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Mystery US aircraft crashes in Nevada desert


Posted on Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 | Comment icon 82 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 (82)

Tags: Black Project

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #73 Posted by Occams Razor on 4 October, 2017, 22:35
I think you mean it was an F35. If you apply the principle Occam's Razor, that the simplest answer is probably the right one,it probably was an F35. They're frantically trying to iron the bugs out of the F35.F35s are allocated to Air Materiel Command for this purpose, the plane that crashed was allocated to Air Materiel Command, the pilot was F35 certified, and a test pilot. Itcrashed at a secret test site, the sort of place they test aircraft they're trying to iron the bugs out of. And the F35 has a reputation for being a piece of crap, the last thing they would want is more bad publicity ... [More]
Comment icon #74 Posted by Stiff on 4 October, 2017, 22:49
OK, for arguments sake, let's say it was an F35 that crashed. What happens when it finally comes out what the plane actually was, after them saying "Itwas not an F35" ? They're going to look a right set of pillocks and anybody who laid moneyout in advancement for orders are not going to be happy bunnies. They're going to be asking some serious questions and more than likely rescind the order, and any advanced payments. ?
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 Centreisat Nellis. I'll leave it, thanks. You are ignoring the fact they have stated it was not an F-35, made numerous dubiousassumptions 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]


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