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Could it be the SR-72? ..mysterious object photographed flying over Texas is spy plane..
UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ashley Collman and Mark Prigg

Posted on 04/02/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT by C19fan

A retired Marine with nearly two decades of aviation experience has stepped forward with a compelling theory about a mysterious plane that was spotted flying over Texas last month. On March 10, photographers Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took pictures of three puzzling aircraft flying over Amarillo, and posted them online in hopes of identifying the planes. Retired-Marine James Vineyard has submitted one of the more interesting explanations, telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds - a spy plane that can cross the U.S. in less than an hour, unmanned.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aircraft; aurora; aviation; aviationweek; billsweetman; deanmuskett; drone; flyingdorito; mystery; spy; sr; sr72; stevedouglass; texas
One question is why would they fly a top secret plane in the northern Texas Panhandle instead of over the more traditional Nevada sites?
1 posted on 04/02/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Is this the “Aurora?”


2 posted on 04/02/2014 6:02:19 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: C19fan

What?! Just have a 20-second flight? ... :-) ...


3 posted on 04/02/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: C19fan

Looks a bit similar to the X-47B.


4 posted on 04/02/2014 6:06:06 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: C19fan

Outside of Amarillo the norther panhandle is pretty isolated.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 6:07:57 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: C19fan

From the photo it is a Delta, with the Wingtips look like they are going to a High Aspect Ratio Section, almost Blended Wing Body-ish. No center Cuspidate ( aka “Bat-Tail” ) Tail like the B-2 or the Horten 229. Which leads to the question why not the center stub tail which the R/C modeling community has found out really works...


6 posted on 04/02/2014 6:08:47 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: C19fan

7 posted on 04/02/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT by slumber1 (Moderation is overrated)
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To: taildragger

No vertical stabilizer is required and it only adds drag.

Once you accept that you are reliant on a working computer to fly, you can get rid of the tail and control yaw with tiny movements of speed brakes at the wing tips.


8 posted on 04/02/2014 6:17:40 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: C19fan
Retired-Marine James Vineyard has submitted one of the more interesting explanations, telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds - a spy plane that can cross the U.S. in less than an hour, unmanned.

The SR-72 is NOT an unmanned aerial vehicle.

9 posted on 04/02/2014 6:21:01 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

The Blackbird is an SR-71, not SR-72.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT by Rider on the Rain
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To: C19fan

SR-72’s are back in service, but now unmanned? Hmmm.


11 posted on 04/02/2014 6:24:06 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
I'm so confused. SR71 or 72? Unmanned? Blackbird? OK, so there IS an SR-72, my bad!


12 posted on 04/02/2014 6:26:33 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

13 posted on 04/02/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: C19fan
telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds

That would be SR-71, not SR-72.
(Actually was RS-71, but someone (LBJ?) mixed up the letters and "SR" stuck)

14 posted on 04/02/2014 6:39:37 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: fella

looks like the Earth to Space station shuttle from 2001 a Space Odyssey.


15 posted on 04/02/2014 6:42:02 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: Rider on the Rain
You are correct; the Blackbird was the SR71, a plane with a very interesting history.

And, as it turns out, the SR-72 will be a hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicle in another 15 years or so.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/features/2013/sr-72.html

16 posted on 04/02/2014 6:47:41 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: C19fan

The next SR-72 or whatever it is called should be unmanned for multiple reasons. One drone technology has matured to the state it should be used. Speed and altitude wouldn’t be an issue like t is with a pilot. If the vehicle is shot down there won’t be a pilot to rescue. You could blow the thing up if need be.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 6:48:03 AM PDT by McGruff (prop.a.gan.da - information of a biased or misleading nature)
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To: C19fan

A full scale X-48C?
18 posted on 04/02/2014 6:50:07 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: GBA
(Actually was RS-71, but someone (LBJ?) mixed up the letters and "SR" stuck)

Yes, the Recon and Surveillance (RS) 71 aircraft was a technological marvel at the time and LBJ slipped up and transposed the letters. This was years before the "gotcha" journalism era and a time when deference and respect for the office of the President caused the Lockheed officials to scramble to change the designation from RS-71 to SR-71, even changing the painted letters and logo.

