I prefer the tumult of Liberty
- Jan 17, 2010
The Navy should have built the carrier variant of the F-22 when it had the chance.The initial versions of the F-14 would eject their turbine blades during rapid increases and decreases in power (like on final approach to the boat). It still went on to be a premier naval fighter. The F-35 has some great performance parameters, but it's all about its avionics and weapons systems. Keep hearing about its ability to "manage" other assets. This will still be a successful aircraft, simply because of the availability of a Naval variant..
But do you notice we don't sell Raptors? Partly the operational cost per hour to fly, but we keep that one to ourselves because it is the superior fighter, so much so that they use different tactics just for its capabilities that we want to keep secret. There are other planes with better thrust to weight ratios, but the Raptor is superior in so many other ways including stealth. F-35 is a great platform, the F-22 is a superior fighter.
The stealth profile degradation due to the swept wings would not have even mattered today. Ah, hindsight…