Elon Musk and his partner Grimes name their newborn after the A-12 spy plane

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Well, there is never a dull moment in the land of Elon Musk! After the founder of SpaceX and Tesla and his partner, pop singer Grimes, welcomed their newborn baby into this world, they said the boy’s name would be “X Æ A-12”. Yes, you read that right. Social media had a field day with the announcement and people speculated on the meaning of the name, or if it was even real. Then Grimes tweeted some sort of mysterious figure explanation.

It turns out that the child is partially named after the Lockheed Skunk Works Mach 3 spy plane that he built for the CIA in the early 1960s, the A-12, known internally by the designers. during its development under the name of “Archangel”. The A-12 was the forerunner of the much more famous SR-71 Blackbird.

• X, the unknown variable

• Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love and / or artificial intelligence)

• A-12 = precursor of SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in combat, but non-violent + (A = Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat)

The spelling of A-12 in his tweet is clearly a mistake, but it seems clear that the futuristic couple have a huge affinity for Kelly Johnson’s most enigmatic flying creation, as do many of us, although I don’t don’t think anyone thought of their child’s name!

It is not clear if the name is actually legal, laws vary from state to state as to what you can name your offspring, but this will likely not prevent the two from keeping the nickname.

If the name sticks, I imagine it would end up being “Archie” or something similar, but you never know!

It’s interesting to note that Grimes’s favorite song shares one of the names with the A-12, the other names it received during its development and short operational life were Cygnus and Oxcart.

Anyway, this is Elon and Grimes, we wish your son X Æ A-12 the best of health and happiness!

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