Ok for the record compared to people on here I literally have no major understanding of aircraft so I'm really replying because I've been reading the
thread and it's one of this a 'this is why I joined ATS' type of thread it's an interesting one
But I thought I'd add what I think even though it's probably going to be complete rubbish and it will seem I'm talking a load of horse waste
It's not a B-2 the silhouette just for whatever reason doesn't sit right with me there's something not quite right about the pic and i believe it's
not a B-21 either, what makes you say that i hear you ask.
For it not being a B-2, I understand the image is shot at an angle or that's what it looks like. Yet there seems to be a gap we can see through
between the cockpit and what looks like a possible air intake if it were a B-2. To see that gap on a B-2 you've got to be almost looking straight at
the aircraft due to the sloping fuselage which slopes almost all the way to the rear of a B-2 and a B-2 air intakes are almost at the front of the
aircraft. I assume the image of the aircraft is shot at an angle otherwise we would see the second 'intake' on the other side.
This leads me on to it not being a B-21 but this is where I could be wrong as I'm going by the rending that was released to the public.
Again going by the rending which I know may not be entirely correct the B-21 intakes look like they are almost built into the airframe and do not
protrude out as much as the B-2s and again the intakes start relatively close to the front of the aircraft.
So what's my speculation? Well this is where I use my imagination and create some mega horse waste. The aircraft is obviously a flying wing design (I
forgot the proper definition.. load span?). Let's start off with the YF-23 and it's design.
Here's an overhead pic of one which might help to show you where I'm going with this
Now obviously removing the ailerons from the top, you blend all the wings into a triangle shape (roughly) or similar shape to a B-2. You the bring the
cockpit back behind the point (nose) of the aircraft. Now this is why I mentions the F-23, look at the rear of the aircraft and see how far back the
engines at set. I believe in the image captured by our ATS guys what looks like air intakes are the engines but are set back toward the rear of the
fuselage unlike a b-2. with them being set back this allows the gap between the cockpit and the engines that we can see in the picture. The other
engine is blocked by the cockpit
You can kind of get the idea in this picture of a F-23 but because the engines are close together you can see both of them, you can see the starboard
side engine in the 'gap' between the cockpit and the port side engine but if they were further apart the the cockpit would be blocking it allow the
gap to be visible
Keeping on the same design as the F-23, the engine intakes were located underneath, which stumped me a little bit when looking at the pic taken my
Zaph and friend. This is where I could be majorly wrong if I'm not completely wrong already with my theory. I took another look at the image, we can
clearly see the under carriage and possible under carriage doors, but I was puzzled about the flap second in from the right. They look a little large
but could these be the engine intakes? The one on the left is obscured slightly as the angle has it lining up with the undercarriage doors
Long and short of it, my speculation... triangle shaped aircraft with engines on top like a 23. Which .. leads me to my final crazy thought of what it
might be.. we all know what this pic is right ?
Apologies if I've just replied with a load of rubbish, but I did read that the thread was created to see what other people thought, and well that's
what I think
I always wondered what came out of the F-23 and its design
edit on 12-9-2018 by ThePeaceMaker because: (no reason given)