Aurora spy plane
edited: Wednesday, September 05, 2001
By Norm Harris
Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2001
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The spy plane featured in my novel Fruit of a Poisonous Tree.
The plane does not exist. So says the United States Air Force. Supposedly the Aurora, some times referred to as "Senior Citizen" got its name from a clerical error. When the Air Force released its annual budget a classified line item showed the word "Aurora" as the designate for a secret aircraft. The Air Force denies the plane exists. Yet reoccuring sightings confirm that something is in the works.
According to several web sites on the Internet the Aurora can fly in excess of 5,000 miles per hour ( more than six times the speed of sound). Powered by something called a "pulse detonation" engine. Aurora's reported altitude is in excess of 90,000 feet and it can survey and photograph more than 100,000 sqare miles in one flight. Obviously making it one great recon. plane.