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1st point, I dont believe there was ever reference to 1991 Desert Storm but to 2003s OIF & OEF. 2nd point was that he didnt just have a "sighting" but refuelled it in the box near Groom and got a photo of it, and then saw them in a hangar (@ Diego Garcia?) Beside F-117s during OIF (and im assuming he then refuelled them on mission ops.) 3rd point - Are we all assuming it was a "companion" for the F-117 in its mission role? When infact they may have just been "hangar companions" for the sake of OpSec?
originally posted by: mightmight
I’m actually not sure if he talked about refueling the Companion in the box. I know offhand that he refueled certain other secret aircrafts there and at one point had a buddy tell him about refueling the Companion inside in 2014. That’s the last sign of life we got from the aircraft.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
ASTRA is Airborne Surveillance and TRAcking. It's not an aircraft type, it was a program, reportedly run by Boeing.
originally posted by: Blackfinger
Another Aussie!!,welcome mate.... In the Banana Republic here..
originally posted by: Ironside800
a reply to: mightmight
Thanks for bringing up his quotes from the original thread!
I was going by memory and hadnt read that thread for quite some time.
Im in total agreement with SpeedFanatics OP and your subsequent posts that it operated in the SEAD/DEAD role by circumstance and not design. Mere common sense tells us that.