posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 10:59 AM
reply to post by intelgurl
>>I like either the FB-22, or, more particularly, the FB-23. My reasoning was influenced in part by the following:
This university design team example has about the same size and shape as the FB-23 and offers an approximate overview of the FB-23 design, without the
potentially classified hassles.
(NOTE: the file above is over 9MB, so load and print run times could be lengthy.)
The feature I really like about the FB-23 is that the dual vertical stabilizers were left intact from an apparent upward resizing of the F-22. Some
artist's renderings of the proposed FB-22 leave off the vertical stabilizers and probably rely on fly-by-wire software to maintain aerodynamic
stability. If the computer suffers a *glitch*, encounters a lightning strike or other damage, the plane would crash, not having the flying surfaces
to stabilize the aircraft.
(A prototype B-70 was lost in a similar scenario to what I suggest, when both vertical stabilizers were torn off by an F-104 chase plane.)
So, the FB-23 or the FB-22---with vertical stabilizers---would get my vote. Since the F-22 has entered production, additional R&D on it would seen to
be the least costly route to take. The FB-23 is still in the 'drawing board stage', as far as I know.