Manufacturer: LOCKHEED

Model: unknown

Name: none

Type: Research rocket plane

Date: 1990

Status: Experimental

Country: United States

Service: U.S. Air Force

Designation: "Senior Pike" > YSR-5A (ACRP)


Developed under the Senior Pike program, the SR-5A answered a DoD specification for an Advanced Cruise Rocket Plane (ACRP).

It consisted of a scaled-up Raytheon (General Dynamics) AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missile (ACM), a program that everyone thought had been axed while it actually served as a subscale prototype to this larger rocket plane.

The SR-5A has flown in greatest secrecy since 1996, launched from NASA's famous NB-52 mothership, and this is the first time ever that a photo of it is published. No-one knows if the program is still running or if it was abandoned.


Just an AGM-129A Global Shadow with a cockpit and markings...

Viewers' comments:
  • Very intriguing Ps you did. (GF-44Phantom)
  • Pretty cool idea here! As usual, while it may not be real your efforts,creativity, and commentary content sure make it seem believable and possible. Enough so, that depending on where and how you displayed it, you could probably get people to buy it as real without much effort. Great work!! :) (dinobatfan)
  • Funny looking penguin... (Japanimes)

My comments:

Thanks for noticing all the effort that goes into my work!!