UK Report Offers Clues to Rumored US Spy Airplanes

A recently declassified UK Ministry of Defence report suggests that the United States Air Force may be developing spy planes capable of record breaking speed. The United States has a history of building secret spy planes dating back to the U2 spy plane and the SR71 Blackbird. Traditionally, the US government doesn’t acknowledge the existence of such planes until years later, and in the case of the F117 Stealth Fighter, not until it was in use for more than a decade.

The UK report mentions a USAF plan to develop unpiloted hypersonic aircraft capable of flying Mach 8-12 (approximately 6,000-9,000 mph) as well as highly supersonic aircraft that can reach speeds of Mach 4-6 (approximately 3,000-5,000 mph). The names of two airplane projects were blacked out, as well as details about the programs. Conspiracy buffs theorize that the projects may be the newest generation of US spy aircraft known as the Aurora. They argue that if the planes were flown out of the UK, then the US might have shared information about the programs, thus the Ministry of Defence report.