Monday, March 11, 2013
Today's award goes to the person or persons in the United States Air Force who decided to release this publicity photograph of a F-22 Raptor fighter during the recent Exercise Red Flag.
Unfortunately, they neglected to check what was in the background . . . which just happens to be the USAF's infamous and top-secret Area 51! The runway can be clearly seen above and behind the F-22's cockpit canopy.
The USAF has moved swiftly to erase the picture from where it first appeared, but thanks to eagle-eyed aviation enthusiasts, it's long since made its escape into the wider Web. Given that it was at very high resolution (much higher than I've reproduced here), a lot of information about Area 51 might be gleaned from it by a trained observer.
I wonder whether there'll be any security (or career) consequences for those who perpetrated this doofidity?