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Su-57 Vs. J-20: What the Competition Tells Us About America's New Fighter

Alex Hollings
·1 min read
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

In 1909, the United States introduced the concept of military aviation to the world with the purchase of its first Wright Military Flyer. A decade later American and Allied pilots found themselves squaring off against aviators from the German Empire over the Western Front in the first battles for air dominance.

But like maintaining any technological edge over your opponents, air superiority is never guaranteed. The only way to keep the advantage is to continue to outpace, outbuild, and outfox the competition. Now, the next step in that race is beginning to take shape.

In September, the U.S. Air Force announced that it had secretly designed, built, and tested a prototype fighter under its Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program. Details regarding the new fighter remain sparse, but the program's nature does offer a few important bits of context....Keep Reading With Pop Mech Pro

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