Yeah that one has been sanitized from any searching I could do, for awhile all I had to do was type in "F-117" in a bing search and one of the
predictive entries was "F-117 companion tanker boom photo". Never could find it though, but its out there somewhere but not on the internet. Probably
hanging in someones den or bat-cave.
I have found some very interesting things in patents starting with D365-545, some "Switch-blade" patents I came across showed a nose/cockpit
configuration remarkably similar to that "stealth F-18" fuselage that has been seen at AMARG recently.
Browse by aircraft companies both then and now and all sorts of stuff pops up. North American Aviation, Vought, McDonald Douglas, Convair, etc. Also
check out the research project forum and this one as post from way back will mention a few of these patents as well.
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So if there's a public unveiling of this thing, does it mean that it's been operational for a time? I mean the SR-71 was operational before the public
was allowed to see it...What good would the secrecy of a black project be if you let the public see it and admit to its existence?
I assume that it'll be something along the lines of the F-117; the AF realised that they couldn't fly by night forever, and as soon as they started
doing daylight operations people started taking pictures. Once they reached that stage there was little point keeping the aircraft in the dark anymore
so they announced it's existence as a projection of american power internationally. A humble brag that they've developed an invisible aircraft is
pretty scary to a lot of enemy nations. Of course you don't let anyone photograph the engine intakes or exhausts, leading edges, RAM materials, or
anything else even vaguely useful. Just let your enemies know the shape if the aircraft that'll be coming over the horizon. A comparison with the
SR-71 isn't that useful because the aircraft serve completely different roles, having a completely black recon plane is a lot more useful than a
completely black bomber.
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