posted on Feb, 4 2015 @ 07:52 PM
I always thought that the "Nighthawk's little helper" was a subsonic platform of similar age/capability to the F-117.
I've always been a little skeptical of claims of secret fastmovers, but at the same time, there were all those sonic booms and that need for JP-7, so
there was obviously SOMETHING out there. I doubt though that it had anything to do with the F-117, simply because it's always been very hard to make
anything faster than mach 2-2.5 have a low RCS because of air heating, etc.
But if you're looking at aircraft to complement the F-117? I have my own hunches, and they involve the ATA-B design, the Tacit Blue (more
specifically, whatever followed it), and I'd venture to guess that there was something else out there that led to the YF-23 design, the way that the
deep-black Lockheed A-12 was first outed to the white world as the YF-12.