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CLASSIFIED FLIGHT TEST, 509, GUSTATUS SIMILIS PULLUS
TO SERVE MAN, 509, GUSTATUS SIMILIS PULLUS

This was the original version of a patch commemorating a flight test series involving a B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber. The Greek sigma symbol on the test shape's outline signifies the unknown RCS value. The number "509" refers to the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates the United States' stealth bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. The alien is a reference to the 509th's infamous lineage. In 1947, the 509th was based at Roswell, New Mexico, home of the "Roswell incident," which ensued after the 509th's commander, Col. William Blanchard, issued a press release whose headline stated: "Roswell Army Airfield Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region."

The dog-Latin phrase Gustasus Similis Pullus translates as "Tastes Like Chicken." Note the knife and fork [trident].

This patch was eventually modified when Air Force officials insisted that the phrase "Classified Flight Test" not appear on the design. In an updated version of the patch, "Classified Flight Test" has been replaced with the words "To Serve Man," referencing a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.

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