Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/4/2014 (10 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We have a good guess of what these mysterious craft are.

Two photographers have shared pictures of what they say may be a mysterious plane belonging to the United States, which they photographed on March 10. The images are fueling speculation that the aircraft are a new as-yet unannounced version of stealth aircraft.

A close up of the mysterious craft spotted flying over Amarillo, Texas on March 10.

A close up of the mysterious craft spotted flying over Amarillo, Texas on March 10.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/4/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Sr-72, spy plane, phantom ray, march 10, photograph, UFO, stealth, B-2


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It's definitely a plane, there's no doubt about that. Beyond that conclusion, it's all educated guesswork, making these craft official unidentified flying objects (UFOs). What is known is that three aircraft, all with a distinctive triangle shape, overflew Amarillo, Texas on March 10, and they were captured on film.

Who is the patron saint of aviation?

The mysterious aircraft were captured in this fleeting photograph.

The mysterious aircraft were captured in this fleeting photograph.


Photographers Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took the pictures and posted them to the internet asking if anyone could identify the planes. However, instead of being told right away they had captured a flight of stealth bombers, based in Missouri, nobody had any clue what they were looking at except that nobody could identify the mysterious UFOs. Right away speculation turned to the rumored SR-72.

An enhancement of the image shows their distinctive triangle shape.

An enhancement of the image shows their distinctive triangle shape.


Could it be the SR-72?

The SR-72 is the long storied successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71 was an ultra-fast jet capable of flying across the United States in under three hours. A normal airliner takes six hours to complete such a journey.

The initial guess was that they were stealth bombers, but the shape doesn

The initial guess was that they were stealth bombers, but the shape doesn't quite match.


The SR-71 was conceived in the 1950s and flew through the 1990s when it was finally retired from service, replaced with high-tech spy satellites.

The SR-72 is under development by Lockheed Martin but is said to be years away from serviceable use. Lockheed Martin itself says such a plane would be able to cross continents in one hour, but that they won't be in service until at least 2030.

The SR-72, is in development, but won

The SR-72, is in development, but won't enter service until at least 2030.


So if the triangular objects are not stealth bombers, and they're not SR-72s, then what are they?

Could they be a new kind of secret aircraft?

One important clue lies in the speed at which the aircraft were traveling. According to Douglass, the craft were not flying fast at all, but rather at about the same speed as a regular airliner. Drone aircraft tend to fly at such speeds and much slower.

The Boeing Phantom Ray has been in flight testing since 2011. The Phantom Ray could be what was capt

The Boeing Phantom Ray has been in flight testing since 2011. The Phantom Ray could be what was captured by the photographers.


Our guess is that the craft are actually unmanned drones, under testing and development for future use. A close candidate, based on their profile, is the Boeing Phantom Ray, or a derivative of it. That craft is an unmanned vehicle which could potentially be used as a strike bomber. The Phantom Ray may simply be in a new phase of testing which involves formation flying and long distance flights.

The Phantom Ray has the right shape and matches what was captured on March 10.

The Phantom Ray has the right shape and matches what was captured on March 10.


Regardless of what the craft were, we can be assured that the military is always working on the next generation of aircraft and we will know only long after the craft are in service. Such secrecy may intrigue or even annoy us, but it is key to how the United States remains at the cutting edge of defense technology.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Technology

Zombie Apocalypse: Safest plan is to 'head for the hills,' according to experts Watch

Image of In the event of a zombie apocalypse, cities would fall quickly. However, it would take weeks for zombies to penetrate into less densely populated areas.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the event the dead return to life and begin to cannibalize the living, turning them into hordes of the shuffling undead, theoretically - there would be few options. Researchers at Cornell University offer a practical bit of advice should this happen - head ... continue reading


12 billion times size of our sun; scientists spot massive black hole Watch

Image of Researchers led by teams from China's Peking University and the University of Arizona both say the newly discovered black hole is six times larger than its biggest known contemporaries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chinese researchers have spotted a super massive black hole. Scientists say the heavenly body is 12 billion times the size of the sun. They theorize it formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. The black hole, named SDSS J010013.02 is larger than any ... continue reading


Apple's 'Project Titan' shaking up U.S. automotive market Watch

Image of Excitement over Apple's

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a market sometimes dictated by fad or fancy, Apple's announcement to hurry an electric car into production in a few short years - called "Project Titan," has inspired widespread consumer excitement. While auto companies typically take seven years to develop a ... continue reading


Bringing 'kid friendly' content to mobile users, YouTube releases new app 'YouTube Kids' Watch

Image of Intended for Smartphones and tablets, YouTube Kids will feature original content from DreamWorks TV, Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends and more.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the Internet is usually seen as providing inappropriate content for the young, YouTube will be bringing "kid friendly" content via its new app, YouTube Kids. The app will be available free on Android devices - only on February 23. There is no word yet on iOS ... continue reading


Going for it: Apple vows to have electric car out by 2020 Watch

Image of Apple's proposed electric car, the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An electric vehicle that can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and cost less than $40,000 is a goal shared by at least three major companies. Both Tesla Motors and General Motors vow to have such a car available by the year 2017. Apple has now since ... continue reading


Keep your eyes open; Sony 'smart specs' get going as Google rethinks Glass Watch

Image of Sony's specs lack a certain

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Sony is forging ahead with its own version of Google Glass - spectacles that are tuned into the Internet, in spite of Google Glass being sent back for revamping. Computer giant Apple remains firm that the wrist is the right place for a wearable computer. Sony ... continue reading


New tool on Facebook will maintain your page - AFTER YOU DIE! Watch

Image of The Legacy Contact will be able to close down your profile, keep it frozen as a memorial, or leave it as it is.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

How we will be remembered in cyberspace after we pass on is usually down low - way, way down on our list of priorities. Stepping up to the plate, Facebook - the preeminent social networking Web site, has created an app that will inform your friends that you are ... continue reading


CYBER WARFARE: Utah suffering 300 million attacks daily, possibly due to National Security Agency Watch

Image of Any time Utah finds itself in controversy, cyber attacks seem to increase.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the State of Utah is home to the new, secretive National Security Agency computer center, one that whistle-blower Edward Snowden informed to the world, hackers now think they can somehow get to it through state computer systems. This has led to the State of ... continue reading


Computer giant Apple wants to revolutionize TV - but world hesitates Watch

Image of Apple CEO Tim Cook said TV was

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Computer revolutionaries Apple want to extend their hands in to the cable TV business - but many players remains hesitant. A set-top box on screens seems to have been met with a cool reception with many cable TV companies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Why is Apple staying mum on mysterious van with strange apparatus? Watch

Image of Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County, California, in the United States. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 122,067.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mysterious vehicle spotted on the streets of Concord, California is drawing attention. It's a dark blue minivan with several cameras attached to its roof. Nobody in the Northern Californian city knows what it is doing there. The only thing anyone has been ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Psalms 79:8, 9, 11, 13
8 Do not count against us the guilt of former ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 79:8, 9, 11, 13
13 And we, your people, the flock that you pasture, ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 6:36-38
36 'Be compassionate just as your Father is ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 2nd, 2015 Image

Bl. Charles the Good
March 2: In 1086, St. Canute, King of Denmark and father of Blessed ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter