F-89 Discovery a Possible Hoax
Since this story first
appeared, various people have been trying to
corroborate information supplied by Adam Jimenez
concerning the alleged discovery of a missing F-89
on the bottom of Lake Superior.
While it may be too
early to reach any definitive conclusions, there
certainly seems to be many more questions than
answers concerning Great Lakes Dive Company and the
alleged F-89 discovery.
About the middle of
October, the Great Lakes Dive Company website
suddenly went blank. It was at this time that Adam
Jimenez stopped returning phone calls and emails.
from Adam Jimenez, it is impossible to know exactly
why the website was blanked out and why Adam has
chosen to stop answering questions.
It is possible that he
simply decided he wanted to keep a lower profile and
was tired of the publicity.
It is also possible that
he was avoiding the exposure of those who were
asking questions of the authenticity of his claims.
Some see the
disappearance of the website as evidence of a dark
conspiracy of government to hide the truth that was
daring to be revealed. This seems like one of the
lesser possibilities based on all the questions
surrounding the claims.
Who is Great Lakes Dive
According to Adam, Great
Lakes Dive Company first discovered the F-89 in the
summer of 2005. They sat on the discovery for almost
a year before revealing it to anyone. To do this
search, they need some very expensive equipment, and
a fairly large boat. Adam indicated that GLDC was
involved in the search of other missing shipwrecks,
however, it seems that no one in the Great Lakes
shipwreck searching community has ever heard of Adam
Jimenez or his project.
Their name appears in no
other web related citations concerning shipwrecks,
side scan sonar or Great Lakes diving.
The Great Lakes Dive
Company website was brought online about the time
that Adam announced the alleged F-89 find. During
the whole time it was online, it never once provided
a list detailing the members or owners of the
alleged "Great Lakes Dive Company". Investigators
who have tried to track down any registration or
license for the company have found nothing.
Does the company consist
of any other person besides Adam Jimenez? It is
difficult to tell because no one appears to have had
any contact with anyone else but Adam and there were
never any photographs of anyone from GLDC posted to
Does the company have
any assets such as a boat or side scan sonar
equipment? This is also difficult to tell as GLDC
never posted any pictures of the boat and the side
scan sonar equipment.
Was the company ever on
Lake Superior? You would think that anyone who was
engaged in such a search would bring a camera and
record the search and discoveries. Note that Adam
claimed that GLDC had actually performed ROV surveys
of the F-89 and "mystery object" and had taken
photos of video of the F-89 and mystery object. But
not a single photograph from the vessel was ever
posted to the site. This certainly seems very
Where Did the Story
My first knowledge of
the alleged discovery came by word of mouth from
someone who had read about the discovery on the
website list "UFO Updates" which is hosted by Errol
Bruce-Knapp of Toronto, Ontario. The original August
22nd, 2006 post was sent to UFO Updates from Francis
Ridge who is a researcher, writer and investigator
with NICAP. Francis received email from Preston
Miller which consisted of copied text which was
presented as an AP (Associated Press) news story
from Port Huron, Michigan.
Beyond this, no one has
been able to find the original story or any trace of
the AP story. It now seems likely that the story was
a fake. It is unclear who this Preston Miller is and
whether they were the actual source for the story.
Are the Sonar Images
There seems to be
conflicting opinions on whether the images of the
F-89 and the mystery object are real side scan sonar
images. Brendon Baillod of Great Lakes Shipwreck
Research uses side scan sonar to search for
shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. He believes the
images are real side scan sonar images although he
does think that "his (Adam Jimenez's) claims are
based on an elaborate hoax".
I am not an authority on
side scan sonar imaging, but I thought it might be
possible for someone to create these images using
image processing software on a computer. The
original image might be a real model or a computer
generated model. The photographs don't have much
detail so I thought it would be quite possible for
someone to fake these images.
From the beginning, I
worried that the whole find might be a hoax, but I
did not want to sound too skeptical because I wanted
to ensure that if it was a real find, that I would
do my best to assist the investigation. In my view,
if the claim turned out to be a hoax, this would be
just another in a rather tedious and boring history.
If it were real, then this possibly would lead to
the solution to the mystery surrounding a fifty year
old missing aircraft and crew - a mystery which
resonates deeply within me.
I am very curious about
the real truth behind the claims. Perhaps this whole
thing is some persons idea of a joke. If so, they
would have to know that they would eventually have
to face up to the hoax. The only logical sounding
theory I have heard put forward is that someone
wanted to fool the UFO community into swallowing the
notion that a flying saucer had been found on the
bottom of Lake Superior. Then the idea would be just
to make the whole UFO community look gullible. If
this is the case, we would expect Adam to emerge
trumpeting his success in making some people look
I was never really much
impressed with the image of the "mystery object" or
with Adam's account of how they used a fish finder
to get the image after they noticed a distortion in
the image from their regular sidescan sonar
equipment. As Brendon states, it is really quite
hard to imagine how they would connect up this fish
finder and get it down several hundred feet on the
towfish and then collect the returned signal from
the fish finder and patch it back as a feed into the
sonar signal processing software.
Where To From Here?
With what is known now,
we still don't know the following:
Are the sonar images
real sonar images?
If the images are real,
are the images of an real F-89?
If the images are of a
real F-89, is it an F-89 on the bottom of Lake
It is possible that Adam
Jimenez could do us all a favor by explaining all
that he knows about the find. He did state that he
has photographs or video images of the F-89 showing
it is the missing F-89 from Kinross.
If he doesn't come
forward to validate his claim or explain the purpose
of the possible hoax, then we can still solve the
key remaining question.
Is the missing F-89
lying on the bottom of Lake Superior? All that is
needed is some people with a good boat, some
expensive side scan sonar equipment, and a camera
equipped ROV and we're off to the races.