Originally Posted by onewire
I must have been wasting my time then.
The planes were not a breakthru - just a attempt to do the job -If they had been a true improvement -the concept would have continued.
There were lots of lousy fighters over the years - typically the result of not having enough power for the job.
so the developers tried to reduce airframe drag to get the speed desired
Unfortunately we still have some lousy planes - grossly overpriced and unreliable - but what do you expect when the the goal is to drive technology (and profit) with an open checkbook.
I don't see any end to it .