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the Stealth Demonstrators

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posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 11:07 AM
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I got the Idea for this thread when the Bird of Prey turned up in another thread where somenoe asked if it was a Real aircraft. For the beneifit of the ATS community, I am going to post pictures of all known Stealth deminstrators.

The first one was the Lockheed Have Blue:



Have Blue flew between December 1977, and June 1979. It tested facited stealth.


Next came Northrop's Tacit Blue:



Tacit Blue tested curved stealth and stealthy RADAR and radio communications.


The last Known stealth Test Plane was the Boeing Bird of Prey:



The BoP tested tailless stealth and the use of different Color schemes in reducing visual signature during the daytime.

Tim
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Fixed spelling in title

[edit on 6/11/06 by masqua]




posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 01:05 PM
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Yupp, and is it just me or does the "Have Blue" look much like the F-117



posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 01:33 PM
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Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
Yupp, and is it just me or does the "Have Blue" look much like the F-117


Have Blue was the flying prototype that provided the information required to build the F-117a. It was flown at Area 51 and was the second step in the stealth bomber development after the RCS tests on a Hopeless Diamond model.



posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 01:50 PM
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Originally posted by gfad
It was flown at Area 51 and was the second step in the stealth bomber development after the RCS tests on a Hopeless Diamond model.


No offense, but I think you meant stealth Fighter. Although both aircraft are used to deliver bombs, the F-117 is called the Stealth Fighter. The term Stealth Bomber refers to the Northrop B-2 Spirit, which is the large Flying Wing.

Tim



posted on Nov, 7 2006 @ 01:51 AM
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Yes gfad I know...


True that the F-117 is called a fighter even though it's more of an attack fighter. There are many reasons why it was called a "fighter". To confuse peoples to believe that the project was something else, and it was easier to get testpilots. At least according to wikipedia.



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