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Originally posted by Firehawk
What is your point?
I have seen a lot of Aurora threads.
The Bright Star is a private venture of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. It is a Mach 2+ supersonic cruise/sonic boom research aircraft, which was used by the Skunk Works to raise DARPA's interest in QSP (Quiet Supersonic Platform) research. Although it is not a DOD project, the USAF provides some support (at least by providing a secret flight test location ;-)). The Bright Star has been flying for many years, and was the cause of some of the unexplained sonic booms over the western USA. The Bright Star is the most plausible cause for many so-called "Aurora" sightings.
Originally posted by gfad
SR-71s are owned by NASA but havnt been flown in a long time. I think they were used for researchnot for their original design. Ive also NEVER heard of a bomber version of the A-12 (the predecessor to the SR-71) being developed. The A-12 was recon, which eventually grew into the SR-71 which was also recon only. There was also a flying prototype for a YF-12 which was an interceptor.
There were many B-12/ RB-12 bomber Studies and one reached a Full Forward Fuselage mock up stage. Nothing came of this proposal as it was seen as a threat to the XB-70.
I Do not think there has been an "Aurora" aircraft at the Area. There's little doubt but what there is a secret platform whizzing around that someone stuck with the name of Aurora. During the development of the B-2 bomber, the program ran into severe over costs to the point the military feared Congress would cut funding. To get around this they started a black program called Aurora for which "black" funds were appropriated. The money was spent on the B-2 program.