When the military channel listed the F-22 as a "turkey", I thought they were smoking crack... but then I got to thinking. The F-22 has a "flyaway cost" of $137,500,000. By comparison, an F-15C/D costs $29,000,000, and an F-16C/D costs even less at $18,800,000. The F-15 and F-16 are projected to remain in service until at least 2025. The F-15 as of 2008 has a record of 108-0 in air-to-air combat. Now I'm all for giving out boys the best equipment money can buy, but when you factor in the fact that even including maintenance costs, conservative estimates state that you can buy, fully outfit, and maintain 4 squadrons of F-15's for the cost of one squadron of F-22s, do we really need to have an all F-22 airforce in the future? No one can come close to matching it's capabilities... and its overkill. The F-15 is still one of the premier air-to-air fighters in the world. Imagine if police departments only had SWAT teams, and every firefighting crew out west was made up of "hotshots". Fact of the matter is, for conflicts like Iraq/Afghanistan, the F-15 proved just fine; there was no need for F-22 capabilities. Heck, given most of the "low-intensity conflicts" we're involved in (they're anything but, but that's the terminology for the counter-insurgency we're dealing with), the F-15 is overkill in its own way. Just food for thought.