TR3B Astra: The USA’s Most Secret Plane or Alien Spacecraft? Or Both?

With the exception of the flying disc, the triangular-shaped craft is one of the most common UFO shapes seen in the sky. Some believe it’s an alien spacecraft or a super-secret US Military plane known as the TR3B Astra, TR-3 Black Manta, or just TR3B for short.

The triangle UFO gained mainstream headlines in 1989. That year, a wave of sightings over Belgium began that lasted until 1992. The sightings included dozens of credible witnesses including law enforcement personnel.

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Actual photograph of the triangular UFO during the “Belgian UFO Wave” | Image Credit: Outer Places (unable to find an official source).

Mainstream news outlets covered the story, which is odd even today. Even primetime documentary shows such as Unsolved Mysteries got in on the action.

The Belgian UFO Wave wasn’t the end of the triangle UFO. It appeared during the Phoenix Lights incident in 1997 and in various other sightings on record from 2000 through 2017.

Is the Triangle UFO an Alien Spaceship?

If you’ve read any of my articles before, you already kinda know my answer to this one. We simply don’t know. What we do know is these sightings have ranged all over Europe and the USA for over 30 years.

The range and timelines of these sightings provide some important distinctions. It’s fair to say these sightings may be of different objects and the entire thing is unlikely to be some massive hoax.

While a sighting here and there might be able to be proven fake, there are some that can’t be simply dismissed. That being said, conclusive evidence the triangle UFOs are manufactured and controlled by aliens isn’t available either.

Image from the patent application for the TR-3B showing triangular craft
Image from the patent application for the TR-3B | Image Credit: Google Patent Search

TR-3B: A US Military Plane that Officially Doesn’t Exist

The link between UFO sightings and top-secret military aircraft goes hand in hand. The triangle UFOs may actually be a surveillance aircraft built by the US military called the TR-3 Black Manta, or TR-3B for short (also knows as the TR3B Astra).

Officially, the TR-3B doesn’t exist. What’s interesting though, is there’s actually a 2004 patent for a triangular spacecraft.

Sources claim the TR-3 Blank Manta is a nuclear-powered plane developed under the Aurora program. The name is pretty darn cool too.

The plane makes use of stealth and propulsion technology that can be traced back to the 1980’s. These technologies, however, weren’t made public knowledge.

Allegedly, the craft employes a propulsion system based on a fast-spinning mercury-based plasma. While some call it anti-gravity, it sounds more like the way modern gyroscopes can offset weight by maintaining a large angular momentum.

Final Thoughts on the TR3B Astra

In the world of UFOlogy, experimental aircraft are UFOs to the typical observer. The TR3B Astra may be a perfect example of this phenomena.

It’s impossible, however, to claim that all sightings of triangular UFOs going back to the 1980’s can be attributed to a single secret aircraft. Is it possible that counterparts in Europe may have been working on the same technology as the US? That would certainly explain the Belgian Wave of sightings that started it all.

But the scariest possibility isn’t aliens. It’s that our enemies may have leapfrogged us in technology and now fly over our skies uninhibited.

fighter jet over desert

We must also consider that, perhaps, there may also be an extraterrestrial component. Even if the TR-3B is man-made, there are allegations that it contains reverse-engineered alien technology.

Such is the case with top-secret black budget projects. The secrecy surrounding them creates a flash pan for conspiracy theorists. It also happens to be the military’s best weapon for keeping them secret.


Sources and additional reading:

Military.com: TR-3B Anti-Gravity Spacecrafts

CNN’s iReport: TR3B Or The USAs Most Secret Plane

Wikipedia: Black Triangle (UFO)

Outer Places: Revisiting the Belgian UFO Wave of 1989/1990

Google Patent Search: Triangular Spacecraft

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