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    Default Is it a UAV or a piloted aircraft? (Yes, I've read the information request sticky)

    And I still can't find a definitive answer as to what this is.

    I live about 35 miles south of Beale AFB in Northern California and about the only exciting thing I ever see from there are T38's and the occasional U2. This afternoon I see this bizarre turboprop flying overhead the likes of which I've never seen before. Beale has TFR's practically everyday for the Global Hawk but this plane is entirely new to me. I grabbed some shots but it's overcast today and I have a crappy telephoto lens so the pictures aren't all that clear. A former U2 driver I know said it would be highly unlikely to be a UAV as they can't operate out of restricted airspace without an escort plane but there was no escort plane visible when I saw it fly overhead. The U2 jock doesn't know what it is. So what's your thoughts? Is it a drone or is it something out of **** Rutan's hangar?
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    It's pretty clearly a UAV. The question is what model. PM 2495

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    UAV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creeper View Post
    UAV.
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    It looks almost like IAI Heron or IAI Eitan.

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    Maybe a UFO? =))
    It's a UAV.

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    Looks like some new model, never seen it before.

    Quote Originally Posted by JGXL836 View Post
    It looks almost like IAI Heron or IAI Eitan.
    Na, different wings and nose shape.

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    Both?
    Not sure about now, but earlier on it had a cockpit, but with the intention of that going to payload when unmanned.

    Northrop Grumman I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gazurtoid View Post
    And I still can't find a definitive answer as to what this is.

    This afternoon I see this bizarre turboprop flying overhead the likes of which I've never seen before.
    Run for the hills. They are after you...

    Clearly a UAV unless the USAF contracts midgets from the circus to fly such planes, i mean UAV.

    Out of all seriousness its a UAV as identified above by type by more intellectuals.

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    Is this the same willytee from Battleground Europe? Love your comics if so.

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    Looks very similar to the Alenia Aeronautica Sky-Y, just with a bigger wingspan and tailbooms portruding ahead of the leading edge of the wings. Everything else fits, so it's probably a variant or a development of the Sky-Y

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    With the stuff aircraft homebuilders and the RC aircraft crowd are making on their own, it could be anyone's airplane.

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    İt looks like Northrop Grumman&Scaled Composites Model 395 or 396

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    Weird thread. It is clearly a UAV. Not important what type...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clearday-TRForce View Post
    Weird thread. It is clearly a UAV. Not important what type...
    for my opinion it will be cool to have a name for this unknown uav.
    I never see it before and i'm very interrested.

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