The Lockheed YF-22 was designed to compete in the USAF Advanced Tactical Fighter program to replace the F-15 Eagle. Two aircraft were built for the competition and it was a twin engined aircraft with internal weapons bay aimed to achieve low observability "stealth".  It was rather big and the first YF-22 flight was September 1990. Maximum speed was aimed at over MACH 2 but the main purpose of the demonstrator was to test its characteristics mainly from Edwards AFB in California. Lockheed won the ATF competition from its competitor the Northrop YF-23. The YF-22 was later developed into the production Lockheed F-22 Raptor fighter exclusively delivered to the USAF.

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Lockheed YF-22

YF-22 aircraft s/n 87-0700 is seen here. It is on display inside the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards AFB, CA.

Photographed 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

  • YF-22-1
  • YF-22-2
  • YF-22-4
  • YF-22-5
  • YF-22-6
  • YF-22-7
  • YF-22-8
  • YF-22-9

A few scale models have been issued of the Lockheed YF-22 ATF prototypes.  Testors had a large 1/32 scale model of the YF-22.  In the smaller 1/144 scale Revell and Trumpeter had kits. In 1/72 scale Italeri was first (also issued by Revell, Testors and Tamiya)  as well as Airfix/ Heller.