"Robert Gates, is that you??" sublight
- Jun 17, 2008
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Need more pix, please!overscan said:Removed some recent off-topic posts.
YF-23 was certainly a beauty.
And I know flateric got several.
As for the engine, is it technologically possible to have a 2d thrust vectoring nozzles but still maintain yf-23 nozzle stealth features? I mean like the bottom of the b-2 style nozzles of the yf-23 that hides it from ground radars would retract into a yf-22 nozzle style for thrust vectoring when needed? I know that it would add lots of weight penalty to the aircraft, but is it even technologically possible?
I'm thinking this is because though the yf-23 nozzles helped stealth from below and the back, which is ideal for deep penetration missions envisioned for the ATF, thrust vectoring has a stealth advantage in another perspective. It decreases the uses of control surfaces for maneuverability, which would mess up the plane's ideal stealthy shape.