posted on Apr, 11 2009 @ 11:48 AM
I would sure like to see the original photos from which the artist's concept was derived. I compared the image to one of the Polecat taken from the
exact same angle. The resemblance is striking.
Both aircraft appear to have nearly identical planforms. The Polecat has two wheels on each main gear truck while the new UAV has one. The landing
gear door configurations are different. The Polecat has two engines where the new craft appears to have only one, along with more prominent
The Polecat made its first flight in mid 2005 and Desert Prowler followed in late 2005. The Polecat was used to demonstrate rapid prototyping
techniques. It was meant to fly at high altitudes (around 65,000 feet) but was lost during its third flight, before any significant envelope expansion
had taken place. Desert Prowler's mission is unknown and no information has been released. Two mottos associated with the project are, "Alone and on
the prowl" and "Alone and unafraid." The Polecat was tested at Area 6 (Yucca Lake) as a company sponsored project. Desert Prowler may have been
tested at Area 51 (Groom Lake), or possibly at Area 6, with participation by personnel from the Red Hats unit of the classified test wing (Det. 3,
Of course, the mystery UAV may have no connection to either of these but the resemblance to Polecat is interesting.