Source: Defense News
quote: You know nothing of air-air dogfighting. You put the most "modernized p-51 up against a lowly F-16, and the P-51 would still be a smoking fireball before visual contact is established.
quote: Guess what? Once you slap RWR, AESA radar, AMRAAM's, Sidewinders, and a whole bunch of other "modern" stuff on a P-51, you are left with a plane that can't handle the demands with a lowly prop engine.
quote: Worse, you'd have to completely re-design the fuselage to put radar in the nose (where the merlin engine sits traditionally).
quote: Give it up. Even without missiles, the Mig-15 was mopping the floor with the P-51, and that was just a difference of jet vs. prop. Insinuating that ANY pre-4th gen aircraft could potentially serve as the backbone of the USAF fleet is simply laughable.
quote: "directional EMP pulse generator".ROFL. ok, let me know how that works out for you. as of yet, no military in the world has successfully created a version of that which would work at ranges in the air-air realm sufficient to outperform a cannon, let alone a missile.
quote: i wonder if a f35 even has enough weaponry to shoot it's equivalent in budget out of the air.