can someone identify this hypersonic plane?

dickie

ACCESS: Restricted
Joined
May 3, 2007
Messages
46
Reaction score
4
secret.jpg


Is this simply an illustration meant as a point-of-reference or does it imply the existence of a possible mach 6 aircraft designed for a similar role to the sr-71? Why include it at all? The document is dated 1980.

Found in SOC's scans of sr-71 derivative mission plan documents in the following thread.

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,355.0.html
 

dickie

ACCESS: Restricted
Joined
May 3, 2007
Messages
46
Reaction score
4
Hate to double-post, but thought it best for visibility and organization...

I realized that the aircraft depicted in the above image could represent any number of UNMANNED vehicles as well, something I had previously neglected to consider. D-21?
 

SOC

I look at pictures all day
Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2006
Messages
1,223
Reaction score
102
D-21 was a Mach 3 vehicle. That aircraft likely just represents the fact that a Mach 6 aircraft at 120,000 feet would be able to operate above the defenses you see there, providing a reference point for a design that would be immune to the threats that the SR-71 at Mach 3.2 and 80,000 feet would face.
 

Orionblamblam

ACCESS: Above Top Secret
Top Contributor
Senior Member
Joined
Apr 5, 2006
Messages
8,987
Reaction score
3,522
Website
www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com
Doesn't look like a "design" so much as a theoretical Mach 6 capability. Additionally, look at the SR-71 and the F-15: not exactly stunning examples of accurate drawings.
 

dickie

ACCESS: Restricted
Joined
May 3, 2007
Messages
46
Reaction score
4
my thoughts exactly, orion. the most simple and sensible explanation is that its just a reference point, but all the same i was hoping there was some type of project tied to it :p
 

dickie

ACCESS: Restricted
Joined
May 3, 2007
Messages
46
Reaction score
4
hyper1.gif


a patent application from lockheed-martin for a thermal protection system designed for a proposed hypersonic cruise aircraft included this image.
 

Vahe Demirjian

I really should change my personal text
Joined
Mar 1, 2013
Messages
624
Reaction score
319
secret.jpg


Is this simply an illustration meant as a point-of-reference or does it imply the existence of a possible mach 6 aircraft designed for a similar role to the sr-71? Why include it at all? The document is dated 1980.

Found in SOC's scans of sr-71 derivative mission plan documents in the following thread.

Could you re-upload this photo so anyone can do extra scrutiny? I remember that when I was at the library in Lincoln Elementary School I was reading a book from the 1980s about future aircraft and it contained an image of a potential hypersonic successor to the SR-71, which once again rekindled my weighing in on the matter of the alleged Aurora spyplane.
 
Top