Friday, August 12, 2011

Is DARPA's Latest Plaything The Elusive 'Aurora'?

DARPA's 320 million dollar hypersonic Falcon, which flies in excess of Mach 20 (13,000 mph) launched this week on a test flight and was promptly lost in the deep blue. But fear not! They had, of course, two. A second launch is scheduled.

The unmanned craft is shaped like a large black spearpoint, a configuration familiar to many UFOlogists. One cannot help but wonder if these are the first tests, or if these are the first tests the public has been allowed to know about?

Since the late 1980s when a military budget listed an expenditure of $455 million as a black project (as secretly-funded ventures are termed in the parlance of military spending)  known only as "Aurora,"it has been long-rumored the military has been testing a hypersonic jet. Some felt, however, this huge sum was tagged for Lockheed's B-2 Spirit, which was revealed to the public in the 1990s. 

These likely gave rise to many black triangle sightings in the years prior. In 1989, a British engineer spotted one refueling. And it can't be a coincidence that the number of black triangle UFOs sprang like weeds during the 1980s and early 1990s. As the revelation of the now famous Delta wing bombers and fighters emerged, it becomes obvious that many of these arose from very real sightings.

All along, a hypersonic jet has been rumored alongside these. Can we assume that it too has a ring of truth? Aurora likely saw various iterations of the concept over the years, each getting scrapped in turn as their flaws became apparent. That DARPA is releasing information on this vehicle tells us, despite this week's failure, the concept is sound--and didn't spring forth overnight.

In late 1991, as recorded by the USGS, a series of strange sonic booms was picked up in Southern California that seemed "stonger than other sonic booms," according to Jim Mori, a seismologist. "They've all come on Thursday mornings about the same time, between 4 and 7."

Dom Maglierie, a former NASA expert on such phenomena, confirmed the data represented something at 90,000 feet, traveling at Mach 4 to Mach 5.2 and were unlike any aircraft he was familiar with.

On March 23, 1992, near Amarillo, Steven Douglas took photos of a strange, donuts-on-a-rope contrail that he linked to rather peculiar sounds that produced "a deep pulsating rumble that vibrated the house and made the windows shake." Douglas also claimed ot have intercepted air-to-air communications between an AWACS known as "Dragnet 51" from Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City and two other unidentified craft known by the callsigns "Darkstar November" and "Darkstar Mike." These latter designations were, apparently, AWACS squadrons out of Tinker as well. Anyone who lives in the Oklahoma City area is extremely familiar with these large jets surmounted by flying saucer-like radar arrays.

One month later, a similar incident took place in California by a civilian monitoring air traffic communications out of Edwards AFB. He heard early morning transmissions between callsign "Joshua Control" and a high-flyer using "Gaspipe": "Youre at 67,000 feet, 81 miles out...70 miles out now, 36,000 feet, above glideslope..."

And while sightings tapered off (other than some dubious Area 51 claims) by the mid-1990s, budget holes continued to show up in conjuction with anomalies that might suggest such a project was still under way.

Again, I have to wonder if this is what we've been seeing all along. Perhaps after failed attempts to man such a craft, a drone was deemed the likeliest solution.

If black triangles and hypersonic craft can shed UFO mystique to become actual military advancements, should we then take a closer look at such reports with an eye toward air force technology? What of the rumored silent-running refueling platforms and stealth blimps? Are they generating similar sightings? Perhaps only time will tell since, as yet, no hobbyist UFOlogist has successfully penetrated the veil of denial surrounding such black projects.

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