posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 11:45 AM
a reply to: aholic
I don't doubt that this has been a capability all along, and is being used today.
I'm 100% in agreement with you on this one. Between the kinds of missions I know they were using MC-130's for in the 1980s, to the ripples that
Operation Eagle Claw sent through the DOD, I am almost certain that there was some sort of stealth VTOL/extreme STOL tactical transport program
initiated in the mid-1980s as a black counterpart of sorts to the V-22.
As to the sighting in the middle east, were there any descriptions of what the aircraft looked like? I like to think that the classic lift
Northrop-looking fan-augmented flying wing design that is seen in all of the speculative Senior Citizen renderings is what actually flew (and possibly
validated the lift fan concept for the JSF, even if Senior Citizen likely used a gas-driven fan, which Northrop and BAE happened to be developing for
their JSF entry at the time). In terms of who would actually want such a craft, I could easily see something like this being a joint development
between the UK and the US for joint use by SOCOM and the SAS, which would make the chance if being a Northrop/BAE collaboration that much more
Then again, I could just as easily see it being a much more conservative craft, something resembling what you might get if you threw the YC-14 and
Tacit Blue into the blender.