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"Hands down, the best stealth fighter there is. It can go supersonic without after-burners. Talk about a fast ride!"
Harry's description of this plane in the shop.

The YF-23 (One model code-named Black Widow II, and known as YF-23 Blackwidow in Airforce Delta and Airforce Delta Storm) is a prototype fighter developed for the Advanced Tactical Fighter program, in direct competition with the F/A-22 Raptor (Known back then as the YF-22 Lightning II). However, it lost, due to projected increased costs as well as lower maneuverability at low speeds. It has appeared in all three Airforce Delta games, and is usable by Ruth Valentine in Strike.

Design (All Games)

One of the most futuristic-looking fighters ever put out, the YF-23 has an incredibly interesting design. Its design is incredibly flat, with the only prominent raises in its body coming from the cockpit and the intakes. It has rhombus-shaped wings, and very slanted rear canards. It also possesses scoop-like jet engines, which can vector thrust.

Performance

Airforce Delta

A decent craft, unlocked around 3/4s of the way through the game. It has above average power and mobility, but somewhat weaker defenses and speed. It's outclassed by the F-22 Raptor you can unlock one level from now (Which is cheaper on top of that!), and has serious competition with the F-15S/MT you unlocked way earlier.

Airforce Delta Storm

Again, an above-average craft that's somewhat outclassed in certain departments. It is available in the latter-half of the game. Again, it suffers stiff competition from the F-22 and the MiG-1.44 MFI. An improved version called the XF-23CR Blackhollow can be found as well by locating a secret airbase.

Airforce Delta Strike

The stats this time around have heavily improved. It even has arguably better stats than the F/A-22 Raptor. However, it suffers from issues; Firstly, internal bomb-bays makes rapid missile firing very awkward (A trait shared by most stealthy aircraft, such as the F/A-22). Secondly, unlike the previous games, it now lacks vulcans, which means if you run out of missiles, you have absolutely zero ways to defend yourself.

Statistics

Airforce Delta

Speed: Medium-high

Power: Maximum

Defense: Medium-high

Mobility: Very high

Airforce Delta Storm

Attack: Medium-high

Defense: High (4500 HP)

Speed: Very high

Power: Maximum

Mobility: High (!)

Missile: 72

Ability: Stealth

Range: 4

  • (!) - Mobility stat is Very High in the PAL version.

Airforce Delta Strike

(Clockwise starting from top)

Anti Air Attack: High

Mobility: High

Defense: High (3100 HP)

Anti Ground Attack: Medium-high

Thrust: Maximum

Speed: Very high

Enemy Appearances (missions)

Airforce Delta

Airforce Delta Storm

Gallery

Airforce Delta

Airforce Delta Storm

Airforce Delta Strike