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Posted on 12/27/2013 7:52:49 AM PST by frankenMonkey
|An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, launches heat decoys Dec. 15 during a close-air-support mission over Afghanistan. Dec. 2008.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon.
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“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.
The F22 is still untested in battle, whereas the 15 has never lost an battle ever in it’s long lasting & storied term of service. The A10 is a specific battle built [ground assault], & a Grunt’s best friend from the air.
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“The F22 is still untested in battle, whereas the 15 has never lost an battle ever in its long lasting & storied term of service.”
Like I said, I do not really know anything about air to air combat, but that doesn’t stop me from opening my mouth.
Yes, the 15 is great, but who have we fought? Not to take anything away from anyone (service people, designers, etc), and there is something to say about having the capacity to limit aggression, but we have not lost a US GROUND serviceman to enemy air assault since WWII. The F-15 came into service in 1976, I think; who did we tangle with who really had the air capability to threaten us? I’m certain we would have done well, but it like saying the heavyweight champ is the best though he may have gotten to his title by fighting no one of repute.
What I am saying is there is no one out there who can really threaten our air superiority. Yes, the Russians and Chinese might hurt us in the short run, but ultimately, I think, we would prevail. Yes, that prevalence might have much to do with the F-15, from what I know it is a great aircraft, but what we really need are more close air support (CAS) air craft. Read “Boyd” by Robert Coran (Heck, read anything by Robert Coran, great author) and hear how the Air Force is all about speed and payload (bombing) not serious CAS. They were getting rid of the A-10 when Iraq/Afghan happened. They still want to get rid of it because it was forced on them. They do not relish the CAS role, but it was what they need to embrace as their is much of a fighter/air-to-air role left.
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