Tuesday, April 29, 2014

USAF "Mystery airplanes were B-2s"

USNI: The mystery jets that were spotted over Amarillo, Texas, and Wichita, Kan. earlier this year are in fact Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bombers on a training sortie, military sources told USNI News on Monday.

“The Amarillo jets were B-2 training sorties,” an U.S. Air Force official with direct knowledge of the incident told USNI News on Monday.

The jets were enroute to the Utah Test and Training Range to practice dropping bombs after a brief delay at the Melrose Air Force Range in New Mexico.

Flying out of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., the B-2s would likely have navigated via Amarillo to get to Melrose Range.

The Kansas picture is likely any number of training sorties flown around Kansas and Missouri,” the official added.

Whiteman, the home station of the B-2 fleet, is just outside of Kansas City near the border between Kansas and Missouri.

Earlier reporting that suggested that the images showed a thus far unknown type of triangular aircraft were mistaken due to the poor resolution of the photos.

The triangular planform on apparent display in those shots is the result of an optical illusion that obscured the trailing edge of the B-2s design.

“Given the resolution of this photo, we can’t even tell if it is a military aircraft, much less an Air Force one,” Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Cassidy told USNI News on April 21.

The U.S. Air Force fields 20 of the stealth bombers.

AUTHORS NOTE: This statement is a half truth. The aircraft over Amarillo on April 9th were B-2 bombers.

The aircraft Dean Muskett and myself photographed on March 10, were not.

It reminds me of this non-denial denial: Technically they are correct - it's called the F-117A Nighthawk not F-117 Night Hawk. 

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-Steve Douglass 

Mystery in New Mexico - was it the crash of something black?

Flying triangles and B-2s over Amarillo. What's the USAF up to?

Mystery aircraft photographed over Amarillo

Texas Mystery aircraft also photographed over Kansas 

Kansas Mystery aircraft photos analyzed. 


John Bochenek said...

Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh at them or pat them on the back.

Apparently, the decision was made to send a message to Putin, otherwise these new planes would not have been so readily visible to the eye and camera. At the same time, they are not ready to declassify the project - - thus the B-2 claims and flybys.

In this case, I will have to pat them on the back. They have an aggressive enemy who is now concerned about a new system that is operational. Yet at the same time, the enemy is most likely in the dark and guessing as much as any of us. Is it a bomber? Is it a troop transport? Perhaps it is some type of countermeasure asset that can protect other planes and personnel in a stealth environment. Is it manned or unmanned?

If the US came out and revealed that there was a new aircraft, as opposed to saying we don't know a B-2 when we see one, then more information would inevitably follow as the general media would flock to the story. It would take some of the pressure and worry off Russia to come up with their own answers. As it has played out so far, the US has had the best of both worlds; more headaches for the enemy to consider and very little information on which they can formulate a response.

Anonymous said...

This looks fake, but the shape looks the same.



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