It looked similar in shape to the DH108 Swallow seen at the top of this website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailless_aircraft

The best likeness I have found online (except the wings were flat and what looks like 2 large engines could have been propellers but I don't think they were that large) is found here:


It is the 3rd image from the top: "Dzyne's Blended Wing Body concept. Dzyne Technologies"

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    $\begingroup$ Do you not have a picture? Can you give more details? How many jet engines did you see? Where was the jet engine located. Approximately what was the length of the wingspan? $\endgroup$
    – DLH
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 22:16
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    $\begingroup$ From the description it could be a de Havilland Vampire, or a derivative. It would be helpful to know where this sighting took place. $\endgroup$
    – user30849
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ Are you certain that it was a jet? $\endgroup$
    – acpilot
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ Without more info it is impossible, but it might have been a canard of some kind. Google Long EZ, or VariEze, or Berkut and see if anyu of these look familiar. $\endgroup$ Commented May 16, 2018 at 13:32

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Are you sure it was a jet? Maybe it was some sort of Rutan VariEze?

Rutan VariEze

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    $\begingroup$ John Denver's crash coffin... Actually a LongEze $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 1:24
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    $\begingroup$ That's not fair - it was actually a builder modified plane with the fuel selector placed above and behind a shoulder (in a desire to keep fule lines out of the cabin I recall reading, vs standard locaiton of between the legs), and JD unfortunately pressed a rudder pedal, a natural enough motion, trying to reach up and back, causing an unintended roll and splash into the ocean. $\endgroup$
    – CrossRoads
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 2:34
  • $\begingroup$ .. and he was FUI, no ? $\endgroup$ Commented May 16, 2018 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ I doubt it. He had just taken possession and had been flying it for a while already that day. $\endgroup$
    – CrossRoads
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ No, I am not sure it was a jet and the closest picture I have found on the internet of a modern plane is the Beechcraft Starship. $\endgroup$ Commented May 17, 2018 at 23:02

Could this be what you saw:

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This is a Cirrus Vision SF50

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    $\begingroup$ Man that thing's ugly... $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Commented May 15, 2018 at 22:26
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    $\begingroup$ While it has V-tail I'm not sure that would look very strange when viewed from below. $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 14:38

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