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Generally regarded as a fourth generation low-observable design, the A-17 is believed to have evolved from the YF-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter, and will replace the F-111 Fighter Bomber. The YF-23 lost out to Lockheed's F-22, but it's technology could easily be adapted for use on other projects.
Shaped with complex curves and compound curvature, the A-17 is contoured to minimise radar and aerothermal signatures as it carries out it's mission of electronic warfare and deep reconnaissance. The engine exhaust geometry is reminiscent of the B-2, where the aft section of the engine nacelle slopes down to meet the aft trailing edge of the tail. The engine exhaust is buried deep within the trough, effectively masking the infra-red signature from observation from below. The two large vertical tail surfaces, serve to mask the exhaust from the sides.
No positively-identifiable white world pictures exist of the plane, but sightings have been reported at RAF Boscombe Down in the UK, and Cannon AFB, New Mexico.
Two events help to identify the A-17's existence.
* In September 1994, an unusual aircraft was seen over Amarillo, Texas meeting the description of the A-17. The plane was dumping fuel, preparing for an emergency landing. On a scanner, the pilot, using the callsign "Omega", was heard reporting a malfunction. At the time, two F-111s were acting as chase planes.
* A man named Steve Douglass captured two unusual flying triangles on video. He believes they could be A-17s, but admits they could also be F-117s, Tornados, or F-14s.
Two flying triangles
Statistical Data :
Height : 16 feet gear extended - 12 feet gear retracted
Width : 50 feet
Length : 80 feet
Weight : 20 tons unloaded - 25-30 tons loaded
Cargo : none, other than the seating for one behind the pilot, which can be used for storage when not occupied.
Power System : Nuclear, 20 year life span
Features of Note : Pilot compartment ejection system with pop-up stabilizing fins, as well as a self destruct system that can be activated by the pilot or automatically 30 seconds after emergency ejection or impact, which ever comes first. The plane's radar and sensor system can track and identify up to 200 targets in clear sky conditions and 100 targets in sandstorm conditions.
Black market cost : Not available, Desert Alliance military only.
Flying Bonuses : There is an automatic +2 bonus to all low level (25 - 5000 ft) dogfighting rolls due to the planes manuverability in low level combat. The Hellhawk is large for a fighter and operates far better in the low-level envelope and for long range interception. (This is basically an F-14 that is the size of an F-111)
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