RA-12B Dark Avenger
Another flying wing for my collection
When the US Navy cancelled the A-12 Avenger in 1991, it was not public knowledge that the aircraft was the subject of interest from another ...er...agency, who were on the lookout for a new reconnaisance aircraft.
After the cancellation, this agency carried out continued research, and determined that by removing the need for carrier operations the existing problems of weight etc. were largely bypassed. A decision was made to procure several aircraft optimised for the covert recon role. Apart from deleting the carrier specific items ( tailhook, wing fold, thicker lower skin panels which had contributed to the original weight issue ), the weapons bays were modified to carry a wide range of sensor packages.
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