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645 days ago

The US has stopped production of the F22 because it could not do most of the things the manufacters said it could do like ,all weather fighter, communicate with other air land and sea, design flaws. The corrosion of aluminum panels that had to be replaced with titanium at the cost of $50K each, structural problems(part of titanium core not heat treated)service life 8000 hours. The F22 was put in production before testing was completed which is why the cost per plane continues to be astronomical. The tax payers are paying for expensive trash that does not work. The F35 is facing problems as well. Most of the F15's are grounded for structural problems which only leaves us with the F18s and F16s while the British have the Typhoon,the French have the Rafael, the Swedish have the Gripen, the Russians have the Su37 and now the Chinese have the J20 which are all excellent aircraft. Its ashame the idiots over here messed up the F22, it had a lot of potential. Steath aircraft are now obsolete since advance radar can now detect them which why they are retiring the F117. Thrust vectoring is the way to go.

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1204 days ago

You can not kill what you can not find...

2 kinds of aircraft Targets and Stealth.......

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1239 days ago

the best and greatest fighter the military had, heard alot of good shit about this plane, i really dnt kno cuz i work on the v-22 osprey

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1295 days ago

I THINK IN A REAL WAR THE RUSSIANS BUILD THIS PLANE TO HAVE AIR SUPERIORITY OVER EUROPE AND FOR THE USA THEY WILL USE A DIFFERENT STRATEGY LIKE TYFOON ORE AKULA AND POLYMIR2 SPACE ORBITER!!! THE RAPTOR IS ABETTER PLANE THAN THE SU 37 BUT THE RUSSIANS BUILD THEIR MACHINES SIMPLE FERY EFFICTIV AND CHEAP........ ON YOU TUBE YOU WILL SEE THEIR NEWEST ICBM SO THE SU 37 IS ONLY A SMALL PART OFF THEIR STRATEGY...BUT A GREAT PLANE TO SEE IT FLY.....

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1324 days ago

This is a great plane for my job to be around, its easy for the crew chiefs, which is easy for us. and it takes much-needed supplies to our troops overseas! ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY MOUSE!!!!!!

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1374 days ago

Very tough and effective aircraft. However, the design is getting very old and in need of upgrades.

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1374 days ago

So far the performance testing have been a bit troublesome. Not a true "stealth" fighter having some frontal stealth capabilities but if caught in a turn or from behind the stealth aspect greatly diminishes. It lacks some of the capabilities of the wonderful Typhoon fighter as well as the Grippen, Rafale and modern Russian fighters. And as it is made by L.M. the price has ballooned over the quoted initial pre-production price. This is not a cheap aircraft. In my humble opinion the USA has taken a huge step in the wrong direction with this aircraft. We need an air superiority fighter which we appear to have in the super expensive F22. We need a moderate yet capable fighter which we have in the F16. What we don't have is a dedicated attack plane built in large numbers. To my mind the Air Force needs only four main offensive type aircraft. (Transport and specialty aircraft are in a separate bracket) These would be the F22, upgraded F16, A10 and a modernized version of the old A7. I have seen the A7 in action and was very impressed. It has defensive options with chaff and flares. A limited short range air to air capability with fuselage mounted sidewinders. (We used them to chase Russian Bear bombers when our fighters were committed elsewhere.) It carried a wonderful 20mm cannon and a payload of up to 12,000 pounds of bombs/weapons. These aircraft are cheap to build and the radar and engines could be easily upgraded. What we lack on the modern battlefield is large numbers of cheap, effective attack aircraft to provide massive air support for our troops. Instead we are trying to make do with a few helo's and expensive duel role fighter aircraft which cannot be deployed in large enough numbers to be truly effective.... This is one of the reasons we are still in Afghanistan. (8 years now) We have not enough men and aircraft to cover the country and provide the firepower needed to win. Until the military get's away from the idea that a few super expensive planes are the wave of the future we won't be winning any wars anytime soon.

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1399 days ago

When the P-38 first entered service it had issues with the wings tearing off or the flaps jamming in a prolonged dive causing the deaths of some pilots. This problem was fixed in later models. It was faster than it's enemy counterparts although not as aerobatic as the enemy fighters in the Pacific. It was referred to as the "Forked Tailed Devil" by the enemy. It had a long range and was heavily armed.

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1399 days ago

The workhorse of the Americans in the Pacific theater. It's not pretty but it was tough and dependable. It's speed and ability to absorb damage tipped the odds in it's favor against the Zero fighter. It seems to always be overlooked by most people when the discussion turns to WWII fighters although it was one of the better ones.

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1399 days ago

This plane rates in the top four fighters of WWII right along with the Russian Yak, American P51 and the German FW 190. With fighters of this caliber a lot depended upon the best pilots skill to tip the balance of a dog fight. During WW II my father witnessed a Spitfire at low level being chased down a narrow valley by a Me 109. My father used his vehicle mounted .50 cal machine gun to damage the 109 enough to make the German pilot jump, saving the Spitfire. My dad ran as fast as he could to capture the pilot as the pistols the German pilots wore sold for a pretty penny to the officers serving in the rear. But, by the time he got their the other GI's already had the pilot stripped to his underwear....

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