19 posted on 04/02/2014 6:52:41 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: GBA

That’s a dead ringer


20 posted on 04/02/2014 6:52:42 AM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: C19fan

Looks like the Boeing “Phantom Ray”

Hard to tell the size since there is no other aircraft in the images I’ve seen, but the shape seems correct.

Here it is compared to a 747:
http://www.boeing.com/Features/2010/12/bds_phantom_ray_12_10_10.html


21 posted on 04/02/2014 7:00:31 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Politicians and diapers need to be changed for the same reason)
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To: C19fan

In the mid-1990’s, a soldier in my M1A1 tank unit had a colorful past. He had actually been in an Army intelligence MOS...but he ended up a tanker. His story had something to do with Stop Loss during the ramp up to the first Gulf War...and his attempts to circumvent it failed, keeping him in the army. And, as a punishment, he was forced to change MOS to 19K (Tank Crewman).

Anyway, somehow we had this very smart ex intelligence soldier driving a tank. One day in casual conversation, he mentioned to me that he had once been tasked with measuring and photographing the camera mounts in the SR71, before it went out of service. The implication was that there was another plane in the works, to replace the SR71, that would still use the same camera.

Who knows what secrets are flying around up there.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 7:01:40 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: C19fan

LJB?


23 posted on 04/02/2014 7:04:14 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: mdmathis6

It kind of does . . .

24 posted on 04/02/2014 7:04:38 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: fella

Also odd how much that model ended up looking like the space shuttle. Considering 2001 came out in 1968, and the space shuttle funding wasn’t authorized until 1972 that’s a damn good guess.

CC


25 posted on 04/02/2014 7:12:08 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: C19fan

Hang glider.


26 posted on 04/02/2014 7:12:39 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: C19fan
One question is why would they fly a top secret plane in the northern Texas Panhandle instead of over the more traditional Nevada sites?

That's a very good question, let alone why it has a subsonic profile and being hyped as something else...this is all very amusing.

27 posted on 04/02/2014 7:17:17 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: C19fan

It’s the drone dedicated to spying on Glenn Beck.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 7:17:59 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Celtic Conservative
Also looks a lot like Buran.


29 posted on 04/02/2014 7:20:03 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

There’s a reason why the buran looks like it does. it was reverse engineered from our plans. the soviets were famous for it. Look up the Tupolev TU-4
, aka the B-29ski. Reverse engineered from superfortresseses that emergency landed in the USSR during 1945.

CC


30 posted on 04/02/2014 7:33:10 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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Yep, they copy a lot of our stuff, for sure, but they also have a ton of stuff they made on their own.

Another somewhat close copy: Ilyushin Il-38 for our P3 Orion


31 posted on 04/02/2014 7:56:47 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: VRWCmember

Strange. I always thought “SR” stood for “strategic reconnaissance.”


32 posted on 04/02/2014 8:20:39 AM PDT by afsnco
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Could it be the SR-72?

No, it could not.

The reason it could not is that there is no such thing as a SR-72.

33 posted on 04/02/2014 8:25:28 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: C19fan

Looks a lot like an F-117 to me. Service ceiling of 40k plus. Top speed of just over 600 mph. They’re not all in the boneyard.


34 posted on 04/02/2014 8:26:00 AM PDT by afsnco
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Strange. I always thought “SR” stood for “strategic reconnaissance.”

Nope, it didn't stand for anything. The only reason we have the "SR" designation is because LBJ transposed the correct designation of RS, but rather than embarrassing the President over his mistake Lockheed quickly changed it on the logo and signage on the aircraft to match what he said.

35 posted on 04/02/2014 8:31:21 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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36 posted on 04/02/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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earlier:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3138807/posts


37 posted on 04/02/2014 9:28:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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