Re: Updating page "Secret U.S. Aircraft Projects at Groom Lake"

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Message posted by Vahe Demirjian (Member since 04/28/2022) on April 29, 2022 at 14:25:47 PST:

I think that when you composed the entry "A-11 Astra", you didn't realize that the description given for this entry applies to a rumored stealthy fighter-bomber discussed in the article "Swing Wing Stealth Attack Plane" in the January 1995 issue of Popular Science and referred to therein as A-17, since the left image on page 56 of the article depicts an aircraft with the serrated trailing edge. Elsewhere on this site it is mentioned that ASTRA stood for for Advanced Stealth Technology Reconnaissance Aircraft, and you may have invented the label "A-11", because it is probable that A-11 was reserved for the Piper Enforcer COIN aircraft in the event that this aircraft went into production, since the Enforcer was first flown in the early 1980s.

The entry about the Lockheed HGV needs to be either revamped or at best deleted because none of rumors for the HGV say that it was tested at Groom Lake. It is also important to note that the image you included at the Lockheed HGV page at is actually not the air-launched HGV but instead the Ballistic Offensive Suppression System (BOSS) that the USAF called AXE (this image first appears in Issue 12 of the Lockheed Horizons magazine on page 116). Therefore, you could update the Lockheed HGV entry at Designation (the Encyclopedia Astronautica link you cited is no longer active).


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