The F117A came to us via an ultra-secret secret project that started in 1975. First flight was in mid 1981 and a distorted photo was released by the Pentagon in late 1988 as I recall. However, there was a man operating outside the cloak of government imposed secrecy who took multiple daylight images of this unusual black UFO before the distorted photo was released! Interestingly, he was not current on U.S. military aircraft, but figured if he could observe it and photograph it during daylight hours, then it must be a known aircraft. At any rate, when the fuzzy Pentagon photo came out, he realized he had something special and shortly thereafter his images were published.
Hopefully, my memory of this event is clear and if you have heard of this please point me towards the magazine that published the story as time has erased that detail and I would like to read it again.
The take away, for me at least, was the following:
a. Some observers witnesses and photograph unusual aerial objects without becoming hysterical. (See "Excitedness effect" - Condon Report for the skeptics take on this)
b. Some observers see unusual aerial objects without thinking ET has arrived.
c. Some observers DO NOT come forward with their stories until someone else has come forward first. (Condon Report wants us to discount reports made in this manner)
d. Sometimes people see what they say they saw. (Condon Report wants us to believe it is a balloon, swamp gas, Venus, and one of my favorites a mirage! LOL)
If this man's UFO photos were released today, or during the time of the Condon Report, or Project Blue Book, I have no doubt that in the absence of U.S. Air Force corroboration he would have faced scorn and ridicule. Tell me I'm wrong!
One other item: Much has been made at least in this thread about the "windows" of the Zond IV fireball.
The Condon Report notes this feature in 3 out of 78 ZOND IV reports filed. Hmm...Sounds more like a spurious detail than anything else.