|Wreckage of Captain Schaffner’s lightning, as it was lifted from the seabed off Flamborough in 1970 (Credit: The National Archive)|
|By Dr David Clarke|
One of the most enduring mysteries of the Cold War – the disappearance of US pilot William Schaffner in a secret RAF exercise above the North Sea – has finally been laid to rest.
Captain Scaffner was just 28 years old when his RAF Lightning - call-sign Foxtrot 94 – crashed into the sea off Flamborough Head in Yorkshire one stormy night in September 1970.
Now his youngest son Michael has told the full tragic story of his father’s death in an exclusive interview with Ian Black for the monthly magazine FlyPast (July).
Michael Schaffner and his brothers were given access to classified RAF files on the loss of Lightning XS894 after they read internet rumours that claimed the USAF exchange pilot died in a secret operation to intercept UFOs. . . .
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