This does't have to be American only, but obviously that will be the majority.
Its rumored that there are over a dozen different types of Black Aircraft out there, and I wanted to have a thread that lists as many as you can think
of. I wanted a list of the current classified Black Projects, and not the old typical Blackbird, Nighthawk, B-2, U-2, etc.
Obviously i'm not expecting full details and high res pictures, but I wanted a thread of all the black projects, and have it all be here in one
If any of my info is inaccurate, please correct it and/or add to it.
The TR-3A Manta, it resembles a mini B-2, its said to be less stealthy then the B-2, but more the the F-117. Supposedly its used in F-117 missions as
some sort of support aircraft. It uses normal jet engines and is sub sonic. Which means (if it exists) I think its likely to become the next Black
Project to be revealed since theres nothing groundbreaking about it.
The next one is called the TR-3B Astra (no relation in any way to the TR-3A), I dont think this one will be released to the public until around 50
years from now. I was built it the early 90's, the original prototype was 200 feet in length, but the operational models were 600 feet in length.
there were 2 or 3 of the original ones built, and 3 of the operational 600 ft long ones.
This one is apparently the best of the best, it can hover indefiniatly, and it can change its RCS size at will, and has visual stealth, giving it the
ability to show itself, hide itself, and even make it look like someother object or aircraft. It has a Magnetic Field Disrupter, which disrupts or
neutralizes the effects of gravity on itself, which lowers its weight by 89%, making it far lighter then it really is. Its used for High altitude
Recon. It is the most advanced human built craft, the only thing that beats it is the real alien controlled ufo's.
It can go into very high mach numbers, reported mach 9 at 120,000ft, but higher then that, its likely to go much faster because of less atmosphere.
It can do this because it does not have air inlets like normal aircraft.
It has 3 multimode rocket engines mounted under each corner of the craft use hydrogen or methane and oxygen as a propellent.
Next on the list is the SR-75, it goes by many names: Penetrator/Mothership/Brilliant Buzzard.
It was built by Skunkworks, and is the successor to the short lived XB-70, which never made production, but still was a great aircraft that could go
mach 3 and was originaly designed to replace the B-52. The SR-75 is a hypersonic (mach 5) spy plane that replaced the SR-71, it went operational in
89', It was the first aircraft to be created under the Aurora program. It could be anywhere in the world in 3 hours, it caries multi-spectral
sensors, such as optical, radar, infrared, and laser. It can collects images, electronic's intelligence, signals intelligence, and illuminates
targets. Its ceiling is 120,000+ feet, and its propulsion is PDE (Pulse Detonation Engine) and its reported that with it latest engine mods it can
now do mach 7-8. The reason one of its names it "Mothership" is because it can carry an unmanned aircraft on its back, much like the SR-71 had the
Its called the SR-74 Scramp (its name comes from its propulsion: scramjet).
I couldn't find any pictures or renderings of this craft, but its said to be around the same size and weight as the F-16.
It's mission was to put highly classified CIA & NSA satellites into space, and in its bay it could hold two 1,000 lb sats. It was released from its
mothership around 100,000 feet, and fired up its engines and went faster then mach 15, attaining an altitude of over 150 miles. DARPA is currently
funding an Aircraft called RASCAL, which is a mach 4+ plane that will fly as high as it can (around 120,000ft) , and then open up its internal bay
doors and release the micro-satellite, then the 2nd stage kicks in to finish the job, Its first demonstration launch is looking to be around 2008. and
its satellites are going to be smaller then the ones that the SR-74 can do now...its kinda sad on how behind the "white" world is. So even when
this is operational, even though it will likely be cheaper then the 75 and 74 combo, but it will have less performance. I think the SR-75 and the
SR-74 will be revealed at the same time, but I wouldn't expects that to happen until around 10 years.
The XB-70 (its predecessor) -----------------------------The SR-75
& Rascal (the modern day "white" version)
Another one is called CL-400, Built by Skunkworks, was one of there failures. It was to be the U-2's Successor, but it costs to much and it used
liquid hydrogen for its two turbo-ramjets and back then it seemed that it would just be to costly to create a hydrogen infastructure. The SR-71 was
its successor. The CL-400 was also known as Suntan, and it had a top speed of mach 2.5, and it actually looks a lot like the U-2 & SR-71 combined.
There were a total of 4 prototypes built before its cancellation.
As far as I know this is still classified.....Although I have no idea why since the plane that replaced it is well known (Blackbird), which itself in
Another rumored craft is the Stealth Blimp, Built by Lockheed in the early 80's. It has a small radar signature, but it also incorporate optical
stealth into it, and it can make itself appear like a floating star field. Its a very high endurance recon platform, and is reportedly around 800
feet in legth (for comparison, thats as long as the Hindenburg Airship). It has a very high resolution camera on it, reportedly better then the
Blackbirds (which could read newspaper headlines), and other then just imagery, it could also easdrop and listen in on military/government/& civilian
radio communications. This Stealth Blimp has its roots from the US Navy's Hi-Spot program of the late 70's. The modernday "white" version of
this would be the HAA (High Altitude Airship) which is also being built by Lockheed Martin. The HAA will be unmanned and solar powered, making it
capable of staying aloft at 65,000+ feet for over 3 months. Since the Stealth Blimp uses optical stealth as well, I dont see it being unvieled for
another 10-15 years.
------------------------------The Stealth Blimp----------------------------------& the modern "white" version the HAA
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