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Mystery aircraft photographed in California

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posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 06:47 AM
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Seriously have no idea what this strange machine is. However it looks funky and quick.

Any members know what it is.

Can't add much else since it's such a mystery




posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 06:59 AM
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It's not often you see a forklift on the tarmac either.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 07:17 AM
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With that spindly little landing gear, and skinny wings and vertical tail. I'm going with private space craft, similar to SpaceShipOne.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 07:43 AM
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a reply to: blackbird9393

Flying ped-egg?



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 07:49 AM
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terrible cockpit view from the looks of it aswell. wouldnt want to land it. nice find though hopefully we get some info on it



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:15 AM
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More than likely private spacecraft. That would be my guess. The design of it looks like it would not be a feasible to fly in a normal atmosphere environment.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:21 AM
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But it needs wings to fly in space? How does it get back to Earth if not designed to fly in the atmosphere? Why does it have a prop?
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posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:29 AM
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originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: blackbird9393



It's not often you see a forklift on the tarmac either.


Makes me think its a glider and the forklift is to move it.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:29 AM
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It looks like something that Burt Rutan would have designed.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:30 AM
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It is not a glider, the person who took the pic says it has a pusher prop.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:40 AM
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Its a glub



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:43 AM
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Glider... High altitude



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 08:55 AM
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originally posted by: butcherguy
It looks like something that Burt Rutan would have designed.

Thats what I thought when I saw it the other day in the approach path for Moffett. It caught my attention due to its distinctive prop noise that I associate with drones or 'pushers'.

Burt Rutan's planes



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posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 09:03 AM
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originally posted by: intrptr

originally posted by: butcherguy
It looks like something that Burt Rutan would have designed.

Thats what I thought when I saw it the other day in the approach path for Moffett. It caught my attention due to its distinctive prop noise that I associate with drones or 'pushers'.

Burt Rutan's planes



The landing gear appears to be very much like Spaceship One and the fuselage is similar, but slimmer. Past tgat, the similarity ends.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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originally posted by: butcherguy

originally posted by: intrptr

originally posted by: butcherguy
It looks like something that Burt Rutan would have designed.

Thats what I thought when I saw it the other day in the approach path for Moffett. It caught my attention due to its distinctive prop noise that I associate with drones or 'pushers'.

Burt Rutan's planes


The landing gear appears to be very much like Spaceship One and the fuselage is similar, but slimmer. Past that, the similarity ends.


Space ship one is rocket powered, not prop driven.

And I agree, a quick search didn't reveal a match, unless the angle of the photo is misleading. How far back are the personnel from the nose in the OP image?
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posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 10:40 AM
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But it needs wings to fly in space? How does it get back to Earth if not designed to fly in the atmosphere?


Probably does not make a full orbit , only goes Sub Orbital , with a very small re entry angle depending on how much the craft can take.

Wings would be to generate enough lift to not fall like a brick back to earth but rather glide to a altitude and airspeed at wich they can turn on whatever engine they got packing and land it.

I am not a expert though , maybe some come along and explain what this craft does.

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posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 11:27 AM
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Meh... Zaphod gets better pics of mysterious aircraft while driving along airports.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 11:29 AM
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It could be a proof of concept plane for something else to test out certain parts and theories before scaling it up to its proper size, perhaps it gets launched by a standard aircraft bit like the did with the shuttle for testing and see how it performs perhaps with remote drone controls incase it all goes wrong so no one gets hurt.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 11:32 AM
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Agreed. My money is on it being a mock-up or a movie prop.



posted on Apr, 17 2017 @ 11:33 AM
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From aviation stack exchange.

stack exchange aviation



@mins, let's consider it is not a "ground mockup", from what we can see: - fuselage shape - the propulsion arrangement - the high aspect ratio wing Could be a flying prototype to test Boundary Layer Ingestion. So first they keep an open propeller to test the (unusual) configuration, and then once vrified it is flyable, they will install the BLI equipment. I would not know why that airfield tough, I would expect something like that from NASA... – GHB 7 hours ago


Looking at images for the Boundary Layer Ingestion aircraft. They have that type of long thin wing in the back.

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Maybe Zaph can shed some light on this.





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