Unsolved Mystery: Just What Was That Thing Flying High Over Oregon?

William Patalon IIIWilliam Patalon III

Do you like a good mystery?

I know that I do.

And I’ve got a great one I’m going to share here today.

I’m not just passing idle time here.

Or trying to fill space because I’ve got “writer’s block” (which I never get).

I’m sharing this aerospace mystery because I’m betting that it’s closely tied to a new hypersonic “Skunk Works” spy plane that three of our favorite aerospace innovators are developing for the U.S. Air Force.

mysteryLMT) SR-72 “Son of Blackbird” – a hypersonic jet that’s already under development and that will enter service late in the next decade./p pWe’ve been following this spy plane saga for you since late 2013. And we’ve been following the “hypersonic arms race” even longer./p pLockheed’s “Skunk Works” – a legendary, “black budget” development program – is creating the jet. Lockheed is a Private Briefing recommendation./p pSo is Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), the rocket-engine specialist Lockheed has tapped to help develop the “scramjet” engines that will push the Son of Blackbird to six times the speed of sound./p pA third PB recommendation – The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) – is also pioneering hypersonic technology./p pThe Son of Blackbird isn’t supposed to be flying yet./p pBut this technology is already being tested – in secret./p pAccording to a Sept. 27 report in Aviation Week’s Aerospace Daily & Defense Report – the “bible” of the aerospace business – a demonstrator prototype of the SR-72 was seen at a “black project” plant in California./p pAccording to journalist Guy Norris, an “unmanned subscale” (a scaled-down version of the real thing, but one that really flies) was seen at the Air Force’s Plant 42 in Palmdale. That’s where Lockheed’s Skunk Works is based./p pNorris said the drone flew into Palmdale on an early morning in July, escorted by two Air Force T-38 jets. He said Lockheed wouldn’t comment./p pSo we know that the SR-72 “demonstrator” is being flown./p pAnd one of the places it’s most certainly being flown from is Area 51./p pThat means it’s fully possible that the “mystery plane” spotted near the Oregon-California border late last month is the same plane that was spotted flying into Palmdale several months before./p p The Next Big Market in Aerospace /p pThe Son of Blackbird is a needed follow-on to the earlier Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Cold War spy plane that achieved legendary status./p pFrom the time it became operational in 1964 until it was retired in 1989 (and then retired again in 1998), the SR-71 was unparalleled it its ability to fly fast, fly high, and literally outrun the missiles enemy defenders fired to bring it down./p pIn fact, during its entire operational career – 3,551 mission sorties totaling 11,000 hours (including 2,750 mission hours being flown at Mach 3) – no Blackbird was ever felled by enemy fire./p pThat’s no surprise, of course: You can’t hit what you can’t catch./p pThe needle-nosed black jet cruised easily at Mach 3.2 and flew its missions at 85,000 feet – right at the edge of outer space. That extreme performance, and the spy plane’s 2,900-mile mission range, meant the Blackbird could “overfly” potential hot spots in North Korea and Vietnam – or even a nuclear test site deep inside China – and bring back “the goods” that Pentagon decision-makers desperately needed in order to act./p pSpy satellites, for all their benefits, lack the flexibility of supersonic spy planes./p pJets, you see, can be directed to a specific target at a desired point in time, while satellites are shackled to their orbiting tracks. In fact, in cases where the president or the Pentagon needs to look at a specific target, it can take as long as 24 hours before a satellite can be in the proper orbit. That’s much longer than it takes to plan and launch a spy plane mission. And because the overflights of satellites can be predicted, a targeted enemy can camouflage or otherwise hide the assets our military leaders want to see./p p img loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-567291" src="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/11/stealth-bombers.jpg" alt="stealth bombers" width="300" height="226" srcset="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/11/stealth-bombers.jpg 300w, a href="https://moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/11/stealth-bombers-75x57.jpg"moneymorning.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/11/stealth-bombers-75×57.jpg/a 75w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” title=”stealth bombers” />

The U.S.A.F. bomber force in flight, 2006

These shortcomings quickly became apparent when Congress forced the Blackbird’s first retirement in 1989. Just four months later, with Operation Desert Storm swirling, U.S. Gen. “Stormin'” Norman” Schwarzkopf, Jr., was told that the expedited reconnaissance the Blackbird could have given him was no longer available.

In part because of that lesson – and several others like it – several SR-71s were brought out of retirement in 1993. But the program was killed for good in 1998, leaving a gap in America’s strategic reconnaissance capabilities that new drone-type aircraft are just beginning to fill.

With that, Congress notched an achievement that had forever eluded our enemies.

It brought down the Blackbird.

That’s left a hole in the Pentagon’s ability to keep tabs on enemies – or new hot spots around the world.

