Is Brilliant Buzzard a misidentified Rutan Long-EZ?

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Message posted by Vahe Demirjian (Member since 04/28/2022) on April 29, 2022 at 20:15:24 PST:

The book Dark Eagles by the late Curtis Peebles states on page 268 that sightings of the alleged "Brilliant Buzzard" aircraft were actually of the Rutan Long-EZ homebuilt aircraft, because that airplane has canards like the XB-70 Valkyrie and upturned wingtips (as described by eyewitnesses in Atlanta, Georgia, and Helendale, California). It also quotes US Air Force officials as saying that the object seen being loaded into a C-5 Galaxy in January 1992 looking like the forward part of an SR-71 fuselage except for rounded chines that reporters believed to be the forward fuselage of the "Brilliant Buzzard" was actually a radar cross section test article and had no cockpit canopy.

The page "Known and rumored Black Projects" describes Brilliant Buzzard as a Boeing product but questions why the aircraft seen near Helendale was reportedly approaching the Lockheed facility in Helendale. In any case, there is no evidence whatsoever that the US ever built an XB-70 like mothership for a spaceplane in the 1990s given that constructing such a machine would have been costly given that speeds at Mach 3.3 require the titanium alloy.


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