Well, I found LORAL. It appears their Missiles & Space Division at least is still in existence. Put in a request to their PR department though these
days if there isn't a lawyer hiding under every proprietary image, it's because they've already sold the rights to someone else' legal
Having said that, this is what Clancy actually SAID about his F-19A-
Colonel Douglas Ellington's fingertips caressed the control stick of his F-19A Ghostrider attack fighter....
Lockheed called her the Ghostrider. The pilots called her the Frisbee, the F-19A, the secretly developed Stealth attack fighter. She had no corners,
no box shapes to allow radar signals to bounce cleanly off her. Her high-bypass turbofans were designed to emit a blurry infrared signature at most.
From above, her wings appeared to mimic the shape of a cathedral bell. From in front, they curved oddly toward the ground, earning her the
affectionate nickname of Frisbee. Though she was a masterpiece of electronic technology inside, she usually didn't use her active systems....
Note that what he talks about as a 'frisbee' shape is only apparent from the FRONT of the jet.
Now look at the Testors kit-
And the B-2-
And finally a 'Real Frisbee'-
From this, it becomes clear that Testors interpretation of whatever 'expert source' suggested a frisbee effect inherent to negative airfoil
displacement (and it's in their instructions I believe) led them to design a configuration with huge anhedral, like an F-104.
IMO, this ruined any hope of realism for the airframe because the resulting jet looks more like a lifting body than anything with useful approach
speeds or sustained lift at AOA sufficient for TFR or A2A work.
OTOH, look at that discontiguous cambered curve on that B-2. Now _I Ask You_, which one looks more like a 'Frisbee'?
And what does this buy you? Well, obviously it gets you a lot of lift on a nominally thin, straight-section leading edge (almost supercritical
profile) with optimal spanwise presure distribution for a steady pitch and roll-at-yaw behavior without coupling or the superstall 'flip' effect
typical of flying wings.
Equally, it may allow a LO airframe '2 swings' at surface or travelling waves which would otherwise couple at the back and come forward again to
scatter at some fractional variable of initial impingence angle, due to sawtooth interactions.
Particularly at longer wavelengths, this is also probably why the curves are not constant to avoid predictable dipole resonance behaviors that can be
'rung' with unique waveforms.
Now, even given that Clancy never said his jet was exactly a 'flying wing' ala Sneaky Pete-
IMO, it makes a whole LOT more sense to see the F-19 as something like this-
Rather than something akin to a droop winged X-24.
Of course there are problems, even with Testors style inlets underwing and/or baffles ala the A-12, there will be some signature penalty to lower
hemisphere radars. Further, the trunking run will be somewhat short and compressed, even with a serpentine. Probably too much so to be even mildly
supersonic as Clancy suggested.
Similarly, Clancy made all his weapons and even a hypothetical Pave Tack pod external as a matter of course because he rendered the aircraft somewhat
small (the Testors F-19 weapons bays are ludicrously tiny as well).
None of which would have been practical for what we now know of early VLO engineering (though encapsulation has been studied for a long time and is
now quite the rage for upping the payload of stealth jets).
Having said this, I much prefer the notion of an airframe with a Vulcan style 'nosed' flying wing approach (clears a midbody weapons bay and adjusts
some critical CofG vs. aspect ratio issues) along with a deep conventional centerbody over that of say the A-12 design.
Aerodynamic efficiencies go WAY up when you don't present a 3ft thick leading edge to the airflow and particularly if you push the stealth ribbon
around the aft edge (moving to forward chord spoilers or spoiler slot deflectors as well as the beaver tail for primary pitch and roll) during 'go to
war' mission evolutions; you basically get an all round deep-RAM LO coverage with only small wingtip and nose strobelines.
Obviously, there is also room for a nose radar which I consider _critical_ for anything flying below or shooting thru weather.