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From: kerry@Hungerford.chch.cri.nz (Kerry Ferrand)
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 1996 12:36:26 -1200
Subject: 1986 F-117A crash - UFO report
While I was wading through old UFO reports looking for black triangles
I came across this report which includes a witness to the July 11 1986
F-117A crash. I thought some people here may find it of interest....I
wonder if the guy ever got his photos back. (I should note here that
1986 was 2 years before the F-117 officially existed)
Report #: 198
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 12-10-1986
Subject: BAKERSFIELD, CA
CASE TYPE: LRS
DATE: 12 JULY 1986
SOURCE: MERCURY NEWS, SAN JOSE, CA
REDONDO BEACH - Andy Hoyt admits he has no proof - not anymore, at least -
that he witnessed the crash of an aircraft that may be the Pentagon's
most carefully guarded secret.
His sister, Lisa, and her 16-year-old son, Joey, reportedly also saw the
plane, but both declined to discuss the alleged incident. Hoyt, an unemployed
Redondo Beach carpenter, says he snapped photographs of the
plane as it plummeted to the ground in the Sequoia National Forest near
But the photographs were given to the Air Force, Hoyt says, and the Air
Force isn't talking.
Defense experts, however, say Hoyt's description of what he claims he saw
that night fits the most educated guesses of the configuration of the
top secret F-19 stealth fighter - a plane the Air Force will not confirm
In a scenario that sounds like a science fiction movie, Hoyt says he
and two relatives saw something drop out of the sky and explode into
flames on the other side of a hill about a half-mile away.
"It seemed like it was something other than an airplane, said Hoyt,
26, who was on a camping trip. "Believe it or not, I thought it was
Whatever it was, he says, the military has been treating him royally since
he called Edwards Air Force Base when he returned home the following Sunday
evening and told the Air Force about the photographs.
Hoyt says he and his party were driving east on state Highway 178
about 15 miles northeast of Bakersfiled in the early morning hours of July 12
when they pulled over for a brief rest. He was just climbing back into his
truck when he saw it.
"All I saw were three red lights and a dark image behind them like
an upside-down triangle." Hoyt said, adding that each light was
at a point of the triangle. He said he pulled a camera from the
dashboard of the truck and managed to take two or three pictures
before the plane disappeared over the hill.
Then, a pair of explosions "lit up the sky like it was daylight out."
Contrary to published reports on the day of the accident, Hoyt says, the
aircraft did not explode before it crashed. At least one Air Force source has
been quoted as saying plane exploded in midair, which could explain why the
pilot, who was killed, was not able to eject safetly.
"It was definitely not on fire when it came down," Hoyt said. "Why couldn't
the guy eject?"
After making sure the blaze was reported on an emergency roadside phone, the
party continued to its campground north of nearby Lake Isabella.
His call to Edwards upon returning home brought a sudden response from the
Air Force, Hoyt says. "They took my name and number and within an hour
someone had flown down here and talked to me," he said.
"They didn't press me, but they wanted to see the film in my camera."