posted on Jan, 23 2016 @ 08:52 AM
a reply to: Zaphod58
I'd add that going of Intelgurl's hints, this is a pretty killer image of the prospective Lockheed/Boeing design:
Now here's where it gets interesting: Zoom in on that image and notice the lack of a cockpit. Now, look at the size of the Lockheed-standard stealth
IFR boom receptacle on top of the craft pictured, and compare it to the size of the same receptacle on top of an X-47B, and you'll see that this craft
comes out at a little over twice as long as the X-47, or scarcely larger than an F-111 or an A-5 Vigilante.
This is an extremely important detail, knowing the rough size that the LRS-B itself will be (which is going to be closer to a medium strategic bomber
like B-58 or an Avro Vulcan) and it drops a HUGE hint about what we might actually be seeing.
Now remember at the awarding press conference when the USAF generals stated that the bomber had yet to fly? They were somewhat true, in that the EMD
has yet to fly, but we also know that there was a flyoff between prototypes of sorts.
My feeling now, again given Intelgurl's comment, is that what we're seeing in the image I just posted is, in fact, the Lockheed Martin/Boeing LRS-B
demonstrator, an unmanned 2/3rds scale demonstrator about the size of an A-5 vigilante (or an SR-71, which makes the infrastructure needs to fly it
out of Groom pretty much a non-issue), with a design that's basically a modern Skunkworks VLO design and the Sonic Cruiser thrown in a blender.
It even fits the descriptions that Zaph had dropped about it being a "jaw dropper", of a design that "looks like nothing we've seen before"