Walt Ray

A-12 (60-6928 / 125) was lost on 5 January 1967 during a training sortie flown from Groom Lake. Its pilot, Walter L. Ray became the first CIA Project OXCART A-12 pilot killed in the line of duty and is so honored in the "Book of Honor", CIA Headquarters at Langley, Va. CIA pilots lost at Groom Lake prior to Ray are: CIA U-2 pilots Rose Grace and Carey were killed in 1956. CIA U-2 pilot Buster Edens in 1965 in Project AQUATONE.

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A-12 (60-6928 / 125) was lost on 5 January 1967 during a training sortie flown from Groom Lake. Its pilot, Walter L. Ray became the first CIA pilot killed in the line of duty and is so honored in the "Book of Honor", CIA Headquarters in McLean, Va.

In 1997, Jeremy Krans, a resident of the state of Wisconsin realized that no memorial had ever been erected at the crash site of Walt Ray and A-12 Article #125. He researched the location of the crash site, a site that remained secret for many years. If the location was every known, it had become long lost to the public over the passage of time. Krans made several trips to the high desert of Nevada in search of the site. Each time, his expedition grew in size as his family and friends joined to show their patriotic respect to a secret warrior of the Cold War. Krans and all concerned, are to be commended for this gallant show of American gratitude to the memory of Walt Ray.

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Crash Site of Walt Ray and A-12 Article 125

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Photos of the expeditions can be viewed at: Story and Photos