I liked the title of your comment. Ten or so years ago I spoke with a retired F16 pilot who had not seen video but had heard of the "Cobra" maneuver on display at many air shows. He reminded me that speed is king in a dogfight. The plane and pilot who goes faster will eventually win the fight. Second, the described could not be used at combat speeds because the aircraft would disintegrate in flight."...pretty amazing..." is an understatement.
Having been a Sergeant, D Co direct support 123rd Maint 1976 - 1979 1AD when the Fulda Gap was a Highway to Heaven for NATO should the cream of the Warpact come calling, I loved those airplanes too! From an NCOs eye view, and my brother retired from the USAF years back, the Air Force seems dedicated to screwing over it's people, in favor of hardware...and then cannot deliver the %$#*& planes! The F-22 was late and then was cancelled. The F-35 is late and way overpriced, some models projected to be more expensive than the F-22! Even the basic model costs more than the twin engine Super Hornet! Not a good idea.While I wholeheartedly agree with you for the most part Geoff, it's hard to put a value on air superiority. I spent some time as a FAC, and got a chance to interact with a few of our Army troops. It was heartening to realize that, since WW II, American forces have almost never had to worry about attack from the air. We usually own the skies over our soldiers and marines, and when a grunt looks up, all he sees are friendly jets doing violence to the other side. It may hurt when you pay your taxes, but it means a lot to those guys.
We'll set aside the note that the P-75 was never a serious combat design, just a fraudulent effort to get GM's mitts on War Dept. money... or so it seems in retrospect, GM selling warplanes the way they sell cars, "over-promise and under-deliver".Geoff
Who notes air superiority is not achieved by designs on paper and a pair of P-40s overhead was better for the WWII infantry, than a P-75 Eagle in flight testing...when it managed to get into the air...