posted on Aug, 4 2016 @ 10:18 AM
a reply to: grey580
The official Air Force biography of one particular test pilot said that he was handpicked to command a “Classified Flight Test Squadron” that led
a "classified prototype aircraft" called the YF-113G “from design to first flight.” As a fighter pilot and experimental test pilot, he accumulated
over 2,900 flight hours in 54 aircraft types including Soviet fighters when he was assigned to the 6513th Test Squadron (Red Hats) at Groom Lake. He
was first Air Force pilot to fly the YF-113G.
I know of at least one other pilot who flew the YF-113G, and he was also assigned to the Red Hats, which suggests that it was a foreign type (which
they refer to as "classified prototypes). On the other hand, the words "from design to first flight" suggest that this was something entirely new
like the YF-117A (Nighthawk), YF-117D (Tacit Blue), or YF-118G (Bird of Prey).
Schratt's drawing has no basis in reality.