Proof of a secret spy plane the US won’t admit it developed?
Conspiracy theorists have claimed the spotted craft is a dead ringer for an alleged stealth reconnaissance TR-3B Black Mantra nuclear-powered triangular shaped craft.
Previous conspiracists have claimed the Black Mantra was developed by the US under a cloud of secrecy in the 1970s, but its existence has never been proved.
Over the years, there have been dozens of reported sightings of mysterious-shaped aircraft in Antelope Valley in the Californian desert – an area known to attract Black Mantra hunters as it is near several military research and testing zones.
Now, according to a YouTube video posted by the Secureteam conspiracists, images of the Moon’s surface obtained from a camera mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft reveal a Black Mantra-type craft sitting in a crater.
The narrator claims it “must be” an alien version of the US craft or an Earth-built newer version of the “secret spy plane”.
Secureteam’s findings are supported by another prolific UFO hunter.
Scott Waring, editor of website UFO Sightings Daily, said it was the latest in a string of sightings of alleged crafts and machinery found in official images of the Moon, as well as planets in the solar system taken by NASA or other national space agencies.
Mr Waring, who appears quick to discount other explanations for photographic anomalies, claimed the Black Mantra craft may have been abandoned on the Mooon after being written off in a lunar accident.
Secureteam coloured the object blue to highlight it.
Look at the first TR3B thing you see in the crater. As you can see it is just a hole crater, and that ‘triangle is being made due to the angle.Online poster
A number pointed to the fact the Secureteam had to highlight the object in a different colour to bring it out and said it simply showed “a depression on the lunar surface”.
One said: “Look at the first TR3B thing you see in the crater. As you can see it is just a hole crater, and that ‘triangle is being made due to the angle.”
But other viewers appear convinced that the image shows an object with the hallmarks of a US-built craft.
Another said: “I’m an aeronautical engineer and this has all the hallmarks of man-made design. Blended fuselage/wing, classic ‘wedge’ shape for hypersonic flight. Definitely man-made.”
Conspiracists believe the TR-3B Black Mantra is not the first of its kind and is, in fact, a successor to an earlier TR-3A craft.
There are longstanding rumours about the existence of reconnaissance airplanes of the US Air Force under so-called “black projects”.
According to conspiracy theorists, the TR-3A Black Manta is a subsonic stealth spy plane designed by Northrop Gruman and was allegedly used in the Gulf War to guide F-117A Nighthawk bombers.
However, there is no proof or direct evidence of the existence of any of the alleged spy planes.
By JON AUSTIN