Just read this piece of,…. well, sloppy “journalism” where the author’s rummages about the worst fighter planes ever. Just some pearls: to him the R.A.F B.E.2 was a “fighter”, yeah right; the all too cliché Buffalo’s tale; the Century Series classics suffer too…, Boy, he thinks the F-105D did not serve their crews well, etc. Not happy with that he added also his so-called “Dishonourable Mention” list the slow starter but efficient F-111 Aardvark and -hold on to anything- the best by far fighter of its generation: the F-4 Phantom II.
An example of this “expert”‘s mind waves: the “Deuce” lifespan is summarised this way: “The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger performed inadequately as both an interceptor and a fighter-bomber”. An inadequate interceptor -yeah, sure how inadequate?- and…. when did the “Deuce” became a fighter bomber?, … this joke apart.
Settin’ free some Mighty Mouse rockets. Awe-inspiring LIFE photo.