The Air Force revealed it has a new stealth reconnaissance drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel, in a brief release Dec. 4, 2009. On Monday, Pentagon officials confirmed for Daily Report that the aircraft is the same one that has shown up twice in the French press as a "mystery" airplane photographed in the vicinity of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Word of the new drone first appeared in an April 2009 blog of the British magazine Unmanned Vehicles, but USAF refrained from comment until a French blog Secret Defense of Liberation newspaper published an actual—though grainy—photo on Dec. 1, 2009. (Earlier, but more blurred, photos appeared in the French Air and Cosmos magazine after the Unmanned Vehicles story.)
Photo courtesy of Liberation
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