The F-86 had a 10:1 kill ratio over Korea, maybe we should put those back into production since they are "old busted garbage planes that got the job done damn well."
Technology is steadily improving all over the world, eventually someone will devise a plane that will knock F-15s and F-22s out of the sky. Keeping the USA at the forefront of aircraft technology is a priority for me. I have no problem paying for programs, even expensive ones, when there is a payoff. When our technological status goes away (our manufacturing competency is already GONE) then we will wither into insignificance. Keep building the most badass planes the world has ever seen AND put another one on the drawing board that will kick it's ass.
I agree Danny, but the f22 is ridiculously ahead of its time. And that is the kicker, it has already been developed and there is no plane even planned that could compare.
Sure, a nation could say, "We will build a fifth gen fighter" but that doesnt mean shit unless the r&d starts up.
Also, no nation even comes close to having the ability to deploy the fighters, even if they developed them. We have 12, fucking 12 aircraft carriers cocked and locked with the greatest pilots in the world flying the greatest planes in the world... further supported by the greatest navy in the world (larger than all the rest of the worlds navies combined tonnage wise). Italy and the uk (nearest good navies) have 2 carriers each, that fucking blow compared to our nemitz class, and are comparable to our amphibious assault craft (of which we have 6).
China has 1 carrier and has said that it will build 1 more. We have 14,947 airports, the nearest nation (Brazil) has 4,263. China has 467 (for a country larger than ours, with exponentially more people).
Everyone is so scared the the Chinese are catching up with us militarily, but the numbers just dont show that to be true.
We have 18,169 airborne systems active and ready
China has 1,900
UK has 1,891
We have 4,593 helicopters
China has 491
UK has 779
We have 29,920 land systems (Abrams tanks, bradleys, etc)
China has 31,300 old soviet era tanks and have not developed anyting to replace them
Uk has 5,121
We have 6,465,799 km of paved roads
China has 1,930,544 km
We spend $515,400,000,000 on defense (more than the rest of the world combined)
The nearest nation (France) spends $61,571,330,000...We spend over 8 times this
China spends $59,000,000,000
This should want to make any of you sit for a second and say, "Damn, my country is fucking awesome"... because thats sure what I did