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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  1. Don’t worry its just the Australian fighter/bomber called the “Boomerang” we throw it up here in Australia and it circles the earth and comes back down here. Its still very secret as we threw the first one up 3 weeks ago and it hasn’t come back yet but we are expecting developments shortly :)

  2. From the contrails it seems to be an two-engined aircraft/drone. The only twin-engined flying wing is the B-2. All other triangular drones are single-engined…

  3. It’s a flight of 3 B-2As. I see them fly over all the time in the same staggered formation. The B&W photo looks doctored from the color one.

    • Fotoforensics didn’t come up with anything for the b&w picture, just some artefacts due to highlight clipping. So at first sight it seems it wasn’t altered digitally at least.

      I agree that the colour picture looks much like a B-2, also the size relative to the contrail seems fine (just Google B-2 contrail for that). On the other hand, on the b&w picture the trailing edge seems different from that of a B-2. It looks more pointy too, but I suppose that could simply be the angle of the plane relative to the camera.

      I can’t think of any twin engined stealth drones off the top of my head, but I can understand how that would decrease the risk of coming down over another country’s territory. If the US are indeed working on such a drone, that wouldn’t be a big surprise.

    • Dude, those are not B-2s. The dimensions of this plane are clearly different than those of the Spirit.

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