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YF-23 Black Widow II – [DECLASSIFIED]

YF-23 Black Widow II - [DECLASSIFIED]

Northrop YF-23 Black Widow II

YF-23 Black Widow IIThe YF-23 Black Widow is perhaps the GREATEST fighter plane that never was. She was a single seat stealth fighter originally designed by Northrop which was one of several companies that submitted design proposals to the United States Air Force (USAF). The USAF selected proposals from Northrop and Lockheed with Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics teaming up to develop the YF-22 Raptor while Northrop teamed up with McDonnell Douglas to develop the YF-23 Black Widow II.

There were two Northrop YF-23 prototypes built nicknamed the “Black Widow II” and “Gray Ghost”. The YF-23A Gray Ghost was the production variant of the YF-23 and the YF-23 Black Widow II was the first prototype. Northrop’s YF-23 was competing in the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, battling the Lockheed YF-22 for a production contract. The next four years would see the YF-23 and YF-22 compete in a hotly contested evaluation and development process.

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The YF-23 Black Widow looks like something you would see in a Buck Rogers or Star Wars movie. She was definitely ahead of her time and one of the most beautiful fighter planes ever built. As you take a look at this AMAZING airplane, it’s hard to believe that she was designed and built in the late 1980’s. The YF-23 Black Widow II was stealthier and faster, but less agile than the YF-22 Raptor. It was a long and grueling development and evaluation process.

Both airplanes exceeded expectations but there could only be one winner. In 1991, the USAF finally announced the winner of the competition. Although the YF-23 Black Widow performed flawlessly throughout the development and evaluation process. The USAF chose the YF-22 which entered into production as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. It’s too bad that the USAF did not decide to build both aircraft. She would have been a great addition to the Air Force!

YF-23 Black Widow 2 Declassified

The YF-23 Black Widow 2 Declassified, here’s what we know! There are two YF-23 prototypes in existence and were built by Northrop/McDonnell Douglas in 1989-1990. The first YF-23 (serial number 87-0800), Prototype Air Vehicle 1 (PAV-1), rolled out on June 22, 1990 and made its maiden flight on August 27, 1990 piloted by Alfred “Paul” Metz. The second YF-23 (serial number 87-0801, PAV-2) made its maiden flight on October 26, 1990 with Jim Sandberg at the controls.

YF-23 Black Widow Declassified

The first YF-23 was nicknamed the “Black Widow II”, after the LEGENDARY Northrop P-61 Black Widow of World War II. She was painted charcoal gray while the second YF-23 Spider or Gray Ghost was painted in two shades of gray. The YF-23 had diamond shaped wings which made it an unconventional-looking aircraft. The YF-23 also featured an all-moving V-tail while the diamond wing configuration reduced aerodynamic drag at transonic speeds.

It was a revolutionary and bold design. The engineers really thought outside the box with their YF-23 design. There was nothing like the YF-23 then and NOW! Both YF-23’s flew 50 times for a total of 65.2 hours. These test flights demonstrated and confirmed Northrop’s predicted performance values for their YF-23. The YF-23 Black Widow II was much more faster and stealthier but the YF-22 was more agile.

YF-23 Black Widow Cutaway

On September 18, 1990, the first YF-23 super-cruised at Mach 1.43 while the second YF-23 reached Mach 1.6 on November 29, 1990. The YF-23 achieved a maximum angle-of-attack of 25° and a top speed of Mach 1.8 with afterburners. Although the maximum speed is classified, inside sources state a super-cruise speed greater than Mach 1.6 and a maximum speed greater than Mach 2 at altitude.

YF-23 Cockpit

The YF-23 Cockpit was state-of-the-art back in the its day and was every fighter pilot’s dream! The cockpit was placed high near the nose of the aircraft for the best visibility a fighter pilot could ask for. The pilot had a full 360° view which is unprecedented in a fighter aircraft. The cockpit features the control stick between the pilots legs with the throttle on the side with two head-down displays (HDD) right in front of the pilot.

YF-23 Cockpit

The YF-23’s flight control surfaces are controlled by the central management computer system. Pilots could raise the wing flaps and ailerons on one side and lower them on the other providing roll. The YF-23’s V-tail fins are angled at 50° from vertical. Pitch is mainly provided by rotating the YF-23’s V-tail fins in opposite directions so their front edges move together or apart and yaw is supplied by rotating the tail fins in the same direction.

YF-23 Engine

YF-23 Black Widow II Engine

The YF-23 Engine in the image above is the Pratt & Whitney YF119 which had 35,000 lbf (156 kN) each while the second YF-23’s engine was a General Electric YF120 after-burning turbofan. Both the Pratt & Whitney YF119 and the General Electric YF120 after-burning turbofan were great power plants for the YF-23 and performed similarly in test flights.

Had the YF-23 Gray Ghost went into production, they would have probably fitted her with the Pratt & Whitney YF119. This is the same power plant the USAF chose for the F-22 Raptor production version. The Pratt & Whitney YF119 had a maximum speed at altitude Mach 2.2+ (1,450+ mph, 2,335+ km/h) and at super-cruise Mach 1.6+ (1,060+ mph, 1,706+ km/h).

