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Can the USAF/Foreign NATO nation revive the YF-23?

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posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 07:45 PM
The two YF-23 Black Widow prototypes are collecting dust at Air Museums, Was thinking if they are more advanced than the F-22, why are they in museums?

Even though they failed the ATF Programme, They should still be kept flying in USAF Service at Edwards AFB or Groom Lake for aeronautical research testbeds.

OR Better than that, Why doesnt the YF-23 be revived in Foreign service?

posted on Apr, 23 2006 @ 08:42 PM
Well the YF-23 in almost all areas was superior to the YF-22, how ever the government decided to along with the YF-22 under the notion that "We can always upgrade it later."

The YF-22 was projected to be cheaper than the YF-23, another reason why the YF-23 lost.

The F-22 is one of the most guarded pieces of military hardware in the Air Force inventory, that's not going to foreign development any time soon, why would we export something superior than it?

Also, no other nation in the world would consider the YF-23 if given the option because of the price, the F-22 is expensive as it is, and only the US can afford a fleet of it, albeit a small fleet, but still quite a fleet.

The YF-23 was truely beautiful, shame it will never see service in its current form.

It's the way the game is played.

Shattered OUT...

posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 12:28 AM
No... The Y/F-23 is a closed project... And they wouldn't do any use with it... yes it's a good fighter... but look at the pricetag... It would take every def budget in EU to get one of those...

[edit on 24-4-2006 by Figher Master FIN]

posted on Apr, 24 2006 @ 12:37 AM
There are many rumours on the YF-23 being ressurected as a strike aircraft, infact, Northrop has confirmed they will be competing for the Intermin Bomber Requirment.

This proposed variant will be known as FB-23.

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