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#4537325 - 09/16/20 09:27 PM The USAF has a New Top Secret Aircraft  
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USAF Has Secretly Flown A Demonstrator For Its Next-Generation Fighter

This is very unexpected.


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In his address on the second day of the Air Force Association’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference, on September 15, 2020, Dr Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, revealed that a previous undisclosed demonstrator for the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program has begun flight testing.

“We’ve already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world,” Roper confirmed to Defense News, “and we broke records in doing it. We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.”


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#4537329 - 09/16/20 09:55 PM Re: The USAF has a New Top Secret Aircraft [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Really? The F-35 is still not fully deployed and behind schedule and over budget. The F-22 production has ceased after only 187 models which was upsetting to me.

#4537367 - 09/17/20 08:03 AM Re: The USAF has a New Top Secret Aircraft [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Looks like the cancelled A12 Avenger to me.


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Originally Posted by Mad Max
Looks like the cancelled A12 Avenger to me.


We have so far seen no pictures of the real thing, that's just a promotional graphic of a proposed design that's been around for a couple of years or more.


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#4537384 - 09/17/20 11:56 AM Re: The USAF has a New Top Secret Aircraft [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Doesn't seem very 'top secret' to me wink


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Interesting, but why reveal it if there is any chance of it becoming operational?

Bait for China's spies?

Anyway, some cool rabbit holes at the bottom of the page...


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#4537392 - 09/17/20 12:23 PM Re: The USAF has a New Top Secret Aircraft [Re: No105_Archie]  
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Originally Posted by No105_Archie
Doesn't seem very 'top secret' to me wink



Well when it's already flying and we have no pictures, no data on performance, no information on who built it, how many have been built, if it is manned/unmanned etc. etc. only that "it exists" the only way it could be more top secret would be to not know that one single fact.


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#4537393 - 09/17/20 12:23 PM Re: The USAF has a New Top Secret Aircraft [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Of course you guys know that it could take more than 5 years from the time this flight demonstrator becomes a front-line aircraft in active service. My personal educated guess would be about 10 years.


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