YF-23 Images

Here are some YF-23 Images I found online that will give you a good look at the YF-23 Black Widow. She is a beautiful aircraft no matter what angle you look at her. All right, lets take a walk around the YF-23 and get close up view. All right, lets start with the front of the aircraft. Below, is the front view of the AMAZING YF-23 Black Widow and she looks like she’s ready for take-off!

YF-23 Black Widow II Front View

You can clearly see why she was much more stealthier than the YF-22. Her sleek design with her 50 degree V-Tail make her almost completely invisible to radar and she is much more stealthier than the F-117 Nighthawk too! She was dubbed the World’s first invisible plane and with good reason. The enemy is fortunate this plane never went into production because they’d never see what hit them, LITERALLY!

YF-23 Black Widow II Grey Ghost

Take a look at this incredible profile shot of the YF-23 and imagine what it would be like standing right next to her. As you can see she has a long sleek design so she can travel at transonic speeds and avoid enemy radar with ease. There are no other aircraft in service around the world today that can compare with the YF-23 with the exception of the F-22 Raptor.

YF-23 Black Widow II Rear View

Lets continue our walk around and take a look at the back of the YF-23 Black Widow. Now you can get a real good look at the 50 degree V-Tail and the unique engine exhaust design. Unlike conventional aircraft, the exhaust does not come straight out of the back of the engine but through troughs lined with heat-ablating tiles to dissipate heat and shield the engines from infrared homing (IR) missile detection from below. They were not thrust vectoring like the YF-22.

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Now that you’ve got to see the AMAZING YF-23 Black Widow up close and personal. You may be asking the same question I’m asking. Why wasn’t the YF-23 chosen over the YF-22? Well, there may be several reason such as the one ones stated by the United States Air Force on April 23, 1991 when Secretary of the Air Force Donald Rice announced that the YF-22 was the winner.

Perhaps one of the reasons the YF-23 was not chosen was because it was not as agile as the YF-22. Some aviation insiders speculated in the aviation press that the YF-22 was also seen as more adaptable to the Navy’s NATF, but by 1992 the U.S. Navy had abandoned its Navalized Advanced Tactical Fighter (NATF) program which the YF-23 was not suited for. Perhaps the YF-23 would have been chosen instead had the Navy made their decision earlier.

YF-23 Black Widow II Variants 2

There was a possible revival of the YF-23 in 2004 to meet the USAF’s need for an interim bomber. Northrop modified the YF-23A Gray Ghost which was the second prototype built as the production variant. However as fate would have it, the YF-23 would never enter into service as an interim bomber. In 2006, the Quadrennial Defense Review concluded that they needed a long-range bomber with much greater range.

The YF-23’s are now retired and resting comfortably in museums. YF-23A PAV-2, AF serial number 87-0801, registration number N232YF, is on display at Zamperini Field, Torrance, California and YF-23A PAV-1, Air Force serial number 87-0800, registration number N231YF, is on display in the Research and Development hangar of the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.

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F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet – A [BADASS] Plane!

F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet - A [BADASS] Plane!

F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet

F-22 Raptor 01The F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet was designed to be primarily an air superiority fighter. The F-22 also has electronic warfare, signal intelligence and ground attack capabilities. She also possesses unprecedented air combat capabilities and is considered to be the “ULTIMATE” dogfighter. When the F-22 Raptor was first introduced, the USAF stated that the F-22A was unmatched by any projected or known fighter.

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, twin-engine, single-seat, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). In December 2005, the F-22 Raptor formally entered service as the F-22A. The F-22 Raptor’s combination of aerodynamic performance, situational awareness and stealth gives her superior air combat capabilities.

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Even though the F-22 Raptor is designated as a fifth-generation fighter. The USAF consider the F-22 a fourth-generation fighter in stealth aircraft technology. What makes the Raptor so special is she is the first operational aircraft to combine stealth, sensor fusion, superior-maneuverability and super-cruise in a single weapons platform. The F-22 is designed for 8,000 flight hours and a lifespan of 30 years with a $100 million “Structures Retrofit Program”.

The USAF’s long term plan is for the F-22 to be replaced by a sixth-generation jet fighter sometime in the 2030’s. There are preparations by the USAF being made for upgrades to F-22 that will extend their service into the 2030’s and beyond. You can expect to see the F-22A Raptor in service for the next 30 to 40 years. This AMAZING fighter plane is generations ahead of her time and the new standard for the USAF.

The F-22A Raptor has retractable tricycle landing gear, four empennage surfaces and clipped delta wings with a reverse sweep on the rear. All flight control surfaces include ailerons, rudders on the canted vertical stabilizers, flaperons, leading-edge flaps and all-moving horizontal tails. These controls surfaces also serve as speed brakes for the F-22 as well. This is what makes the F-22 extremely maneuverable at both subsonic and supersonic speeds.

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was designed to be extremely hard to detect and tracked on radar. Lots of extreme measures were taken to reduce radar cross-section which include fixed-geometry serpentine inlets that prevent line-of-sight of the engine faces from any exterior angle, special airframe shaping such as alignment of edges and the use of a top-secret radar-absorbent material (RAM).

