Date--> estimated around a week and a half ago
Time--> 04:30 hours Eastern
Location--> Effingham County, Georgia
Conext of Sighting--> A friend of ours, involved in aviation, and familiar with the Aurora, is woke around 4:30AM by his dogs. It is a slightly
moonlit sky, no wind and no ambient noise (insects, etc). He looks up, and sees an aircraft very high up streaking across the sky. He estimates it was
around 100,000 feet up. He says it was the fastest moving aircraft he has personally seen before. Due to the nonexistant ambient noises, he heard what
he called "something like muffled, distant cannonfire." (quote, verbatim) The contrail it left then developed characteristics of an air-breathing
aircraft (Donuts-On-A-Rope.) Given the characteristics of the spotted aircraft, the conditions in which it was spotted (time, lighting, etc...), and
the sounds he observed, it seems plausible that he could have very well observed an exotic-technologied aircraft, (operational or otherwise.)
I have been a member of ATS for 4 years. This aircraft is the reason I originally joined the forum. I am a firm believer that this aircraft exists and
has existed for a number of years. I believe that there are a good number of aviation enthusiasts on this board that also could take a standpoint
close to mine. That is why I come back from my time of not posting (or, more or less, lurking), and pitch this thread out here. I know it stands a
chance with the members here.
Upon hearing this story from our friend, I became inspired to do some research of my own. First thing I did was go to dreamlandresort.com, which I
have been a follower of just as long as I have been a member here. The big news that caught my attention was the recently constructed (I suppose still
being constructed), soon-to-be largest hangar at the Groom Lake installation. Members of that website noticed the new construction on June 10, 2007.
Size estimations put it around 185' x 345' with 2 hangar doors, approximately 135'(W) x 70'(T). What is odd is this building is kicked off at an
angle similar to a close by runway (12/30). A large mound of dirt is also present on the east side of the hangar. There is a lack of irregularity to
it, and seems to be more than just excavated dirt. It shields the view more partially from Tikaboo Valley. As it is now, it would also serve as an
effective sound shield. Also on the website, in an earlier update, they state that a possible candidate to occupy this new structure is the rumored
Lockheed Martin SR-72. I give all credit of this information to dreamlandresort.com and in no way am I attempting to pass it off as my own. (
My attention then turned to this “SR-72.” It is a rumored Skunkworks project. A contract was awarded to Skunkworks to develop a “stealthy
4,000-mph plane capable of flying to altitudes of about 100,000 feet, with transcontinental range.” Airforcetimes.com is the source where I found
this information. I give all credit of that information to that website.
Another angle is FALCON. What follows is background on FALCON, sourced from wikipedia.org… “The program aims to develop a reusable, rapid-strike
Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle (HCV). The latest project to be announced under the Falcon banner is a fighter-sized unmanned aircraft called "Blackswift"
which would take off from a runway and accelerate to Mach 6 before completing its mission and landing again. The memo of understanding between the
USAF and DARPA on Blackswift - also known as the HTV-3X - was signed in September 2007. If the project gets the $800 million USD in funding needed to
build two prototypes, it will be designed by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, with the engines being built by Pratt and Whitney.” This, if carried
through with could very well be the White to balance the Black project (refer to the SR-71/A-12 with their White and Black designations.)