– aircraft programs that are so secret that even those with the highest
security clearance may have no idea they exist. But occasionally the
veil of secrecy is accidentally lifted – or projects are declassified –
offering a fleeting glimpse into this shadowy world. Here we take to
the air with six different planes – some now released into the public
domain, others still highly classified or even non-existent.
beyond rumour and hearsay. Popularly embraced as a subsonic stealth
aircraft manufactured by Northrop Grumman (famed for its “flying wing”
designs), the TR-3A was rumoured to have been used in the Gulf War in
conjunction with F-117A stealth fighters, but little evidence exists to
support this. Another theory – again unsubstantiated – holds that the
vehicle identified as the TR-3 was a prototype for the B-2 Spirit.
from Teledyne Ryan, a firm specialising in unmanned aerial vehicles,
have been linked to the TR-3A. This stems in part from the fact that
“TR” stands for Teledyne Ryan – a fanciful connection considering “TR”
is well known to denote “tactical reconnaissance. Teledyne Ryan was
purchased by Northrop Grumman in 1999, adding fuel to the fire of
conspiracy theory. But aside from a patent (below) that is said to
resemble the configuration of whatever aircraft has been identified with
the TR-3A, there is little, if any, credible evidence linking it to
Another theory holds that the aircraft dubbed the TR-3 may have grown
out of the Tactical High Altitude Penetrator (THAP) studies, of which
little exists in the public domain. This article
discusses THAP’s potential mission as a recon-strike platform, which
could account for a plethora of sightings throughout the 1980s and
’90s. However, there is significant debate over whether THAP progressed
to the flight testing stage. If THAP was not responsible for the
“TR-3A” sightings, it’s possible another secret demonstrator associated
with the A-12 Avenger programme (below) could have been…
from rumours of its fantastical capabilities to intriguing video
footage. Yet despite numerous sightings suggesting the existence of a
large triangular aircraft that can fly slowly and quietly, little
information exists about this rumoured black project. Like the TR-3A
above, the designation “TR-3B” is almost certainly a misnomer.
“TR-3B” as a nuclear powered tactical reconnaissance aircraft capable of
disrupting gravity. But a more likely – and in many ways more
interesting – argument for these strange flying triangles, is that
vehicles or some sort of stealthy troop transport aircraft. Given the
technologies proven by Have Blue and Tacit Blue in the 1970s and ’80s
and the number of projects that have allegedly been tested at Groom Lake
since that time, it’s not impossible to think that some of these flying
triangle reports may have some substance to them, if not under the
was envisioned by McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics as an
all-weather, carrier-based stealth bomber for the U.S. Navy and
Marines. Shrowded in secrecy at the time of development in 1983, the
A-12 reportedly gained the nickname “Flying Dorito”. Concept drawings
and mock-ups show a flying wing design in the shape of an isosceles
triangle, with the cockpit near the apex.
of the A-12 was hampered by problems. The project was cancelled in
January 1991 by then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney when the estimated
price of each plane allegedly hit $165 million. The cancellation was
said to be a breach of contract, resulting in years of legal wrangling.
In 2009, a court finally ruled in favour of the government and ordered
the contractors to pay more than a $2 billion in charges, but the battle
ranges on to this day.
Avenger II the Navy purchased the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. While there
was never a full scale prototype, an earlier (1976 – 1984) classified
General Dynamics technology demonstrator called Model 100 (funded under
the Have Key program) may have paved the way for the cancelled A-12. It has been suggested that this aircraft remains secret due to the ongoing legal issues. The A-12 has also been linked to a secret plane called Sneaky Pete, which may or may not be the Model 100, or a development thereof. We were able to locate one A-12 mock-up thanks to those savvy online explorers at Virtual Globetrotting.
was a conceptual design by Lockheed Martin, based on the original F-22
Raptor (below). The X-44 was essentially a tailless Raptor with large
delta wing and advanced thrust vectoring nozzles replacing normal
aerodynamic control surfaces. Benefits would be a more stealthy, light
airframe, with increased fuel volume and maneuverability. The plan was
to convert an early F-22 prototype but the program was allegedly
terminated in 2000. The X-44 render looks similar to the proposed FB-22, reportedly cancelled in 2006.
alleged black projects. Could some of these exotic aircraft be one and
the same? How much disinformation is out there? The X-44 was
essentially a flying wing design with a name similar to the TR-3A “Black
Manta”, although in the X-44′s case, MANTA apparently denoted
Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft. Could this be a case of one black
project’s name being mistakenly attributed to another, like TR-3 and
Tier III? In 2005, GlobalSecurity.org reported that the X-44 designation may be reserved for a possible NASA full-scale manned tailless flight control demonstrator.
effort to create a stealth demonstrator remains shadowy, despite
cancellation in the 1990s. The Replica program was a BAE Systems design study tied in with the RAF’s now defunct Future Offensive Air System (FOAS). It is known to have run from 1994 to 1999, with a full-sized mock-up subjected to rigorous testing to determine its radar cross section (above).
Tornado GR4 jets with a range of manned and unmanned platforms by 2017.
The program was cancelled in June 2005 after the UK joined the U.S.
Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) program, which was itself
cancelled the next year but later revived as the Navy-only UCAS-D program. After the termination of FOAS, knowledge gained from Replica was poured into the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
access to the JSF source code prompted Britain to consider a potential
alternative. While likely referring to an adapted Eurofighter Typhoon, Replica
remains in the shadows, despite public acknowledgement of the program
and photos of the full scale mock-up stored at BAE Warton. This could
be due to the ongoing use of Replica’s technology in forthcoming
projects, such as the JSF, but also Taranis,
a BAE unmanned demonstrator. Again publicly acknowledged, Taranis is
set to fly next year although sightings suggest it – or perhaps
something else – flew in 2009, which the British government vehemently
most famous top secret aircraft, and a reliable photograph would be one
of the most coveted finds in the history of classified aviation.
Historically presented as a hypersonic replacement for the ageing SR-71
Blackbird spyplane (below), there’s considerable evidence available in
the public domain to suggest no specific aircraft called “Aurora” ever
out in the 1985 US budget alongside an allocation of $455 million for
“black aircraft production”. Excited journalists, writing in the March
1990 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology,
linked “Aurora” to the reported black aircraft, and later to a family
of exotic aviation projects, claiming that by 1987 funding had reached
$2.3 billion. Ben Rich, former director of the Lockheed Skunk Works
(which built the F-117, below), said there never was a hypersonic
Blackbird follow-on and claimed Aurora was the name given to the B-2
Stealth Bomber competition funding.
and mysterious sonic booms. The most compelling sighting came in
August 1989, when Chris Gibson, an engineer aboard the Galveston Key rig
in the North Sea, observed a strange isosceles triangle-shaped aircraft
refuelling from a KC-135 Stratotanker, escorted by two F-111 bombers.
Gibson, a member of the Royal Observer Corps and trained aircraft
recognition expert, could not identify the mysterious plane.
were linked to several other reports that helped perpetuate the story
of a top secret SR-71 follow-on. One was a report of an aircraft over
Amarillo, Texas, with an engine described as emitting a “strange, loud
pulsating roar”. Caught on film was an alleged “donuts-on-a-rope”
contrail that has become synonymous with the Aurora myth. While some
attribute this to a potential pulse wave detonation engine, others have
argued the contrails could have been made by ordinary jet aircraft.
booms heard over California up until 1993 were attributed to Aurora
after seismologists concluded they did not characterise earthquakes, but
indictated “something at 90,000 feet, Mach 4 to Mach 5.2″.
Intriguingly, each unexplained sonic boom came on a Thursday morning
between 6 and 7am. In addition, Groom Lake
(Area 51) has a six mile long runway, now closed, that some say would
be a requirement for testing a high speed, mach 5 plus, aircraft.
after Aurora debuted in aviation and popular science publications, no
solid evidence has been found to support its existence, despite the hype
and hordes of investigators digging for information. At this point it
seems likely that the top secret aircraft known as Aurora stems from
sightings of various aircraft (some potentially black projects) and not
necessarily a single airframe. That said, Chris Gibson’s sighting and
the strange skyquakes remain a mystery to this day.
UFO Investigative Researcher and Media Contributor
UFO: Flying TrianglesPosted: 29/09/2012
are thousands of UFO sightings around the world every year, but a high
percentage of them relate to one very common UFO and shape….
Strange flying black triangle UFOs
myself witnessed one on 30 March 1993, which was part of the famous UK
Cosford UFO incident, and I became one of thousands of people who have
witnessed these strange craft in our skies.
Read more about the Cosford UFO incident here: Cosford UFO
But what are they?
are large, triangular-shaped UFOs, often black in colour, with rounded
corners and making a low, humming noise. They disappear to the horizon
at unbelievable speed. They are ususally big craft and show up from
nowhere in the blink of an eye.
The first sighting of these
mystery triangles was recorded and reported in 1965. Some say they were
first sighted in 1950s. For some time people have said they are secret
military projects – the next generation stealth aircrafts. But why are
they flying the same way since sixties. How come the technology never
changed in more than 50 years?
According to many ufologists like
myself, these UFOs are the outcome of direct transfer of technologies
from extraterrestrials to human civilization in different parts of the
world. They are believed to be reverse engineered from crashed UFOs, and
have been developed behind closed doors at top secret military
facilities and bases around the world. One such facility is Groom Lake
aka Area 51 in Nevada USA: AREA 51
The triangle shaped UFOs are
said to use anti-gravity propulsion. They also use superconductors to
create the electromagnetic flux as well as anti-gravity propulsion. That
is why the humming noise comes out which was heard by myself and many
others. What I witnessed on 30th March 1993 was very real indeed and is
still unexplained along with other flying triangle incidnets. But we
have to consider the possibility that it may not just be
Extra-Terrestrail UFOs, but craft developed by us from their
Some laugh at this theory and just asume people who
see these triangles are seeing illusions. But when have you heard and
invetsigated people seeing exactly the same thing or ‘illusion’ (from a
sceptics point of view) in places tens of thousands of miles apart, it
cannot be and illusion or something just made up in the mind.