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reply to post by MystikMushroom
One of the reasons the Nighthawk went white was because they had to train during the day. It could be as simple as that.
reply to post by kingofyo1
As to the first, GOD I wish.
As to the second, that's what I was talking about in an earlier post. The new materials have gotten so good, and are so versatile, that I just don't know if this would incorporate stealth or not. My guy says yes, and yes to your question.
reply to post by Riffrafter
Some of the most interesting things I've learned in the last couple of years have come as a result of ATS. Someone saying something that seemed innocuous at the time that later connects all the dots and paints the picture.
reply to post by Zaphod58
The original article claims that it's speed will be it's stealth factor. You can't run, hide, or hit something going mach 6
The Aviation Week website is down for maintenance.
However I found this over on gizmodo.
As well as some other pics on the net that seem related to what was released on aviation week.
However. How freakin cool is this!
We get a SR-72 Mach 6 edge of space plane with optional strike capability?
[It's] an affordable hypersonic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike platform that could enter development in demonstrator form as soon as 2018. Dubbed the SR-72, the twin-engine aircraft is designed for a Mach 6 cruise, around twice the speed of its forebear, and will have the optional capability to strike targets.
Guided by the U.S. Air Force's long-term hypersonic road map, the SR-72 is designed to fill what are perceived by defense planners as growing gaps in coverage of fast-reaction intelligence by the plethora of satellites, subsonic manned and unmanned platforms meant to replace the SR-71. Potentially dangerous and increasingly mobile threats are emerging in areas of denied or contested airspace, in countries with sophisticated air defenses and detailed knowledge of satellite movements.
Skip directly to 22 minutes 30 seconds, sit back and watch the video. Its from 2008...and shows this very airframe.
I knew if I looked around I'd find it eventually.
Could it be that this was the craft that crashed in NM recently, and that's why they're bringing it into the white world?