posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 01:51 PM
I spoke to an extremely reliable
source who told me that the huge new hangar at Groom Lake is for a Mach 6 hypersonic UCAV that has spun off
from the hypersonic Falcon project.
The source told me that this is to be a system that will have both ISR and attack versions and it is being made at Lockheed's Skunk Works. Support
equipment has already arrived at Groom Lake along with operator flight sim workstations, etc.
The USAF recently published an article in the Air Force Times that stated the following:
The Air Force has awarded Lockheed’s Advanced Development Projects arm a top-secret contract to develop a stealthy 4,000-mph plane capable of
flying to altitudes of about 100,000 feet, with transcontinental range. The plan is to debut the craft around 2020.
Source: An SR-72 in the works?; Air Force Times - Thursday Jun 21, 2007
The timetable according to my source is way farther advanced than that discussed in the Air Force Times article. Apparently this aircraft is only a
couple of years from being operational - as opposed to the Air Force's stated 12-13 yr development time.
The name of the new UCAV project is called "Blackswift" and is supposed to have a hybrid turbine/ramjet, similar to but much more advanced than the
SR-71's J-58 hybrid engines.
There is only one source on the web that has discussed the Blackswift and so I have included a link to that web site.
Blackswift Hypersonic Aircraft Cruises at Mach
: Daily Tech.Com, August 14, 2007
The original image given out by the USAF for this project (dubbed the SR-72)looked like this...
The actual model of the "Blackswift" vehicle looks like this...
The peices of the puzzle are coming together on this one.