A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 flies in formation with two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-15J Eagles during a dissimilar air combat training exercise near Okinawa, Japan.
How exactly does the Mitsubishi F-2 stack up against the F-16?
WEEABOO WEEABOO WEEA-wait, I already used this joke.
Now that we’ve gone over the F-16 a bit by way of talking about Pierre Sprey and the Fighter Mafia (and because I’m out of booze and the storms have stopped), I can answer this question. For those of you who didn’t read that and are too lazy to do so now, there’s a few things we need to know before we go into the F-2 program:
The F-16 was born from a belief that the U.S. needed a lot of simple, lightweight, and cheap fighters
Originally, the F-15 was intended to fill this role until expanding mission requirements made the design grow in size and complexity
Pierre Sprey is an idiot whose greatest “success” - advocating for the F-16 - was only as successful as it was because it eventually got handed a ton of advanced equipment that turned it into a superb multirole fighter platform in addition to being a capable air defense platform thanks to liberal application of advanced BVR missiles (which Sprey and the Fighter Mafia also hated)
Ok, now that we’ve covered the important parts, it’s time for NOTORIOUS MiG’S SUPER KAWAII NIPPON FIGHTER JET DEVELOPMENT CHRONICLES