Noted Aviation Journalist Jamie Hunter Reports on the Latest F-117 Sightings

Screen grab of the incredible F-117 video shot by Richard Vendermeulen and Dan Stijovich in Panamint Valley. (Photo: screengrab from Combat Aircraft video on YouTube, courtesy Jamie Hunter)

Combat Aircraft Magazine Editor Tracks Down Men Who Shot Now-Famous F-117 Videos.

Noted aviation journalist Jamie Hunter recently traveled to the western United States to track down two of the witnesses to last month’s sensational F-117 Nighthawk sightings. His new video report provides detailed background on one of this year’s biggest stories so far.

Hunter, whose home base is in London, England, founded the Aviacom media outlet in 2001. Aviacom provides exclusive air-to-air imagery and media to a host of outlets. Hunter has emerged as one of the most prolific and credible military aviation reporters and editors in the field today. He is also well known for his work as editor of the glossy monthly print publication, Combat Aircraft, from Key Publishing.

A number of things stand out about Hunter’s report. He managed to locate and interview two of the men who got video and photos of the F-117 sightings on February 26 and 27, 2019. Richard Vandermeulen and Dan Stijovich were two of the photographers who got still photos and video of the Nighthawks flying in the western U.S. on two successive days.

Richard Vendermeulen and Dan Stijovich in Panamint Valley where reporter Jamie Hunter of Combat Aircraft magazine tracked down their story of the amazing video and photos of the F-117 in February, 2019.

Another notable feature of Hunter’s report is his combination of “reporter on the scene” video with print and internet media. This trend in military aviation reporting is on the rise with more compact and easier to use video, sound and editing resources. The promise of this style of reporting is faster time to publication and near real-time stories about fast-breaking aviation news.

Viewers around the world are seeing new video reports on military aviation stories from reporters like Ryan Sundheimer and David Jacobson of AirShowStuff.com within hours of the stories happening. Sundheimer and Jacobsen recently completed a grueling 2,000+ mile marathon media reporting trip across the western United States to cover the F-35 Demo Team, Heritage Flight Conference, visit popular low flying training areas and the Blue Angels at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. Sundheimer and Jacobson posted photos, video and stories to AirShowStuff.com and YouTube almost as it was happening.

TheAviationist.com used a writer, photographer and videographer/editor to cover the story of the first F-35 Demo Team public aerobatic certification flights at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona earlier this year. The reporting team was on-site, capturing and editing video within hours of events happening.

There may be a downside to increased media about some aviation events however. Following the sensation about the F-117 sightings and the increased specialty and mainstream media reporting on the event, concerns about responsible use and conservation of low-flying viewing areas around the world have escalated.

Concerns about responsible use and potential overuse of the low flying viewing areas are valid. These areas are often protected by National Park Services and remain under their appropriate use guidelines and enforcement. But as the popularity of these areas escalate due to higher visibility in aviation specialty media and social media, the responsibility for maintaining the valuable low-flying viewing resources remains predominantly on the photographers and spotters who visit the area. That means it is up to the aviation enthusiast to police their own conduct in these areas and use them responsibly.

Many thanks to Jamie Hunter and Combat Aircraft for allowing us to use some screengrabs from their exclusive video!



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Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that are published around the world on TheAviationist.com, TACAIRNET.com, Outside magazine, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, and many other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance unit, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds advanced SCUBA certifications, has climbed the highest mountains on three continents and visited all seven continents and has flown several types of light aircraft.