posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 03:54 PM
reply to post by SimonGray
Hi, CTK here,
I was on swingshift when this incident occured. I'm a crewchief, retired now but was assigned to the 8th Fighter Squadron. The aircraft in
question, tail no.# 803 was assigned to the 8th FS at the time of the incident. The report is true. The weather that night was crazy, it was
raining, high winds. The winds were coming from all directions.
The reason this occured was due to the constantly changing wind directions and speed, from ground level to at least 12,000 ft. approx.
The pilot did the best he could in saving the aircraft which he did. In my book, he is one of the top 10 F-117A pilots period.
The picture is not "doctored up" The chute probably would not have been used due to the weather above and on the runway, alas it's up to the pilot
and the flight manual on that one. The cable was not engaged because he was landing the aircraft with no issues reported to the SOF or tower.