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Edwards AFB via Google Maps - any idea what this tub could be? View attachment 517438
I took a crop from the photo, as below:

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There are a number of search engines which provide reverse image search. Instead of going for a specific search engine, I found this facility which allows you to submit the image once and choose which of Google, Bing or Yandex you want a result from or just click each one in turn: Reverse Image Search - Find Similar Photos by Picture Search
The Russian Yandex tends to be pretty good.

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@BuckFelize called it right. If it's not a RQ-4 without the tail fins it's very similar.
 
The photo in the above post appears in a journal. I haven't subscribed, although there seems to be some interesting stuff there.
Journal Contents - IJUSEng
Psychophysiological Effects of Incentive Feedback on Unmanned Aircraft Operator’s Mood and Motivation
Recommend to Librarian - IJUSEng

Interesting comparison between versions:
http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/a.../a4397309-183-GH_A_B_Compare.jpg?d=1320530229

Interesting aerial photo of an all white RQ-4
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/Global_Hawk.jpg/440px-Global_Hawk.jpg

Chinese UAV a few years ago, note similarities to Western UAVs: Chinese drones may soon swarm the market -- and that could be very bad for the US
 
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That’s a big old bird. I can’t make out any bulbuls nose though - properly the camera angle
They're not that big really, biz jet-sized. It's the 130ft high aspect wing which makes them look enormous. The span is more like that of an airliner. It's wider than a 757.
 

R0B

War Hero
I noticed quite a lot of Mildenhall aircraft heading south the other day (29 Oct), it ended up being 4 MC-130J and 4 Ospreys. This was the mission the rescue the chap in Nigeria.

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ZW Clanger

Old-Salt
C17 just flew over me in South Birmingham-are they back to landing practice on the eve of lockdown or something? Or supplying the unused Nightingale at the NEC.
 
And a royal flight between Swansea and Cardiff. A royal escaping for lockdown?
 
RQ-4 with tail fins removed.
From the state of the adjacent fighter aircraft (also with seemingly bits missing), it does appear to parked-up in some sort of "bone-yard" ?!
 
I noticed quite a lot of Mildenhall aircraft heading south the other day (29 Oct), it ended up being 4 MC-130J and 4 Ospreys. This was the mission the rescue the chap in Nigeria.

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And three tankers. Didn't think much about it at the time, except that it was strange that three of them were heading the same way, at the same time in close proximity to each other.
 
At the Scottish ATC Centre we got the Flight Plans on these, one roughly every other week. Far too low to worry any of the transatlantic aircraft, As the air emergency controller for the whole of Scotland I did think a few times what on earth I would do if one had a problem. The answer was pretty much nothing, we'd know because the satellites would pick up distress signals but too far for a chopper and no such thing as a boat style rescue service.
What about one of the new P8s?
 
What about one of the new P8s?
Possible, dunno if they're on any sort of readiness or if they can drop dinghies etc. Been a while since I spoke to an aircraft :)
 
I thought that they looked too large for that
They do. But they could be in some sort of transit or storage 'packaging'. The wing platform and finish is very X-40.
 

Ritch

LE
Speaking of P8's. The latest is on its way (or might have already arrived from the US) and will be called The Spirit of Reykjavik.
 
Speaking of P8's. The latest is on its way (or might have already arrived from the US) and will be called The Spirit of Reykjavik.
Is that name because it'll be shadowing the Icelandic fishing fleet when the cod wars kick off again? ;-)
 

Ritch

LE
Is that name because it'll be shadowing the Icelandic fishing fleet when the cod wars kick off again? ;-)

Well I heard it was because Reykjavik was an important base for escort planes shadowing the Arctic Convoys during WW2 but I like your explanation much better! :D
 

9.414

War Hero
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@BuckFelize called it right. If it's not a RQ-4 without the tail fins it's very similar.
If you look about 400m south of that image on Google maps of Edwards AFB you will see a complete RQ-4 parked up and can see that it is called correctly as an RQ-4 with tail removed. The shadows show that the V-tail is present on both of the images, but missing on the queried UAV but the wings are the same.

HTH.
 
If you look about 400m south of that image on Google maps of Edwards AFB you will see a complete RQ-4 parked up and can see that it is called correctly as an RQ-4 with tail removed. The shadows show that the V-tail is present on both of the images, but missing on the queried UAV but the wings are the same.

HTH.
So . . . we're all agreed then . . . its a TANK ?! ;) .
 

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