Tag Archives: YF-23

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

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 my personal favorite, the VARIOUS UCAV. Then … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS PART II: THE GRANDSON OF “TACIT BLUE”

PLEASE READ RQ-170 ORIGINS PART I FOR FULL CONTEXT BEFORE CONTINUING ON: My first piece on the ancestry of the RQ-170 Sentinel, America’s secret unmanned stealthy sensor truck of choice, got a lot of traffic and was the topic of … Read the rest of this entry

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LOCKHEED LOOKS TOWARD 6th GENERATION FIGHTER CONCEPTS TO REPLACE THE F-22

Boy, their initial  design looks a lot like an updated YF-23 Black Widow! More on my take on the YF-23 here: http://aviationintel.com/?p=858 6th generation fighter tech will supposedly include “self healing” structures, higher sustained speeds, and full spectrum, including visible, … Read the rest of this entry

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Paul Metz Talks About Flying The Black Widow

http://youtu.be/lVG9xgHefzg

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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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