The AMAZING F-22A Raptor was also designed to have a decreased infrared signature, acoustic signature, radio emissions and reduced visibility to the naked eye. While designing the F-22, the engineers addressed every little detail such as pilot helmets and exterior hinges that could provide a radar return. This was truly the first air superiority fighter plane that was designed to be completely invisible to enemy radar.

F-22 Raptor Cutaway

Although the F-117 Nighthawk was the first stealth fighter plane to enter service. The F-117 was NOT an air superiority fighter and only designed for ground attack missions. She was also NOT capable of supersonic fight and not maneuverable enough to be a dogfighter. These are some of the reasons why the F-22 was developed and rushed into service on December 15, 2005. The F-22A went into production in 1996 and made its first flight on September 7, 1997.

The origin of the F-22 Raptor program began way back in 1981, the U.S. Air Force saw a need for an Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) as a new generation air superiority fighter to replace the aging F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle. The U.S. Air Force’s new program was code named “Senior Sky”. This “Senior Sky” program was born due to emerging worldwide threats which were the development and proliferation of the Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum and the Su-27 Flanker class fighter aircraft.

F-22 Raptor Cost Per Plane

F-22 Raptor Cost Per Plane

The F-22 Raptor Cost Per Plane is $150 million (USD) flyaway cost for fiscal year (FY) 2009. The entire F-22 Raptor program cost is approximately $66.7 billion (USD) as of fiscal year (FY) 2011. This was the most expensive program in US history and money well spent! The F-22 Raptor is a BADASS plane and will dominate the skies for the foreseeable future.

Before the F-22 entered service in 2005 and throughout the 2000s, think tanks debated the need for F-22 Raptor’s due to rising costs and the lack of relevant adversaries. Early in 2006, Comptroller General of the United States David Walker found that the DoD had NOT demonstrated a need for more investment in the F-22 Raptor. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld expressed further opposition to the program along with Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England.

F-22 Raptor Engine

Despite all the opposition, in 2008, Congress did pass a defense spending bill funding the F-22 Raptor’s continued production. The Pentagon released $50 million of the $140 million for four additional Raptor’s raising the total orders by the United States Air Force (USAF) for production aircraft to 187 and leaving the programs fate in the hands of the next incoming administration. The F-22 program did lose influential supporters in 2008.

This was due to the forced resignations of Chief of Staff of the Air Force General T. Michael Moseley and the Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated in November of 2008 that the F-22 Raptor was no longer relevant in post-Cold War conflicts such as in Afghanistan and Iraq. The new Obama Administration in April of 2009, called for an end to F-22 production in fiscal year (FY) 2011. This left the USAF with a final total of 187 F-22 Raptor’s.

F-22 Raptor Cockpit

F-22 Raptor Cockpit

The F-22 Raptor Cockpit has a monochrome heads-up display that serves as a primary flight instrument and offers a wide field of view. Information is also displayed on six color liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels directly in front of the pilot. The F-22 also features a state-of-the-art glass cockpit with all-digital displays and flight instruments.

The primary flight controls for the F-22 Raptor are a pair of throttles and a force-sensitive side-stick controller. This makes controlling the F-22 Raptor a breeze for the pilots because of the positioning of the throttles and force-sensitive side-stick controller. The United Staes Air Force (USAF) did initially want to implement a direct voice input (DVI) controls system. However, this was thought to be technically risky and quickly abandoned by the USAF.

F-22 Raptor Cockpit Interior

An integrated control panel (ICP) system for the F-22 features a keypad system for entering navigation, autopilot data and communications. There are two 3 × 4 inch (7.6 cm × 10.2 cm) up-front displays that are located around the integrated control panel (ICP). These are used to display communications, navigation, integrated caution warning/advisory data and identification (CNI) data. This also serves as the fuel quantity indicator and stand-by flight instrumentation group.

The stand-by flight group displays the artificial horizon for basic instrument meteorological conditions. In addition, the 8 × 8 inch (20 cm × 20 cm) primary multi-function display (PMFD) is located under the ICP. The primary multi-function display is used for situation assessment and navigation. There are three 6.25 × 6.25 inch (15.9 cm × 15.9 cm) secondary multi-function displays that are located around the PMFD for stores management and other important tactical information.

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The F-22 originated from the YF-22 and was originally nicknamed the “Lightning II” after the legendary P-38 Lightning from World War II. She kept her unofficial nickname until the mid-1990s when the United States Air Force (USAF) officially re-named the aircraft “Raptor”. The nickname “Lightning II” was later assigned to the new F-35. The F-22 was also briefly named the Rapier” and “SuperStar” but is OFFICIALLY known as the Raptor today.

This airplane exceeded all design specifications and offers one of the most versatile airframes ever to fly. The F-22 is a huge leap in aviation technology and boasts unmatched air-combat capabilities. China and Russia also have fifth generation aircraft that are just as capable as the F-22 in many respects. However, the F-22 is still King of the skies for the foreseeable future. With technological advances in avionics and propulsion systems, the F-22 will only become deadlier.

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