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  • Cobrapilot

    Cobrapilot 4 months, 1 week ago

    57plymouth may be referring to the common thought that TVing was developed too late to keep up with high energy engagements in modern A2A combat. Not to mention modern SAM threats. This article does a great job of explaining things from the fighter communities perspective. Essentially, TVing MAY provide some benefit, but more than likely is going to be a non-factor, or even a poor decision.
    But yeah...it looks badass, and I want to fly one!
    https://theaviationist.com/2013/02/21/raptor-vs-typhoon-us/

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    • ahnyerkeester

      ahnyerkeester 4 months, 1 week ago

      Okay, I get his point. Conservation of energy is important in a dogfight. My "yeahbut" is that not all thrust vectoring is to the extreme. Employed correctly, it could give you an advantage in a turn and get you in missile position faster than an opponent. I'm still going with thrust vectoring.

      I talked with an F-22 crew chief today and he said that inverted somersault is a maneuver the F-22 demo team practices and performs a lot. There are a few, specific airframes for it. The older ones can't take it. It is a total BA move though.

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    • 57plymouth

      57plymouth 4 months, 1 week ago

      I was actually referring to the expense of the F22.

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