This article gives a hint of the human drama that was at the core of this most intense battle of aerospace giants in the 1990's. The story is told in full detail in the documentary film that can be found at "yf23fighter.com"
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop a fully-reusable unmanned spaceplane, and they are now ready to start working their proposed Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1). The agency has put together a “special forces” of sorts in the space industry, awarding prime contracts for the first phase of development to a combination of…
Nice to So I was getting caught up on youtube aviation videos and I came across this Lockheed Martin Skunk Works promo video. They show multiple systems in development or in the conceptual phase, including...
Nice to know that all along, ever since the ATF competition, Lockheed must have secretly realized that the YF-23 was the future of aircraft design and would have been a better choice than their YF-22 (Raptor).
Back in 1997, the US Air Force choose between the F-22 Raptor and the YF-23 for its fifth-generation fighter. The YF-23 had a greater flight range, giving the fighter the potential to strike much further targets.
Great Read Resurrecting a stealthy giant Los Angeles Times It wasn't long after the morning sun came up over the Mojave Desert that Sean Byrne noticed a black speck fluttering just above the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The National Interest Online (blog) The F-23 Fighter: The Super Plane America Never Built The National Interest Online (blog) The YF-23—contrary to popular belief—did not have an overall top speed that was any faster than the YF-22.
When the national press can't forget about the YF-23 Black Widow II you know that its for a good reason. Here's a current article recapping its amazing story.
"The secrets of owls' near silent wings has been revealed by scientists who could now use the technology to develop quieter aircraft. A new study has shown how the bird of prey's naturally evolved plumage gives the hunting advantage of 'acoustic stealth', allowing it to sneak up on targets. Research found that many owl species have developed feathers which can effectively eliminate the aerodynamic noise from their wings as they cut through the air."
On Jan. 21, 2011, the most well known three aircraft centers of the world, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) and NASA, Dryden Flight Research Center, demonstrated autonomous aerial refueling between...
I remember being in high school during the YF-22/YF-23 fly-off. I was cheering on the YF-23. Sadly for me it lost out to the F-22, but I have followed the F-22 development now for over 20 years. What should have been the most ...
There is still no official explanation for the ongoing hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by F-22 Raptor pilots. The USAF investigation concluded that they have no clue. Now, someone else claims to know the source of the ...
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