ACCESS: Top Secret
- Aug 2, 2006
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Sublight, in your document it states the program was Secret-SNTK, what does the S in SNTK mean? S_______ Need To Know.
Just looked back at the Rutan connection... has anyone floated/exploded the hypothesis that SC was the full-size, CT64-powered version of the Model 133, which was the subject of a Beech/GELAC announcement at the time of the rollout and then met the Boojum?
"'But oh, beamish nephew, beware of the day,
If your Snark be a Boojum! For then
You will softly and suddenly vanish away,
And never be met with again!'
It might be me, but it suddenly struck me how brilliant the program name ‘Senior Citizen’ is. Hide in plain sight with a name that is common English and gives you millions of Google hits. It might be a happy coincidence, especially since Senior Citizen was before widespread internet, but the US Army might have been ahead of the game. Using ordinary names or word combinations would make it easier to hide a program online in this day and age.
Wouldn't that be too much of an airframe to hide in plain sight?
A horribly behind schedule and over-budget mismanaged project does not make an apt comparison.Considering the fact that it took 18 years to get the V-22 Osprey from first flight to operational status I don’t think a secret VTOL like Senior Citizen aimed for ever flew.
Sometimes you might want to land right in the middle of the enemy... a soccer field, embassy grounds, something. In which case you want to get in and out quickly and as quietly as possible. A V/STOL cargo transport is never going to be silent, but it could sure be quieter - and less visible on radar and IR - than a CH-47.I find the idea of a stealthy VSTOL transport puzzling as all the VSTOL aircraft I know of whether jet, fan or rotor are incredibly noisy.
Using a C130 or CH47 to insert some Land Rovers or similar a few miles away seems a better way of doing it.