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TR-3A Black Manta

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TR-3 Black Manta
Artist's impression (credit Adrian Mann)
Type Stealth spyplane
Manufacturer Northrop
Primary user United States Air Force

The TR-3A Black Manta is reputedly a United States Air Force spyplane. It is allegedly a black program, and its existence is officially denied.

The TR-3A is claimed to be a subsonic stealth spyplane with a flying-wing design of some sort. It was alleged to have been used in the Gulf War to provide laser designation for F-117A Nighthawk fighters (attack bombers), for targeting to use with laser-guided bombs (smart bombs). The TR-3A is supposedly manufactured by Northrop.

Because there is no hard evidence of the involvement of any other stealth aircraft in the Gulf War, another hypothesis has arisen. This holds that whatever vehicle has been identified as the "TR-3" is nothing more than a prototype for the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.


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Designation sequence
RS-70 - SR-71 - SR-91 - TR-1 - TR-3 Related lists

See also

  • Quartz (spyplane) CIA spyplane project, follow-up to SR-71. Cancelled in 1991.
  • ISINGLASS USAF atomospheric suborbital skip-gliding spyplane. Cancelled in 1960s
  • TR-3B Astra UFOlogist speculated USAF spyplane
  • Black triangles UFOlogy lore about TR-3 series aircraft

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