One of my main characters is a pilot. The aircraft he pilots can transition to flying in space. The aircraft has defensive guns, but the type of craft to attack. He and his squad are deployed to provide armed escort, aerial support, and recon. When I envision his aircraft, I picture a Strike Eagle. It's the most recognizable air craft to me. But it's a fighter craft and decked out to be in combat (they are fast, but not terribly fast, with all the stuff it has to carry to fight). I don't want to just make up an aircraft (I suck at making up stuff like that...). I want to base it off of an existing aircraft and make it just a logical progression of that existing craft. Logically, I'd need some form of jet? But looking at them... they all look the same to me. I know its a sci-fi and everything is fiction, but I want it to be as logical as possible, so I don't want to just pick one at random. If anyone knows about military aircrafts, could you point me in the right direction?