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Were RCS tests performed on the ATF YF-22/YF-23 prototypes?

I know that radar cross-section (RCS) tests were performed on geometric models of both the YF-22 and YF-23 prototype submitted for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, but were the same ...
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Why is the F-35 engine nozzle exposed?

I was wondering why the F-35 engine is exposed. The F-22, F-16 and the YF-23 Black Widow have the exhaust nozzles of their engines blended flush with the fuselage. (YF-23 Black Widow) (F-35) The YF-...
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Why did the YF-23 never enter service?

The YF-23 was one of the most stealthy aircraft of all time and had a range capability of 2,000 miles (that's more than some airliners can travel) but never entered service. The F-22, has high ...
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Why does the F-22's wing give it such great maneuverability?

An F-22's wing is much different than a wing like the one on the F-16. This an F-16 wing design: (Source: www.aviastar.org). This is an F-22 wing: (Source: s3.zetaboards.com) There is a ...