Can we have a thread devoted to concept drawings? No CGI. Starting with the Naval version of the F-22.
Hold onto your butts I have tons of these.
>This should have been the F-111
>General Dynamics proposal for what became the B-1
Everybody's favorite doomsday machine.
Proposal for a medium-range supersonic bomber based around the YF-23.
A bunch of proposals for STOL/STOVL F-111s
Concept drawing for a 5th Generation fighter by Saab.
Northrop's JSF proposal that never even got to the prototype stage.
Here's a model that was made. It was rejected because the government wanted longer range for a new bomber.
The US considered something similar, but it never even got to prototype stage.
Dick status: MUH
Contribootin' with one of Northrop's concepts for ATF
Because you wouldn't have a tail! That's where the majority of a plane's maneuvering comes from. Would pure thrust vectoring be enough to make up for losing that? Maybe so, but probably not.
Stupid moment on me but what's the point of variable swept wing aircraft? Having the wing swept back helps for better aerodynamics but I don't see the point of having them all the way out.
You get better lift with the wings spread out. Swing-wing designs allow you to have a design that can go really fast and still be able to take off on short runways. Plus, you can extend the wings to give yourself better turning during a dogfight if you don't mind sacrificing some speed.
Just a reminder that the USN should have had a stealth attack aircraft in service in the late 1990's. As it stands the USN still can't into stealth. Fuck Dick Cheney.
The majority of a plane's maneuvering? no. The only thing that the tail offers is yaw, which in a fighter (high t/w engines located off axis) would most likely make it acceptable.
Sukhoi T-4MS, a Soviet swing-wing strategic bomber project that had to be canceled so Sukhoi could work on the Su-27 instead.
Those designs were from a time when the only payload they thought they needed was a single tactical nuke
He was Secretary of Defense during the Soviet Union's final collapse, so 'he' killed a lot of projects that were on the drawing board and put a lot of iconic Cold Warriors on the path to retirement.
As cool as it was, the F-35B is better than it ever could have been. It had a shit ton of cool concepts that I'd love to see in a new fighter, but nothing could compare to the F-35's lift system.
At the time they were still operating the Invincible Class, and (IIRC) they hadn't begun work on the new carriers when they started the P.126 design.
BAe Kingston was actually working on a ton of different STOVL design studies that ended up getting killed by the F-35.