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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
A decent review of the ATF and the work that the people at Northrop put into their entry, the YF-23. Although I have had a life long interest in aviation, I am not well versed on the YF-23, which is probably due to some degree to the fact that there is still secrecy surrounding parts of the ATF program. This documentary likewise did not seem to reveal anything particularly detailed technically. It spends a fair amount of time on the larger ATF program, and then on the Northrop people involved with the YF-23 and their dedication to the project. The video and images, though, of the YF-23 in flight were very nice to see. For my taste, it would have been better if there were another half hour or so of material to explore more details about the aircraft.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
A heartbreaking tail that was the beginning of the end for McDonnell Douglas. I was reluctant to purchase this at first since it was a DVD-R, however it was worth it. I gave it four stars because you can see fuzz on the left and right edges on occasions. That said, this is a very good documentary for the aviation enthusiasts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2013
Pretty good doc on a great plane. If you read the specs and faceoff between this plane and the f-22, you'll. But, wonder why the USAF bought the f-22, but it'!s politics
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
pretty much summed up everything I wanted to know about the black widow, wish it had more of a comparison to the raptor, but im not complaining, good stories of the people who build the widow
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on July 2, 2014
Great documentary on the plane that SHOUT have won/been built. Dirty lobbyists and pentagon officials and military brass ruined a company and built the 2nd best plane. Great documentary about it though
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on December 20, 2013
Much more about the "story" than about the aircraft, but I suspect details of the actual flight performance is buried - primarily because as an invisible stand off air superiority design it was vastly superior to the F22 (which they say won due to dogfight maneuverability and a more aggressive demonstration program). Defeats the whole purpose of the plane, I know all about what happened in Vietnam when the F4 had no guns, but you really never want any of your fighters in a knife fight in today's world. Air superiority BVR. That's it. Then complement with ground attack or multi role.

So while it provided some footage of the YF23 (I am desperate to see more), not near enough!
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on December 10, 2013
Loved it!!! Very informative, and well covered story. I loved the skyline vies & loved the cockpit views as well.
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on December 2, 2013
This documentary is an outstanding look into the competitive nature and complex design process of building modern military jets. Yes, many aspects of the jets top performance are classified and will be for a long time (along with the F-22) since it is currently the best technology out there and we don't want that as common information. Anyone interested in military-contract aeronautical engineering, the design and competition process, and test-pilot/engineer development will love this relatively short film.
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on October 31, 2013
I was priviledged to see this aircraft at the USAF museum at Wright Patterson AFB. I was also a TSGT in the USAF when the flyoff occured. If your interested in how an aircraft is designed and makes it to a fly off this is the DVD for you.
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on September 13, 2013
even if this plane was not selected as our front line fighter, it should have been taken as a medium range bomber/interceptor.
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