Re: Coast to Coast Success

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Message posted by Duke on August 28, 2019 at 10:56:06 PST:

Flying test bed a/c are different than a/c prototypes. A prototype is a developmental model of an a/c, usually built to be test flown prior to LRIP. Back in the day, the USAF identified prototype aircraft with an "X" or "Y" prefix, such as the XB-70 or YF-100. Clearly a 135 is not a flying prototype B2.

This is the point I was making about the "B21 prototype." I can believe there are flying test bed aircraft testing systems destined for the B-21, but there is no production, pre-production, or prototype of the B-21 flying yet. Again, it's just been eight months after the a/c's critical design review.

In Reply to: Re: Coast to Coast Success posted by greatguess on August 28, 2019 at 10:29:01 PST:


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