rendering of the Aurora aka Senior Citizen.

According to

was a rumored mid-1980s American reconnaissance aircraft. There is no
substantial evidence that it was ever built or flown and it has been termed a

The U.S.
government has consistently denied such an aircraft was ever built. Aviation
and space reference site concluded, “The evidence supporting
the Aurora is circumstantial or pure conjecture, there is little reason to
contradict the government’s position.”

come to different conclusions.

In 2006,
veteran black project watcher and aviation writer Bill Sweetman said, “Does
Aurora exist? Years of pursuit have led me to believe that, yes, Aurora is most
likely in active development, spurred on by recent advances that have allowed
technology to catch up with the ambition that launched the program a generation

my years running The Black Vault, I have seen and heard about the connection
between the program name SENIOR CITIZEN, and it’s association with the rumored
Aurora Program. However, it has been a struggle getting information about this.

Below are
documents related to the Aurora, as released under the Freedom of Information

Document Archive

Department of Defense

 Future Years
Defense Program (FYDP) Structure – Codes and Definitions for All DOD Components
April 2004 [2,160 Pages, 4.6MB]

United States Air Force

Aurora – The
Senior Citizen Program
 – The program was given the “GLOMAR RESPONSE”
by the USAF in 1997. The letter is below: