posted on Jun, 2 2006 @ 09:41 PM
So, exactly which company built this? Mitsubishi? Fuji? Inquiring minds want to know. A lot of comments have been made about whether Japan could
afford to produce such an aircraft. I think it could, though not quite to the level of the F-22. Japan has the money and technology to pull it off
if they really desired it. After all, on this site I read Germany, on it's own, developed an effective stealth aircraft. No support from the US.
Japan has the unique position being able to utilize US efforts and spend less time working out the overall form and more on just seeing if their
industry can create similar materials to do the job. About the only real reason Japan would not build this plane would be pressure from the US to buy
an American aircraft, whether it be the F-22 or JSF.
The mock-up itself seems to be a dual purpose aircraft, if you compare it to the Mitsubishi F-1. The shape of the canopy looks like it should be a
two-seater, with the back seat painted over. In that way it shares a common flaw with the F-1: No Rearward Visibilty. But it makes me wonder if this
might actually be a Lockheed mock-up was at one time modified to to show a proposed twin-seat version, then modified again to show prospective
customers...like Japan. Maybe if there were more pictures of it...