posted on Nov, 17 2003 @ 04:29 PM
You can bet your bottome dollar the Aurora was used in GW-2. Do you think it was just satellites and U-2's taking snaps of the time-critical targets,
like Scud launchers? More importantly, they would have been deployed in GW-1, the year after the SR-71 was retired. Possibly they flew out of England,
which would have provided the nearest friendly base with the security requirements, however it's more likely that they flew out of Groom Lake.
Nowhere is too far when you're clocking Mach 6!
As for the Aurora being modified to become the B-3 as you suggest, I doubt it. It would require such a redesign that you'd end up with a much worse
aircraft than if you designed it from scratch. Also, the B-3 program, like the F-117 before it, would be shrouded in secrecy if it employed
staggeringly new ground-breaking technologies. Unlike the B-2, we wouldn't even have a sniff as to its existence until just before they unveiled
It's hard to say whether or not the USAF would put its B-3 display like it did with the B-2 (you can't hide $100 billion dollars disappearing!) I
guess it would depend on how expensive it would be and how many they would intend to make. Small numbers, fairly low fly-away price (ie not billions),
the need to only operate from a few airfields and you can hide them quite easily. You wouldn't be able to hide the F-22, for example! Most aircraft
you have to show to your public to show them where their tax dollars are going, some you don't, not until it's practically obsolete (still, some
aspects of the SR-71 are classified, such as its camera systems).
[Edited on 17-11-2003 by Lampyridae]