posted on Jul, 26 2019 @ 09:47 AM
originally posted by: Blackfinger
I feel like building a model..
The last photo in the link you shared brings up a very interesting point that I haven’t seen mentioned much (if at all, now that I think about it).
With respect more to a SR-71 successor than the 117 companion...
I’ve been reading posts and scouring PDFs from as far back as 1992...essentially anything that may be considered a “dot” to connect to either
program. What I’ve noticed is that the questions and quotes always revolve around DOD personnel and senate committee members. USAF general officers,
Senators and the like - they all say that the Air Force has no such creature in the inventory. We find their budget line items that might be something
to do with testing of an article, but nothing really big enough to be a full fledged ISR fast mover or the companion.
So what if that’s because the military doesn’t own them? The U-2 was originally a CIA plane. A-12 was a CIA plane. They certainly looked hard at
Kingfish even after the A-12 was up. Lord knows the NRO loves to hide behind the “satellites only” wall, but if they REALLY want timely, accurate
imaging, there certainly is a place for something that can launch quickly, move like a scalded ape, maybe even skip across the upper atmosphere on its
way home. Fast, unpredictable, very hard to reach, more exploitable than a satellite.
edit on 26-7-2019 by sqd5driver because: (no reason given)