Aurora Plane

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The Aurora Plane is a supposed project made to replace the SR-71 Blackbird and the U-2 Dragonlady.



Suposed form of the Aurora

In the world of military aviation, there are numerous examples of planes with special talents that put them in the immortality of history, as landmarks of technology. One was the Bell X-1, which was the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound, about 1240 km/h. More recently, in history, the United States built the most spectacular aircraft of all time, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, which holds the speed record until the present day, 3400 km/h. The Blackbird was a reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at 30,000 feet altitude and speed of mach 3, spying on the former Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was the only plane that could perform this task without being slaughtered by the mighty Soviet air defense system at that time. As operating costs Blockbird esram incredibly high, it was decided, officially withdrawn from service, so the Pentagon explained that the functions of the Blackbird plane could be implemented by modern spy satellites that were entering service.

This version of the output of the Blackbird is disputed by experts who believe the Pentagon has a secret aircraft capable of hypersonic speeds of Mach 4 to Mach 5, which would fly at an altitude of 30,000 to 60,000 meters. The U.S. government denied systematically allegations about the existence of this super plane, whose appointment by scholars remained "Aurora". No photo really validates this hypothetical plane is published, and what can be found in searches are drawings made by aviation experts would be like the size of the plane or pictures of very poor quality, where it appears a silhouette. Apparently, if this plane exists, it must use a ramjet propulsion for hypersonic speeds able to sustain for long periods. According to research from scholars in aviation, the development of Aurora took place between 1980 and 1990 by Lockheed Martin, and the cost of the project have been mixed development costs from other military programs that were public as F/A-22 Raptor and the modernization of the U-2 Dragonlady. It is undeniable that the simple explanation that modern spy satellites would be used to perform the missions of the SR-71 Blackbird, is a bit strange that a plane with those features is very useful in various types of reconnaissance missions . The high cost of maintaining the Blackbirds would be an acceptable excuse to retire this aircraft, if there was a system that really were able to provide the benefits it provided. If there is this plane, it certainly will be a large aircraft, with a length between 30 and 40 meters, and certainly should be capable of autonomy spectacular, something around of 10000 miles without refueling. The Aurora is in the myths of modern military aviation and is likely to remain uncertain for many years, feeding the imagination of aviation enthusiasts from around the world.


  • Mission: Strategic Recoinassance
  • Maximum speed: Mach 6 ( 6500 km / h)
  • Range: 10000 km
  • Maximum Altitude: 65 000 m
  • Propulsion: Scranjet
  • Length: 30–40 m.
  • Wingspan: 10–15 m.

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