Category Archives: It Could Have Been

IT COULD HAVE BEEN: LOCKHEED’S FORGOTTEN SENIOR PEG STEALTH BOMBER

Hey guys! I mentioned earlier in the week that I had a big announcement to make, so here goes- I have been hired on to the Gawker team to be a military technology editor for a subsite of their incredibly … Read the rest of this entry

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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE RF-117 RECONNAISSANCE NIGHTHAWK

Shortly after the massive success of the F-117A Nighthawk during the Operation Desert Storm, Congress and Lockheed moved together to support buying 24 more F-117s that would be primarily configured as reconnaissance platforms. The jet would have additional cockpit interfaces … Read the rest of this entry

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Yak-141 “Freestyle”- The F-35B Was Born In Moscow

People look at the F-35B and see an ultra modern transformer of sorts, with massive doors that open up and an articulated exhaust tube that seems to warp downward unnaturally on command. The next thing you know the 5th generation stealth fighter is … Read the rest of this entry

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It Could Have Been: The XC-120 Packplane!

You know when I recently read about this thing I was taken back by how ahead of its time the concept really was. A modular, swap and play type of cargo aircraft makes so much sense for a myriad of … Read the rest of this entry

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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE F-12B

One of the most fascinating aircraft ever created, the A-12/SR-71 Blackbird, could have also become a blistering fast interceptor and nuclear attack super jet. As the A-12 was being developed by the now notorious Lockheed Skunkworks, under legendary aircraft designer Kelly Johnson, as project “Oxcart,” those in the … Read the rest of this entry

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It Could Have Been: THE A-6F INTRUDER II!

The A-6F Intruder II was designed as the follow on to the hugely succesful and uniquely capable A-6 Intruder program. The Foxtrot would have all new avionics similar to the F-15E’s suite, including a state of the art radar (APQ-173) capable of … Read the rest of this entry

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It Could Have Been: Sometimes The Better Design Doesn’t Win…

The YF-23, although being less representative of its production configuration than the YF-22 at the time of the flyoff, was faster and more stealthy by a substantial margin over the YF-22. The aircraft demonstrated blistering fast supercuise, and superior 360 degree stealth, although it … Read the rest of this entry

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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE ATTACK SUPER TOMCAT 21

                    The F/A-18E/F became America’s next vanguard attack fighter aircraft do to the boondoggle that was the A-12 “Flying Dorito.” After massive cost overruns, weight increases and huge delays, then Defense Secretary Dick … Read the rest of this entry

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It Could Have Been: The A-10B N/AW

That’s right folks, everybody’s favorite fire-breathing pig had a two seat cousin, built from an existing single-seater as a demonstrator for an all weather and night attack expansion of the A-10A Warthog. The A-10B N/AW (Night / All Weather) would attempt to make … Read the rest of this entry

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