|Re: help me remember a book about stealth aircraft and a fictional bomber called "Blackmagic"
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Author: Dan Date: Sep 21, 2007 19:52
Rob Arndt wrote:
> On Sep 21, 9:48?am, Scaler directvinternet.com> wrote:
>> this isn't much to go on I know, but maybe someone will remember this
>> I recall reading a book in the early to mid 1990s, it was about modern
>> military aircraft. This book was probably published in the late 80s
>> or the 90s, more likely the 90s. There was quite a bit about stealth
>> technology. the F-117 Nighthawk and B-2 stealth bomber was
>> described. maybe other stealth aircraft that were either rumored or
>> The thing that really caught my eye was a description of a fictional ,
>> future bomber that (IIRC) they called "Blackmagic". it was a purly
>> made-up name, *not* a codename for a secret stealth plane, IIRC.
>> It was definitally *not* the Soviet / Russian Tu-160 Blackjack
>> bomber, nor was it the well-known fictional Megafortress (a
>> heavily modified B-52). It was also not any of the rumored classified
>> stealth attack aircraft or hypersonic spyplanes that have been the
>> subject of much discussion the past 15+ years. this fictional heavy
>> bomber was very advanced, yet semi conventional. From what I
>> remember, it looked like a stealthy version of the B-1B, but maybe
>> larger, and the illustration might have shown it flying low through a
>> canyon or between mountains or something like that. I might be wrong
>> but I want to say that I think I remember it had saw-toothed edges
>> near the engines. I strongly believe it was a variable geometry
>> bomber, but again it was neither the B-1B Lancer (or a derivative of
>> the B-1) or the Tu-160 Blackjack. I suppose if anything, it might
>> have been described one of the concepts for one of the B-3 bomber
>> If this rings a bell, if anyone by some chance remembers the title of
>> the book, I'd most appreciate knowing what it was.
>> I've already done all the googling I can with every keywork I can
>> think of. I guess my best bet is to try various libraries and used
>> book stores to see if i run across it again.
>> but I thought I'd first run this across this group, thanks in advance.
> You probably should know that there was a codename "Black Magic" to
> describe the rumored two-stage-to-orbit combo of the SR-3 Blackstar
> (once known as the Super Valkyrie) and the XOV (Experimental Orbiter
Xenia, code names are given for real projects, not rumoured ones.
Dan, U.S. Air Force, retired