If we cannot build high buildings any more, progressives say we are now so sophisticated that we are now superior to status competition based on giant penis substitutes, and status competition based on having a higher corner office than the other business executives.
If high art is an aids infested trannie projectile vomiting over the audience, progressives say that we philistines just don’t get high art.
But the most important thing about a military aircraft is that it can fly faster, higher, and further than its opponents, so that you can get away from enemies, but enemies cannot get away from you. And of these, the most important by far is to fly faster, so that you can bring trouble to your enemies, but your enemies cannot bring trouble to you.
SR 71 Blackbird, first built in 1972, about the time we put the last man on the moon.
Cruising Speed Mach 3.2
Ceiling 85 000 feet
Range 3 200 nautical miles
Today’s latest and greatest American warplane, the impressively named F-35 Lightning II. Does not that sound so much more impressive than “Blackbird”?
Cruising Speed Mach 1.6
Ceiling 60 000 feet
Range 1 200 nautical miles nautical miles
So let us make a little table:
|Speed||Mach 3.2||Mach 1.6|
|Ceiling||85 000 feet||60 000 feet|
|Range||3 200 nautical miles||1200 nautical miles|
OK, so how are America’s enemies doing? China claims to be making impressive progess, Russia is not declining nearly as fast as the US. This is fairly typical of a civilization in decline. The center declines faster than the periphery, and the periphery may continue to advance in important respects even after the center has completely collapsed, or been conquered by one of the peripheral states.
China promises for 2018:
Cruising Speed Mach 2.8
Ceiling 60 000 feet
Range 1 830 nautical miles
Since the Chinese are smarter but inherently less creative, they may never surpass America as it was at its height, but they are getting close and still advancing rapidly. Everything Americans once could do, they can copy, and probably over time polish up considerably, improving over the original it in modest ways.