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It was recently reported than on 27 September 1995 David Morris of Walsall, Cornwall UK took a picture of a triangular shaped plane being refueled by a KC-135, and flanked by a pair of F-111s. The unknown aircraft appeared to be about three-quarters the size of the KC-135. This picture has been widely distributed. However, the "refuelling" picture is a hoax -- it was montaged by Bill Rose for the October 1995 issue of Astronomy Now (UK) magazine. There, it is captioned "A simulation of the refuelling of the top secret 'Aurora'. Photo composition by Bill Rose
When Testors modeling company produced the “XR-7 Thunderdart” model I got one as soon as I could. While it was similar to the FDL-8 shape purported to be the base design of the Aurora, the top of the model was totally wrong so I began modifying it to more closely resemble the Aurora shape. When finished it bore a striking resemblance to several artworks of the Aurora model (mission accomplished!!). So naturally the next step was to photograph it. I didn’t have a ground area that I felt worked as an acceptable background, so I decided to do an “in flight“ photograph. Most of my models are hung from the ceiling of my home with a very simple bridle of monofiliment fishing line, so I just used this to hang it outside.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
I'm sorry ghost as we do agree on most things but I'm personally not going to say that its a open and closed case. There is nothing saying that they couldn't of filled in the gaps with another classified aircraft even if this was true originally. I agree that it provides the evidence as to why it was skipped orginally but it doesn't/can't say it never happened.
At the time that the article or document was published the F-19 according to John Lear would of been in full production so does that mean they would of responded that the F-19 was or wasn't avialable. Frankly i'm stumped and it boils down to at this point due to Mr Lear being uncoperative I'd have to say you look right. I was aware of the documents before you posted them here but was reserving judgement.
[edit on 22/08/06 by Canada_EH]
Originally posted by Shadowhawk
It is a fake, but it's not a hoax. It was, as far as I can tell, created specifically for the Black Triangle E-Group web page to illustrate a generic "black triangle" airplane similar to those being reported by various observers.
From: Alexei Gretchikhine
Subject: Re: Tupolev reveals new stealth bomber.
On Mon, 1 Apr 1996
> Heya Alexei. Question. (not to sound offensive, but...) is this an
> April Fool's joke? (It's a good one if it is!)
It is! So, the fun is over and for those who took it too serious, here is my reassurance - this is the only fabricated piece you will find on my page (until next April of course). I used Tu-160 photo taken by Petr Butowskii to create the hoax. Actually, it is the unusual angle of the shot which made me spend few minutes with Photoshop and got rid off tail, engines and move cockpit and gear.
I have tons of mail (including hate mail) and I would like to thank those who took it easy and know the value of a good joke. The rest of fellows... Couple of things:
1. Try to develop sense of humor. It might be just in time by next April.
2. Be critical to any news you hear. Does not matter what source is. Remember, not everything that's on the web or usenet is 100% true and take it with a bit of skepticism.
3. Lastly, not everyone who has a page on the web is knowledgeable in the subject his/her page covers. Though, it is least relevant to this particular case.
(posted intire email for clarity)