Bing< Maps looks like it could be the next major secret-spiller making headlines; you may recall that previously Bing May Have Revealed Secret U.S. Drone Base. Bing’s satellite-imaging service captured a stealth Russian fighter jet, which was previously thought to be ancient history. The airplane, known as the Mikoyan Project 1.44, was reportedly launched during the fall of the Soviet Union and was thought to be put to bed in 2001. .
The jet was purportedly Russia’s first attempt at a flyable stealth fighter — one that was meant to match one of America’s best-kept secrets, the F-22 Raptor. Some speculated that the fighter jet was sent to China to kick-start Beijing’s own stealth development program. Foreign Policy compared China’s J-20 stealth fighter, revealed in 2010, to the 1.44 (see above). The 1.44 is the larger of the two planes, found just outside Moscow’s Zhukovsky airfield, but the jets appear very similar — though the former is more sophisticated and nearly impossible to track on radar. Russian officials have said that they did not provide information about the 1.44 jet to the Chinese, but condeded that the Chinese may have gotten their hands on relevant documents. The only thing that is certain: the 1.44 is (or, until this week, was) on an airfield in Russia.