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    Whew....my mind has been on working on overdrive today in various fields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    The F/A-18 is good, but I don't think it compares to the F15c Eagle, which was the ideal dogfighter of it's day before the coming of the Sukhoi's SU's. The F/A-18 (very much like the latest F-35) may be ideal for it's flexibility - being able to launch from aircraft carriers, as well as carry the latest cutting edge AMRAAM's, but they do not compare to the F15c in dogfighting capability. I would rather see an F15c against an SU-35 in a dogfight - that would be a lot more of a tied contest.
    It's interesting how dogfighting capabilities are de-emphasized so much in American jet fighters, but still remain the main backbone behind Russian fighter developments - like the SU 35 & 37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    It's interesting how dogfighting capabilities are de-emphasized so much in American jet fighters, but still remain the main backbone behind Russian fighter developments - like the SU 35 & 37.
    I think that's 'cause the Russians maintained the importance of dogfighting - while the Americans developed more stealth-oriented craft like the F22 Raptor (or F-35).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    I think that's 'cause the Russians maintained the importance of dogfighting - while the Americans developed more stealth-oriented craft like the F22 Raptor (or F-35).
    Well yes that's true. The American military has a bad habit of seeking to overrely on technology for everything. It's like the old joke about how NASA spent billions developing a pen that could write without ink in outer space, while the Russians just used a pencil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    The F/A-18 is good, but I don't think it compares to the F15c Eagle, which was the ideal dogfighter of it's day before the coming of the Sukhoi's SU's. The F/A-18 (very much like the latest F-35) may be ideal for it's flexibility - being able to launch from aircraft carriers, as well as carry the latest cutting edge AMRAAM's, but it does not compare to the F15c in dogfighting capability. I would rather see an F15c against an SU-35 in a dogfight - that would be a lot more of a tied contest.
    C'mon, you've got to give the F/A-18 credit: the fact that it can carry a lot of AMRAAMs gives it a great tactical advantage.

    I think you sell it short. It's smaller and lighter than the F-15, has those nifty leading edge extensions for low-speed maneuverability... after all, the only reason the Hornet (and the Fighting Falcon for that matter) exists is because the F-15 was considered too big for a dogfighter.

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    So sad that it should come to this.

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