I've enjoyed this thread immensely.
I have no definite views on Aurora's existence (or not) - but I offer a story that has been reported in the aviation press before...
Boscombe Down Airfield (nr Salisbury). A plane requests a landing at night, and apparently cocks it up and ends up with knackered nose wheel assembly and is stranded at the far end of a runway.
No biggy so far.
The runway in question is easily visible from the A303.
Dawn rises and the plane is still stranded there, but has been completely shrouded in scaffolding and tarpaulins by first light,so there is "nothing to see here"
The conspiracy theorists then go into overdrive, as a large cargo plane leaves Lockheed with a flight plan to Ramstein in Germany. Curiously it develops a "fault" during this flight, and requests a landing at Boscombe Down...
It lands at dusk, taxis to the mystery plane still clad in scaffolding, and loads it into its hold.
The "fault" seems to be magically cured at this point, and the cargo plane then flies back over the Atlantic back to Lockheed...
Hardly conclusive to the existence of Aurora, but certainly points to the existence of a secret plane (or a plane that was deemed worth the effort of keeping away from prying eyes!)
I'll try and find a link to the article and post it here. Edited to add:http://www.dreamlandresort.com/black_pr ... scombe.htm
Please accept my apologies for not posting an "accurate rendering" done in MS Paint