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Ninjas coming (Black Widow II and Gray Ghost) by Distantstarr Ninjas coming (Black Widow II and Gray Ghost) by Distantstarr
Ninjas Coming
A couple of YF-23 with their sexy curvy lines, passing over gorgeous snowy mountains. I hope you like it. Comments are welcomed.

"YF-23 was an American single-seat, twin-engine fighter aircraft designed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The design was a finalist in the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition, battling the Lockheed YF-22 for a production contract. Two YF-23 prototypes were built with the nicknames "Black Widow II" and "Gray Ghost". Wiki
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:iconnofxmike06:
nofxmike06 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
If only...
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really wish this had won out over the F-22.
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huxley75 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I always thought the Northrop design looked better than the YF-22.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
I personally think the F-22A to be more beautiful, but this one looks futuristic at certain angles. But looking at it from the top makes it seem like a plate :)
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Kiba928 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Beautiful
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
thank you :)
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:iconcomicfann:
comicfann Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
wow man looks amazing! i preferred the black widow over the raptor why don't they offer this to america's allies?
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
top secret technology, can't leave the country!
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:iconcomicfann:
comicfann Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
haha yeah but what about the f-35?
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
tech in F-35 can pass to allies, as it is not as advanced as the F-22A
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:iconcomicfann:
comicfann Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
ok
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:iconryanwolf06:
ryanwolf06 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The YF-23 was faster and stealthier than the YF-22, but the F-22 was picked for better maneuverability.
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
I heard so too, in addition to some Lockheed influence in the political echelon.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Writer
I still think this one would make an awesome strike fighter to support the F-22. Looks and feels more "right" than the 35, but that's just an opinion. :)
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
The F-35 is supposed to replace the F-16, A-10 and the F-18, as a striker, but the YF-23 was developed as an air superiority fighter fitted mostly for air-air missions, so I do not think it could replace the fat F-35. It has some sexy curves, I agree with you, but I like the F-22 more :)
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comicfann Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
but think about it how can the F-35 replace the A-10? it's just stupid nd i head us is reducing their army's strength? and also cutting off its A-10 squadrons?
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
it is about stealth, new tech!
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:iconcomicfann:
comicfann Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
still not fearsome as the A-10 and it just can't replace the A-10!
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PaganiZondaFroadster Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
"The USAF had considered replacing the A-10 with the F-35B, but will not do so due to the F-35B inability to generate enough sorties."

- from Wikipedia
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah, I'm aware of that. But some studies were made a few years ago which considered the possibility of adapting the basic F-23 design for the strike fighter role, has the aircraft possesses a rather large weapons bay.

With that said, I do agree with you, the Raptor has better curves and it's an all-around better plane, but it doesn't hurt to imagine how it would be to have both birds flying and supporting each other. :)
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I actually have not heard about the F-35's weapon bays being big, I only heard that it was too fat/over stuffed with technological equipments in order to fulfil the role it is expected to do. But I read an article the other day, which says the F-22 must hang around because the F-35 cannot defend itself without the F-22. But I understand your point :)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh, no the F-35's bay is rather small, holds two bombs and two AIM-120s (at leats util re-designed AIM-120s come into service). The F-23 is the one with a large bay: yf-23.net/Pics/Plans/PAV1%20we…

That's why it was considered for the strike role a few years ago.

The F-35 only carries a truly heavy payload with external stores. And, yes, the F-35 can't defend itself. It does have sensors and modern weapons but doesn't have the acceleration and speed to make dash and run strikes or to simply flee. It's a flying brick, unfortunatelly.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
oh, sorry! i miss read your comment. got you now :)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Writer
No problem. ;)
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:iconthefellowwiththehat:
TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist
If only I knew things about planes.

Then these pictures would probably get me more happy than; "Wow. Such Realism. Much amaze. Wow."

Yet again another deceptively realistic piece of art. c:
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
thank you my friend, Sir.
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WhiteWolf--84 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a beautiful design, it's a shame that the YF-22 beat it.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
from this angle it looks especially sexy ;)
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:iconwhitewolf--84:
WhiteWolf--84 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it does. :D
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CarrieMoore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best looking stealth aircraft IMO, shame it wasn't chosen. It was stealthier than the F-22, but was slightly more expensive. 
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
To be honest, I like the F-22 more :)
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CarrieMoore Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see why.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
:)
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:iconlegendofspyroxcynder:
for no reason I hate this plane's design.....:paranoid:
had great handling and such, but I find it a serious pain when I try dodging some missiles :p


of course I'm talking about AC 5 :p
BTW did you heard about Ace Combat Infinity? :)
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Yes I heard about the infinity, but was travelling and could not play the beta. Did you play the beta?
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:iconlegendofspyroxcynder:
stupid Sony can't let me into their store to download it :grump:
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
hmmm
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Awesome creation once again :) Hmm in my opinion they could had taken both F22 and F23 into production, America have a lack of fighter planes in the future compared to how it was like before with only F 22 and the so far disappointing F 35.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Thank you my friend. Glad you like it :)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome fighters! Shame they weren't chosen. :dance: :w00t!:
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
They are cool jets :D
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! :D
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
:)
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:iconjsoed:
jsoed Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Cool pic and great title!
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:icondistantstarr:
Distantstarr Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
thank you :)
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megafreak12329 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
F-23: "I forgots how to airplane" XD
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Ohhh I like this a lot!! The YF-23 was always such a great looking plane. It's a shame more wasn't done with it.
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I won't lie to you. I only like the cockpit/front part of this plane but not the rest of it. The raptor is more aerodynamic and looks sexier from multiple angles :)
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I appreciate your honesty here. I do like the F-22 Raptor, but for me there is just a sexier, spacier, more futuristic look to the F-23 that I like. While I do like the F-22, to me it always looks like an updated stealthier F-15. Now, this isn't meant as an insult or a bad thing or a slouch to the F-15. Because I love the F-15 and think it's an awesome looking an overall outstanding a plane too with a great history behind it. I just think the F-23 was a much more unique looking a plane, and did seem to have a lot to offer, and it was always just a shame someone didn't do more with it ala what happened with the "losing " competitor in the YF-16, YF-17 competition that produced both the excellent F-16 and F-18 series of aircraft. I do know a bomber version of the YF-23 was proposed, again it's just too bad it went nowhere.

Well, even though you're not that fond of the F-23, even more kudos to you for making such a wonderful looking a portrait of what it might have looked like operationally. My hat's off to you in much gratitude. :) Take care and much more happy creating to you! :)
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
thank you sooo much :D
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