Swordfish and Gladiator
If you have spent the amount of money that has been spent on the F35 it is hardly surprising it had a 15.1 kill ratio, they are trying to sell it. The more interesting question is, what happens if Mr Trump decides to cancel it. It then would pose the question of how long would it take to fit cats and traps on the new carriers.
Gen dit. Try and get Your hands on John Godley's, AKA Lord Kilbrackens excellent book. 'Bring Back My Stringbag'I seem to recall a theory that the WW2 Kriegsmarine had difficulties with shooting down the Swordfish because they could not believe it could be so slow. Was that simply a WW2 urban myth? The heroic actions of Lt Cdr Esmonde's half dozen Swordfish in their Channel Dash attack could not prevent all the aircraft being shot down - though, to be fair, German fighters were largely responsible.
But Janner's tongue in cheek comment raises a point which might be worth examining. Could fighters from "the 5th Gen programme" have problems with low-tech aircraft? Or unmanned aircraft, come to that?