Skip to comments.Could it be the SR-72? ..mysterious object photographed flying over Texas is spy plane..
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.
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Is this the “Aurora?”
What?! Just have a 20-second flight? ... :-) ...
Looks a bit similar to the X-47B.
Outside of Amarillo the norther panhandle is pretty isolated.
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...
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.
The SR-72 is NOT an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Blackbird is an SR-71, not SR-72.
SR-72’s are back in service, but now unmanned? Hmmm.
That would be SR-71, not SR-72.
(Actually was RS-71, but someone (LBJ?) mixed up the letters and "SR" stuck)
looks like the Earth to Space station shuttle from 2001 a Space Odyssey.
And, as it turns out, the SR-72 will be a hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicle in another 15 years or so.
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.
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.
That’s a dead ringer
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:
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.
It kind of does . . .
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.
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.
It’s the drone dedicated to spying on Glenn Beck.
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.
Another somewhat close copy: Ilyushin Il-38 for our P3 Orion
Strange. I always thought “SR” stood for “strategic reconnaissance.”
No, it could not.
The reason it could not is that there is no such thing as a SR-72.
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.
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.
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