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Markings for hypersonic aircraft?

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Most stealth aircraft tend to have some markings (Unit, National Insignia, Tail code, etc., etc.) on them for identification, maintenance, or other purposes. But what about aircraft flying at Mach 3 or above, and 75,000 feet and above? Does it even make sense to put markings on hypersonic aircraft traveling that fast? At such high speeds, most markings might tend to "burn off". No sense in incurring higher maintenance costs to keep applying such markings, right?

Take for example the supposed Aurora hypersonic spyplane which may or may not exist and is supposed to fly at around Mach 6. Would any type of markings really be necessary for this craft? Ask yourself this: If you're on a secret high speed and high flying mission over enemy territory, you sure as hell don't want the enemy seeing any national insignia on your craft and deducing where it came from.

So I have to ask: Are markings really necessary on hypersonic aircraft models?

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They put 'em on the SR-71 and the YF-12, and there was nobody on earth who could have seen them when they were doing their thing.

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So I have to ask: Are markings really necessary on hypersonic aircraft models?

It helps to tell them apart on the ground.

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It helps to tell them apart on the ground.

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Edited by dnl42

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