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Originally posted by waynos
The added problem with combat aircraft is that all those external weapons greatly increase drag and even more fuel has to be burned off to overcome it, hence the short bursts.
......and wow, was she pretty!).
Originally posted by Canada_EH
No argument there. as for the Raptors inablity to cruise at mach when its in a ferry configuration etc is it that big of a deal? personally i dont think so. I mean it likely would mean very little (extra time) when it comes to deploying to worldwide hotspots. the specs i saw for its ferrying configuration also gave it a huge range while still keeping its air to air role even if RCS becomes huge. speaking of RCS does anyone know what the raptors is suppose to be like? the B-2 is said to be that or a bike or the F-117 a bird but u havent heard about the F-22's
Originally posted by robertfenix
...does not even pay for (1) engine prototype. Usually when you see something like this it's a slow leak and the technology is already fully operational....
Supercruise has been around in excess of Mach 2 for over 5 years...