When are these guys gonna stop? I mean, when you see a headline like this:
Air Force: Hornet couldn’t kill Raptor
The article touts the Raptor’s perfect record:
The F-22’s debut combat exercise was at Northern Edge in June 2006. According to Air Force data, the dozen F-22s in attendance racked up an unprecedented kill record of 144-0 the first week alone and suffered no losses overall.
But one did get “shot down.”
When one aggressor went down, it was able to fly out and regenerate so quickly that an F-22 pilot thought the enemy was still “dead,” and got shot down himself for the mistake.
One thing is for sure: The plane that took down the Raptor was an F-15 or F-16, but not an F/A-18F. When asked whether a Superbug might have claimed a kill, one Air Force public affairs officer scoffed, “Not bloody likely.”
I guess the Raptor must be better; after all, the Air Force said so…