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(The Drive)   Mystery aircraft crashes near Area 51. Morris's wife could not be reached for comment   ( thedrive.com) divider line
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2017-09-14 04:55:29 AM  
15 votes:
All jokes aside, America lost someone very special in that crash:

Lt. Col. Eric Schultz. In an article on the website of The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, Schultz was identified as a 1991 graduate of Annapolis High School and a former civilian test pilot who received multiple graduate degrees before joining the Air Force in 2001.
YouCaring page to establish a memorial fund for Schultz's family states he received six degrees, including a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a master's of business administration from Penn State University.
Schultz was a U.S. Air Force combat veteran and test pilot with over 2,000 hours flying numerous aircraft, including the F-35 and CF-18, Canada's variant of the F/A-18 Hornet, and the F-15E, in which he flew more than 50 close air support missions in Afghanistan, according to the page.
He also held management positions, serving as director of operations and exchange officer at the Canadian Forces Flight Test Center, and performed systems engineering for the Airborne Laser program, the page states.
Prior to joining the military, Schultz was the senior scientist and business development manger at the Pratt & Whitney Seattle Aerosciences Center, and a rotary wing flight test engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center, it states.
He's survived by a wife, Julie, and five children, Noah, Elijah, Zion, OliviaMae, and Naomi; parents Larry and Linda Schultz of Annapolis; brother Lars (his children Ava and Tristan) of Alexandria, Virginia; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, according to the YouCaring page.
Schultz in 2011 was also named the 28th pilot to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a stealthy fifth-generation fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin Corp., according to information released by the Air Force and the manufacturer.
2017-09-14 02:30:58 AM  
13 votes:
It is a test site. New designs sometimes fail catastrophically. Lots of failures buried out there. Thus is the nature of experimental Skunkworks style aircraft.
2017-09-14 02:30:58 AM  
6 votes:
Was it these guys?
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can't be obscure
2017-09-14 12:19:37 PM  
1 vote:

jmr61: girlygirlmpls: [img.fark.net image 200x160]

Am I wrong or is Amelia Earhart sorta hot there?

I prefer the new model

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2017-09-14 11:40:43 AM  
1 vote:

girlygirlmpls: [img.fark.net image 200x160]

Am I wrong or is Amelia Earhart sorta hot there?
2017-09-14 09:40:27 AM  
1 vote:
Some speculation it was a Russian aircraft, likely a Su-27, or a black aircraft program.  US has tested, and used as demonstrators/aggressors, a variety of MiGs and Sukhoi aircraft over the decades.  The vague references and press releases so far are much like those when General Bond killed himself in a MiG-23 up there in the '90's, or the 2 early F-117 crashes.
2017-09-14 03:29:41 AM  
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2017-09-14 03:00:33 AM  
1 vote:
The story of the family fighting for there sacred property rights on the same site is endearing.
2017-09-14 02:29:05 AM  
1 vote:
Perhaps now they know why they shouldn't mess around with Jim
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