From TOP SECRET airplane designs, to Cold War Era cover ups, these are 7 SECRET Military and Government Projects.
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7. Project Crested Ice | U.S. Air Force
6. Project Aquiline | CIA
Would you believe me if I told you that the CIA was testing military drones back in the 70s ? Well, maybe that’s a bit exaggerated.
Project Aquiline was the CIAs way of finding better, safer ways to spy on people. The prototypes included “fake birds” and fake dragonflies. The biggest one they built measured in at 6 feet long, that’s a big bird.
Of course, to make things more interesting the drones were built and tested in Area 51, because why not ?
The project started off great but by the 2nd year, Mcdonnel Douglass, the contractors tasked with building the drones, were asking for 100+ million dollars… That price was too steep, even for the U.S. Government. By the end of negotiations, the project was canned. But do not think for a second that the CIA doesn’t have fake flying birds all over the world today.
5. Operation Chrome Dome | U.S. Air Force
4. Operation Garden Plot | U.S. Army | Nat. Guard.
3. Operation Washtub | USAF | FBI
Seriously kids, the WAS NO JOKE. In the early 1950s the FBI, with the help of the Air Force ensured that there was sleeper cells of spies…. In Alaska. Yes. Alaska.
The Feds were worried that in the event of an invasion, Alaska would be lost to the Soviets with no easy way of retaliating. Because the FBI planned for the case scenario, 89 people were given equipment and trained for covert service incase the Ruskies invaded Alaska.
The plan remained in until 1959, when Alaska finally became the 49th state of the union.
It turns out those 89 people knew how to keep their mouth shut, because we would have never known about this if it wasn’t for a FOIA request in 2014.
2. Project A119 | USAF
1. AMSA | USAF
By the late 1960s, the us air force wanted to combine the range and payload of a B-52 with the Mach 2 speeds of the B-58 Hustler. There was numerous studies, designs, and contest between contractors that cost millions of dollars.
At one point, the XB-70 was hailed as the next best thing to replace the B-58, but after the introduction of surface to air missiles, the 1.5 billion dollar project… was canceled.
The USAF was not done yet though, by 1977, another prototype plane was built. This one, you might be very familiar with, they called it the B-1A. 4 B-1A units were built, however, due to cruise missiles and the work on a new stealth bomber, the Advanced Manned Strategic Aircraft project was… cancelled.
In 1981, the program was restarted, and AMSA jokingly became known as “America’s Most Studied Aircraft”. By 1986, the final design version, known as the B-1B, entered service as a nuclear bomber. All 100 units were delivered by 1988 at a general cost of $400 million dollars each, in today’s money. .
In the 1990s the plane was converted to conventional bombing use, and by 2036, the B-1B will be… retired. The USAF hopes to replace most active units with the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider, which started development in 2014. That plane will cost an estimated $560 million per unit.
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