Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23 Black Widow II
1990
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Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23 Black Widow II

The Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23A was a contender in the bid for an advanced tactical fighter to replace the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle in US Air Force service. The first of two prototypes flew in August 1990, the second aircraft being powered by General Electric YF120-GE-100 turbofan engines. The YF-23A was designed to be ultra-stealthy and incorporated many of the stealth features of the Northrop Grumann B-2 bomber, and all its planned weaponry was to be housed in an internal bay to reduce the radar signature. The two YF-23s successfully completed their flight test programme, but the Lockheed YF-22 was selected to meet the USAF requirement.

Robert Jackson "The Encyclopedia of Aircraft", 2004

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Specification 
 MODELYF-23
 CREW1
 ENGINE2 x Pratt & Whitney YF119-PW-100, 155.7kN with afterburner
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight29030 kg64001 lb
    Empty weight16783 kg37000 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan13.2 m43 ft 4 in
    Length20.5 m67 ft 3 in
    Height4.2 m14 ft 9 in
    Wing area87.8 m2945.07 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed2080 km/h1292 mph
    Ceiling19800 m64950 ft
    Range1200 km746 miles

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Favián Perea, 22.08.2014

We need to overhaul our F-15 and F-16 fleet and supplement a combat hardened airforce with the YF-23. The YF-23 should number in the hundreds as to be able to supplement the U. S. Combat proven airforce

msgt [usaf ret.] b. laput, billlaput =gmail.comm, 11.08.2014

instead of waisting hundreds of billons on the f-35 spend much less and purchase the yf-23.I just can't understand why our stupid defense department can't buy a fighter that is outstanding for once. No instead we have to satisfy some corrupt Politian who is most likey on the take!

Michel Sirois, mike000222=Outlook.com, 23.02.2014

I thing the F23 Widow is the best between what we have today and better then F22.for me the speed is very important and F23 specialist says: F23 is very Fast more then F22.anyway God bless America.Michel

a.machia, machia0705=gmail.com, 25.08.2013

It is rumored that the US Navy may be interested in the F-23. I read this in an aviation magazine approx. 6 mos. ago.

cleo p landry, cleoplandry=gmail.com, 11.07.2013

we must be the best in the air

reuben, khanthuam=gmail.com, 21.03.2013

only the Aurora "if its real"could beat. my Blackwidow!

Bill, wm.kilbourne=yahoo.com, 16.03.2013

Northrop lost the F-23 contract for one reason...........They had the B-2. Lockheed was fading.

HyperSonic, americanman831=yahoo.com, 29.03.2012

EVERY TIME ..(almost)an opportunity presents our country with a golden ticket to do the right thing, push the envelope a bit and demonstrate to the world we ARE as smart as we THINK we are, a couple idiots are allowed to be King & Adviser for a day and take full advantage of their new positions.Either some corrupt politicians or A sewing circle of "Depends" wearing "old Money" Geezers that disregard ALL the facts, better aircraft - the lack of conclusive WMD data, mass public opposition.Because their minds are made up

David P.Curcione, dpcurcione=netzero.com, 27.02.2012

1 Note: We Need to Build more Yf23-A Fighters passed all it tests too! Agreed! We need to build 2880 Yf23-A Fighters,Planes for the U.S.A.F too! Or the Air National Air Guard,Divsion of all in fifty States too!I agreed to hired moe people to get to work immeadly soon as possable too!c This Means more people needto go to work immeadly agreed! Message to the U.S.A.F Joint Chief of Staff Generals in charge too! There is alot of Air Force F-15s need to be replaced immeadly to replaced the old F-16s Jet Fighters are 4th Gerations Planes are 30 Years old to true They need to be Replaced Imeadly soon as possable newer Jet Fighters Jet Are YF-23_a Black widow 5th Gerations Faster Jet Fighters are needed for Defence of the U.S.A. & Nato Allies too! To keep world Piece too! And Law en order By Training Police in other Trouble Nations don"t want Piece too! This True!! This needs to Looked into true!! Sone of the Arabes Nations are Smaller Nations in the World too! I agreed!! Law Need to addressed in those areas immeadly by International Court of World Other Counties of Nations do Bleaved in Law enorder by Trained Police Foreign Officers of those trouble Nations too! Iagreed!! Let those Nations Take Care of there Responables in there own house in foreign Nations too! Agreed!!! The U.S.Forces should pulledout of those Nations to get on there Feets too! I agreed!! Get to work and Finished thoses Jopbe in other Nations And Get out of there Nations By Closing American Bases out those coountiesimmeadly as soon as possable too! Let"s Go Now Get going now!!! Agreed!!

William Neff, w_neff=hotmail.com, 17.01.2012

Basic defence strategy 101(for dummies)

When deciding on the platform for advanced military technology, create a competition and narrow the competitors down to two or three. Then mothball the winning plane and go with the runner-up for actual application. A military should always have an "Ace in the Hole" so to speak. That way, if a war breaks out and you are matched by enemy technology, you already have a working, ready to go into production counteroffensive weapon at your disposal. The f-23 will see it's day in the sun with newer modern updates like advanced vectored thrust, more powerful engines, a stronger, more advanced skin allowing for earth re-entry, and most importantly... the ability to escape earth atmo and return safely thus providing a platform for the future of space-born fighters and cargo vessels. Both prototypes have been kept in storage while these advancements in technology are being studied for further use. I presume that they will be the only two made for quite some time.

