[Rushtalk] U.S. Air Force's most sophisticated stealth jet is beaten in dogfight by plane from 1970s... despite being the most expensive weapon in history

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Fri Jul 31 13:28:35 MDT 2015


An F16 pilot who flew against one gave me a pretty good opinion of it.  It is a whole new class of fighter.    Hard to defend the price tag.   We need to buy a few hundred more of the latest F15s and F16s before our inventory is reduced to a few dozen new toys and mostly 30++ year old jets .    Tom
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Steven Laib <stevenlaib at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

>Concentrating on expensive stuff that doesn't work instead of less 
>expensive that does.
>Typical government.
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>On 7/31/15 12:09 AM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>>       The F-35 stealth jet has already cost the military more than
>> $350billion
>>       But in a mock battle it was outperformed by an F-16 designed in the
>> 1970s F-35 test pilot said new plane was too cumbersome to dodge enemy fire
>>       He deemed it totally inappropriate for fighting aircraft within
>> visual range
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>> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3144873/U-S-air-force-s-sophisticated-stealth-jet-beaten-dogfight-plane-1970s-despite-expensive-weapon-history.html
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>> Military Intelligence at its finest.
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>> CWSIV
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