posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 05:47 PM
reply to post by GroomLakePolishFAN
Yes. Most of these aircraft were tested at Groom. Sorry to say that we don't really know how many or what type. The "industry standard" of between
7 and 11 is kind of my fault, at least because I posted information on the Internet that turned out to be somewhat inaccurate. A published bio of a
test pilot claimed that he had flown "at least seven classified aircraft," but the person who put the bio together had misinterpreted seven months
of testing one aircraft (TACIT BLUE) as being flights of seven individual aircraft. It didn't help that the unnamed TACIT BLUE was described as
having certain characteristics not previously associated with that airplane (and still unconfirmed officially). Since the pilot in question had not
seen the bio prior to publication, he was unable to make corrections before it went to print.
We know that another pilot flew a "classified advanced technology demonstration prototype" in 1983 (previously misidentified as 1985), but we have
no additional data. There have been a variety of foreign combat aircraft tested under such designations as YF-110M, YF-113H, and YF-116A, etc. Another
airplane, designated YF-113G, has caused controversy because some wording ("taken from design to first flight") suggested that it was a new
aircraft, but pilots who have flown it were associated with the Red Hats foreign materiel evaluation programs and they also call their airplanes
"classified prototypes." One test pilot flew four different classified aircraft during his career (only one of which has been declassified) and
another flew 10 classified types (most of which were definitely foreign).
These are just a few of the manned aircraft we know about. There have been many unmanned types flown, as well.