There is a degree of desperation in the comment that the canards 'might be there for the pilot to crawl up' that really made me smile
As to why information on this aircraft is hard to find, do you know why that is? Its because there is no info because there is no plane. From about
1981 just about everyone (who was interested in planes) knew that the 'stealth fighter' existed but nobody could find out what it was called or
looked like. This led to a desperate NEED to know these things among enthusiasts and the realisation that th4e next new fighter after the F-18 Hornet
was the F-20 Tigershark suddenly gave us a name. Whether it was right or wrong hardly mattered. We were now looking not for the 'Stealth Fighter' as
before, but for the F-19 which seemed to make it all official.
This also created a market that modelmakers Testors and Monogram were only too happy to fill with completely fictional shapes based on whatfew facts
were thought to be known.
The fact that the stealth fighter was the F-117 and that it looked nothing like any of the guesses (not just the models, there were loads of guesses)
just seems to have led to people somehow convincing themselves that tthis is another stealth fighter, a different, still secret one. Its almost as sad
as the 'grassy knoll' believers who cannot accept the truth either, I guess some people always trhink there is 'something else' even when shown
that there really isn't.
I do wonder if its because the F-117, when you really look at it, is quite feeble as warplanes go, and the search for the F-19 is borne out of
After all nobody is looking for the 'real super secret' ATB are they? Yet the B-2 looks nothing like it was supposed to look according to the model
makers. But then again the B-2 is actually very impressive and much better than was guessed at. By George I think I've just figured out the F-19
Mystery because I typed all that as it came into my head
[edit on 8-11-2005 by waynos]