The loser

yf-23 Black Widow 01.jpg (220 KB)

yf-23 Black Widow 02.jpg (69 KB)

yf-23 Black Widow 03.jpg (405 KB)

yf-23 Black Widow 04.jpg (206 KB)


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    Korinthian

    Is there any advantage to having the wings look that ugly?

    Kandorr

    Fewer right angles means smaller radar signature (from what I understand). It’s part of the stealth strategy.

    mld

    better looking plane IMHO
    looking a little like the new Russkie Pak Fa
    www.moddb.com/groups/aircraft-lovers-group/images/t-50-and-f-22-visual-comparation

    Stolid

    Why are designers still using this antiquated planform and go with the inherently unstable (thus, more efficient and maneuverable) canard configuration??? The YF-23 is an pretty elegant design though. I think the F-22 is just plain ugly.

    Vulpes

    By now this design really is antiquated.
    A friend at Pratt & Whitney sent me a poster-size copy of the third image, just before they got the contract to build the F-22,
    In 1996