Edwin L. Tan, edwintan=fortunetobacco.com, 29.12.2011

I think your new gerneration plane to replace the F-15 is so impresive but, can you inject the harrier tech on that plane i think it will be give more edge against the enemy can you send me a model of the plane coz i am a collector of new fighter jets more power and God bless Happy new year

Abe, ThorWhore=excite.com, 25.10.2011

Being a former fighter pilot and engineer. I was writing technical manuals for and during the fly off. There was enough political influence in the fly off to make it one sided. As usual, Northrop lost. Now, in saying that... There were a few obvious problems with the F-23 that the F-22 did not have. Such as the wing tip vortices which would allow the airplane to be seen on radar for a brief second while in extreme maneuvering. The F-22 did not have these problems. The F-23 required more skilled personnel to maintain the airplane. The F-22 could be maintained by a typical F-15 ground service crew. Unfortunately, all the talking in the world about an airplane that has been parked is a mute point. Because, the corruption, politics, and policies of big business in coordination with the DoD and federal government events such as these will continue to occur. Remember: When a government gets bigger, and more and more people are being prosecuted as law breakers, that means that the government is afraid of its people and trying to keep them in line through fear. This kind of government never works and never stays for too long. We (the united states) are an empire like all others in history. And, we will fall like all of the other empires of history. It took Rome 2000+ years to accomplish the same things that we accomplished in 200. Look at history...we have the same problems, just in a new time.

a.machiaverna, machia0705=gmail.com, 27.09.2011

F-23 is a better airplane than the F-22. Politics?

David, dpcurcione=netzero.net, 20.07.2011

1.The Fifth Geration Fighter Jet Will Cruised at (M) 2.1 + too.

ERIC, leefrancis2429=yahoo.com.sg, 07.07.2011

Taiwan,japan,south korean and many asean countries interested to buy YF23. Why USA refuse to sell them YF 23.
YF23 for usa friends and allies.
Good money and create more Jobs for USA.

David P.Curcione National Mili, dpcurcione=netzero.net, 18.04.2011

1.The YF-23A is Steath Fighter Jet is 5th Geration Fighters Jets for 2011 A.D. & Beyond too! We Need replacements immmedly now soon!! F-22s ,Yf-23s & F-35s too! There Speeds should be over Crusing is Mack-2.6 too! Top Speed is over Mack 2.7 + too!

David P.Curcione National Mili, dpcurcione=netzero.net, 18.04.2011

1.The YF-23A is Steath Fighter Jet is 5th Geration Fighters Jets for 2011 A.D. & Beyond too! We Need replacements immmedly now soon!! F-22s ,Yf-23s & F-35s too! There Speeds should be over Crusing is Mack-2.6 too! Top Speed is over Mack 2.7 + too!

David P.Curcione National Mili, dpcurcione=netzero.net, 18.04.2011

1.The YF-23A is Steath Fighter Jet is 5th Geration Fighters Jets for 2011 A.D. & Beyond too! We Need replacements immmedly now soon!! F-22s ,Yf-23s & F-35s too! There Speeds should be over Crusing is Mack-2.6 too! Top Speed is over Mack 2.7 + too!

Dfens, anon=ymous.com, 17.01.2011

Here's an email I received in November of 2007. Not only did the worst airplane win the competition, but it took 25 years to develop. We need to quit paying contractors profit on development. Once we started doing that, there ceased to be any reason for contractors to build weapons. That's why there are only 20 B-2's and 170 F-22's. The F-22 might not be the best, but it's better than a paper airplane for keeping the nation safe!

MEMORANDUM FOR CSAF SAF/OS SUBJECT: F-22A FOC Declaration

1. Mr. Secretary and Chief, I am honored to announce that after 25 years of collaborative effort, a key milestone for the F-22A is behind us. The integrated 1FW/192FW at Langley possesses sufficient Raptors, equipment and trained Airmen to provide Air Dominance for the Joint Force for many years to come. The Raptor is ready for global CFACC tasking ahead of schedule and I declare Full Operational Capability for the F-22A as of 12 December 07.

2. Our success at Langley is the showcase example of our shared vision for the Total Force Integration of tomorrow. 1FW Active duty and 192FW Virginia guard Airmen fly and maintain the world's premier 5th generation fighter with seamless integration, superior dedication and unmatched synergy. Team Langley represents the type of readiness and organization we need to maintain a dominant Joint Total Force for the future.

//Signed// JOHN D.W. CORLEY
General, USAF Commander

Dfens, anon=ymous.com, 17.01.2011

The YF-23 was much faster than the F-22 and had much more advanced aerodynamics features. It also had a way of supressing the IR. It was not designed by McDonnell Douglas or Northrop. They had to hire some outside guys to do the design. The funny thing is those same guys had to fix the F-22 intakes so that program could get off the ground. Many of the features you see in common between the production F-22 and the YF-23 are because of tips the designers of the YF-23 gave the Lockheed guys when they did that work.

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