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Northrop YF-24 'Darkstar'

70.8k Blue0Bull  1.2 years ago

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

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s) +49 bonus
  • 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
  • Performance Cost 3,719
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    haha flying dorito go brrrrrr

    one month ago
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    420 Mattvan28

    I noticed it stated fictional in the tag but was this a real concept on paper but never pursued? Or is it a fictitious fictionalized real concept 🤔. 🤯??? I blacked out after typing this and lost all memory...... i blacked out again i guess i don't remember any of this...well I only remember, not being able to figure out if the question was , made , or will make sense. Sorry

    2 months ago
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    1,344 Pigeony

    If this were real the amount of ufo sightings would go up ten fold

    3 months ago
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    19.1k Default4

    @RandomUser09 Idrc, tensions are for discord, not on site.

    6 months ago
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    70.8k Blue0Bull

    @RandomUser09 Wdym, I can block again because I am no longer a moderator. I am starting with you :PPPPPP

    6 months ago
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    19.4k RandomUser09

    @SneakySniper hehe he can't block you. No tension. i wasn't mocking you dude, i was making a half-hearted comment. it's a good build, you don't need to get your pants in a bunch over my stupid comment. Thanks for blocking me without understanding it.

    +1 6 months ago
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    19.1k Default4

    HAHAHHAHAAHA @Blue0Bull

    6 months ago
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    70.8k Blue0Bull

    If you are continually telling people their airplanes suck, then maybe you suck.
    Read the rules here.

    6 months ago
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    Noob @Blue0Bull

    6 months ago
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    70.8k Blue0Bull

    @DaddyUnt @SneakySniper Spamming be kinda uncool.

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    6,944 Cereal

    haha it's cool 👍😎😄

    7 months ago
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    4,097 mLk

    dorito

    7 months ago
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    1,528 Karmen

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

    8 months ago
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    6,522 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.

    11 months ago
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    2,316 ChamDel7

    You are best player

    one year ago
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    22.0k 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

    one year ago
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    Flying pizza

    one year ago
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    40.1k KnightOfRen

    The F-23 looks good. Link?

    +1 1.1 years ago
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    70.8k Blue0Bull

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

    1.1 years ago
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