What’s this Mystery Plane spotted over Texas?

Mar 28 2014 - 37 Comments

Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett were taking photos at Amarillo when they spotted the contrails of some mystery aircraft. What did they shot flying over Texas?

The images you can see in this post were taken in the afternoon of Mar. 10, 2014. Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett, along with other fellow photographers were at Amarillo International Airport when they saw the contrails of three high flying aircraft.

Even though the aircraft were barely visible at distance, the photographers pointed their lenses at the unidentified planes, and took several shots.

Mystery plane

As Douglass recalls in his blog, it was only when they reviewed the images that they noticed that the aircraft were not B-2s as they initially thought: “At one point the aircraft had banked and the trailing edge was quite clear. It wasn’t straight but had a slight curve, the aircraft was almost boomerang shaped.”

Indeed, an inquiry to Whiteman Air Force Base has ruled out the possibility that a flight of three B-2s was flying over Texas on Mar. 10.

Stealth expert Bill Sweetman and the rest of the AW&ST team have investigated the mystery aircraft sighting, coming to the conclusion that the photos show something real. 

Even if its shape loosely resembles that of an X-47B, the mystery aircraft seems to be larger than Navy’s new killer drone.

Obviously someone will argue that exposing three Black Aircraft in plain daylight is not that smart, especially if you want to keep the project classified.

Unless, you think the moment has arrived to show some potential resurgent enemy (Russia?) that you have an ace in the hole, as done some 30 years earlier with the F-117.

Image credit: Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett


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  • cencio4

    Here’s how I see the shape of this mystery plane: https://theaviationist.com/2014/03/30/mystery-aircraft-shape/
    Comments? Ideas?

    • Bigdirk

      Yeah, that would fit the bill David. Another skunkworks product, perhaps?

  • N

    Lockheed Martin Polecat had 2 engines. They say it crashed… Maybe there were more?

  • adamjackdrew

    I was always under the impression that the B2 Spirit was a four engined aircraft. Anyhow, isn’t the whole idea of stealth to be…err…stealthy? Leaving contrails behind pointing to where you are isn’t that stealthy to my way of looking at it.

    As for what this could be, who knows – but looking at the colour picture, it looks like it may have more than two engines (four with two exhausts) – you can see a faint third contrail.

    As for flying in daylight over a busy commercial airport? They could have been testing radar reception in cooperation with the ATC at the airport.

    It also seems strange that it’s only these aircraft and no “shadowers” that we’re aware of. In my mind, when testing aircraft of this type, it’s always useful to have, say, an F15 as a chase plane to provide a radar return etc.

    But then, what do I know.

  • Bruce Logan

    Hi Russia. Hello China.

  • Ztex
  • rickey

    the plane is the tr3-b just look it up