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Mystery US aircraft crashes in Nevada desert


Posted on Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 | Comment icon 84 comments

What new plane does the US Air Force have up its sleeve ? Image Credit: US Air Force / Kevin Robertson
The unknown aircraft, which was being flown by pilot Eric Schultz, went down exactly one week ago.
The incident took place at the Nevada Test and Training Range, an area described as "the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world."

Covering a region of over 2.9 million acres of land and 12,000 square miles of airspace, the range is used to train US military forces and to test out some of its latest hardware.

Sadly Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eric Schultz died in the crash, however many questions still remain regarding the specific model of aircraft he had been piloting at the time.

So far all efforts to learn more about what happened have been thwarted on the basis that "information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable."

"I can definitely say it was not an F-35," General David L. Goldfein stated at the weekend.

The lack of details and the apparent secrecy surrounding the incident has led to speculation that the aircraft may have been some sort of classified black project that has yet to be officially disclosed.

Whatever it is, there's a chance that more will be revealed about it over the coming months.

Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (84)

Tags: Black Project

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #75 Posted by Obviousman on 4 October, 2017, 22:58
The plane was allocated to AMC? Could i get a reference for that, please? Accepting that for the moment, AMC operates from multiple sites... however Nellis isn't one of them. F-35 testing is generally conducted at Edwards and Eglin (and Pax River for the F-35B and C, but USN and USMC aircraft wouldn't be under the control of AMC). On the other hand, the US Air Force Weapons Centre is at Nellis. I'll leave it, thanks. You are ignoring the fact they have stated it was not an F-35, made numerous dubious assumptions and created a massive cover-up all to support your 'simple' answer, rather than ac... [More]
Comment icon #76 Posted by Occams Razor on 4 October, 2017, 23:50
I haven't seen the word 'Pillock' for years, thanks for that, it reminds me of home. I think it's all about getting contracts signed, once signed they're very difficult to get out of. If someone had laid down a very large deposit on some F35s and they admitted it was an F35 that crashed killing the pilot, the customer is certainly not going to be a happy bunny, they might want their money back.
Comment icon #77 Posted by AlterScape on 11 October, 2017, 6:42
Isn't this close to Area 51/S4?
Comment icon #78 Posted by Occams Razor on 12 October, 2017, 3:41
I believe so. That's what area 51/S4 are for.
Comment icon #79 Posted by Obviousman on 5 November, 2017, 23:26
The Sep 18 - Oct 1 2017 edition of Aviation Week and Space Technology reports: (page 10, 'First Take' column)
Comment icon #80 Posted by Abaddonire on 6 November, 2017, 1:06
So not from google, then. From Russia Today, Putin's organ.  Rightio.
Comment icon #81 Posted by Occams Razor on 8 December, 2017, 0:31
As I said, there's lots of info like this on the F35... check it out.
Comment icon #82 Posted by Obviousman on 8 December, 2017, 3:00
I have to agree that the F-35 programme has lots of issues.... but pretty much every aircraft does (to some degree). For example, the F-22 suffered / suffers from the OBOGS issues, as does the F/A-18G. We wouldn't turn down an offer of F-22s and we haven't cancelled the Growler order. The MRH90 has a list of problems... but we are sticking with them (but do note we went with the MH-60R rather than the NFH90). The EC665 / ARH has numerous issues... but we still fly them, as do a number of countries.   Will the F-35 be 'a dud'? I don't know. That being said, I do know that a lot of aircraft that... [More]
Comment icon #83 Posted by Silent Trinity on 3 February, 2018, 19:43
This whole area is shrouded in secrecy as the US Military's top facility for the development and evaluation of new aircraft technology and defence projects. It is comprised of Nellis Air Force Range, the Nevada Test site and sitting on the Northern border of this test range is of course Area 51. So anything secret and intended to be out of the public eye will be here and has been for a very long time. Notable alumni include the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane made famous by the Gary Powers incident when he was shot down in this very aircraft over Russia, and later the A-12 project which became known... [More]
Comment icon #84 Posted by quiXilver on 7 February, 2018, 18:08
hmm... ok then.


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