Damnit, when are we going to find out the truth about the Aurora?
I've heard that Aurora never really existed..
Actually, the best story I've heard is that it did, but it wasn't a plane - it was a set of procedures/protocols and the related engineering to make automated inflight refuelling a lot quicker and easier for a wider variety of conditions. AURORA was apparently the acronym, though I forget what it stood for.
It's suggested in an excellent book called Travels In Dreamland