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    LS1 Miata - pics of the YF-23. All different sizes and resolutions, but they are hopefully a small historical look at such a fantastic airframe.







    Three for starters, and I will keep posting them up until I run out of pics.

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    Truely a beautiful aircraft.








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    So, a few pictures of the Yf-23 (and of course the YF-22) in their initial fly off configurations.

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    They either have a model or mock up outside the factory in El Segundo CA.

    Take a look at these coordinates in google maps.

    33.927907,-118.380872


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    Thanks for the photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M!KE View Post
    They either have a model or mock up outside the factory in El Segundo CA.

    Take a look at these coordinates in google maps.

    33.927907,-118.380872


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    I think it's one of the actual prototypes if I'm not mistaken, although I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wicked_hind View Post
    I think it's one of the actual prototypes if I'm not mistaken, although I could be wrong.
    No you are right - It is indeed one of the PAV airframes (PAV 2 to be precise) - sanitised and refurbished and hidden out of sight Shame as its a stunner.

    http://googlesightseeing.com/maps?p=...118.38091&z=19

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    Quote Originally Posted by M!KE View Post
    They either have a model or mock up outside the factory in El Segundo CA.

    Take a look at these coordinates in google maps.

    33.927907,-118.380872


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    nice find!!

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    [FONT=Verdana]It cannot be an actual aircraft.There are only two airports close to El Segundo and those are Hawthorn (small General Aviation) and LAX (commercial International) with no way to taxi the plane to the field. Plus, the facilities in El Segundo are not that secure and they don’t actually build them there. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]That parking lot asfalt cannot hold the weight of an actual aircraft that size. [/FONT]

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    My all time favorite YF-23 pic - the infamous 'Black Widow' hour glass on the underside.



    A sad and ignoble end to a beautiful airframe.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Azatavrear View Post
    [FONT=Verdana]It cannot be an actual aircraft.There are only two airports close to El Segundo and those are Hawthorn (small General Aviation) and LAX (commercial International) with no way to taxi the plane to the field. Plus, the facilities in El Segundo are not that secure and they donít actually build them there. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]That parking lot asfalt cannot hold the weight of an actual aircraft that size. [/FONT]
    The serial number matches that of one of the prototypes, and by the looks of it, that ASPHALT is holding it up quite nicely to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azatavrear View Post
    [FONT=Verdana]It cannot be an actual aircraft.There are only two airports close to El Segundo and those are Hawthorn (small General Aviation) and LAX (commercial International) with no way to taxi the plane to the field. Plus, the facilities in El Segundo are not that secure and they donít actually build them there. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]That parking lot asfalt cannot hold the weight of an actual aircraft that size. [/FONT]
    .................... theres no engines in it, no system, no nothing - it is a gate guard and will weigh next to nothing compared to a full flight ready YF-23.

    Also, the YF-23 breaks down eaily into smaller parts for shipping - just look at any of the restoration photos to see that the wings remove, the tails do, it all does.

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