This was designed and manufactured in the '50s, in a time were tv was a new thing and having a washing machine a matter of international politics. And still nowadays you can find F-4s in service in many air forces around the world.
In the 60's, in the age of hippies and vynils, the SR71 Blackbird was flying in the sky.
In the 70's, a decade that saw the general introduction of cassetes and home videos to the amazement of everyone, there were F-15s and F-18s flying in the sky.
Year of our lord 2015, the age of internet, smartphones, virtual reality vidya games and space satellites everywhere, an improvised version of the F4 Phantom II with semi-stealth technology, aka the F-22, is presented as the top notch advance in aeronautical technology.
What happened? There should be space jet fighters by now.
There really is now need at this point until a war comes along when satellites are targeted. But in that case they would probably be defended by drones and are most likely more vulnerable to cyberfare anyways.
If I recall correctly the original vietnam F-4s didn't have machine guns as it was the age of the missle, but the missles they had were horrible.
There simply hasn't really been any major-scale wars that require money and/or manpower to be put into military technologies. the 50's, korean war, the 60's and 70's, vietnam and bush war, etc it goes on
Not to mention that the cold war put the two largest superpowers in the world in a technological war against each other. Without the competition, why bother?
>If I recall correctly the original vietnam F-4s didn't have machine guns as it was the age of the missile, but the missles they had were horrible.
Yep. The long-range radar-guided missiles that were supposed to be the Phantom's primary weapon had a terrible accuracy rating, especially early in the war. At worst, less than 15% of all AIM-7s Sparrows fired hit their target.
The missile had been designed for use against bomber sized targets. Against smaller, fighter-sized targets, the missile often failed to detect properly and it would just fly by, hitting nothing.
That said, the Sparrow still had its moments.
Skip to 35:00. What till 36:00. That should tell you all you need to see.
It was worse than that, really. The problem was bigger than just not having a gun. The big issue was that the air force had stopped all dogfight training altogether. All the tactics that had been devised from countless battles in WW2/Korea were simply left behind. The young new pilots were taught nothing other than how to fly their planes and shoot missiles. Everything had to be rediscovered from scratch.