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The expressed purpose of the exhibit was to garner additional support for classified “black”, or SAR “special access required” programs.

Unacknowledged Aviation: Super STOL

Unacknowledged Aviation articles explain evidence for the existence of highly advanced, classified aircraft that have been developed by the U.S. government. The UFO community should be interested in these top-secret aircraft because an unknown, yet significant, percentage of UFO sightings may be explained by their existence.

We provide documentation from pilots and test pilots, engineers, contractors and eyewitnesses. This documentation indicates that most of these top-secret aircraft were built during the height of the Cold War by U.S. Department of Defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop and Boeing. In fact, most of these vehicles have reached legendary status in reputable aerospace literature, and within the UFO community. Because these aircraft do not exist on record, it may be assumed they are funded by the U.S. government’s so-called “black budget,” which means they are exempt from congressional oversight and public scrutiny.

Super STOL drawings by Mark McCandlish.

Super STOL drawings by Mark McCandlish.

On November 12th, 1988 there was an open house/air show at Norton AFB near San Bernardino California. According to an aerospace engineer who witnessed the event, during an abbreviated Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration (which was cut short by hazy IFR conditions), a classified aircraft exhibit took place inside the “big hangar” at Norton AFB. This exhibit was attended by a small group of senators and congressman (Alan Cranston, George E. Brown Jr.), along with a select group of high level Air Force officers. The expressed purpose of the exhibit was to garner additional support for classified “black”, or SAR “special access required” programs. Many of these programs are hidden in the annual Department of Defense Budget report to Congress RDT & E (research development test and evaluation).

Among a group of classified aircraft in the hangar (which all had a small plaque in front of them with a brief performance description), an independent civilian aerospace contractor identified a very unique aircraft which he called the “Super-STOL”. Measuring 24 feet in length, with a wingspan of 22 feet, the Super-STOL was a “one off” single pilot Marine attack aircraft that utilized a 30mm GAU-8/A seven barrel Gatling gun located in the nose (identical to the Fairchild/Republic A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthog” tank-buster) which uses depleted uranium rounds. A slight bulge and slot aft of the lowest port wing root was used as an ejection point for spent round casings. The small aircraft used a unique tricycle/outrigger landing gear arrangement with a retractable nose gear. The craft was painted Marine gray in color and had a conventional tail arrangement.

Super STOL graphic (image credit: John MacNeill)

Super STOL graphic (image credit: John MacNeill)

Target acquisition and flight performance data was projected on a standard HUD “heads up display” at the front of the cockpit. A conventional Air Force Aces II seat ejection seat system was used for emergency pilot egress. Mounted on a small pylon, one miniature turbofan engine was located on either side of the pilot’s compartment. At the back of each engine, a unique platypus exhaust duct was used to direct the jet blast directly over the top surface of the wing. The “wings” consisted of multiple slats (made of a heat resistant metal called inconel), and resembled “Venetian blinds”. The angle of attack of the wing slats could be adjusted up to 45 degrees by the pilot, which while level, permitted horizontal flight, and when fully tilted upward, joined trailing to leading edge, creating one smooth segmented surface, thereby taking advantage of the Coanda effect formed by the jet exhaust being directed over the top of the wing surface. The resulting low pressure/high lift zone allowed the craft to take off vertically even at maximum gross weight, and carrying a full load of fuel and ammunition.

Due to the fact that the fuel had to be stored inside the fuselage instead of using “wet wings”, the Super-STOL had a limited range of 250 nautical miles. Having a large RCS (radar cross section), and limited range, the Super-STOL would excel in low altitude ground attack and troop support missions.

About Michael Schratt

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Michael Schratt (military aerospace historian) has lectured across the country on the subject of "Mystery Aircraft", and classified propulsion systems buried deep within the military industrial complex. A recent guest speaker at the “OSHKOSH” AirVenture 2006/2007 event, (the world’s largest air show), Michael has developed a number of contacts who have had first hand experience dealing with classified “black programs”, including former USAF pilots, retired Naval personnel and aerospace engineers who have maintained a TOP SECRET Q “MAJIC” clearance. A private pilot and military aerospace historian, he currently works as an aerospace draftsman/researcher near Tempe AZ.

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    Richard Middleton

    The GAU-8A, like other modern tactical aircraft gun systems, utilizes a closed feed system. By this I mean it doesn’t eject spent ammo casings. These are retained in the system to minimize the design challenges of integrating the gun into the aircraft, and to reduce the impact that using the gun would have on the aircraft’s center of gravity. The bulge and port on the lower left side were more likely used to house a JFS (Jet Fuel Starter) used to power up aircraft and start its engines.

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    Schratt said that this aircraft is 24feet in length and a wingspan of 22feet. Yet it uses the same gun as the A10 Warthog. The gun from the A10 Warthog is 19foot, 10inches. So the gun ran nearly the entire length of the fuselage?

    The Super-Stol dimensions are 1/3 the size of an a10 warthog, yet is meant to be able to carry the same gun, two turbofans, ammo, fuel, avionics etc. To put this in perspective, the worlds smallest jet aircraft (the bd5) was a wingspan of 15 feet (just seven feet less than this aircraft)

    But who cares about wingloading when it has magic wings!

    How was this aircraft meant to hover/rise verticaly with no thrust stabilisers on the front and rear (to control pitch, as no air would be going over the rear horizontal stab). The Harrier has these ducted units. Also, how would this aircraft rise vertivally when it is being pulled forward by the fixed intakes (which are horizontal) and the outputs that have at least some component of horizontal thrust…

    Please explain?

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