Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeing’s secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldn’t exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects. »9/22/15 3:34pm9/22/15 3:34pm

The Pointy End Of Northrop's Flying Wings Then And Now

The images above provide an interesting comparative study of the nose sections of Northrop’s YB-49 circa the late 1940s and present day’s Northrop Grumman’s B-2A Spirit stealth bomber. Jack Northrop (and Nazi Germany to some extent) was way ahead of his time when it came to envisioning flying wings as the future of… »9/07/15 2:56pm9/07/15 2:56pm

Mysterious Stealth F/A-18 Test Article Is Indeed A Fully Formed Specimen

We just reported on what appears to be an exotic stealth Super Hornet test article stored at the USAF’s Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group’s boneyard in Arizona. Due to limited photographic evidence we could only theorize that article in question was a fully formed concept, not a much more conventionally… »9/05/15 1:42pm9/05/15 1:42pm

A New Angle On This Shadowy Stealth F/A-18 Hornet Concept Is Intriguing

One of our readers, Gareth Webber, pointed out a strange looking aircraft stored at AMARG, the Pentagon’s aircraft boneyard in Tucson, AZ. I immediately noticed it from an article that ran a year and a half ago in Aviation Week about a stealthy F/A-18 Hornet concept that was photographed sitting along the AMARG… »9/04/15 2:20pm9/04/15 2:20pm

Meet Northrop's XST, The Plane That Lost Out To The Original Stealth Jet

The year was 1974, and Defense Research Projects Agency was becoming more and more interested in the idea that an aircraft, or a remotely piloted vehicle, could be almost totally invisible to enemy sensors. The aircraft that resulted was the F-117 Nighthawk, better known as the first stealth fighter. This is not that… »6/26/15 5:36pm6/26/15 5:36pm

Watch This B-2's Refueling Receptacle Disappear Before Your Very Eyes!

Our good friend David Cenciotti posted a very cool USAF video showing a B-2 Spirit being refueled high over Montana. Watching the flying wing's control surfaces working to keep it stabilized below the KC-135 is always amazing, but the real payoff comes at the end when we see the jet's revolving refueling receptacle… »3/11/15 11:41pm3/11/15 11:41pm

Lockheed's Senior Peg: The Forgotten Stealth Bomber

Perhaps because it was built in secret and designed to be invisible, the stealth bomber is unforgettable the moment you see it. What few remember, though, is that the iconic silhouette almost looked like this. Here's the story of how Senior Peg came to be, why we didn't get it, and why we might want it back. »3/01/14 6:04pm3/01/14 6:04pm