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originally posted by: mightmight
I believe it when i see it.
There are few to begin with, decades of attrition will take a toll.
Also, i highly doubt there will be a need for traditional fighter jets in fifty years. Networking, Laser weapons and active protective systems will revolutionize aerial warfare within the next decade. The optimal (manned) platform might not look anything like the small, fast and agile fighter jets we know today.
With the F-35 dominating the air fleets in the 21st Century and with the PCA/PEA on track as well, i can see the F-22 going away way sooner than the 2060s...