LAS VEGAS — The crash of a secret plane in the Nevada desert remained shrouded in mystery Friday as the Air Force released the name of the pilot who was killed but refused to reveal further information.
Pentagon sources have said that the plane that crashed Wednesday night was a top-secret F-19 stealth fighter, which uses the latest electronic technology, materials and aerodynamic design to foil radar and infrared sensors.
The pilot of the downed plane was Maj. Michael C. Stewart, who was based at Nellis Air Force Base, Capt. Barry Anderson, a base spokesman, said. He declined to give Stewart's age, hometown or the wing to which he was attached--information normally released following Nellis air crashes.
Anderson said he had been instructed to release only the pilot's name and home base.
Nellis officials have also refused to disclose the type of aircraft involved in the crash on the Nellis gunnery range, although such information is normally released.