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This Unidentified Plane Flew Over California. The Air Force Won't Admit It Exists.

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A photo of what could very well be the Air Force’s shadowy RQ-180 spy drone recently appeared—and disappeared—from Instagram. The image depicts a flying wing-shaped aircraft leaving a contrail in its wake. An observer reportedly took the photo while the aircraft was over the Military Operating Area at Edwards Air Force Base in California. (www.popularmechanics.com) 기타...

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frankL55
Hey I was part of the SR-71 program in the early 60's and I still don't admit it exists.
SteveCutchen
...opps!
SteveCutchen
uh, I mean "oops"
<sigh>
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 3
Probably what you actually meant is: "oops, I mean oops"
KC3CDU
Umm... You just did. Better get your memory oblation device. I won't forget lol.
darjr26
darjr26 22
When I look closely I think I see “Amazon Prime Air” on one of the wings.
charlie02vy
Winning the comments!
craigbell1941
Anything can, will, and has been seen flying above EAFB over the years, it is after all the largest military testing facility in America. The ghosts of Yeager, White, Armstrong and Manke still haunt the Happy Bottom Riding Club.
stephenjshaner
s s 7
Yeager isn't dead and let's hope that American hero and patriot stays that way for a long time to come.
msetera
That was just a heavily modified C-172. Nothing to see here, move along...
paulgilpin1953
what's the matter with you?
that's a weather balloon.
get your stories straight.
charlie02vy
I disagree, its a stick some kid threw.
Mmeyers7167
Give it six months and China will have developed a knock off copy.
ssmukhi
The truth is UP there. :)
Mark1616
High altitude spy drone with a contrail :-)
A6SEA
Yeah, and the contrail was "approximately 20.000 feet". Huh?
OccamsRazor
It's clearly swamp gas
tnjimbob
That reflected off of Venus.
A6SEA
In my short life, this is the longest one of these continuing threads has gone. And it's been delightful! Thank you all for a fun time. A6 SEA.
xairbusdriver
"The RQ-180’s existence has never been confirmed by the U.S. Air Force." That's only because the gears of the military grind exceedingly slow.
WhiteKnight77
That is an interesting looking UFO for sure.
KicksOnRoute66
In other news, I flew a kite over socal, but I've yet to go on record to admit it was a kite.
paultrubits
You just did.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 3
Thanks, Captain Obvious
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
Even I, as naive as I sometimes am, find it hard to believe it doesn't exist when there are photos of it. Silly ole' Air Force.
lynx318
lynx318 2
I see the F-35 replacement prototype is up for testing already.
CPAIR007
Dang some of you guys are making me laugh so hard ...keep it up ! :)
mdburd
mdburd 2
When I was in high school, my dad was at MCB Barstow--Edwards flyovers were a daily occurence. Got to see several interesting aircraft.
Actually, an Edwards Flight Surgeon gave me my first flight physical before going off to ERAU-PRC nearly 30 years ago... :-)
N46EM
I think it looks more like an RQ-180 than the B-21. I’d love to know for sure what it is though!
WigzellRM
It was an AK-47 or a Glock or a weather balloon.
iffmode4
iffmode4 1
C'mon Bentwing, oxygen is recommended above 10,000 ft MSL to counter the effects of hypoxia.Descend a 1000 ft or strap on the LOX
augerin
...come on, it's California...!
ReverendLee
Well the good thing is that scrolling to the bottom of the page gave me to a link to another article that bashed the F-35. So it wasn't a complete waste.
bentwing60
bentwing60 -7
P.M. soldiers on for a crowd that ,historically, wouldn't recognize anything under 'the hood' we used to 'pop'! Think Holly carburetors. I ate it up as a kid and a guy wrote a how to reply/article that appeared whenever, entitled "Say, Smokey", penned by none other than "Smokey Yunick", A pre-woke NASCAR legend in his own time. P.M. forever!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_Yunick

Yawn, doesn't that airfoil on steroids look like something out of a Mojave hangar where Bert used to hang out? I know, Jack is in there somewhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Rutan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Northrop
augerin
...not sure what you're babbling about but I did have the honor on chatting with 'Smokey' when I was a student at ERAU back in the 70's....
bentwing60
"Come on man", I made a simple comment about 'Americana', and P.M. and 'Smokey' ain't exactly household names here so, this is a chat board and I rang a new bell for the "I never knew that crowd". If you had another vote I would be gone again. Another PA. vote? (Show anyway) the path to the most exposure you twit! For whatever agenda. Pluck the vote, the libbies said so.
WhiteKnight77
Smokey was a legend for sure. Many learned about how engines worked and could be made more powerful by him. That he is virtually unknown to but a few nowadays is sad.
jbsimms
Smokey was a B-17 pilot flying 50 missions over Occupied Europe in “Smokey and His Fireman”.. A Yunick improvisation was getting around the regulations specifying a maximum size for the fuel tank, by using 11-foot (3 meter) coils of 2-inch (5-centimeter) diameter tubing for the fuel line to add about 5 gallons (19 liters) to the car's fuel capacity. Once, NASCAR officials came up with a list of nine items for Yunick to fix before the car would be allowed on the track. The suspicious NASCAR officials had removed the tank for inspection. Yunick started the car with no gas tank and said "Better make it ten," and drove it back to the pits. He used a basketball in the fuel tank which could be inflated when the car's fuel capacity was checked and deflated for the race.
WhiteKnight77
Yeah, a lot of rules in NASCAR are due to his skills. ;)
IAOA
IAOA -1
So????
....AND???

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