Yeah, that would make sense in the real world. As anyone you know in any airforce in the world if things are done like that.
I do consider it true that the F-22 backers in Congress leaped upon the results of COPE India, where the American were bested in the exercise itself,
and blew the results completely out of proportion, however.
No,they did not lose on purpose,the USAF simply didn't train for these situations while the Indians did.The USAF train for "first look,first
shot,first kill" scenario,not "do a supercobra and loop-the-loop manovre while you blast away with your cannon" scenrio
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