Office of Naval Research’s Electromagnetic Railgun

Mystery Aircraft Over Texas || Ares
… the basic shape - while it resembles Boeing’s Blended Wing Body studies or the Swift Killer Bee/Northrop Grumman Bat unmanned air system - is different from anything known to have flown at full size, lacking the notched trailing edge of Northrop Grumman’s full-size designs.
The aircraft seen here was accompanied by two others. This and the fact that Steve picked up some apparently related voice traffic suggests that the aircraft is piloted: I doubt that you’d dispatch three large, classified unmanned aircraft anywhere in formation. The risk of a midair would be present, and such an event would be non-career-optimal.
It’s not merely logical to expect that numerous classified aircraft programs exist: it’s almost a necessity under the principle of Occam’s Razor, because if they don’t, you have to contrive some sort of explanation for what Area 51 has been up to all these years.
[I love aviation geeks so much]

Mystery Aircraft Over Texas || Ares

… the basic shape - while it resembles Boeing’s Blended Wing Body studies or the Swift Killer Bee/Northrop Grumman Bat unmanned air system - is different from anything known to have flown at full size, lacking the notched trailing edge of Northrop Grumman’s full-size designs.

The aircraft seen here was accompanied by two others. This and the fact that Steve picked up some apparently related voice traffic suggests that the aircraft is piloted: I doubt that you’d dispatch three large, classified unmanned aircraft anywhere in formation. The risk of a midair would be present, and such an event would be non-career-optimal.

It’s not merely logical to expect that numerous classified aircraft programs exist: it’s almost a necessity under the principle of Occam’s Razor, because if they don’t, you have to contrive some sort of explanation for what Area 51 has been up to all these years.

[I love aviation geeks so much]

1940s. “Arlington County, Virginia. War Department. Pentagon, aerial view.”
I’m thinking South Parking is in the upper left corner?  In the bottom left, you can see where the bus tunnels start!  The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization took residence in the former bus tunnels in the 1980s.
(Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak; via Shorpy)

1940s. “Arlington County, Virginia. War Department. Pentagon, aerial view.”

I’m thinking South Parking is in the upper left corner?  In the bottom left, you can see where the bus tunnels start!  The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization took residence in the former bus tunnels in the 1980s.

(Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak; via Shorpy)

Ancient Chinese stone armor, from the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who ruled from 221 B.C. to 210 B.C.

(Photos taken by Kevin Harber at the National Geographic Museum exhibit ‘Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor’; via ancientart)

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...