Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Aerospace Manufacturing and Design welcomes all aircraft enthusiasts to join the fun and NAME THAT PLANE! Each issue, a new aircraft will be featured. Given a photo and a clue box, readers are encouraged to guess what plane is being described and submit their answers to

Rapid-fire facts

  • Unmanned surveillance aircraft
  • First flight: Feb. 28, 1998
  • Principal operator: U.S. Air Force
  • Can conduct sorties of 30+ hours


  • Wingspan: 130.9ft (39.9m)
  • Length: 47.6ft (14.5m)
  • Height: 15.3ft (4.7m)
  • Max. speed: 391mph (629km/h)
  • Engine: Rolls-Royce F137-RR-100 turbofan

November/December 2016 answer:

Lockheed F-104C

November/December 2016 winner:

Bud Cancasci, Principal Components Engineer, L3 Technologies, Mason, Ohio

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

About 9 years.

How did you become interested in aircraft?

I’ve been interested in aircraft all my life. I was in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and worked on F-101, F-102, and F-106 interceptor aircraft.

What is your favorite aircraft?

The YF-12, the interceptor version of the SR-71.


Travis Cortelyou

Wire EDM Specialist, New Jersey Precision Technologies Inc., Mountainside, New Jersey

Claude von Plato

Manager, Jay’s Aircraft Maintenance Inc., Costa Mesa, California

submission procedure:

To enter the contest, visit and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify.

The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is April 28, 2017. Winners will be announced in the June 2017 issue.

Have fun, and good luck!

For a full set of rules, please visit

Look what Bud won!

Enter today to win your own high-quality desktop aircraft replica!