posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 10:20 AM
Originally posted by soulforge
Is it me, or do those pics look waaaay fake? Especially the first one. I wonder about the legitimacy of the press release, even if it was real. Could
we have here a black project covering a black project?
You seem to bring up 2 interesting points:
1. Legitimacy of the Bird of Prey:
The Boeing Bird of Prey is a legit project, as stated before it was a tech demonstrator for the X-45 UCAV.
It is on display in the Modern Flight hangar of the National Museum
of the USAF at Wright-Patterson AFB. So in that regard it is not a "fake".
2. Black Project covering a Black Project:
There were rumors and reports of a "swing-wing" stealth aircraft in the late 1990's preceding the revelation of the Bird of Prey. This elusive
"swing wing" was assumed to be a replacement for the F-111 and the media and enthusiasts had dubbed it the "Switchblade".
However, when the squadron patch (as seen in the photos provided by Simon Gray in this thread) was leaked to various media sources these sources
thought that the patch was related to the "swing wing" stealth fighter that they had been calling the "Switchblade". That turned out to not be the
case as the Bird of Prey aircraft was revealed soon after.
One thought that Intelgurl brought up in a post last year was that the funding for one black project could be a cover for multiple black projects.
Just as you brought up, could the BoP be a cover for another as yet unrevealed black project? One way to find out would be to follow the money trail -
if you could find out how much money was allocated for the BoP project.
Although there were reports of a swing wing stealth fighter back in the late 1990's, one would have to be curious as to just how stealthy a swing
wing airframe could be and therefore just how practical it would be.
It's anybody's guess though.