National Geographic has released photos of an unfinished A-12 prototype of the early 1950’s. Whats makes these photos so special is the fact that the whole project was hidden away from public and even had a cover up for the mistakes and crashes made by these early air crafts. Hit the jump to see the photos and don’t forget to comment on what you think.

“Nearly undetectable to radar, the A-12 could fly at 2,200 miles an hour (3,540 kilometers an hour)—fast enough to cross the continental U.S. in 70 minutes. From 90,000 feet (27,400 meters), the plane’s cameras could capture foot-long (0.3-meter-long) objects on the ground below.”

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Looks like something from the X-men if you ask me, which isn’t strange at all considering the newer models look exactly the same.

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