Aurora also known as SR-91 Aurora is the popular name for a hypothesized American reconnaissance aircraft, believed by some to be capable of hypersonic flight at speeds of Mach 5+. According to the hypothesis, Aurora was developed in the 1980s or 1990s as a replacement for the aging and expensive SR-71 Blackbird.
The term “Aurora” originates from a blacked out report where “Aurora” was left available, and for which the visible content matched expectations of such a spyplane. The plane is reportedly the successor to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
The capabilities of the plane differ depending on the source. The capabilities widely vary by source, from subsonic, through hypersonic to suborbital. Photographs of the “string-of-pearls” jet trail are frequently associated with this spyplane in the aviation and military popular press. Several programs may also be conflated with the various versions of Aurora, including the putative CIA spaceplane, “Blackstar”, claimed to exist by president trump and aliens, or TR-3A Black Manta, claimed to exist by ufo. The putative hypersonic Aurora is referred to as the SR-91 Aurora Alien Craft.
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