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  •  F-16's are better air-to-air combat planes than (0+ / 0-)

    practically any other country's planes built for that purpose.  The F-15's are better, I believe, even though their design is about 30 years old.  There may be a few more advanced planes around but then again the US still has the best interceptors, plus best avionic defenses to find the enemy, plus the best training of any air force.  Doesn't mean that the enemy might get lucky or that there might be mechanical problems that would force down a US plane, but the US Air Force is head and shoulders above every other air force, no matter the mission.  It should be - we pay for it to be the best.

    •  F-16s are also going on 30 years old. (3+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, Greyhound, BYw

      I was working as a newspaper reporter in Utah when they rolled them out at Hill AFB there. Knew a number of pilots who flew the F-16s in the first Iraq war.  

      Both have had numerous upgrades--avionics, electronics, etc. -- but the airframes are getting old. Not much you can do about that.

      I think the F22/F35 programs are a colossal waste of money. Considering the types of wars we're looking at fighting--take the Mideast as the prime example--we'd be better off dusting off the production lines of the F16 and F15 both. AND, the A-10 Warthog.

      The F22 and F35 programs are billions down the rathole.

      New F16 and F15 airframes with more upgraded engines and avionics would be a far, far better investment.

      When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

      by wheeldog on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:17:24 PM PDT

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    •  Older than 30 years (2+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, BYw

      The F-16 went into service in 1978, 4 years after its first flight.  Considering development time before that first test flight we're talking about a 45 year old design.

      The F-15 went into service a couple years earlier.

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