Tr6 Telos

TR6 Telos – What is this huge black triangle? Does it actually exist?

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The TR6 Telos is said to be an advanced ultra secret reconnaissance aircraft, supposedly developed by Northrop Grumman, although I stress nothing of what follows is presented as fact.

A few years ago, I made some videos about the TR-3A Black Manta, TR-3B Astra, the black triangle UFOs, and these generated a lot of interest. Viewers have commented on these video, adding their own accounts of sightings. It seems sightings were very common in the 1990s and reports still occur today.

However, the distinctive chevron shape of the TR6 Telos has also been reported by observers over the skies of North America and elsewhere, as we shall see.

Tr6 Telos

The image above is reproduced here with the permission of the original source, It first appeared online in 2012 on a site called but that site is no longer maintained by the original site owner and is now offline.

The image has been widely shared since and appears to be the main source of all the rumour about this aircraft. Some of the technical descriptions within it have been met with scathing dismissals from skeptics. However, in cyberspace, everyone has an opinion and there’s no shortage of self-appointed experts. So let’s look at the image in detail, but first, an update from a reader.

2024 – TR6 Telos Update

In January 2024 I received this account from someone called Nick who had found this post. It is quoted here verbatim.

I have seen on two occasions something matching this description very closely. In all my years of UAP observation, only twice have I ever seen anything like it. Both times were within 30 miles of Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

I grew up about 24 miles from Wright Patt, sometime around 8:45pm on a night in August of 2015, I and two others saw a craft pass over very much like the Telos, but with only three orange – red lights rather than five. It was comparable to the size of a commercial aircraft like a 747 in length and wingspan, but I think the fact these both were seen within a stone’s throw from Wright Patt is significant. If I were going to look into anywhere for information on it, I would look there.

Nick, January 2024

Nick continued with some more details:

The lights were not (or, at least didn’t appear to be) one solid color, they looked as if they popped and fizzled in-between a peach, orange, and reddish color. It was hard to focus on, bright like magnesium burning but also strangely cast no light on the ground around us or on the trees, if I hadn’t seen the lights directly it would have passed overhead noticed by nobody.

The way it moved was peculiar, upon first seeing it, it moved like it was sliding back and forth over the length and breadth of the Martin Marietta – Troy Sand & Gravel quarry in a plus pattern, but it didn’t turn when going sideways. It didn’t fly like a plane, point forward, it seemed to just move in whatever direction without pointing the nose in said direction.

I should note at 1:09 in the video you sent just now, that’s exactly what it flew like. I made this mockup to demonstrate the pattern and speed (MP4 attached), but that video is about as close to what I saw as a photograph or a video. Really quite uncanny. (see below)

The second I saw was on the same path, but only passed overhead from the quarry and was gone in less than ten seconds. It was of similar size, but the lights were far bigger across and there was one in the center that was far brighter and more intense in color than the other three. It was identical in every detail to the famous Belgian Delta craft photo. Recreations of both attached.

Both, however, were black and besides the lights could be easily seen as blacking out the stars behind them, which is what makes me think these may not be identical to what’s described as the Telos. They had no camouflage (at least, if they did, it was inactive) and the first actually went overhead between us and the moon, we could very clearly see it’s shape.

Here’s something of note I forgot to mention, when the first craft passed overhead we were hit by a wave of hot, stale air. It wasn’t hot enough to hurt, but almost. It wasn’t all together pleasant, but not painful either. It passed directly overhead, and clipped just barely some of the tops of the trees (which, as of the last time I passed there, are likely still broken to this day) and it made no sound. But the hot, stale wind was in force very similar to being stood on the side of the highway when a giant truck passes at 90+ mph, the back draft wind that’s almost strong enough to push you over but never quite enough to actually do so. For context, it was alot like opening an industrial clothing dryer on high temp mid drying cycle and feeling the heat wave hit your face.

Nick, January 2024

Nick’s Graphics & Video Representation

Transatmospheric Electrogravitic Low Observability Surveillance

From this image we can see that ‘Telos’ stands for Transatmospheric Electrogravitic Low Observability Surveillance platform. In plain English that suggests that this aircraft can operate both within and outside the Earth’s atmosphere i.e. a space plane.

This VTOL aircraft is said to have an electrogravitic propulsion system consisting of five units although eye witnesses have reported seven in some reports. Obviously, this would depend on how many are actually powered on during each sighting.

Low observability simply means that it’s hard to spot because it has an advanced and sophisticated camouflage system that helps it blend with the night sky. And it is apparently designed as a surveillance platform, or spy aircraft if you like.

The image suggests that the two wings can be folded reducing the dorsal view width to 256 feet, and shows the comparable size of a B-2 Spirit Bomber. The B-2 Spirit Bomber has a wingspan of about 170 feet (52m) and a 747 Jumbo Jet has a wingspan of 224 feet.

Some have commented on the fact that the folding wings may be aerodynamically unviable while others suggest that they wouldn’t present any problem.

Opinions about the TR6 Telos on UFO forums certainly appear to be polarised, with some dismissing it out of hand while others offer accounts of sightings in the skies of the USA and UK.

B-2 Spirit Bomber Wingspan 170 Feet (52M)
B-2 Spirit Bomber Has A Wingspan Of About 170 Feet (52M)

The ventral view in the image shows the width to be 519 feet, so even with the wings folded there are not many hangars in the USA that could accommodate an aircraft of this size.

Another section in the picture shows the aircraft with the ‘Starfield Camouflage’ active, illustrating how it partly blends into the night sky.

At the top of the illustration is a side view, again with the B-2 Spirit Bomber for comparison, with a length shown of 219 feet.

