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Black Projects Come Out

From: Tim Mathtews <TMMatthews99.nul>
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 03:41:59 EST
Archived: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:14:26 -0400
Subject: Black Projects Come Out

Dear All,

Below, an article for the New Scientist by David Windle who
assisted me in researching my book, UFO Revelation, published by
Cassell in 1999. The article demonstrates what the few people
like me have been saying all along. That many of the better UFO
sightings are, indeed, black projects aircraft at various stages
of production.

We were right all along... and this is but one example that has
seen the light of day.....

Tim Matthews.


Source: The New Scientist


By David Windle
New Scientist
October 21, 2002

A formerly top secret, bat-winged stealth jet has taken the
aviation world by surprise, after a low key unveiling in St
Louis, Missouri. It may look like it flew straight off the
screen of a sci-fi movie, but the Bird of Prey is no flight of
fancy - it could translate into serious business for its makers,
aerospace giant Boeing.

"Here we have an example of a classic 'black' programme: an
aircraft which has been built and flight tested for a number of
years - and no one outside the programme knew about it," says
Nick Cook, aerospace consultant to Janes Defence Weekly. Other
highly classified aircraft that have ultimately been revealed
included the U-2 and Blackbird spy planes and the B-2 stealth

The Bird of Prey cost $67 million and is the product of Boeing's
advanced research and development division, the Phantom Works.
It first flew in 1996 and is said to have demonstrated a range
of stealth and production technologies. It is a single seat,
single engine design and with a reported maximum altitude of
6100 metres (20,000 feet). Its top speed is a relatively sedate
480 km/h (300 mph).

The unconventional configuration of the Bird of Prey suggests it
has been designed to be highly agile and stealthy. But even
though the aircraft itself has been revealed to the public, the
stealth systems designed to suppress acoustic, infra-red, radar
and even visual signatures are likely to be as highly classified
as ever. Sources suggest they may include active camouflage
systems to reduce visibility by using panels or coatings that
change colour or luminosity. This could allow safe combat
missions in daylight, rather than being restricted to night
flying. "And that would represent a revolutionary milestone in
aerial warfare," says Cook.

It is known that such technologies have been studied for several
years, most probably at the remote test site in the Nevada
desert near Groom Lake, better known as Area 51. This was also
the probable location for the Bird of Prey's 38 test flights.

A key aspect of the project was that the aircraft would be
inexpensive to build. Phantom Works engineers say they used
disposable tooling and 3-D virtual reality for its design and

It has not been confirmed whether the Bird of Prey was
ultimately intended to be manned or unmanned. But the aircraft
has clearly had a major influence in the design of Boeing's
unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator, the X-45. Two
of these pilotless combat planes are currently undergoing test

Armed UCAVs are among the hottest projects in military aviation,
having the obvious advantage of not risking life, as well as
being cheaper than manned aircraft.

Cook is not surprised that the Bird of Prey was at least
initially a manned aircraft, as this helps gather performance
data. "You may be sure that lessons learned from this programme
will find their way into both manned and unmanned aircraft, not
simply in terms of flight characteristics, but crucially in the
method of design and production," he says. And any company that
steals a lead on its UCAV competitors stands to win very
lucrative development and production contracts in the future.

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