Originally Posted by Big and green
Cause this isn't a military movie. It's a superhero movie. God forbid we use our imagination for awhile... It just blows my mind how bad society has got.
A major factor is that it takes time to get the military mobilized and jets scrambled. The battle in New York happened relatively quickly. The cops said that it would take an hour or more for the National Guard to arrive, which makes sense. Even the Air National Guard would need to receive orders from the governor, get pilots on the field and jets ready to fly. The Air Force would need authorization from the Secretary of Defense, at the very least, as well as orders from the Pentagon, in order to get into the fray. Even on 9/11 it took more time than most people realize to get jets in the air once the government realized that an attack was in progress.
So. No jets = no problem.