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The Projects Of Skunk Works: 75 Years Of Lockheed Martin'S Advanced Development Programs

The Projects of Skunk Works: 75 Years of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs

The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA – all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks.

Sightings of the TR6 Telos

Sightings include MUFON case number 97282, submitted on 28th December 2018, by an ex-Royal Navy serviceman with 20 years of experience, including time spent on engineering sea weapons systems. 

While walking his dog late one night near the town of Shrewsbury (UK) he heard a humming noise above him. He looked up and saw a very large chevron shaped flying object hovering over a field nearby. 

He said, “It was black and very dull in colour, with dim white lights at the tips and a red glow at the centre. I estimate it to be well over 100ft from tip to tip.”

He continues, “But suddenly it started to move and as it did towards the West, a small white ball of light shot out of it towards the road. As this happened, the large chevron object shot out a clear white beam of light…”

“…then just shot off with a hum and buzz sound towards the West and it disappeared from sight”.

He concludes his report by saying, “I am fully aware of all military aircraft, including drones, but this was like nothing I have seen before. On looking through the internet at what I could resemble it too, I would most definitely say that it was similar to the object seen over Phoenix Arizona in 1997.”

TR6 Telos Sighting in 2011/2012

In December 2023 I received this account from a reader who had found this blog post:

My sighting occurred in either 2011 or 2012 in North Texas towards the end of the year, November/December timeframe.

I was sitting in the backyard of my home with a girl I had recently started dating. I was pointing out constellations and stars in an attempt to impress her when suddenly a giant black chevron shaped craft, exactly like the pictures in your article, floated by COMPLETELY SILENTLY overhead.

I would estimate it passed overhead (of a very crowded suburban neighborhood, I might add) at between 1500-3000 feet in roughly 10-15 seconds. It was enormous, and if someone were to tell me that it was even longer than the 519 feet estimated in your article I would believe it. I judged it as “two football fields end to end” in size when I saw it or roughly 600-700 feet wingtip to wingtip.

The very first thought I had when I saw it was “That is an alien spaceship!” because I have never seen anything as advanced and high-tech looking as the TR-6 and ESPECIALLY not flying silently.

It was as if I had only ever seen model-T fords my whole life and was suddenly presented with a brand new Lamborghini. It was truly out of this world looking.

It had seven lights on the underside, but they were no ordinary lights like landing lights or running lights. These were giving off a very intense bright whitish-blue glow that I associated almost immediately with the glow of Cherenkov Radiation (linked here is the wikipedia article )

It was a spectacular sight that altered the course of my life and got me interested in the paranormal and alien life elsewhere in the universe. My personal belief is that the technology onboard the TR-6 TELOS comes from reverse engineered crashed or downed UAPs/UFOs.

Contributed by a reader

The Phoenix Lights 1997

It’s been suggested elsewhere that the TR-6 was the aircraft that lead to the Phoenix Lights wave of UFO sightings in 1997, although some witness descriptions of that event are of a much larger aircraft.

It’s worth emphasising the angular V shape of this aircraft as distinct from the curved boomerang shape of some UFO light clusters that have been reported in recent decades.

So does the TR-6 Telos actually exist?  

If you have any additional information please share it below or contact me if you would like to share it anonymously. Discretion is assured.

The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider

It’s public knowledge that Northrop Grumman are working on the B-21, a new long range heavy bomber, the B-21 Raider. It’s smaller than the B-2 and will replace both the B-2 Spirit and the B-1 Lancer. It is expected to enter service no sooner than 2026.

Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider
U.S. Air Force Graphic, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Northrop Grumman Black Projects

Northrop Grumman was founded in 1994 when the Northrop Corporation (1939–1994) merged with the Grumman Corporation (1930–1994). Northrop Grumman has been involved in some of the most secretive and groundbreaking projects in the aerospace and defense industries. From developing stealth technology to building cutting-edge aircraft, the company has a long history of pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

In recent years, Northrop Grumman has been increasingly focused on developing next-generation technologies for the military and intelligence communities. As a result, the company now has a wide portfolio of “black projects” that are shrouded in secrecy. Some of Northrop Grumman’s most famous black projects include the B-2 Spirit bomber, the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, and the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle.

While details about these projects are closely guarded, it is clear that Northrop Grumman is at the forefront of developing tomorrow’s weapons and technologies.

Ben Rich

Benjamin “Ben” Robert Rich was an American aerospace engineer. He was best known for his work on the U-2 and SR-71 aircraft at the Lockheed Corporation, and later as the head of Lockheed’s Skunk Works from 1975 to 1986. He also worked on classified projects for the CIA, including the development of the A-12 spy plane.

Ben Rich was born in New York City in 1937. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1959. He then went to work for the Lockheed Corporation, where he worked on a number of classified projects, including the U-2 and SR-71 aircraft. In 1975, he was named head of Lockheed’s Skunk Works, which is responsible for developing advanced aircraft and weapons systems.

He held this position until 1986, when he retired from Lockheed. He then took a position as the CEO of Northrop Corporation, where he oversaw the development of the B-2 Spirit bomber. He died in 2006 at the age of 69.

Quotes Attributed to Ben Rich

“We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do it.”

“We now have technology to take ET home. No it won’t take someone’s lifetime to do it. There is an error in the equations. We know what it is. We now have the capability to travel to the stars.”

“There are two types of UFOs — the ones we build and the ones ‘they’ build.”

Videos of the TR6 Telos

Here is the original video version of this post made a few years ago. The script is shorter than this article as I’ve expanded this page slightly.

Here’s a clip of a triangular craft caught on a night vision camera. It claims to be the TR6 but could be one of the other TR marks e.g. Manta or Astra.

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