Randolph White, 72, unexpectedly became an internet sensation when he spoke with a local news station about hearing what is believed to be the crash of an F-35 stealth fighter jet.
Authorities believe poor weather contributed to the crash of the jet in South Carolina.
With dramatic animation and sound effects, White shared his story with local News 2.
White has lived in rural Williamsburg County, South Carolina, all his life. He explained to News 2 reporter Raymond Owens. “My neighborhood is normally pretty quiet,” White noted, but not last Sunday.
Donning a straw hat and fishing-wader-type suspenders, White explained that on Sunday afternoon, he was in his bathroom “taking a shave” when he heard a loud noise — which he comedically imitates in the interview video below.
White recalled: “I heard a screeching, between a screech and a whistle. I said, ‘What in the world is this?’ And I heard a boom. And my whole house shook.”
White added: “The first thought that came to me … I said ‘Well, did a meteorite come from outer space or something?’ And I said, ‘Well if it was an airplane it needs to be reported because that thing was flying just too low.”
The South Carolina man was amazed by the incident but did not inform anyone of the unusual happening.
On Monday, when he noticed authorities searching for what he now knows was a $100 million dollar Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet, White spoke with reporters to relay what he witnessed.
Authorities at the Marine Corps Air Station Beauford reported the jet went “missing” after a “mishap,” causing the pilot to eject. The pilot ejected approximately 80 miles from where the plane crashed.
The stealth aspect of the aircraft made tracking its precise location impossible.
“Just through the grace of God, nobody didn’t get hurt,” White exclaimed. He added: “Because there’s a church right up there, about a half mile.”
Joint Base Charleston told Fox News Digital that the debris field and White’s story led them to what they believe is the crash site.
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