TIL The USAF still operates 922 F-16 fighter aircraft, more than the combined numbers of the F-22, F-35, A-10 and all other bombers and ground attack aircraft.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_United_States_Air_Force_aircraft

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  1. Makes sense, as you can see in the Ukraine/Russia conflict, most of Russias planes are old and don’t need to be fought with 5th gen fighters. Well maintained and well trained F-16s are more than capable. As for the countries that do have equivalent 5th gen fighters, well we have plenty of those too. And we all know a-10s are on their way out no matter how slowly that may be.

  2. They’re perfectly good orbiting ground-support aircraft. Hang out at 16,000 feet with hard points full of smart bombs and wait for a fire mission from ground troops.

    They were envisioned as a super F-5 but mission creep bloated them to the point of uselessness as an actual fighter.

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