USA's 6th Generation Fighter: Already in the Air

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has secretly designed, built and flown at least one prototype of its enigmatic 6th-generation fighter jet, the service’s top acquisition official confirmed to Defense News on Sept. 14.

The development is certain to shock the defense community, which last saw the first flight of an experimental fighter during the battle for the Joint Strike Fighter contract 20 years ago. With the Air Force’s future fighter program still in its infancy, the rollout and successful first flight of a demonstrator was not expected for years.

“We’ve already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world, and we broke records in doing it,” Will Roper told Defense News in an exclusive interview ahead of the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference. “We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.”

While the futuristic design is certainly eye catching, the complete removal of the tail section eliminates the last major stealth issue. It is not know yet what engine design is being used but a variant of the Pratt & Whitney F135 Afterburner Turbofan is likely. With Russia and China both struggling to perfect their 5th generation fighter, this next step in the US military's fighter platform buts them decades in front of the competition.

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