F-35 Struggles In Dogfight with F-16, the 1980s Fighter Jet it’s Supposed to Replace

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Pilot at ‘distinct energy disadvantage’ 

Douglas Ernst writes:

The U.S. Air Force’s new F-35 struggled in a dogfight with the plane it is supposed to replace.

“The technique required a commitment to lose energy and was a temporary opportunity prior to needing to regain energy… and ultimately end up defensive again.”

A five-page report obtained by Medium’s War is Boring columnist said a test pilot was at a “distinct energy disadvantage” during the training, The Diplomat reported Wednesday. The author of the piece said the only feasible way to engage the F-16 was to pull off a specific maneuver that usually only works once.

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“The technique required a commitment to lose energy and was a temporary opportunity prior to needing to regain energy… and ultimately end up defensive again,” the author wrote, War is Boring reported.

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