She will not be the last manned USAF bird. USAF is dominated by too many pilots in command who will never accept UAV's and RPV's fully stealing their fun. You can get a drone to do many things and even outfly manned aircraft, but you cannot make it think or maneuver like men do.
I look forward to the day USAF and Navy stack her best fighter pilots up against wargames with these drones. Should be interesting losses on both sides to learn from. All aircraft being equal, the manned bird will not be able to maneuver as wildly as the unmanned. But, the unmanned bird cannot respond to changes in combat the way the human mind can do.
Those who push for unmanned aircraft replacing pilots are simply not pilots. The Air Force is run by pilots still, thankfully. It is her command tradition to create pilots, shelve them, and create more new pilots so that almost everyone possible is a pilot. The UAV's and RPV's have essentially advanced and smart cruise missile purposes over many dimensions and new possibilities, but never full dominance of the sky.
The F22 is an awesome bird, but not the last; Just the first of a new generation. Where ever would the military industrial complex be if aircraft manufacturers no longer made manned aircraft? Me thinks American enemies push for this technical agenda a little, too.
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