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Opposite: Boeing–McDonnell Douglas’ “Bird of Prey” advanced technology demonstrator was first flown in 1996. Its existence was declassified in 2002. Credit: USAF

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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THE PATCHES

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SPECIAL PROJECTS FLIGHT TEST SQUADRON—WIZARD

Based at the Air Force’s secret base near Groom Lake, Nevada, the Special Projects Flight Test Squadron is the Air Force’s only “black” flight test squadron for classified prototype aircraft and advanced concept technology demonstrators.

the lower right is probably a generic symbol representing flight testing of advanced aircraft. The sword at the bottom of the image refers to a recently declassified Boeing stealth demonstrator known as the “Bird of Prey”: the handle on the sword approximates the shape of the aircraft.

The squadron’s mascot is a wizard. A collection of six stars (5+1) on the patch references the unit’s operating location: the secret base known as Area 51. The lowercase Greek sigma symbol in the wizard’s right hand is the engineering symbol for the unknown value of an object’s radar cross section (RCS). The ideal radar signature of a stealth aircraft is zero. While no stealth aircraft has yet achieved this goal, several have come close. On the right side of the patch, the falling globe references the hollow aluminum spheres dropped from the sky to calibrate radar equipment. A sphere of a given size has a known RCS value. Lightning bolts, such as the one emanating from the wizard’s staff, seem to refer to electronic warfare. The aircraft in

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SPECIAL PROJECTS FLIGHT TEST SQUADRON—DIAMOND

An older patch associated with the Special Projects Flight Test Squadron. The faceted shape used here may refer to early designs of stealth aircraft.

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RAT 55

“Rat 55” is the call sign used by pilots flying a highly modified T-43A (the Air Force version of a Boeing 737-200) based at a classified air base in central Nevada. The word “Rat” comes from the airplane’s function as a Radar Testbed and the “55” comes from the airplane’s USAF serial number: 73-1155. The modified NT-43A is outfitted with radar domes on its nose and tail measuring approximately nine feet long and six and a half feet in diameter and is used to measure the in-flight radar signatures of stealth aircraft. The NT-43A has been photographed tailing a B-2 stealth bomber over Death Valley and over the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. The patch depicts a rat holding a radar in its right hand and another radar dish strapped to its rear-end, both of which recall the radome configuration on the NT-43A. The rat’s hat recalls the wizard figures associated with classified flight test operations in other patches.

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BIRD OF PREY

The Bird of Prey was a highly classified technology demonstrator that first flew at Groom Lake in 1996. Built by a secretive division of McDonnell Douglas (later acquired by Boeing) known as the “Phantom Works,” the aircraft was flown by Boeing pilots Rudy Haug and Joe Felock. Doug Benjamin of the secret Special Projects Flight Test Squadron was the only Air Force pilot to fly the aircraft. Although the shape of the plane was secret in 1996, the Bird of Prey patch contained an important clue. When Boeing declassified the Bird of Prey’s existence in 2002, it became obvious that the handle of the sword was essentially the same shape as the aircraft. This distinctive sword has since become incorporated into the symbolism of the Special Projects Flight Test Squadron.

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GHOST SQUADRON

The text on these patches roughly translates as “A Secret Squadron / From Deep in the Night / Don’t Ask Any Questions.” The patches were worn by an obscure unit called the “Ghost Squadron” operating out of the secret Air Force base near Groom Lake. The single star in the Southwest United States presumably designates the group’s operating location. The Ghost Squadron is a helicopter support, security, and search and rescue team for test squadrons flying classified aircraft.

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G.H.O.S.T.

One of the more recent patches from the “Ghost Squadron” based at Groom Lake. The design of the skull’s helmet indicates that “Ghost” is a helicopter unit. The footprints on the helmet mark the trace of the “Jolly Green Giant,” a symbol connected to helicopter search and rescue missions. This patch also seems to indicate that “G.H.O.S.T.” is an acronym for the unit. The meaning of the acronym is unclear.

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I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World © 2008, 2010 Trevor Paglen Interior Design: Carol Hayes Melville House Publishing 145 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 mhpbooks.com ISBN: 978-1-935554-78-3 Library of Congress Control Number: 2010932520

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