You are right, the Streak Eagle should be mentioned, though not in regard to speed. This was the name for a project, as I recall, to break the FAI time-to-climb record. As one can expect, this F-15 was specially modified for this purpose, and so was not truly an operational fighter. The nose gear was modified for quick retraction and the aircraft flew as a bare metal platform to save weight. There may have been other steps taken to enhance the climb statistics.
I took a cheap shot at the F-117 because I personally don't appreciate the performance penalties brought about by first generation stealth aircraft. If it weren't for then SecDef Cheney, the USN would now be bringing into service the A-12, another stealth platform. The only plus I could see about that design was that it reminded me of cheap science fiction movies from the 1950s. Not much of a plus. It probably would have had lower performance parameters than the F-117 regarding speed, altitude and maneuverability.
Yes, like you, my impression is that the F-22 has supersonic cruise ability, which they are calling "super cruise." Although as Deuce pointed out, that means well below Mach 2. From what I have read this is a highly automated aircraft, and its relatively long development life should mean it has the latest in black boxes. We have learned with other aircraft, such as the B-1B, these black boxes MUST function properly or the weapon system is compromised to some extent. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of the "Bone," though I truly dislike its "charcoal" paint job.
We should see great performance and combat survivability in the F-22. This, and the force multiplier effect should mean we won't have to field too many of these incredibly expensive aircraft, though two wings should be the minimum. Usually a USAF aircraft produced in numbers sufficient to equip only one wing experiences a shortened service life at the tail end of its career, due to high expense with spares, maintainability, reduced training availability and so on. A minimum production run over 10 years of say, 200 F-22s would be nice.
To digress a bit more. I think the F-22 will be the last manned fighter. Like space flight, I don't see the sense in dragging around these made-for-earth bodies of ours in the next generation of combat aircraft. Why pretend we can sustain higher G-figures that we presently experienced in aircraft like the F-16 and F-15? We have too much bone and muscle mass, and we are really only comfortable in a puny 1G environment. I'm sure the electronics industry can produce a pilot replacement box capable of much higher G forces, no family ties, and no retirement benefits. And no need for much sabre-rattling when one falls into enemy hands, just build in self-destruct capability.
H'mm, whatever happened to the top speed issue I was originally talking about? Later....