemy planes and then the F-35’s would come in and maintain air supremacy and the clean up. Su-57’s would kill F-35’s, but not Raptors.