The F-22 Raptor

Mark Bowden at the Atlantic has a great article on Col. Cesar Rodriguez. Mr. Bowden explains why we need more funding to replace our aging F-15’s and F-16’s; we must either pay that cost ahead of time in dollars, or during military operations with blood. The Weekly Standard calls it “nearly pornographic in its level of fighter jet detail.” The F-15’s kill ratio over more than 30 years is 107 to zero. “The F-22 Raptor was initially 144-0 against F-15s and F/A-18s in Red Flag exercises and it took until July 2007 for a fourth generation fighter (an F-16) to finally register a mock kill against an F-22.”

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