Still be best durned fighter aircraft in the world today!
“Still be best durned fighter aircraft in the world today!”
I don’t know about that. Fighter? Air to air perhaps; I do not know enough about that to say one way or the other (I hear great things about the 22); putting large ordinance on a distant target, sure 15 works essentially like a bomber, but for ground support I know we loved the A-10 Warthog. Good armament and that Vulcan is outstanding (There’s a great danger close A-10 mission on Youtube (search “danger close A-10”)). They can stay on site longer, can work much more closely than a fast mover, and are more maneuverable than a 15. Stall speed on a 15 is around 250 or more 120 for an A-10. They can loiter on target much longer, as long as 30 minutes; the 15 is largely a fly by. It is essentially a modern A-1 Douglas Skyraider.