Yeah it is but it had the same kind of project as the XB-70, but it was an experiment recon plane, like the recently revealed Bird of Prey, I donno if it still flies.
I heard those planes will supposidly be officially "revealed" in 2012, which happens to be the same amount of time between Aurora's first flight and the first flight of the A-12 CIA
planes until we all found out about them when the USAF
Blackbirds were first retired - 27 years. Like I said I donno it they are still using them. Unlike the A-12's, there is no way Aurora could carry armament.
Just a bit on it, it runs at M6
and based on it's Inconel structure, it could have a Vmax of M9
(i'm sure it never went there), runs on LCH4, which is why it might not be flying, the oil company must got on Lockheed's but about it, which is probably why NASA is investigating hydrocarbon fuels for the next X-43 variant. I donno range, the thing was 2/3rds fuel, probably 6500 Nmi. Nice thing about PED's is that they turn into reamjets pretty easily...
Just to let you know I have researched Aurora since 1993, I know what I know. I'm not going to back up what others say or defend myslef against anyone with regards to Aurora, but I will argue about realism.
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