Classified RQ-180 UAV Likely Spotted Near Edwards AFB in California

In a November 1 article by Steve Trimble and Guy Norris, it was noted that “The configuration appears to share many of the supposed features of the RQ-180, namely a large-span flying wing with a simple trailing edge and—judging by the contrail—embedded, closely paired twin turbofan engines.  …The unusual light color of the vehicle also is believed to be a link to the RQ-180. A local nickname around Edwards AFB for the RQ-180 is the ‘Great White Bat’—or sometimes ‘Shikaka’—a fictional sacred white bat from the 1995 movie Ace Venture 2.”  For more information, please see Aviation Week’s report.


Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in their  # 20 - 23 - 21 NOVEMBER 2020 edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).

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