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    Posted: August/30/06 at 12:46pm
 

F-89 Jet Fighter Found in Lake Superior


Port Huron Divers from the Great Lakes Dive Company claim to have located a US Air Force F-89 Scorpion jet fighter that disappeared in 1953, over Lake Superior. The F-89 with tail number 51-5853A was piloted by 1st Lt. Felix Moncla, Jr, with Second Lt. Robert L. Wilson as the Radar Intercept Officer. The divers using sophisticated side scan sonar have located two possible aircraft and a third unidentified object in deep water. The wreckage of the plane and object that the F-89 collided with it until now have never been found.

I spoke with a radar operator who worked in the Air Defense Command radar site on November 23, 1953. During the evening radar picked up an unidentified target over Lake Superior. Kinross Air Force Base nearby alerted the 433rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Truax Field, in Madison, Wisconsin, and an F-89 C all-weather interceptor was scrambled. U.S. Air Force accident report records indicate that the F-89 was vectored WNW, then W, climbing to 30,000 feet. While on a westerly course, the F-89 was cleared to descend to 7,000 feet, turning ENE and coming steeply down to the unknown target from above. The last radar contact placed the interceptor at 8,000 feet, 70 miles off Keeweenaw Point. The F-89 was trying to intercept and investigate an unusual radar blip when it crashed.

Radar operators watched as the "blips" of the UFO and the F-89 merged on their scopes, in an apparent collision, and disappeared. No trace of the plane was ever found. The U.S. Air Force claimed the F-89 was launched to intercept a Royal Canadian Air Force C-47, later the fighter jet had collided with the Canadian transport plane, but the RCAF then, and the CAF today deny any of their planes was over the lake on that date.

The same day an F-89 from the same squadron crashed and also had some kind of catastrophe that didn't give the crew time to eject. Despite repeated engine changes, problems persisted, compounded by the discovery of structural problems with the wings that forced a refit of 194 -A, -B, and -C models. When I chased a UFO we flew faster then the red lined speed limit of our aircraft during the thrill of the chase. The underwater F-89 is missing a wing.

Great Lakes Dive Company representative Jimenez claims that the plane is mostly intact and lying upright in deep water and in searching the general vicinity of the wreck, we found an unidentified object that apparently hit the F-89. One wing of the aircraft is missing and is likely the point of contact. Jimenez declined to identify the other object. A documentary on the history, search and discovery of the F-89 and the mystery object is being filmed. (www.greatlakesdive.com )

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