Northrop YA-9A: Loser at first sight.

The YA-9A drew the short straw against the Fairchild A-10 prototype in the 1970s USAF Attack Experimental (A-X) competition. If the A-10 couldn’t certainly be considered a “beauty” -being more a sort of acquired taste-, the YA-9A was awful, pure and simple. That gargantuan vertical tail surface should have been such a “flying target.”
The only two built ended their short flying days with NASA.

Artist: John Weal.


2 thoughts on “Northrop YA-9A: Loser at first sight.

  1. Spain, 1967, Sevilla, Hispano Aviacion studies department, D. Rafael Rubio Elola created the HA-500 Alacran.
    It seems on its fuselage and wing implementation a Northrop YA-9A and the disposal of its engines the A-10.
    In addition he launched with a catapult.
    I never took to production

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