Does a US "Hypersonic" jet already exist at Area 51?

Melensdad

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This is pretty interesting. Its very possible that the US military already has at least 1 Hypersonic aircraft, possibly code named the SR-72, and resides at the Lockheed Martin "Skunkworks" facility in the super secret "Area 51" airbase.

FULL STORY & IMAGES >>> https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...ts-us-hypersonic-bomber-has-already-been-made

Skunk Works Exec Hints US Hypersonic Bomber Has "Already Been Made"

Last week we noted that “hypersonic aircraft and missiles are being developed and tested by the United States, Russia, and China at an accelerating pace.” The race for hypersonic technologies has flourished among global superpowers, who realize that the first to possess these technologies will revolutionize their civilian and military programs.

Curiously, Lockheed Martin’s mysterious Skunk Works team might have just spilled the beans about a completed hypersonic aircraft ready to upgrade the long-retired Mach 3 SR-71 dubbed the “Son of Blackbird.”

Jack O’Banion, Vice President of Strategy and Customer Requirements, Advanced Development Programs for Lockheed Martin, spoke at an aerospace conference last week, where he suggested that the hypersonic SR-72 aircraft might already exist.

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“We couldn’t have made the engine itself—it would have melted down into slag if we had tried to produce it five years ago,” O’Banion said.

“But now we can digitally print that engine with an incredibly sophisticated cooling system integral into the material of the engine itself, and have that engine survive for multiple firings for routine operation.” The aircraft is also agile at hypersonic speeds, with reliable engine starts, he said.

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... Lockheed failed to confirm any of O’Banion’s comments. The aerospace defense contractor “continues to advance and test technologies which will benefit hypersonic flight,” spokeswoman Melissa Dalton said in an email.

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MrLovable

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Whatever China and Russia has, you can bet we have something better.

They are always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to trying to keep up with us.
 

JimVT

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pictures of a pulse jet vapor jet trail were posted 5 years ago
 

nixon

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pictures of a pulse jet vapor jet trail were posted 5 years ago

I have it from a fairly average source that those plans were compromised,and that the Iranians have built their own version of it .It appears to be capable of operating from unimproved fields !
 

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