a reply to: Zaphod58
And here's the definitive proof:
First, let's look at a regular Rhino:
The F-18 has always had somewhat "smooshed" proportions, with vertical stabilizers set pretty far forward and a cockpit that's set pretty far
backwards. The length of the canopies of both aircraft are far too long to be single-seaters, especially the golden canopy in question, when compared
to how short and relatively tiny the canopy of a single-seat Hornet/Rhino is.
So when you lay out the proportions of the aircraft, you find that the distance along the back of the 2-seat Rhino between the aft end of the cockpit
and the root of the vertical stabilizers is barely 1.4 times the length of the vertical stabilizer itself. Furthermore, the angle of the dual cockpit
glassfuselage joint is a relatively 7 or so degrees off horizontal, fairly shallow for a two-seat fighter.
Now, let's look at what Zaph caught: (Thanks to Sam for the image processing, because levels in GIMP are a PITA to get good results with)
As you can see immediately, the proportions look nothing like the F-18. Firstly, there's a lot more airframe between the aft end of the cockpit and
the root of the vertical stabilizers. At the minimum, the distance between the aft end of the cockpit and the root of the vertical stabilizer is 1.8
times the length of the vertical stabilizer, and again, that's at the minimum. I could believe that it's an optical illusion if there was a 10%
variance between the proportions, but here, we're talking an aircraft that has 30% more fuselage between the end of the cockpit and the beginning of
the tailfin. Even the single-seat F-18 doesn't have those proportions.
Furthermore, the cockpit angle appears to be significantly steeper, on the order of 9 or 10 degrees instead of the 7 that the two-seat rhino has.
This would mean that the cockpit, if it's a two-seater, is likely raked as steeply as the cockpit on a two-seat Harrier or Flanker, again, absolutely
nothing like the cockpit on a Hornet. And that's before we even get to that distinctive gold hue, that stands out as being clearly different from the
opened F/A-18 cockpit that we can see just to the right of it, or the fact that if you squint at the tail-on shots of the aircraft, the tailplanes
start to look more and more like F-22-style hexagonal edge-aligned surfaces.
As to what it is, it resembles nothing that I have ever seen in photographs, or even concept renders. This is exciting.
edit on 17-3-2017 by
Barnalby because: (no reason given)