During the advanced tactical fighter program, one yf 23 was powered by twin pratt and whitney yf119 turbofan engines, while the other had two general electric yf120 turbofan engines installed. Yf23 northrop black widow stealth fighter declassified. Fsd yf 23 black widow fsx aircraft downloads chinaflier. The yf23s air inlet design was its most exotic feature. But one of the yf23 s most exotic design elements that has been largely overlooked was the way boundary layer air was separated from the yf23 s fuselage before entering its air inlet and feeding. Yf23 black widow ii features the yf23 prototypes are 67. F23 fighter car interior design northrop yf23 black widow ii tp6jq4g6v by italik aeronaves quase famosas. The first of two prototypes flew in august 1990, the second aircraft. Stealth operation declassified, rumours persist that despite the two. Yf23 youtube what if aircraft page 2 sino defence forum china military forum. The northropmcdonnell douglas yf23a was a contender in the bid for an advanced tactical fighter to replace the mcdonnell douglas f15 eagle in us air force service. The yf 23 was one of two contenders during the usafs atf program, which resulted in the f22 raptor. This mod brings the uniquely shaped black widow unofficial nickname into gta v, in my humble opinion one of the coolest aircraft ever made. The almost forgotten plane that could have replaced the f.
Unlike lockheed martins yf 22 which looks a bit awkward, the yf 23 had the lines that just looked right and from all available reports, had excellent handling and performance characteristics. Its too bad that the usaf did not decide to build both aircraft. The second yf23 serial number 870801, pav 2 made its first flight on 26 october, piloted by jim sandberg. For photos, video trailer and the inside story visit. I downloaded the northropmcdonnell douglass yf 23a black widow ii from the downloads listed for fs 2004. There are two yf23 prototypes in existence and were built by northropmcdonnell douglas in 19891990. Yf23 black widow, grey ghost rc model test flight 25.
The yf23 was northrops answer for the us air forces advanced tactical fighter program which developed the first generationfive fighters in the world. This plane is the loser so to say and only two flying aircraft prototypes have ever been built by northrop and mcdonnell douglas. At one point, it featured a red hourglass marking which resembled its namesake black widow spider, before northrop management had the marking removed. Should the air force have picked the f23 instead of the f22. Northropmcdonnell douglas yf23a black widow ii national. Although the yf23 black widow performed flawlessly throughout the development and evaluation process.
The usaf chose the yf22 which entered into production as the lockheed martin f22 raptor. The first of two prototypes flew in august 1990, the second aircraft being powered by general electric yf120ge100 turbofan engines. The northrop grumman yf23 competed unsuccessfully with the lockheed yf 22 raptor for next generation rights in the united states air force. Yf23 declassified how its stealth surpassed the f22 world war wings. Yf23 photos on dfrcnasa site yf23 black widow ii, declassified.
And while the lockheed yf22 was declared the winner in april 1991, many analysts in. Yf23 black widow ii declassified its about a jet fighter so advanced that it was poised to play a key role in keeping the free world free during the cold war, by outclassing everything else in the sky. The northropmcdonnell douglas yf23 is an american singleseat, twinengine stealth fighter aircraft technology demonstrator designed for the united states air force usaf. The yf 23 was northrops answer for the us air forces advanced tactical fighter program which developed the first generationfive fighters in the world. Yf 23 black widow ii features the yf 23 prototypes are 67. This is the only complete account of the top secret story behind the creation of the incredible supersonic atf stealth fighter. Unlike lockheed martins yf22 which looks a bit awkward, the yf23 had the lines that just looked right and from all available reports, had excellent handling and performance characteristics. All the folders downloaded into my flight simulator 9 folder, including the gauges, panel, sound, and texture files. For years, one of the two yf23 prototypes sat in the hangar of unwanted planes more formally known as the research and development. The first yf23 was painted charcoal gray and was nicknamed black widow ii, after the northrop p61 black widow of world war ii.
Yf23 black widow ii declassified is a 50 minute documentary about the making of the northropmcdonnell douglas yf23 stealth fighter and its flyoff against the lockheed yf22 in competition for the advanced tactical fighter contract with the air forceas told by the team members who built the plane. The yf23 black widow 2 declassified, heres what we know. She would have been a great addition to the air force. Northropmcdonnell douglas yf23 black widow ii technology.
This is the only complete account of the top secret story behind the creation of the. It was a beautiful fighter jet that never got the chance shine the northrop grumman yf23 black widow ii. The northropmcdonnell douglas yf 23a was a contender in the bid for an advanced tactical fighter to replace the mcdonnell douglas f15 eagle in us air force service. Hobby boss 81722 148 yf23 black widow ii kit first look. The yf23 was one of two contenders during the usafs atf program, which resulted in the f22 raptor. The design was a finalist in the usafs advanced tactical fighter atf competition, battling the lockheed yf22 for a production contract. Two yf23s were built, being named gray ghost and black widow in reference to their pale grey and jet black paint schemes respectively. Two yf23 prototypes were built, nicknamed black widow ii and gray ghost. The yf23a competed in the late 1980searly 1990s against the yf22a in the advanced tactical fighter atf. The first yf23 serial number 870800, prototype air vehicle 1 pav1, rolled out on june 22, 1990 and made its maiden flight on august 27, 1990. During the advanced tactical fighter program, one yf23 was powered by twin pratt and whitney yf119 turbofan engines, while the other had two general electric yf120 turbofan engines installed. Northropmcdonnell douglas yf23 black widow ii fighter. Read all of the posts by bernd pulch on berndpulch.1043 501 1251 1298 722 182 1173 1310 369 432 337 289 1091 751 1359 968 671 834 373 996 1417 1152 415 290 705 335 36 1438