Does Aurora exist?

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by Bravo_Bravo, Aug 10, 2010.

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  1. Well?

    BB...
     
  2. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Maybes Aye; Maybes No
     
  3. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    possibly...
     
  4. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Considering the US built the F117, in complete secrecy, I'd suggest there's way more advanced aircraft out there we have no idea about and can hardly imagine. Aurora is way behind the curve I would suggest, wasn't that the A10 of then US Navy fame?
     
  5. I'd like to think so.
     
  6. no it was the A12 that was scrapped.
     
  7. IIRC NASA has already gone unmanned hypersonic, the Ruski's and Chinks are working together with hypersonic 'space transport'.

    Can't see the Us military ignoring this route, unless they already know better?
     
  8. Tin foil hat on.....
    Thought there was some kind of sat image evidence that showed a strange contrail that left US airspace and did a big loop out over China and then back home , showed evidence of a scram jet or whatever engines the bloomin thing is supposed to use ....
    Hat off ...
     
  9. There's a declassifed report from DIS - here which, by redacting sections on pages 7 and 9 of the pdf suggests that the US might have a couple of.... er.... interesting items going around about a decade ago.

    IIRC, Ben Rich (formerly of Lockheed) said that Aurora was in fact a blanket name for several stealth/B-2 related projects and that no specific aircraft had been developed under that project. The inference was that there was something, but that the Aurora code-name wasn't it/them...
     
  10. Well, since the US Navy S.E.A.L.s were in R.A.F. Machrihanish specifically to guard the place and the Auroras that flew from there, a fair few years ago now, it is a certain bet that it did exist at that time at least. Whether or not the thing is still flying is of course another matter.

    And no, I don't know why the S.E.A.Ls were guarding a USAF asset rather than any equivalent USAF spec-ops force, so don't ask.

    Tam
     
  11. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    at the moment, until the USAF or NRO (or whoever it is who operates it - if indeed it does exist) goes public, you're left with a lot of 'what ifs' and 'maybes'. there's the donuts on a rope contrail - supposed to be a characteristic of the pulse detonation engine - thats been photographed - whether thats down to Aurora or not who can say. there are the 'airquakes' - very loud sonic booms picked up by seismologists, that seem to point to an air vehicle operating in the mach 4-5 range. the wiki article ties up a lot of the current evidence (if indeed you can term it evidence).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(aircraft)

    theres also a very good page at the FAS website - Mystery Aircraft - Aurora
     
  12. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    The so called donuts on a rope contrail
    Also spotted over aerea 51,Edwards and an Iranian missile test

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  13. Wasn't there some sort of incident at Boscombe Down with a USAF plane that resulted in special forces deploying there to guard it?
     
  14. Hardly. We got to crawl all over the place seven or eight years ago for a fortnight. It was just conveniently located for training, and they had a nice building (although the jacuzzi was curious, their indoor range allegedly got condemned for not having a backsplash curtain). There was also a very large runway, some nice seaside views, and if you believe the rumours some storage for little drops of instant sunshine.

    Sorry, no "secret hangars" or "massive underground bunkers". Rather boring, actually. Some houses in line of sight of the runway, and a road that goes right past it - rubbish place for tippety-top-super-secret-airplanes to land, really.
     
  15. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Lots of sonic booms allegedlly