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This Isn't An Early B-2 Cockpit Mockup, It’s For A Previously Undisclosed Special Ops Transport
Northrop Grumman recently released an awesome series of videos that detail the genesis of the B-2 Spirit—the world's first stealth bomber—via testimony from those who brought it to life. The videos also include a bunch of historical images and video taken during the flying wing bomber's development. One of these images grabbed my eye as it looked like no Advanced Technology Bomber—the program that gave birth to the B-2—cockpit concept I have ever seen. I reached out to Northrop Grumman about the puzzling photo and what I got back confirmed my suspicions.
As I subsequently came to find out, the image made it into the B-2 video presentation by mistake—which would be incredibly easy to make. The photo in question doesn't belong to the B-2 program, at least not directly. Instead, it came about from a previously undisclosed program from the 1990s called the Special Operations Low-Intensity Combat Mission Aircraft.
originally posted by: Jukiodone
SOFTA/SOFA was late 80's so a 90's project would probably look similar to something on here.
There are probably loads of classified variants of Helo's and Tilt rotors out there as the omnipresent requirement to land on unprepared surfaces seems to restrict the more exotic vectored thrust options.