Making matters worse is the reality that Beijing is investing heavily in “space weapons” – hoping to make render China’s enemies “blind” during a fight by blasting apart or electrically neutering U.S. spy and navigation satellites.

The Son of Blackbird could counter any move like that – and, being unmanned, wouldn’t expose a pilot to enemy fire. It would combine hypersonic speed, stealth, and maneuverability into a fearsome package.

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It’s not just a matter of worrying about the loss of the aircraft. It’s also the fact that the loss of the aircraft often means that the badly needed information isn’t obtained.

“Hypersonic is the new stealth,” Brad Leland, portfolio manager for air-breathing hypersonic technologies at Lockheed Martin, told Aviation Week & Space Technology. “Your adversaries cannot hide or move their critical assets. They will be found. That becomes a game changer.”

All those things make the SR-72 a high-priority program.

That’s why “hypersonics” are the next billion-dollar venue in aerospace. And firms like Lockheed, Aerojet, and Boeing will be big beneficiaries.

Those are all great plays, but there’s yet another opportunity in the aerospace realm that is poised for truly explosive growth. Growth that could turn a small stake into $115,900 – fast.

Check it out…

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In the barren, hostile plains of the New Mexico desert, not far from the Mexican border, they’re building a city like no other.

A city with high rises, avenues, parks, a big-box store, churches, and gas stations for a population of 35,000, all at a ground-up cost exceeding $1 billion…

It’s made to look like so many other cities in America, except for one thing: people. There are none. It’s a ghost town, and it always will be.

Here’s what I’ve learned about this ghost town and what I believe is really going on.

Its location in New Mexico is thefirst key: The state scoops up tons of government research dollars straight from Washington.

And indeed, located in hardened shelters far beneath this empty city will be teams of top-secret scientists and federal contractors hard at work…

Driven by what they call “mother’s milk” – the hopes of seeing billions of dollars in government funding coming their way. Not to mention the many billions more innewwealth that they hope to create.

I’ve identified the main group of scientists and researchers behind this project.

They are quite clearly inventing abigfuture, with new technologies that stretch the imagination – new technologies that are about to be everywhere.

They call their ghost town “Project CITE.”

It’s the brainchild of the government contractor Marble Arch.

And when you learn how tightMarble Archis with the Pentagon and how many massive government contractsMarble Archhas scooped up over the years, you know something big is happening here.

“Big,” as in “$127-billion-in-new-wealth-for-early-investors Big,” my findings suggest.

Marble Archis run by Bob Brumley, who was U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s point man for privatizing commercial space transportation. He’s definitely a big thinker – like an Elon Musk with a direct line to government funding!

And this new venture of his is every bit as ambitious as space travel, with even bigger impact, because it’s happeningright before our eyes.

Now, as I’ve mentioned, the specific details of this venture are not public. But after my investigation, I’m incredibly confident it will involve the next big thing in tech, security, and investing.

I’m talking about unmanned flying machines.

Yes, drones.

But not the drones you’re probably thinking of. Not the kind the military uses to hunt down and kill enemy terrorists. Not any kind you’ve ever heard of before.

These are what I call “AI Drones” – a brand-new breed of amazingly intelligent, super-capable drones unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed; drones that can use artificial intelligence to benefit more people, businesses, and countries than you could have ever imagined possible.

But there’s another reason why these new drones will soon be everywhere.

I’m talking about a big event that just happened…

An event that’s blowing the lid off the drone marketnot two years from now… not a year from now… not even six months from now…


It’s happening as we speak.

And I’ve uncovered one tiny company sitting at the center of it all. You may never have a better shot at getting in on the ground floor of such a massive new market.

By getting in early, you could profit from the potentially massive gain that I’m projecting. A gain like this would be the equivalent of turning a small stake into $115,900.

As you know, these kind of quadruple-digit returns are exceptional and don’t happen every day. But think about it – even a fraction of these gains could make you a fortune.

Plus, this kind of spike makes perfect sense when you think about it. This is investing in the next frontier in aviation – the next great leap forward.

I see dollar signs, pure and simple, which is why I put a briefing together for you, including this investment recommendation, as well…

Now, because this is a small stock, there will be volatility. So I also recommend a tight buying strategy. The last thing any investor wants to do is blindly chase a small stock upward with no plan in mind. And, as always, never investing more than one can afford to lose is good advice.

Here’s everything you need to know about how you could pocket $115,900 from the next frontier in flight.

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Before he moved into the investment-research business in 2005, William (Bill) Patalon III spent 22 years as an award-winning financial reporter, columnist, and editor. Today he is the Executive Editor and Senior Research Analyst for Money Morning. With his latest project, Private Briefing, Bill takes you “behind the scenes” of his established investment news website for a closer look at the action. Members get all the expert analysis and exclusive scoops he can’t publish… and some of the most valuable picks that turn up in Bill’s closed-door sessions with editors and experts.

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