Is this the shape of the new mysterious stealth jet spotted over Texas?

Some blurry pictures taken from the ground are all we know about a possibly new, unknown, U.S. stealth jet. Based on those images we have tried to figure out the shape of the mysterious plane.

On Mar. 10, 2014, three mysterious planes were spotted over Amarillo, Texas, by Steve Douglass, Dean Muskett and few fellow photographers.

The analysis of the photos shot by Douglass and Muskett showed something interesting: the aircraft was almost boomerang shaped and, based on the contrails, it was equipped with two engines (or at least two exhaust nozzles).

One of the images, seemed to show a loose resemblance with the B-2 “batwing” bomber, whereas another one, highlighted a shape reminiscent of an X-47B UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) killer drone.

As done years ago with the famous Stealth Black Hawk exposed by the Osama Bin Laden raid at Abbottabad, based on the grainy images available, I worked with artist Ugo Crisponi to create an image that melted the various details that could be guessed by the shots taken by Douglass and Muskett.

Therefore, the one you can see in this post is a possible shape of a large 6th Generation (probably manned) aircraft, seen over Amarillo; a Black Project, inspired by the B-2 Spirit and F-117 Nighthawk, with inputs from more recent UCAVs designs.

What do you think?


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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.


  1. What are the chances that Northrup is working on two black projects at once? Seems more like a Lockheed design with those leading edges. What has ADP at Lockheed officially taken credit for since the RQ-170, circa 2007? Seven to ten years for a black project development timeline; about now is when it could be doing test flights.

  2. Interesting concept picture. As one of the nutters who associates with the paranormal community, i’ve seen the terrible quality photos being promoted everywhere as UFOs. Sorry UFOlogists but the man is right, it’s new “black” tech being tested. The eejits (excuse dialect – Northern Irish living in France) need to do a basic course in aircraft recognition. Thanks for the great photos & vids of the Armée de l’Air & Aeronavale by the way. Over 2 1/2 years here, & between one thing & another, never got to an airshow yet damnitt. Only seen one from our balcony (even from distance Patrouille de France impressive, & comparable with Red Arrows, though seen both several times before). Was very enjoyable having a few cool beers in Place d’Armes & watching the practice flights the week before, for the Valenciennes/Prouvy airshow.

  3. Given the gap in the USAF inventory for aircraft that did precision strikes like the F-117 and the need for further aircraft in the inventory with the huge reduction of numbers currently, it makes sense that a new 5th generation stealth black project is now flying. It would also explain why the AF decided to allow the destruction of the F-117 fleet.
    With further geopolitical stability now being questioned, it also may not be an accident that these are flying more hours and being caught/photographed during the daylight. Whether intentional or unintentional, current degrading political situations may force these coming to light in the next few months or more.

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