Re: Possibility of Aurora legend being a cover for the Quartz project

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Message posted by Vahe Demirjian (Member since 04/28/2022) on August 07, 2023 at 20:59:53 PST:

After being told by Peter Merlin that the Lockheed Mach 5 Penetrator design was proposed in the early 1980s as a replacement for the SR-71, there may have been yet another reason that reports from early 1988 claimed that Lockheed was developing a Mach 6 spyplane which many publications erroneously associated the codename Aurora with, in addition to these reports mentioning Lockheed receiving $1.1 billion in government funding for 1988, and mention of the codename Aurora in the 1985 P-1 document next to TR-1 and SR-71 precipitating the belief that Aurora was the codename for an SR-71 successor. Whoever wrote the article about a supposed hypersonic spyplane in the November 1988 Popular Science issue probably knew that Lockheed designed the Mach 5 Penetrator as a high-performance spyplane with turboramjets for Mach 5 performance and just assumed that whichever aircraft might replace the SR-71 would be hypersonic.

In Reply to: Re: Possibility of Aurora legend being a cover for the Quartz project posted by Primetime on March 07, 2023 at 7:50:16 PST:


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