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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 8:35 p.m. PST

…prototype of its future fighter jet.

"The U.S. Air Force has secretly designed, built and flown at least one prototype of its enigmatic next-generation fighter jet, the service's top acquisition official confirmed to Defense News on Sept. 14.

The development is certain to shock the defense community, which last saw the first flight of an experimental fighter during the battle for the Joint Strike Fighter contract 20 years ago. With the Air Force's future fighter program still in its infancy, the rollout and successful first flight of a demonstrator was not expected for years.

"We've already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world, and we broke records in doing it," Will Roper told Defense News in an exclusive interview ahead of the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference. "We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before."…"


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StarCruiser16 Sep 2020 8:29 a.m. PST

Finally starting to leverage some of the new design and manufacturing methods available… It's about time!

Legion 416 Sep 2020 9:14 a.m. PST

It's classified … 👽

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 12:06 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend! (smile)


Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 4:46 p.m. PST

I like it !!!

Start building them now.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik16 Sep 2020 6:23 p.m. PST

It takes longer now to advance to the next generation of fighters:

1st Generation (mid 1940's/early 1950's)
2nd Generation (mid 1950's/early 1960's)
3rd Generation (mid 1960's/early 1970's)
4th Generation (mid 1970's thru mid 1990's)
5th Generation (late 1990's to present)
6th Generation (?)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2020 12:13 p.m. PST



Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2020 10:03 a.m. PST

6th Gen. – 2025 – 2030+

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