Crying' ass shame this didn't get chosen over the F-22!! The only reason was that the F-22 can carry more missles than the F-23. Alot of people say the F-23 is more aerodynamically beautiful than the F-22. I agree!!
" The ATF will be armed primarily with the AIM-120 AMRAAM ARH BVR missile, supplemented by a short range all aspect heatseeker, the AIM-9M at this time." "A design requirement is the carriage of four Amraams" [link]
The demonstration YF-23s probably could not have carried 6 missiles, having only the one weapons bay. Northrop proposals show a 2nd bay added for the AIM-9's forward of the main bay. Some websites quote four of each type of missile on the F-23, using a 'magazine' type launcher.
"The YF-23 was stealthier than the F-22 Raptor. The two ruddervators reduce the Radar Cross Signature of the YF-23 significantly. This is beacuse instead of having four extremly large control surfaces on the tail, there are only two." [link]
"But take one look at the 23's shape, and you'll acknowledge that it left the YF-22 in the dust as far as speed was concerned. This plane was officially stated to have been taken to 50,000 ft and Mach 1.8, but this aircraft was capable of alot more. "It was really fast. It went... much faster... than the YF-22." (Paul Tackabury, Northrop Manager of Flight Test). One can only imagine what the YF-23/GE YF120 combo (PAV-2) must have been like." [link]
Given that is from a website dedicated to the YF-23, have another quote to back it up:
"The YF-23 took a very raidcal departure from the conventional design of aircraft. By using a very unusual shape the aircraft became very maneuverable and had a high top speed" [link]
The model is a decent quality, though i was dissapointed that no weapons /bays had been modelled and animated. I think its over powered, if you go to full throttle from stopped you'll be doing 600+ before you have time to raise the gear, and it'll hit mach 2 at low level too.