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Because they perform vastly different missions than the A-12/SR-71. You can't compare the two. The F-22 is more advanced than any other plane ever
built, but in the high speed recon role, it sucks beyond belief. It just wasn't designed for that mission.
Sorry was not comparing roles, was making comment on advancement of technologies as in visualy. Not much has changed today, engines are still chemical
based, exteriors are similar in look. If you look at the advancement from the first world war to the second it was dramtic, but till now we can't see
large jumps like the past.
Yes, but from WWI to WWII look at how much room there was to jump. Even post WWII there was a LOT of room for improvement. Once we got into the 60s
and 70s there wasn't nearly as much room to jump and it became a matter of refining what was out there and perfecting the technology. There is still
a little room to improve, but it's become much harder to make that jump.
Not only that but the more wild/optimistic expectations of the 1940's and early 50's came to a screaming halt against physics that was just not known
at the time.
they too expected linear development of everything - if we doubled in speed from 1940-1945 (300-600mph), and again by 1950 (1200 mph - at least
designing them if not quite flying them) then by 1960 everything should be doing 4800mph..... and about 1.25 million mph by 2000!!
but the universe just doesn't work that way.
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