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Northrop YF-24 'Darkstar'

Mod Blue0Bull  7 months ago
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The Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-24 'Darkstar':

Description:

Lockheed and Northrop were selected in 1986 to develop the YF-23, YF-24 and the YF-22 technology demonstrator aircraft for the now famous ATF program. These aircraft were evaluated in 1991 and the Lockheed YF-22 was selected as the winner of the competition and later developed into the F-22 Raptor. Northrop teamed up with McDonnell Douglas to develop the YF-23 and the YF-24, while Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics developed the YF-22. The YF-24 was a secondary prototype aircraft built by Northrop Grumman and McDonnell Douglas. It was designed with the goal to be cheap and easy to build, fly and maintain. This is partly because of the unique flying wing lifting body design. Most notably, the aircraft has a triangular shaped lifting body and has no vertical stabilisers. Like the B-2, the YF-24 has specialised splitting ailerons that it uses to make yaw manoeuvres in combination with differential engine thrusting. The splitting ailerons can also function as airbrakes. The YF-24 was capable of far higher speeds than its competitors but at the same time less manoeuvrable.

Armaments:

The YF-24 technology demonstrator has one armaments bay that can fit two medium sized missiles such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM. It is therefore also fitted with two AIM-120C AMRAAMS. The YF-24 has no gun built into its airframe to reduce the costs of the program.

Aircraft Controls:

AG-1: Engages full afterburner
AG-2: Opens up countermeasure bays
AG-3: Activates air-brake
TRIM: Controls the trim of the aircraft, useful for take-off, landing, and speeds below 650 km/h

Features:

-Lots of details
-Custom landing gear
-Custom weaponry
-Plausible flight behaviour (a bit arcade-ish at high speeds)
-Hella smooth landings
-It is a dorito, what else do you need in your life?
-Cool decals based on the YF-23 patches
-Splitting ailerons

Personal Note:

This thing was quite fun to build and I really liked messing around with some fictional stuff again. The backstory/description is obviously fake and this aircraft is 100% fiction. The more details I added the more it started to look like a prototype aircraft so that's why I thought it'd be cool to write a little backstory surrounding the Advanced Tactical Fighter program. This thing also motivated me to host a 'Stealth Challenge' to see what kind of cool things other people can come up with. Anyway, I hope you enjoy flying the dorito around :)

(THANKS TO BOGDANX FOR ORIGINAL INSPIRATION)
(F-23 by BoganBoganTheMan)
(Thanks to SnoWFLakE0s for some FunkyTrees help!)

I messed up the cockpit view again :p

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Stealth Challenge [CLOSED]
  • Successors 1 airplane(s) +49 bonus
  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 45.7ft (13.9m)
  • Length 54.1ft (16.5m)
  • Height 12.6ft (3.8m)
  • Empty Weight 8,769lbs (3,977kg)
  • Loaded Weight 26,492lbs (12,016kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 6.362
  • Wing Loading 52.0lbs/ft2 (254.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 509.3ft2 (47.3m2)
  • Drag Points 7937

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1099
  • Control Surfaces 15
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    3,313 mLk

    dorito

    12 days ago
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    I've never seen that YF-23 before in SP on the last photo.

    one month ago
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    6,301 DickBrazen

    I'm thinking until everything is drone, maneuverability isn't as important as speed anyway. I think I read somewhere that dogfights don't really happen anymore like they used to.

    4 months ago
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    1,793 ChamDel7

    You are best player

    5 months ago
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    17.9k Destiny2020

    @Blue0Bull I want to know, I created a World War II background, but never appeared before. If there is a Nazi logo on it, will it be illegal

    6 months ago
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    Flying pizza

    6 months ago
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    37.4k KnightOfRen

    The F-23 looks good. Link?

    +1 6 months ago
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    Mod Blue0Bull

    @Wolfgamer3566 LOL, obviously I am not rating my own plane. It is just there to set an example x)

    6 months ago
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    524 botowo

    you know that meme of obama giving himself a gold medal?

    because thats what you just did.

    6 months ago
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    15.2k NEWLAGGON029

    I think your work is attractive and has very good performance. Please do your best from!

    6 months ago
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    Mod Blue0Bull

    @LOTUS Thanks anyways, buddy!

    6 months ago
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    7,078 LOTUS

    srry m late

    +1 6 months ago
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    Mod Blue0Bull

    @AzureCorp Thanks!

    +1 6 months ago
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    14.3k AzureCorp

    ah yes beating your own challenge
    (also nice build man!)

    6 months ago
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    Hello dad...

    6 months ago
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    Mod Blue0Bull

    @Jake_ It's just to encourage people and to set a standard.

    6 months ago
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    5,540 JakeS

    you can't enter your own challenge bruh

    +1 6 months ago
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    Masterpiece

    6 months ago
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    18.8k rexzion

    @Blue0Bull post got deleted so I'm replying here
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    lmao

    6 months ago
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    3,241 Micmekox

    Pizza Stealth dropping pepperoni!

    6 months ago
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    26.4k Augusta

    Pride of SPBC....of course nice dorito

    7 months ago
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    15.8k DarthAbhinav

    Cool Dorito.

    7 months ago
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    2,586 switdog08

    It always bugged me how the nose was slightly slanted up, but this recreation has changed my mind about this plane. I wish it went into service. :(

    7 months ago
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    I notice in the picture it’s flying over Groom Lake AFB, it Area 51, nice touch!

    7 months ago
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