A new set of photographs have recently been released and are baffling even the most experienced of aviation experts. According to reports, a mystery aircraft was photographed while flying over the Kansas’ sky and is thought to be the same one that was seen just weeks ago over Texas.
Although the aircraft has yet to be identified, this conclusion has brought on speculation that the plane could be a top secret government project. This wouldn’t be the first time a classified government prototype has been ousted by the public as the Lockheed U-2 and the RQ-170 sentinel were discovered under similar circumstance.
The aircraft was photographed on April 16, by Jeff Templin, who then posted it on his blog saying, “The photo is grainy because it was taken with a hand-held maxed-out 400mm telephoto lens through a cloud layer and then it was severely cropped to bring it up even close.”
He further explained, “There is no way to know the altitude and no way to judge its size as there is no point of reference.” Sharing his complete unawareness, he went on to speculate, “My sense of it with the naked eye was that it was quite high, at least the altitude passenger jets cruise over but if it were smaller like a “drone” it could conceivably have been lower and smaller.”
As he was already down the path of conjecture, he went on to suggest that the plane could be an RQ-180 stealth drone or perhaps something similar. Templin even mentioned that the aircraft could potentially be the U.S. government’s newest long range strike bomber (LSRB).
Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took a photo of an aircraft over Texas on March 10. Seeing how they were unsure of what the plane was, they took to the internet to see if anyone had any answers.
Stepping forward was retired marine James Vineyard who offered his two decades of aviation experience in support of their conquest. He believes it to be a SR-72 Blackbird – an upgraded version of the SR-71 Blackbird – that has the capability of traveling halfway across the country in a half hour completely unmanned.
There was initially some speculation suggesting that the plane had been dispatched in search of the missing Malaysian flight 370 but this was quickly squashed by Douglass. He quickly noted that, “The SR-72 is still in development. Plus it’s a high-speed, high-Mach plane. These were going airliner speed. They were not in a hurry to get anywhere.”
According to the Lockheed Martin website, the creators of the SR-72 Blackbird, express that the plane is still in development and could be operational by the year 2030. Taking place of Americans former fastest plane that broke air speeds when it was implemented, Lockheed Martin is taking aim at revolutionizing the industry.
The website reads, “Speed is the next aviation advancement to counter emerging threats in the next several decades. The technology would be a game-changer in theater, similar to how stealth is changing the battlespace today.”
Despite their claims, suspicious minds were quick to note that it would behoove the government to keep such a prototype close to their chest, if it was in fact this close to operational status.
Others suggested that the plane was simply, “a B-2 stealth bomber flying out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri,” but this was also soon ruled out as a curious mind, “checked with the base and no B-2s were flying anywhere in the U.S. that day,” according to Mail Online.
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