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Originally posted by matej
Lets start from this:
There are also two pages from original book Stealth Warplanes from 1988 (?). It is printed in czech language, so probably nobody of you will understand it. But it does not matter, because I want to point out, how people during this era (late 80s) imagined stealth plane. In many artists impressions it was CURVED plane with ogival wing and cannards - the same as F-19. The future showed, that it was wrong.
In case of any stealth plane we must answer these questions:
1. Why it has curved and not faceted fuselage (when it belong to 1st generation of stealth planes)?
2. What is the purpose of this plane? Or by using another words - is USAF able to apply this type of machine (take into consideration costs and effectivity)?
3. How much information had people about stealth in this era. Was it enough or were they forced to speculate (and create their own conclusions)?
4. Connections with other planes and programs.
quote: I'm not so wure that the Project Specter that the Korean web site mentions is the same as the Project Specter F-19 you are searching for.
A close friend of mine saw an aircraft fitting the description of your Project Specter on a flight from El Paso to San Francisco - as the sun was setting on the western horizon this streamilined aircraft with rounded edges on its wings and canards flew under the aircraft he was in. He was unsure about any vertical stabilizers but he was very sure that the aircraft sort of "drooped" on the outer ends of the wings.
He also described it as being about the size of an F-111, black in color and headed south as if it had just taken off from Nellis area.
CSIRS- Covert Survivable In-Weather Reconiassance/Strike. Claimed development project that created the TR-3A stealth recce aircraft and the F-117.