posted on May, 30 2011 @ 03:45 PM
reply to post by Shadowhawk
I've followed this thread with keen interest but have held off contributing as I've not really felt knowledgable enough to do so. That said, I've
decided to throw out a few ideas/questions anyway, and apologies in advance if these are way out of left field
Whatever the YF-24 was/is, it seems the concensus is that the designation was not a typo and it at least refers to some sort of aircraft program past
or present. Using that as a starting point, is there any credibility for it being any of the following:
a). A Navy project that came about after the A-12 fiasco and before the JSF competition?
b). A company funded technology demonstrator (like BoP) that ended up getting some funding - hence the YF designation and the rumours of a follow-on
project? (Of course, such a follow-on project does not mean it is still flying around today or ever led to an operational aircraft.)
c). The DoD loves its competitions (YF-22/YF-23, X-32/X-35 etc), so could the idea that the YF-24 was a brief company funded project also explain why:
a). there was no obvious competition that we know about (unless I'm missing something or blanking on a big part of the debate), and b). very little
information has subsequently come to light?
Obviously I fully realise that the lack of information means we can only speculate, and that's what these ideas are, but would be interested to hear