The F-22 Raptor is the most formidable fighter in service. So its apparent sooner than expected retirement has caused some comment.
Playlist - F-16
When President Carter banned the export of top-end American fighters in 1977, it left a gap in the market. The F-16/79 was built to fill it.
What happens when a prop aircraft goes up against a modern fighter jet? An example form the Venezuelan coup of 1992 give graphic demonstration.
The United States Air Force have began a study to design an aircraft to replace the F-16. Trouble is, the F-35 was meant to be that!
In its latest defence plan the Irish government indicated that it is considering buying new jet fighters to provide for the country’s air defence needs.
The US proposed sale of the latest F-16s has infuriated Beijing but offers a boon to the Taiwanese Air Force, which is facing a crisis with ageing aircraft.