interesting "black" aircraft seen outside at Palmdale RAP

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interesting "black" aircraft seen outside at Palmdale RAP

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while looking at google earth yesterdayevening my eyes were focussing on 2 unidentified (at least to me) aircraft seen at (I think) a Lockeed Skunk Works ramp at Palmdale regional airport.

the biggest aircraft lookes like a B-2 but isn't.

hope someone can tell me more about them ...

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Ajaxfever wrote:while looking at google earth yesterdayevening my eyes were focussing on 2 unidentified (at least to me) aircraft seen at (I think) a Lockeed Skunk Works ramp at Palmdale regional airport.

the biggest aircraft lookes like a B-2 but isn't.

hope someone can tell me more about them ...

rgds,

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One of them is the X-47B (the largest one)
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michel N wrote:One of them is the X-47B (the largest one)
ok, thnxs. So no new black aircraft :(

probably Skunk Works needs extra space within their hangars ...
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Little one is an X-47A.

Skunk Works is the 'black' division of Lockheed-Martin, these UAV's were built by Northrop-Grumman.
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If they were still considered 'black', I guess they wouldn't have let them appear on Google Earth.....unless intentionally.

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Photographed the MQ-25A 'Stingray' (tanker version of the X-47B) at Palmdale around two weeks ago.
Was towed out towards the end of the runway for a while.
Similar distant hazy shot to this in this article, when spoke with this guy briefly...
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The smaller one:
X-47A
Original proof-of-concept prototype with a 27.8-foot (8.5 m) wingspan, first flown in 2003.

The bigger one:
X-47B
Demonstrator aircraft with a 62-foot (19 m) wingspan, first flown in 2011.
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