What’s this Mystery Plane spotted over Texas?

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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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

10 Comments

  1. The United States Air Force spends billions on R&D, all on prototype aircraft. It takes up to 12 years before any of these aircraft become know to the general public.
    Whether they are “Flying Wings” or Delta shaped, they are well hidden from the public and normally are seen at night, thus giving forth those ideas of UFOs.
    GN-

    • Back in my college days, I worked a job whose shift ended at midnight and would get me home about 12:30. When driving back to my house, the AM radio stations would be lit up with conversations of “UFO triangles” and endless conversations asking “why do the aliens prefer the triangle to any other shape?”.

    • Looking at some of the concept art that Boeing and other defense contractors have on their websites, my only question is to whether this is a manned aircraft or not.

  2. There’ve always been ufos sightings. And they’ve always been near military bases.

    Maybe a prototype for one of our new bombers?

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