I would like to pick up on something in Ian Simmons’s review of UFOs, Chemtrails and
Aliens [ FT363:57]. Dismissing the ‘stealth fighter’ as possible culprit for the Belgian ‘wave’ in 1989, he uses the argument that it was not revealed for another 10 years. However, it was actually revealed by the USAF in 1988, and became famous in the Desert Storm in 1991. Simmons also dismisses the notion that the F-117 would have been tested “over Belgium” (putting to one side that it would take about 25 minutes for a jet to cross the country – any such stealth jet would merely have been passing through!)
I’m going to put my anorak on now, so bear with me, but in fact it is not at all unusual for new aircraft types to be tested around the world – a pattern that has been repeated by the F-22 and F-35 jets that have followed it. Until the F-117 was revealed, the squadron then operating it and preparing it for use – part of the 4450th Test Group – was equipped with recently retired A-7 Corsairs to provide them with a ‘cover story’ that they were testing new avionics and to explain the increased aircraft activity at Tonopah airfield where their F-117’s were based (these only flew at night until declassified). In fact, the old A-7’s were fitted with the F-117 navigation kit, and possibly targeting equipment too, to enable the pilots to practise with it in a less challenging environment (i.e. in daylight). This is relevant because A-7’s from the 4450TG deployed to RAF Woodbridge in the late 1980s and there has been a rumour ever since that wherever the squadron’s A-7’s went, the F-117’s went too. I know about this deployment because an old friend of mine went down to Suffolk to see them (but was unaware that F-117’s may also have been there). While the 4450TG certainly deployed to South Korea in 1984, I can find no mention on the Internet of F-117’s being seen – though the psy-ops there reported on Wikipedia for the squadron are entertaining reading, and worthy of the excellent Mirage Men book... Conjecture I know, but my point is that it can’t be dismissed that F-117’s weren’t operating in Europe at the time.
Anyway, anorak off again, I am not saying what was seen was the F-117, but the assertion Sim- mons made is a bit slapdash; I hope this is taken in the spirit intended, as I admire his work. Bert Gray-Malkin Portishead, Bristol