Historic Aviation – The Northrop YF-23

Written by on June 8, 2021

Clash of the Titans. 

In the early 1990’s, at the dawn of the Stealth Fighter era, two companies battled for one of the most significant contracts in American Air Force history.  Lockheed with it’s ultimately successful F-22 Raptor was pitted against an equally-capable prototype developed by Northrop under the prototype designation ‘YF-23’.

In a  contest where only one winner can survive, The ‘Black Widow II’ was discarded in favour of the more agile YF-22 despite being faster and stealthier than Raptor.  The following video tells the story of the one of the greatest fighter competitions in modern history, with an in-depth look at the most capable and deadly ‘loser’ of all time.

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