A photo of what could very well be the Air Force’s shadowy RQ-180 spy drone recently appeared—and disappeared—from Instagram.
The image depicts a flying wing-shaped aircraft leaving a contrail in its wake. An observer reportedly took the photo while the aircraft was over the Military Operating Area at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
— The Shadow of the Eagle (@clemente3000) November 2, 2020
According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, the aircraft “was flying in a racetrack pattern at an estimated altitude of 20,000 [feet].”
The photo, along with a magnified version of the image, appeared on Instagram. The post was later taken down, but archived and reposted on Twitter, as seen above. “Until I dot the ‘I’s and cross the ‘T’s!!”, Rob Kolinsky (@sundownerstudios) wrote, “then the picture will return!”
The mystery aircraft, as Kolinsky points out, does indeed look like the new B-21 Raider bomber. The B-21 Raider is a new strategic bomber under development by Northrop Grumman.
See the pics and read the rest here: https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a34552533/unidentified-plane-flies-over-california-rq-180-drone/