YF-23 photos

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Unread post25 Dec 2008, 15:00

Here's a couple of YF-23 shots you may or may not have seen - one with a YF-22. Happy Holidays! USAF Photos
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Unread post25 Dec 2008, 16:05

f22enthusiast wrote:Here's a couple of YF-23 shots you may or may not have seen - one with a YF-22. Happy Holidays! USAF Photos


Great stuff, thank's. Can't help thinking how they planned to fit a decent radar aperture into the nose of the YF-23.


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Unread post25 Dec 2008, 16:23

Great pics. I had always thought that the -23 was always a nice looking bird, if just a little strange. I still have the test team patch from the YF-23 team, which I had received about 3 years before the project was cancelled.

As for your question Energo, had the BWII entered production, it would have been built in an operational form, mod'ed from its tech demo variant, much like how the Raptor is completely different from the YF-22.
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Unread post25 Dec 2008, 17:40

I saw the one sitting at the Hawthorne airport in LA a while back. Big bird. Very sleek though.
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Unread post25 Dec 2008, 17:44

It appears that its fuselage is attached to the wing rather than the wing being attached to the fuselage... I really like the treatment of its vertical stabilizers that double as stabilators - UNIQUE!
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Unread post26 Dec 2008, 03:52

When was the last time you saw a fighter with the engine nacelles above the wing/body and exhausting over it?

Save the B-2.... Which is technically a bomber... :roll:

Some good photos of the YF-23's engine exhausts at Phil Callihan's site: http://airpower.callihan.cc/HTML/Spotlight/YF-23.htm

Shame she's got no motors in her...

Can't wait to see the BW II down at the USAF Museum!

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Unread post26 Dec 2008, 05:55

That_Engine_Guy wrote:When was the last time you saw a fighter with the engine nacelles above the wing/body and exhausting over it?

Save the B-2.... Which is technically a bomber... :roll:

Some good photos of the YF-23's engine exhausts at Phil Callihan's site: http://airpower.callihan.cc/HTML/Spotlight/YF-23.htm

Shame she's got no motors in her...

Can't wait to see the BW II down at the USAF Museum!

Keep 'em flyin' :thumb:
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Those Space Shuttle style thermal tiles in the exhaust duct will probably suck from a maintainability standppint.
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Unread post26 Dec 2008, 06:34

They were a pain in the A$$ on the B-2 during early flight testing...I assume the problem was fixed but nom idea how.
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Unread post26 Dec 2008, 07:38

Was it a poor design? How susceptible were the tiles to high G loads?
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Unread post26 Dec 2008, 18:11

f22enthusiast wrote:It appears that its fuselage is attached to the wing rather than the wing being attached to the fuselage... I really like the treatment of its vertical stabilizers that double as stabilators - UNIQUE!


That tail configuration is called a pelican tail---->very cool. Hey teg, when are they going to put the 23 on display there? I plan on going back in January maybe.
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Unread post26 Dec 2008, 18:41

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For some reason these tiles remind me of my high school bathroom.
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Unread post27 Dec 2008, 00:32

f22enthusiast wrote:That tail configuration is called a pelican tail---->very cool. Hey teg, when are they going to put the 23 on display there? I plan on going back in January maybe.

The YF-23 did not feature a Pelikan tail. Its tail surfaces are called "ruddervators". From what I understand, the Pelikan tail has not yet been employed on a combat aircraft. It was considered for the X-32, but was ultimately dropped.
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Unread post27 Dec 2008, 00:39

Really? I always thought that configuration was called a pelican tail. Either way, a very neat idea.
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Unread post27 Dec 2008, 00:49

singularity wrote:Hey teg, when are they going to put the 23 on display there? I plan on going back in January maybe.


Done...
The restoration staff has recently placed on display the Kawanishi NIK-2 (or "George 21") in the Air Power Gallery, F-22A, Global Hawk, VZ-9AV Avrocar, XH-26 and XV-3 in the Modern Flight Gallery, MH-53M Pave Low IV in the Cold War Gallery, Peacekeeper Missile in the Missile & Space Gallery, and a YF-23A in the Research & Development Gallery.


Note the BW II is in the R&D Gallery :wink:

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsh ... sp?id=7152

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Unread post27 Dec 2008, 03:30

The Pelican tail is what is on the Lightning II and the first picture in this forum on the Raptor.
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