Well its been awhile since I wanted to start a thread based on theory and ideas as opposed to facts but I think it would be a good idea to get people
talking about what makes the ultimate Air supremacy fighter. This tactics, ideas and theories apply to all aircraft from the sopwith camel to the spit
to the F-22 and its the combination that makes the plane work or fail. I want to get your insights (all of you) on which of these facts are correct
which don't matter and what I may be forgetting (its possible you know
Anyways in the past bit I've been doing a fair bit of reading and watching of fighter books and shows and have started trying to complie this guide
to the ultimate fighter. The following are the key points that I believe that must be taken into account when creating a fighter and also the points
on which all fighter past and present are judged.
-Speed- is life and its no joke. A fighter who has more speed then his enemy will be able to engage or disengage at will and also be able to get into
the best position to attack.
-Firepower- what you use to attack is just as important. Will it work or will it jam all the time or fly unguided. range of the attack and strength of
the warhead. ablity to track a target I feel should be included here.
-Manuverblity- A straight arrow attack never is guarrented and the ablity to out dogfight your opponent is key. max angle of attack, turn radius and
ablity to conserve energy is the key here. Also training comes into play here in the pilot so where do we draw the line on what its capable of or the
I feel the top three points are undeniable but try to deny me if you will. The next points are important as well but also start to infringe on other
areas out side of the classic fighter possibly.
-Endurance- well not so out of place but still is open to debate on how the aircraft is to be fielded. Attack or defend? or both? What is needed here
and is it a matter of longest range wins or the right range for the plane... so what is that range?
-Situational Awareness- This subject may have the same issue as the manuverblity question. Its a matter of what the pilot takes in and what is there
to use. The plane and its built in systems to help the pilot manage the biz that is Air-combat and how to handle the info is key. So what systems are
in place and does ease of use and pilot training come into play?
-Invisablity- This broad subject has been a nessary creatation due to tech and its advancement is the radar area but also the size of plane and the
ablity to see ti with the naked eye. The eye is old tech but still needed at times with the pilot so ablity for the plane to be seen a issue. Also the
issue of stealth the cost to produce it as opposed to defend againest it. But the incease of surviablity is still undeniable I think and the problem
it for other planes to overcome.
Wheew one of the longest posts I've made but I really think that alot of the newer posters would enjoy and learn something from the feed back of the
other members and we may just be able to come down to a number of key points and issues on other aircraft or agree on a "measuring stick" to look at
figthers at from now on. For me at this point I think I would address any performance fo the F-35 F-22 Mig-29 or foxbat.
So what do you think? (be nice
[edit on 22/08/06 by Canada_EH]