Northrop YF-23

Northrop YF-23 is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth fighter technology demonstrator developed for the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program where it lost to the Lockheed YF-22.

Two prototypes were built: the YF-23 Gray Ghost and the YF-23 Black Widow II.

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Northrop YF-23 - General Data and Specifications:
Type Stealth Fighter / Technology Demonstrator
Place of Origin United States of America
Service Period and Status Project Canceled
2 prototypes built
Designer Northrop
Manufacturer and Builders Northrop / McDonnell Douglas
Production Period 1989–1990
Number Built 2 prototypes: YF-23 Black Widow II and YF-23 Gray Ghost
Mass / Weight Empty weight:
29,000 lb / 13,100 kg

Loaded weight:
51,320 lb / 23,327 kg

Max. takeoff weight:
62,000 lb / 29,000 kg
Length 67 ft 5 in / 20.60 m
Height 13 ft 11 in / 4.30 m
crew 1 pilot
Wingspan 43 ft 7 in / 13.30 m
Wing Area 900 ft2 / 88 m2
Wing Loading 57 lb/ft2 / 265 kg/m2 at loaded weight
Powerplant 2 × Pratt & Whitney YF119 or General Electric YF120 afterburning turbofan
Thrust 35,000 lbf / 156 kN each
Speed At altitude:
Mach 2.2+ / 1,450+ mph / 2,335+ km/h

Supercruise:
Mach 1.6+ / 1,060+ mph / 1,706+ km/h
Operational Range Range:
over 2,790 mi / over 4,500 km

Combat radius:
750–800 nmi / 865–920 mi / 1,380–1480 km
Service Ceiling 65,000 ft / 19,800 m
Armament Gun:
1 × 20 mm (0.79 in) M61 Vulcan cannon

Air-to-Air Missiles:
4 × AIM-120 AMRAAM or AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range air-to-air missiles
2 × AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles