Impressive Bird Of Prey Prototype by Boeing
Just in case you weren’t aware, Boeing has a special division called Phantom Works that specializes in envisioning and creating some of the most advanced aircraft in the world presently. Naturally, many of the projects that are being developed by Phantom Works are classified, but some projects are eventually unveiled at least in part for the enjoyment of the general public.
Such is the case with the Bird of Prey prototype – a marvel of high-end technology and design that features a distinct futuristic, almost spaceship-inspired look. The reason for this is very simple: the name of the aircraft was inspired by a type of Klingon ship that appeared in the Star Trek III: The Search For Spock film from 1984.
Phantom Works started their work at this incredible aircraft in 1992, and by 1996, this thing was already undergoing its maiden flight. Unlike the similar X-36 project by NASA, the Bird of Prey was kept a secret until 2002, when it was unveiled officially for all to see.