a reply to: underwerks
Star and flag man. Great posting, and reporting.
Great responses to the OP too.
Time to do some research on what you saw
I'm always startled of what flies above the bay area if you look up now and then. It's a pretty great location for testing the new toys out.
Beale air force Base is close by, and I'm sure they have things in their hangars that could make the 100 mile distance to SF in a jiffy.
Then there's Moffett air field to the south.
add in Lawrence Livermore labs, pepper in a COG base in Napa, some very interesting labs in the mountains between here and Santa Cruz...
It goes on, but you get the jist of things.
And these are just places I've come across. No telling what else is out there.
My point is, the bay area is smack dab in the middle of lots of military projects. Not just air force bases.
It'd be a great place to show off an aircrafts optical stealth capabilities & other cool new gadgets around a metropolitan area without having to fly
to the ranges down around LA, the test aircraft can then return to whichever base it wants. Beale, Edwards, Groom, Kansas, New Mexico, or an aircraft
carrier waitig off the coast if the Navy wanted to test carrier based aircraft.
Now, I know alot of people will say "hey, why wouldn't they just do that over LA, closer to Edwards and plant 42?" well, I think for one, there may be
quite a smaller population of planespotters up here. Not as many eyes on the sky or cameras pointed at air force bases.
If an exotic plane was spotted around San Francisco, I think alot more people would think it's a UFO, or the acid that they took was more powerful
than last time, but probably not a test flight malfunction. As compared to civilians down in the LA or San Diego area, who still have many more active
military air bases.
But this is Just an opinion.
Anyways, time to dig into this description you have of the vertical wings...