Some thoughts on the ďA-17 Stealth Attack PlaneĒ
I do not understand most of the information on this thread at all.
The first post says: Ē Generally regarded as a fourth generation low-observable design, the A-17 is believed to have evolved from the YF-23
Advanced Tactical Fighter, and will replace the F-111 Fighter Bomber. The YF-23 lost out to Lockheed's F-22, but it's technology could easily be
adapted for use on other projects.Ē
? |The body shape is completely different, as the apparent size and the role itself. Saying that anĒattack plane is evolved from
an air superiority fighter and will replace a fighter bomber and then will carry out its mission of EW and deep reconnaissanceĒ is akin to saying that
ďthe new Ferrari sports car is derived form a Peterbuilt 18-wheeler and is designed to replace the Bluebird school bus, which makes it a really great
Some of the rationale for such an aircraft simply donít make any sense:
Above top secret.com says: ďIn September 1994, an unusual aircraft was seen over Amarillo, Texas meeting the description of the A-17. The
plane was dumping fuel, preparing for an emergency landing. On a scanner, the pilot, using the callsign "Omega", was heard reporting a
Aircraft donít use scanner frequencies; there are both UHF and VHF frequencies that are military use only. furthermore, if the aircraft or its testing
were classified, they'd probably use a KG secure communications device anyway. Saying that the pilot was using scanner frequencies makes about as
much sense as the pilot calling in his problems on a cell phone. Thatís not the way it works.
Ē At the time, two F-111s were acting as chase planes.Ē
F-111ís donít act as chase planes; they are too big and cumbersome to get in really close to provide in-flight visuals of the test aircraft -- and
they cost too much to be used for such a role. If you look at all the test aircraft in flight, youíll notices that their chase planes are usually
either T-38s or F-16s: light, agile aircraft well-suited to such a task.
Ē A man named Steve Douglass captured two unusual flying triangles on video. He believes they could be A-17s, but admits they could also be F-117s,
Tornados, or F-14s.Ē
Heís right, it could be a lot of planes; in other words, itís not positive identification at all.
West Point saus: Ē the engines look like the ones on the YF-23.Ē
How can you tell? First, the F-23ís nacelles were very large, because they were configured to take two different engines, one GE and one P&W
(depending on whether there would be thrust reversers involved -- this was later dropped from the requirement list). In any event, you can't see
the engines on either of the two pictures, so you have no way of telling what kind of engine there is.
Ē That is because the A-17 was reportedly design using techonlogy from the YF-23. everything I've ever seen states that the A-17 is Northrop
What information is this? Where do you get your information? As someone who has been in the aerospace and defense business for about thirty years,
why havenít I been able to find all this data? Where are your sources?
Ē The F-16 and F/A-18 are both great planes in their own right, but they still can't match the F-111's preformance.Ē
What performance are you talking about? The Aardvark is, to be perfectly honest (and no slur against my Australian colleagues) an obsolete aircraft.
Its longer range and high sspeed are simply not that big of a deal, as another board member pointed out: one fourth of the bomb load, given
gps-guided smart bombs, would do more damage than the Aardvark could do as a bomber, anyway.
sabre says: Ē This new plane could be based on the F-117 and YF-23 designs but maybe cheaper and more manoverable.Ē
Look at it? What possible characteristics of that drawing suggest that it would based on either of those two aircraft (whose respective roles make
them about as different from each other
as any single-seat jets around)?
Finally, the military never repeats its names or numbers of aircrafts. Northrop, as many of you will recall, did make an A-17 which went into
service. Here is a picture of it, around 1936: