F-35 Deja Vu: The U.S. Air Force Promised the F-4 Phantom Would Never Dogfight | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


F-35 Deja Vu: The U.S. Air Force Promised the F-4 Phantom Would Never Dogfight

But the Air Force had assumed that wouldn’t be a problem — that its then-brand-new twin-seat F-4s would never even get into a close-range dogfight. Instead, the F-4s — and other Air Force and Navy fighters — would always destroy their enemies from long range, using the Sparrow and other air-to-air missiles.

It was a flawed and dangerous assumption that got scores of American aviators shot down over Vietnam. But 49 years later, the Air Force is assuming the same thing … with regards to its new F-35 stealth fighter.

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