The latest Smithsonian Air & Space edition features an article on the amazing F-4 Phantom dubbed "The Last Ace Maker". As hard as it might seem to believe, the Phantom was the last aircraft in which an American pilot achieved the magic five victories needed to be designated as an ace. Thus while the US has produced and flown many superior fighters since the Phantom, the best an American has done since the Phantom is to record 3 kills in an F-15.
So that got me thinking, if not for us then what fighter since the Phantom has taken its pilots to ace status. Not surprisingly, the IAF has a number of Aces that have recorded 5 or more kills in modern aircraft. Retired IAF General Amir Nachumi has 14 kills, 7 in Phantoms and 7 in the later F-16, so he is an ace in both aircraft. Many others are Phantom or Mirage III aces but the Mirage is the same vintage as the Phantom. The IAF (mostly F-16s) shot down over 100 Syrian aircraft over Lebanon but I can't find out how many of those resulted in IAF aces.
For other aircraft,Jalil Zandi of Iran claimed 11 kills as in a F-14 and Mohommed "Sky Falcon" Rayyan of Irag claimed 10.5 in a Mig 25, both in the Iran-Irag War. Iran also had a number of other F-14 aces from that war (most trained by us). Yadollah Sharifirad of Iran downed 5 in an F-5
So does anyone know of any other aircraft besides these four that have carried their pilots to acedom?