>>28432978 They fucked up and built the airframe before the final engines. The F-14A got a ton of shit for being forced to use interim engines due to budget and timing constraints before the F-14B, after a ton of bitching from congress and the press over the extra cost, got the right engines. They also lost a lot of them to compressor stalls pushing into flat spins early on.
The F-16 received what was for the 1970's F-35 levels of shit. The F-104 was also dumped on all over the world due to LM's marketing overreach gamble (look, guize, it's an air superiority fighter! totally not just an interceptor!). Of all 4th gen and 4+ gen fighters, the F-15 is really the only one I don't remember getting ridiculous amounts of shit in the press and congress. If it did, it couldn't hear it over all the records shattering. Maybe the F-18, too, but that was after it had already lost the lightweight fighter competition as the YF-17 to the F-16.
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