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YF-23 At LA AFB  
User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

So I was driving from the BX on the base over to the In n out at LAX today and looking at the plant there (Northrop-Grumman and I was told major F-18 assembly is there, anyone verify that?). And right as I was getting to the end of the complex I saw an F-23 sitting next to one of the buildings. So just thought I'd let everyone know if you wanted to go try and get some kind of picture of one. They also have an F-14, F-18, and T-38 sitting just inside the fence along the road. Also, anyone have any ideas on why it would be there? Not to mention there isn't even a runway for it to fly in on.


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User currently offlineStudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

Where are you talking about~ What road were you on? I'm trying to picture where you were, but I am coming up blank. Were you near the Museum at the East end of the Southern LAX runways?

The last time I was up near the 'plant' at Hawthone- I saw lots of neat stuff at the museum there- in the NW corner of that airport...



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User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

Quoting FlyUSCG (Thread starter):
I was told major F-18 assembly is there, anyone verify that?.

NG only builds the F/A-18's forward fuselage. The forward fuselage is then shipped to Mc Boeing in St. Louis for final assembly.

Have fun,

CTR



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

One of the two F-23 prototypes is on display at the Western Museum of Flight in Torrance, California. The second is stored at Edwards AFB.

Http://www.wmof.com

[Edited 2006-12-29 03:32:17]

User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

Quoting CTR (Reply 2):
NG only builds the F/A-18's forward fuselage. The forward fuselage is then shipped to Mc Boeing in St. Louis for final assembly.

Apologies, NG builds the 'AFT' fuselage not the forward fuselage.

CTR



Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
One of the two F-23 prototypes is on display at the Western Museum of Flight in Torrance, California. The second is stored at Edwards AFB.

From the Western Museum of Flight YF-23 page -

Quote:

We are sorry, but our YF-23 is currently on loan to Northrop Grumman for refurbishment.


User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

I believe that there is one of the YF-23's in the restoration shops at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. If you take a behind the scenes tour, you would see it and the other restoration projects in progress at the museum.
The tours are held on Friday afternoons and you can schedule your self in advance. There are restrictions on bags and the age and numbers of young people.
Go to; http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum


User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6489 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3520 times:

It sucks when the better aircraft loses.


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User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3449 times:

Quoting StudeDave (Reply 1):
Where are you talking about~ What road were you on? I'm trying to picture where you were, but I am coming up blank. Were you near the Museum at the East end of the Southern LAX runways?

I was driving north on N. Douglas St. from the Air Force base towards LAX. It was sitting with the buildings at the north end of the plant around where Atwood Way intersects Douglas. Thats also where the other 3 aircraft were sitting, but just inside the fence right next to the road. I'm also unaware of any museum in that immediate area.

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 5):
From the Western Museum of Flight YF-23 page -

Quote:

We are sorry, but our YF-23 is currently on loan to Northrop Grumman for refurbishment.

Looks like thats my answer. Thanks Richard



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User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3445 times:

Quoting N328KF (Reply 7):
It sucks when the better aircraft loses.

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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

Quoting 474218 (Reply 3):
One of the two F-23 prototypes is on display at the Western Museum of Flight in Torrance, California. The second is stored at Edwards AFB.

The 2nd one is at the Air Force Museum awaiting restoration ... and I don't know when that project is supposed to be started.



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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Quoting FlyUSCG (Reply 8):
Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 5):
From the Western Museum of Flight YF-23 page -

Quote:

We are sorry, but our YF-23 is currently on loan to Northrop Grumman for refurbishment.

Looks like thats my answer. Thanks Richard

I thought that refurbishment had been completed and the YF-23 was back at the Western Museum of Flight. I believe the information you have is old.



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4683 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3177 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 11):
I thought that refurbishment had been completed and the YF-23 was back at the Western Museum of Flight. I believe the information you have is old.

Yes, on the website it says:

"Last Update on Mar. 7, 2005" and "on loan, will be back on display in June 2006".



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineStudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Quoting A342 (Reply 12):
Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 11):
I thought that refurbishment had been completed and the YF-23 was back at the Western Museum of Flight. I believe the information you have is old.

Yes, on the website it says:

"Last Update on Mar. 7, 2005" and "on loan, will be back on display in June 2006".

But if the bird is at the location described at the begining of this post- it's about five miles away from Torrance- the new home of the Museum...
In the next several months I'll be making a trip up that way~ I'll poke around and see what I can find out, if someone up in LA doesn't beat me to it!!!



Classic planes, Classic trains, and Studebakers~~ what else is there???
User currently offlineFlyUSCG From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 11):
I believe the information you have is old.

As Studedave said, the info on the site may be old. But I personally saw the bird there on thursday. So it's there. Unless it is another bird that does not belong to the museum at Hawthorne (now Torrance). And just to make it clear again, the aircraft is at the Nothrop-Grumman PLANT next to L.A. AFB about a 5 min WALK from LAX.



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