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 an 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.