Lockheed Working On
Morphing Aircraft
From Bill Hamilton
Skywatch International

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Lockheed Working On
Morphing Aircraft
By Allison Gatlin
Antelope Valley Press Staff Writer
PALMDALE - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.'s legendary Skunk Works once again will work to stretch the bounds of aviation and imagination with a $9.3 million contract to development technologies for future aircraft that can change their shape to meet changing flight needs. This morphing aircraft structures program calls for "seamless, aerodynamically efficient, aerial vehicles capable of radical shape change," according to the contract award from the U.S. Air Force.
Lockheed officials could not comment on the specifics of the classified program. However, spokeswoman Dianne Knippel confirmed it is a research and development contract, purely to prove the principles of morphing aircraft, not necessarily resulting in a production aircraft.
"That's what we do best," she said of the company's Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works.
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio is in charge of the Lockheed contract.
Morphing, or changing an aircraft's shape, is an emerging field in aerospace research, with the Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and NASA working on the concept.
"This is a program that has really captured the public's attention," said Bill Uher, spokesman for NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. These developing technologies allow an aircraft to adjust automatically to the flight environment, analogous to the way birds adjust their wings and feathers.
"Smart" materials and actuators could sense the environment and change the shape of aircraft to optimize performance, according to Langley officials.
These technologies may someday be used to make aircraft lighter, stronger, safer and more efficient, Uher said.
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base also has a hand in related projects.
The Active Aeroelastic Wing uses a modified F/A-18 to test new applications of an age-old flight control system.
The airplane emulates the "wing-warping" method pioneered by the Wright brothers 100 years ago to twist the wings for roll control.
This method of subtly changing the wings' shape creates different lift on each side of the aircraft, effectively making the entire wing a control surface. It could lead to lighter-weight, more flexible wings for future high-performance aircraft.
Researchers hope to see a performance advantage in the high-subsonic and transonic speed ranges, where existing control surfaces are less effective.
Stirring up a little trouble, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Antelope Valley Press, as I have often done in the past, to draw the connection between this article and the Roswell craft.
Lockheed Martin's new experiment, the morphing aircraft, may not entirely be the product of imaginative engineers. Other than the reference to the study of birds in flight, the origin of this idea may have come from the Roswell spacecraft found in 1947.
Roswell researcher and technical artist Bill McDonald interviewed witnesses as well as the late John Andrews of the Testor Corporation. The morphing manta-ray design of the seamless Roswell craft has been described for years now and it seems more than coincidence that the new morphing craft bears such a resemblance to the craft found at the crash site by the military so many years ago.
Andrews took McDonald's questions to CEO Ben Rich before Rich died of cancer. According to Andrews, Rich said the following, "There are two types of UFOs -- the ones we build, and ones THEY build. We learned from both crash retrievals and actual "Hand-me-downs." The Government knew, and until 1969 took an active hand in the administration of that information. After a 1969 Nixon "Purge", administration was handled by an international board of directors in the private sector."
"'An' item" -- as opposed to "'The' item" -- was recovered near the world's only combat operational atom bomb base (Roswell AAF) in 1947. Hull design, aerodynamic measurements and propulsion info was passed directly to Jack Northrop and Kelly Johnson, beginning in 1950, with a major block of data being passed on from "The Working Group" at Wright Patterson AFB's Foreign Technologies Division in 1952. "'The' item" refers to the top secret designation of Kelly's original variant of the U-2 (TR-1) spy plane in Congressional and Pentagon budgets in the 1950s.
Nearly all "Biomorphic" aerospace designs were inspired by the Roswell spacecraft, from Kelly's SR-71 Blackbird onward to today's drones, UCAVs, and aerospace craft."
It was Ben Rich's opinion that the public should not be told. He believed they could not handle the truth, ever. Only in the last months of his decline did he begin to feel that the "International corporate board of directors" dealing with the "Subject" could represent a bigger problem to citizens' personal freedoms under the United States Constitution than the presence of offworld visitors themselves.
This testimony is on record with Bill McDonald who designed the Testor model for the Roswell craft based on witness testimony and forensic drawings done by him when consolidating the information.
Since there are now over 200 witnesses, ex-military and civilian, who are willing to testify before congress on the existence of these secret programs, isn't it past time when the public should hear the truth about Roswell and its legacy and stop hearing silly stories about crashed Mogul balloons?
Bill Hamilton
Executive Director
Skywatch International, Inc.
Fiat Lux et Veritas



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