I have just been spending a lot of time on Patrick's Aviation wtching the dogfights in the Alps and performance videos of all kinds.
For example, I didn't even KNOW the Swiss were flying the F-18 although I was aware of some US and Nato sqaudrons going head to head with Former East German Flankers,
I hope we can watch and digest these videos.
the displays of the Fulcrums (also flown by the Ukraine whose jets have visited the US) and the New "Mark" Flanker Nato is calling the Terminator
Do view this site and select videos to download in case the Website goes t---ts up at some point.
i have downloaded the Fulcrum demo and the F-18 vs. Fulcrum video and I am, frankly, having a blast.
I have been told that the Rafale may actually be in the top 10 if not top 5 dogfighters. I know little of them except that, again, they have or had rather short legs and realive short range missles..
The Fulcrum had, in the past, also suffered from rather short legs and shorter range missile capabilities that US planes armed with the fire and forget Amraam AiIM120. Its radar is very powerful as is the radar in the Su-27/33.
the Amraam missile will now become the backbone of the US Navy Mig/Barcap aircraft as the F-14 has retired.
this is a loss to the Navy of the great Range of the Phoenix missile.
The Amraam is sometimes called "the Silver Bullet" but, as its name suggests, (Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile) its range is limited to 30 miles vs. Phoenix's 100+ mile range.
The Navy expects that the carrier wings now made up of Hornets and Super Hornets will save the giga time spent to keep the aging F-14s flyiong.
Personally I hate to see these former Top Guns sent to the Davis Montham "desert boneyard".
But, I suppose, for example, former F106 Mass ANGs may be in very good condition as well as many other boneyard aircraft such as the venerable A-6 Intruder should they need to be unretired in an emergency. Who knows?.
But--who can realy disagree with your notes about the F-16?? Not me!!
All aircraft will eventually be FBW'd-although I must say that the number of US pilots killed while working out the kinks in the FBW system is very saddening. Most problems seemed to revolved around chafing of the wire harnesses used in the FBW system.
Reminds me. sadly, of the Korean Conflict Jet Ace McConnel (sp?) who was killed testing an upgraded F-86--perhaps the H model???
Be sure and get back to the forum if you spot any particularly good videos.
I apologize for not being able to make the link work for you all.
We haven't even gotten through the discussion of Korean war era aircraft.
I have great misgiving about the destruction of many B-52 airframe to comply with the SALT treaties. The Airforrce has shown that the B-52 is such a sound basic design that it will remain in service in the conventional bombardment wings into the middle of this new century.
The limited production runs of the Lancer and Soirit bombers necessitates retaining the B-52.
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