posted on Jul, 9 2012 @ 03:01 AM
Wait a minute...Come to think of it, it would make perfect sense that this plane is a surrogate of a UAV. The extra "pods" on the bottom could house
the UAV stuff, the trip to dugway, the funky orbits and "jinks" in the flight path, almost like they are testing banks, and I'm not sure how fast they
go but it's got to be faster than a king air beech used for the X-47.
Maybe they are testing flight avionics for a new UAV that needs higher speeds, etc. I think it makes a good deal of sense that this plane is a
surrogate for a UAV program. Unless I'm just out there on my own world somewhere. But what if the GSBAA was testing the C146 instead of the MQ-1C?
You said the aircraft was at dugway for these tests. So what's to say it's not the surrogate to the MQ-x?
I think a lot of evidence points to the surrogate idea, although no proof
EDIT: I went back to your original post on the aircraft and checked out the flight data paths again. Look at all the turns while in orbit! Orbits
should resemble an oval, but this plane is constantly banking right and left, almost like it is testing banks. Also, if you look at the flight data
for that particular tail number, it landed at plant 42 on March 30th, and didn't file IFR again until May 15th. That's probably plenty of time to get
the UAV system installed and have a couple VFR tests done before heading to dugway!
Notice how all the flights are in the daytime too?
edit on 9-7-2012 by boomer135 because: (no reason given)