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    Among aviation types, there's been some debate among them over whether the F-22 should have won the competition between it & the Northrop/McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) YF-23 "Black Widow."


    In several areas, the Black Widow was technically superior to the Raptor. However, the cost of the Black Widow (at the time its projected cost was more expensive than the Raptor's, although that cost is now cheaper than the Raptor's actual cost), a flawed payload design, irritation at Northrop's past performance at delivering products, and some of the politics of procurement, doomed the Black Widow.

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