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Old 12th May 2011, 06:09 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Explorer View Post
Mantell, it seems, was "hyped up" by the strange reports and his instructions to pusue and identify the unknown object. He was too brave for his own good, broke regulations, and flew at an unwise altitude for too long to get a closer look at what he thought could be an extra-terrestial object, and died for his trouble.
I recall reading somewhere that Mantell was a cargo (C-47) pilot who had only recently transitioned to fighters at the time of the incident and that his unfamiliarity with the F-51's systems may have been a contributing factor. Have you read anything simillar or is my memory playing tricks on me?
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