It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Aurora (also credited as the SR-91 Aurora) is the popular name for a hypothesised United States reconnaissance aircraft, alleged to be capable of hypersonic flight.
I have long suspected such a vehicle was flying, partly because of logic, but could not imagine there has been nothing new since the design of the 40-year old SR-71 and notion that the U.S. would retire that fleet of spy planes without something newer and better. No matter what was said about satellites, they are just not as generally useful and do not have the immediacy of a launch on-demand with flexible maneuvering as an aircraft.
I know for a fact the USAF was studying ‘space planes’ in the late 1980s and early 1990s because I knew the guy running the study called Black Horse [ BlackHorse ], an H2O2 fueled aircraft that topped-up from a tanker after take-off. That officer moved on into private space, but the idea of being able to - as he put it, "put precision holes in the ground anywhere in the world within 90-minutes" was one I assumed had just gone totally black.
Stealth-21st-Century-Vehicles-Weapons-1959-2020 - Scribd.
Originally posted by C-JEAN
reply to post by thefutureisuncertain
Hi, thefutureisuncertain and all FAST jet fans.
I would say a Blackbird can't go to the max speeds a scram jet could push it.
The outer skin would melt !
But, in those beginning days of experimentations of the scram, the
Blackbird was the ONLY fast jet, fast enough to experiment a scram.
So, maybe in your OP you did think/remember about that :
An experimental scram, MOUNTED on the back of a Blackbird.