A passing remark by a commenter on the SNAFU website prompted the realilzation that we have a potentially serious problem regarding our air superiority capability during war. What’s the defining characteristic of war? It’s attrition. Men, ships, and aircraft will be destroyed. The key is being able to replace them.
What aircraft is the key to our future air superiority? It’s the F-22. The military has repeatedly admitted that the F-35 is not an air superiority fighter. Various Air Force generals have stated that the F-22 is needed for the F-35 to succeed in war. Further, those same generals have stated that a single F-22 is equivalent to several F-35s. I apologize, I don’t have the exact quotes at hand.
The F-22 is out of production. In a war, where do we get new F-22s to replace those that are lost? The only combat aircraft that the military wants to produce is the F-35 which the Air Force acknowledges is not an air superiority fighter. As the F-22s are lost in combat, where do we get replacement air superiority fighters?