- Jeff - This may be a significant development. Here is
the latest news from my backyard...
- Lockheed Working On
- By Allison Gatlin
- Antelope Valley Press Staff Writer
- PALMDALE - Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics Co.'s legendary Skunk Works once again will work to stretch
the bounds of aviation and imagination with a $9.3 million contract to
development technologies for future aircraft that can change their shape
to meet changing flight needs. This morphing aircraft structures program
calls for "seamless, aerodynamically efficient, aerial vehicles capable
of radical shape change," according to the contract award from the
U.S. Air Force.
- Lockheed officials could not comment on the specifics
of the classified program. However, spokeswoman Dianne Knippel confirmed
it is a research and development contract, purely to prove the principles
of morphing aircraft, not necessarily resulting in a production aircraft.
- "That's what we do best," she said of the company's
Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works.
- The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base in Ohio is in charge of the Lockheed contract.
- Morphing, or changing an aircraft's shape, is an emerging
field in aerospace research, with the Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency and NASA working on the concept.
- "This is a program that has really captured the
public's attention," said Bill Uher, spokesman for NASA's Langley
Research Center in Hampton, Va. These developing technologies allow an
aircraft to adjust automatically to the flight environment, analogous to
the way birds adjust their wings and feathers.
- "Smart" materials and actuators could sense
the environment and change the shape of aircraft to optimize performance,
according to Langley officials.
- These technologies may someday be used to make aircraft
lighter, stronger, safer and more efficient, Uher said.
- NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force
Base also has a hand in related projects.
- The Active Aeroelastic Wing uses a modified F/A-18 to
test new applications of an age-old flight control system.
- The airplane emulates the "wing-warping" method
pioneered by the Wright brothers 100 years ago to twist the wings for roll
- This method of subtly changing the wings' shape creates
different lift on each side of the aircraft, effectively making the entire
wing a control surface. It could lead to lighter-weight, more flexible
wings for future high-performance aircraft.
- Researchers hope to see a performance advantage in the
high-subsonic and transonic speed ranges, where existing control surfaces
are less effective.
- Stirring up a little trouble, I wrote a letter to the
editor of the Antelope Valley Press, as I have often done in the past,
to draw the connection between this article and the Roswell craft.
- Lockheed Martin's new experiment, the morphing aircraft,
may not entirely be the product of imaginative engineers. Other than the
reference to the study of birds in flight, the origin of this idea may
have come from the Roswell spacecraft found in 1947.
- Roswell researcher and technical artist Bill McDonald
interviewed witnesses as well as the late John Andrews of the Testor Corporation.
The morphing manta-ray design of the seamless Roswell craft has been described
for years now and it seems more than coincidence that the new morphing
craft bears such a resemblance to the craft found at the crash site by
the military so many years ago.
- Andrews took McDonald's questions to CEO Ben Rich before
Rich died of cancer. According to Andrews, Rich said the following, "There
are two types of UFOs -- the ones we build, and ones THEY build. We learned
from both crash retrievals and actual "Hand-me-downs." The Government
knew, and until 1969 took an active hand in the administration of that
information. After a 1969 Nixon "Purge", administration was handled
by an international board of directors in the private sector."
- "'An' item" -- as opposed to "'The' item"
-- was recovered near the world's only combat operational atom bomb base
(Roswell AAF) in 1947. Hull design, aerodynamic measurements and propulsion
info was passed directly to Jack Northrop and Kelly Johnson, beginning
in 1950, with a major block of data being passed on from "The Working
Group" at Wright Patterson AFB's Foreign Technologies Division in
1952. "'The' item" refers to the top secret designation of Kelly's
original variant of the U-2 (TR-1) spy plane in Congressional and Pentagon
budgets in the 1950s.
- Nearly all "Biomorphic" aerospace designs were
inspired by the Roswell spacecraft, from Kelly's SR-71 Blackbird onward
to today's drones, UCAVs, and aerospace craft."
- It was Ben Rich's opinion that the public should not
be told. He believed they could not handle the truth, ever. Only in the
last months of his decline did he begin to feel that the "International
corporate board of directors" dealing with the "Subject"
could represent a bigger problem to citizens' personal freedoms under the
United States Constitution than the presence of offworld visitors themselves.
- This testimony is on record with Bill McDonald who designed
the Testor model for the Roswell craft based on witness testimony and forensic
drawings done by him when consolidating the information.
- Since there are now over 200 witnesses, ex-military and
civilian, who are willing to testify before congress on the existence of
these secret programs, isn't it past time when the public should hear the
truth about Roswell and its legacy and stop hearing silly stories about
crashed Mogul balloons?
- Bill Hamilton
- Executive Director
- Skywatch International, Inc.
- Fiat Lux et Veritas