To: Notary Sojac
A cheaper, lighter, smaller plane flown by a really top notch pilot can beat a bigger, more complex plane almost every time. Look at the Red Flag/Top Gun instructors in F-5s who beat the bigger costlier birds time and time again.
Not quite the same thing. The cheaper, ligher, smaller plane can't carry the fuel or weapons to prevail in a real fight. They can only prevail in the instructor/student scenarios set up by Red Flag and Top Gun.
posted on 02/22/2013 6:52:11 PM PST
Don't our guys still fight under ROE requiring a positive visual ID before firing? (I could be totally wrong in this)
That almost reduces it to a knife fight right there.
posted on 02/22/2013 6:59:03 PM PST
by Notary Sojac
(Ut veniant omnes)
Not quite the same thing. The cheaper, ligher, smaller plane can't carry the fuel or weapons to prevail in a real fight.
That's not the story as told about John Boyd and the F-16. By building it light, it ended up with great range and great maneuverability and decent firepower.
posted on 02/22/2013 8:35:51 PM PST
(It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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