Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......
"After the apparent fall of the "Soviet Empire", it was necessary to quickly find a suitable enemy to keep the spending going - "
It was? Because GHB pretty much gutted the aerospace industry in the aftermath of Walls Fall, Everyone Goes Home For Tea when he cancelled so much of the military spending whole local economies were smashed flat.
Don't take my word for it, just take a look at the map of Long Island, former home to Grumman, Fairchild, Eaton et al. All gone, almost overnight when those contracts were force majeured.
I suppose if you widen your definition of "quickly" to 12 years you might have a point though.