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But I'm gonna say that there's more than 3 of them made. Probably closer to ten. And they were operational and still are to this day. However they are not called tr3b and aurora. Sorry
During this time period I remember a squadron meeting where the Operations Group Commander told us to "be careful what you say over the phone, and pay no attention to the black, pointy shaped aircraft and "others" that were coming to the base."
originally posted by: Barnalby
a reply to: penroc3
The LAP design was from when Northrop was considering a terrain-hugging mission profile for the ATB, sort of like a subsonic F-111 or B-1A. Think of the LAP as an upside-down stealth aircraft, with anything that might cause an RCS spike or IR lock on the ventral aide of the aircraft, which would never be more than 500' above the deck, while presenting a completely clean top surface that would make it all but invisible to AWACS and look down, shoot down radar/missile systems.
weavty1: I have a couple of 'clear out from left field' thoughts on possible designations... EF-22 EF-23 […]
boomer135: Were talking about a time frame that the f-117 was built. So it wouldnt be based off the 22 or 23...
weavty1: So that part of the legend is true then? That it really was developed alongside the F-117..? Wow. Now that's incredible!
boomer135: I couldn't tell you if it was built at the very same time but within years of each other. The info is out there if you know where to look. There's an AWACS recording on the dark web of it […]