posted on Nov, 12 2011 @ 06:04 AM
Originally posted by steppenwolf86
Originally posted by Luke.S
I've got a replacement for the F-18. It would fly rings around it. Everyone loves it and it is very good looking.
Strange where people get the idea that the F-14 is superior to the F-18.
Because in most ways the F-14 was infact superior.
The F-18 was a heavily compromised platform - remember that it originated from the YF-17, the *rejected* aircraft in the USAFs lightweight fighter
competition. The USN got the "second best" aircraft there...
The F-14 was faster, had better acceleration, had a better fuel load and could carry a heavier payload further. But it was more complex, and suffered
mechanical difficulties as a result.
And the redesign into the F/A-18 Super Hornet didn't wholly resolve the issues faced - the F/A-18 still suffers from aerodynamic deficiencies which
means a lot of tweaks have to be applied to clean up the transonic airflow (ever wondered why the F/A-18 weapons pylons are angled outward? It helps
to resolve an inherent issue in the airframe design which induces more drag when approaching supersonic speeds).
The F-14 was withdrawn for financial reasons, not because it had been replaced by a superior aircraft.