Re: Possible RQ-180 sighting

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Message posted by Q-nimbus (Member since 08/20/2020) on November 01, 2021 at 7:51:31 PST:

First of all, congratulations with the catch!

Contrails can form above 40.000 ft, but itís rare.

Iím surprised you could hear the aircraft; if we assume it flew at 70.000 ft and you were still able to hear it, that means itís not particularly stealthy as that implies it has a very loud acoustic signature. This is especially strange as I would expect the RQ-180 to be relatively silent with itís hidden, inboard engines to begin with.

So, the fact that it produces contrails and produces audible noise suggests that itís flying at a relatively low altitude; certainly not at 70.000 ft.

As so often this raises only more questions, but Iím sure weíll find out more soon!

In Reply to: Re: Possible RQ-180 sighting posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on October 31, 2021 at 14:29:24 PST:


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