By Bill Sweetman
Why did the Pentagon retire the SR-71 spyplane in 1990? What has brought on sonic booms over the California barren region considering that 1991? What was once the triangular craft noticed over the North Sea in 1989? during this groundbreaking publication, journalist invoice Sweetman argues those mysteries should be traced to a U.S. spyplane known as AURORA, the life of which--denied by way of officials--lies buried in a mystery army price range.
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Aurora: The Pentagon's Secret Hypersonic Spyplane (Mil-Tech Series) by Bill Sweetman