The Mach-8 strategic reconnaissance aircraft code-named Aurora is aviation's equivalent of a unicorn. There's no real documented evidence of its existence, but there are lots of other animals with a single horn sticking out of their heads, including narwhals, so how implausible is it that there's a horse with a horn running around somewhere?

Then there's this: The plane Aurora is rumored to have succeeded, the Mach-3 Blackbird, remained secret for years after its first flight, and it's retired now. Why wouldn't the Pentagon have had a successor for it? Government officials have been steadfast in their denial of Aurora's existence, but what reason do they have to give up our national security secrets? And since when do you get your truth from politicians?

Below you'll find a brief slideshow of Aurora photos that are legitimate—according to the Internet—and a documentary. What do you think? Tell me in the form below. I don't need to know the truth, but, well, I'm curious. A truly legit photo gets you a free signed copy of my book Once a Spy (which features an actual secret Blackbird interceptor variant that readers criticize me for imagining, but I'm telling you, there was this legit-looking video on YouTube that was taken down, probably by the CIA…).

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What to Do with an Abandoned Cement Mixer

Abandoned cement mixer uglying a roadside near you? Here's an idea from Winganon, Oklahoma, where a cement truck rolled over on the side of the road fifty years ago. The owner retrieved the truck, but left the mixer because it was full of heavy concrete.

Recently, a local couple used some cans, garden hose and other things they had around the house to turn it into a space capsule. The result:

Wonder if, within the next fifty years, a couple of Winganonians will figure out how to get it into space.

Related Links: Winganon Space Capsule Facebook pageMy True Area 51 Story


How to Draw a Plane

Click to play 15-second tutorial:

More drawings:

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The Truth about the UFO in China

This flying saucer photo, taken the other day in Shandong province and now making the rounds of UFO conspiracy sites, is 100% legit. Not a single pixel Photoshopped. But it's an incomplete picture—literally. Scroll down to see why.

In fact the "saucer" is an 1,798,000-LB containment dome being hoisted onto a new reactor at the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant in east China's Shandong province.

The next question is how are they hoisting a 1,798,000-LB containment dome? 1,798,000-LBs is the approximate weight of four 103-foot Titan II rockets. Alien technology?

RELATED LINKS: My true Area 51 Story; Once a Spy