Dogfight Over The Pentagon

Lockheed and Northrop compete to build the Air Force's next superjet -- and capture one of the richest prizes in aviation

Think you have watched the cutting edge of aerospace technology at work in the gulf? Well, you haven't seen anything yet, say test pilots participating in the U.S. Air Force's Advanced Tactical Fighter program. Stowed in a secure hangar at California's Edwards Air Force Base are hand-built prototypes of what these pilots claim are the two hottest fighter planes ever made. The flyers should know. For three months, in separate flight tests, they have been putting the experimental aircraft, designated YF-22 and YF-23, through their paces: landing in crosswinds, performing stomach-churning 360 degrees rolls and blasting through the atmosphere at twice...

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