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Spotted: Skunk Works’ Mystery Drone

by John Reed on June 18, 2012

So the guys over at OSGEOINT appear to have found an old mystery drone sitting on a ramp at Lockheed Martin’s super secret Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, Calif. Why do I say old when we’re likely looking at a stealthy drone? Well, its highly unlikely that the drone sitting under the tarp shown above is one of Lockheed’s RQ-170 Sentinels that are currently used to spy on countries like Iran and Pakistan — even that design is a few years old. It’s just not a good idea to leave one of the Pentagon’s most secretive pieces of equipement sitting outside under a tarp (the aircraft shown above also appears to have a larger wingspan than the RQ-170). We’re likely looking at a mock up, or perhaps an actual airframe, of one the the Sentinal’s precursors, perhaps the P.420, as the DEW Line Points out.

Click through the jump to read Lockheed’s patent application for the stealthy drone design.

Feel free to write us or sound off in the comments if you know more about this mystery plane.

Lockheed Stealth Drone Patent

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