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#4399556 - 01/12/18 04:41 PM What is THIS?  
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I've never seen an aircraft/spacecraft that looks like whatever this is:

https://www.google.com/maps/@26.9284865,-80.3400866,152m/data=!3m1!1e3


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#4399557 - 01/12/18 04:45 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4399562 - 01/12/18 04:59 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Yep!

DOH


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#4399567 - 01/12/18 05:15 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4399571 - 01/12/18 05:26 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4399593 - 01/12/18 06:34 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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If you use Google earth and go back a few months, May 2017 if I remember correctly, you can see it on the pole at the end of the radar test range, a few hundred meters to the west from where you linked the image smile


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Originally Posted by F4UDash4
Yep!

DOH



I'm not so sure on that, the wings folded don't match the plan view of the object, and the fuselage is too pointed, the angles compared with the drone don't really match either.


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#4399597 - 01/12/18 06:48 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: Alicatt]  
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Originally Posted by Alicatt
If you use Google earth and go back a few months, May 2017 if I remember correctly, you can see it on the pole at the end of the radar test range, a few hundred meters to the west from where you linked the image smile



Okay... if that is the same "thing", and I believe it is, why would they do a radar reflectivity test on it with wings folded? That is if it really is the X-47B, which I am now doubting.


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#4399598 - 01/12/18 06:54 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4399599 - 01/12/18 06:57 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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I have heard it may be from Lockhead Martin and their hypersonic test vehicle that was recently announced


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#4399600 - 01/12/18 07:00 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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That's a real interesting piece of property to look at. If yo click on that airframe the Google map labels it as "Hypersonic Test Vehicle". Elsewhere though, way off to the farthest western most part of that complex looks like there's a helicopter with a crazy amount of rotor blades on it or something. Maybe its a special piece of equiptment used for testing rotor blade performance? I also see what looks like an open hangar and a piece of rocket stage sitting in front. I see too further south what looks like a rocket or engine testing area because you see this rocket-like tube laying on its side and everything in the woods behind that area is torn up and knocked down. Off to the east appears to be where all of the different company businesses and headquarters are. Interesting that FPL has some offices in there amongst the presumable government contractor's buildings. Perhaps they provide the power for these companies but its just interesting to see how all of these big entities are in apparent relationships with one another.

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Using Google Earth I've taken screenshots of the east and west ends of the runway whenever the object was in view:



01-19-09
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12-13-10
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02-16-16
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03-21-17
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#4399608 - 01/12/18 07:21 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: Coot]  
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Originally Posted by Coot
That's a real interesting piece of property to look at. If yo click on that airframe the Google map labels it as "Hypersonic Test Vehicle". Elsewhere though, way off to the farthest western most part of that complex looks like there's a helicopter with a crazy amount of rotor blades on it or something. Maybe its a special piece of equiptment used for testing rotor blade performance? I also see what looks like an open hangar and a piece of rocket stage sitting in front. I see too further south what looks like a rocket or engine testing area because you see this rocket-like tube laying on its side and everything in the woods behind that area is torn up and knocked down. Off to the east appears to be where all of the different company businesses and headquarters are. Interesting that FPL has some offices in there amongst the presumable government contractor's buildings. Perhaps they provide the power for these companies but its just interesting to see how all of these big entities are in apparent relationships with one another.

Sikorsky , Pratt & Whitney, Aerojet Rocketdyne amoungst others have factories there so no surprise in seeing unusual "objects" there smile


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#4399650 - 01/12/18 09:44 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: Chucky]  
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Originally Posted by Chucky

no shadows from folded wings, no markings, a prism that doesnt match x-47b, and wrong silhoette. the one in google map is more angled

#4399660 - 01/12/18 10:17 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Yup,I only did a quick Google on it. On looking more closely the X-47B doesn't appear to fit the shape.

I'm not saying it's Aliens yet though smile


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#4399719 - 01/13/18 09:30 AM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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It looks unlike an X-47B (wings folded) to me. Why would the wings be folded anyway on a runway like that?


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#4399724 - 01/13/18 11:36 AM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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The bucket truck is gone when the craft is gone, too. Maybe it’s needed for testing or inspection.


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#4399726 - 01/13/18 12:08 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: NH2112]  
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Originally Posted by NH2112
The bucket truck is gone when the craft is gone, too. Maybe it’s needed for testing or inspection.


That's because it is out at the end of the test range... Note the shadow!

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image from 17/Feb/2016


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#4399731 - 01/13/18 12:27 PM Re: What is THIS? [Re: F4UDash4]  
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At about 35 minutes into this video about the replica Horton HO-229 they put it on to a test stand like the one on the above pictures


Interesting video in it's self


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