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Northrop's F-23 Stealth Fighter: The Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-22

Northrop's F-23 Stealth Fighter: The Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-22 | YF-23 | Scoop.it
What could have been. 
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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"  
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YF 23 Walk Around

Get close and personal with one of two YF-23s ever to exist! This aircraft went head to head with the YF-22 (Now known as the F-22 Raptor) in the Air Forces' .
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Here's the latest look at the "Gray Ghost" housed at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio…from a fan.  Still looking good.

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DARPA’s Experimental Space Plane XS-1 Starts Development

DARPA’s Experimental Space Plane XS-1 Starts Development | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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…

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The YF-23 Black Widow II is now 25 years old.  Time to make way for the next generation of advanced planes .

 

 

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F-22 Raptor demo team to perform at OC Air Show - Delmarva Daily Times

F-22 Raptor demo team to perform at OC Air Show - Delmarva Daily Times | YF-23 | Scoop.it
The OC Air Show will host three headline acts including the Air Force F-22 Raptor Team.
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Kind of an expensive craft to be used at an air show.  Sort of like taking a McLaren F1 to the supermarket.

 

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ACCORDING TO THE SKUNK WORKS, TOMORROW'S FIGHTER IS, UM... THE NORTHROP YF-23?

ACCORDING TO THE SKUNK WORKS, TOMORROW'S FIGHTER IS, UM... THE NORTHROP YF-23? | YF-23 | Scoop.it

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...

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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).

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Newly captured photo shows Russia's new badass shark stealth fighter

Newly captured photo shows Russia's new badass shark stealth fighter | YF-23 | Scoop.it
A new photo captured by Artyom Anikeev shows Russia's new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter—America's F-22 Raptor's nemesis.

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This Is What Regret Looks Like To The US Air Force

This Is What Regret Looks Like To The US Air Force | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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.

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The Story of the Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - Restored Color - 1949

The Flying Wing was the brainchild of Jack Northrop, who started work on the concept in the 1930s. Northrop advocated "The Wing" as a means of reducing drag and structural weight. It may be...
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Great Read Resurrecting a stealthy giant - Los Angeles Times

Great Read Resurrecting a stealthy giant - Los Angeles Times | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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.
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This Is the Last F-22 Raptor Ever - Gizmodo

This Is the Last F-22 Raptor Ever - Gizmodo | YF-23 | Scoop.it
AK 4195. That's the tail number of the last F-22 Raptor ever, which you can see here fully assembled and about to move into the flight line to get ready for delivery. That assembly line is now closed.
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YF-23 Stealth Tribute

awesome plane that would be the stealth fighter for the US airforce if the F22 did not win. write in comments which you think should have won......
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FF-23V2 Part2 (YF-23 Inspired RC Plane)

Just a quick video of the new Foam Fighter 23 Version 2 (FF-23V2). I took the plane out for a few more test flights to get a better feel for how it fly's and...
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The F-23 Fighter: The Super Plane America Never Built - The National Interest Online (blog)

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The F-23 Fighter: The Super Plane America Never Built
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The YF-23—contrary to popular belief—did not have an overall top speed that was any faster than the YF-22.
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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.  

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Never-before-seen HD video of B-2 stealth bomber in flight

New video has been released by Northrop Grumman showing the stealth bomber in flight.
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Secret of Owls' Silent Flight Revealed by Scientists

Secret of Owls' Silent Flight Revealed by Scientists | YF-23 | Scoop.it

 

"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."


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Northrop Grumman demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Vehicle air-to-air refueling | Defence Aviation

Northrop Grumman demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Vehicle air-to-air refueling | Defence Aviation | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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...
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Israel Breaking on Twitter: "First time in combat U.S F-22 Raptor Jet worth 143 million dollars struck targets in Syria tonight. - Fox News http://t.co/jMgYOYBon7"

Israel Breaking on Twitter: "First time in combat U.S F-22 Raptor Jet worth 143 million dollars struck targets in Syria tonight. - Fox News http://t.co/jMgYOYBon7" | YF-23 | Scoop.it

First time in combat U.S F-22 Raptor Jet worth 143 million dollars struck targets in Syria tonight. - Fox News http://t.co/rTvfb9Dayk

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flygcforum.com - Hitler's Stealth Fighter, Horten Ho 229

flygcforum.com - Hitler's Stealth Fighter, Horten Ho 229 | YF-23 | Scoop.it

The Horten Ho 229 was hailed as being the most stable flying wing ever built, as well as being the first stealth aircraft ever built...

 


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flygc's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:33 PM

The Horten brothers designed several flying wing prototypes since the 1930s, the Go229 was their only design that was close of entering the military service at the end of WW2...


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Is The F-35 Fighter Jet That Australia Is Buying Actually Worth It ...

Is The F-35 Fighter Jet That Australia Is Buying Actually Worth It ... | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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 ...
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Pilot Sidelined after Criticizing F-22 System - Military.com

Pilot Sidelined after Criticizing F-22 System - Military.com | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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Pilot Sidelined after Criticizing F-22 System
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Since then, Wilson's career as an F-22 Raptor pilot has stalled.
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F-22 Raptor vs YF-23 Black Widow.mov

I would like to put both planes in the air simultaneously but I'm not that ambidextrous so I flew them sequentially and mixed the vids together.. Each planes...
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YF-23 ATF Model

YF-23 model in 1/15th scale by Allen Rockwell. I think in the video I said this model is 1/20th scale ... it's actually 1/15th. Ooops.
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Toxic Glue Causes Mysterious F-22 Pilot Syndrome, Says Expert

Toxic Glue Causes Mysterious F-22 Pilot Syndrome, Says Expert | YF-23 | Scoop.it
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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