CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
- May 26, 2006
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Of course I don't believed that,so I put it in this section as a good design.On November 12th, 1988 there was an open house/air show at Norton AFB near San Bernardino California. According to an aerospace engineer who witnessed the event, during an abbreviated Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration (which was cut short by hazy IFR conditions), a classified aircraft exhibit took place inside the “big hangar” at Norton AFB. This exhibit was attended by a small group of senators and congressman (Alan Cranston, George E. Brown Jr.), along with a select group of high level Air Force officers. The expressed purpose of the exhibit was to garner additional support for classified “black”, or SAR “special access required” programs. Many of these programs are hidden in the annual Department of Defense Budget report to Congress RDT & E (research development test and evaluation).
Among a group of classified aircraft in the hangar (which all had a small plaque in front of them with a brief performance description), an independent civilian aerospace contractor identified a very unique aircraft which he called the “Super-STOL”. Measuring 24 feet in length, with a wingspan of 22 feet, the Super-STOL was a “one off” single pilot Marine attack aircraft that utilized a 30mm GAU-8/A seven barrel Gatling gun located in the nose (identical to the Fairchild/Republic A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthog” tank-buster) which uses depleted uranium rounds. A slight bulge and slot aft of the lowest port wing root was used as an ejection point for spent round casings. The small aircraft used a unique tricycle/outrigger landing gear arrangement with a retractable nose gear. The craft was painted Marine gray in color and had a conventional tail arrangement.
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