Category Archive: Aliens and UFOs

Aug 05

UFO Spotted On ISS Live Feed – July 9, 2016

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UFO Spotted On ISS Live Feed – July 9, 2016
By Stephanie Kelly

One July 9th, 2016, the live feed from the International Space Station was cut off after an unexplained object was seen flying into the earth’s atmosphere. A video of this event can be found on YouTube, posted by Streetcap1, here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FsvCAc4iTU). That alone is enough to make people question what was going on and conspiracy theorists appear to be having a ball with the possibilities, but let’s look at the facts!
First, the world is rather lucky to be able to watch a live streaming video from the International Space Station thanks to NASA. Although, it has had issues with signal loss and technical problems it is a rather reliable feed and can be found on the NASA website (https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/iss_ustream.html). The space station is also rapidly moving around the earth a rate of once every 90 minutes so let’s make sure to take that into consideration when looking at the video.
Secondly, it is a known fact that there is a large amount of space junk, satellites, other space stations and meteors roaming around the earth just waiting to get caught in the gravitational pull. To give a better idea of how many things are floating around; there are currently 1071 working satellites in orbit and at least 21,000 large pieces of space junk floating around freely! Also, let me add, that a Chinese Space Station, unmanned, appears to be lost in space and some believe that it could reenter the earth’s atmosphere at any second.
Lastly, I have not been able to find an archived copy of the feed for July 9th! I have been able to find out that at approximately 12:06 am EDT the ISS did dock with the Soyuz spacecraft. Other than this docking, NASA is saying nothing about events on that day.
With the information provided, what conclusion can you come up with to explain this UFO? Do you think it is extraterrestrial or space junk? What could explain the sudden loss of live feed? What information can you use to backup your views of this odd event?

Sourcing:
NASA – www.nasa.gov
Universe Today: How many satellites are in space? –http://www.universetoday.com/…/how-many-satellites-in-space/
NASA: July Archives – https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2016/07/
YouTube; Streetcap1 video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FsvCAc4iTU
ABC News; International Space Station News –http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/space-station.htm

 

Aug 05

Wright Patterson AFB & Hangar 18 – Dayton, Ohio

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Wright Patterson AFB & Hangar 18 – Dayton, Ohio
By Stephanie Kelly

Most people are aware of Wright Patterson Air Force Base located in Dayton, Ohio. Wright Patterson was built in 1917 and is still one of the largest US Air Force bases in existence. This base is headquarters for the Air Force Materials Command with is responsible for research and development of cutting edge technology. The pass is the home for more than 60 units and well over 20,000 civilian and military employees.
Located on the base in the Top Secret Hangar 18. It is believed by some to be the first military location of Alien research and experimentation. A lot of this believe comes from a man named Marion Magruder. Marion was a WWII United States Air Force pilot who was also a member of the Air War College and was sent to investigate materials that were brought to Wright Patterson’s Hangar 18. Pilot Marion Milton Magruder, also known as Mac Magruder, was born in 1911 and died in 1997 at the age of 86. Pilot Magruder made a statement to his sons, on his deathbed, concerning what all he had seen at Hangar 18.
According to the children of Pilot Magruder, he said that he was rarely willing to talk about what happened, and what he had seen at Wright Field until approximately a month before his death. At that time, Magruder said that he was flown from the Air War College with others to Wright Field. Upon his arrival he saw pieces of debris, shrapnel, and two unknown aliens. He said that he saw 2 species at Wright Field; one appeared to friendly while the other was rather aggressive and was considered a military hostile.
Those present as Magruder was talking stated that his eyes would begin to well up as he talked about the aliens. Pilot Magruder, according to his children, arrived when the aliens were alive and watched as the Military performed multiple experiments until he watched them die. Magruder said that he helped move materials from Wright Field to Eglin Air Force Base, this included the corpses of the aliens.
To add to Pilot Magruder’s story, he was also stationed at Area 51! It is also documented that on July 26, 1952 a squad of motorcycle people arrived at Pilot Magruder’s home and escorted him to the Pentagon. This is approximately a week after the first sighting of UFO’s above Washington D.C and the night that the second UFO sighting in D.C. was documented.
Is this all coincidence? Is there something unexplained or extra terrestrial going on at Area 51? Was Magruder’s story true?

Sourcing 
Hangar18, UFOS at Wright Patterson Air Force Base – www.hangar18.weebly. com
Night Fight Errik, “Squiggy” – http://www.nightfighterrik.com/content/Col%20_Magruder_UFOMag.pdf
UFO Evidence, Regarding Lt. Col. Marion “Black Mac” Magruder – http://ufoevidence. org/forums/ForumMessage. asp?ID=40182

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Aug 05

Lights over St. Louis, Missouri

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Lights over St. Louis, Missouri
By: Stephanie Kelly

August 2, 2016 at approximately 2:30 am CT, a St. Louis City Surveillance camera caught something no one can explain. At the top of the left hand side of the screen, an unexplained light appears. It’s movement is rather erratic and it’s light seems to turn on and off like it is controlled by a switch. 
To give a little background into this sighting; an Illinois resident, Chase Rhoads, original turned a personal recording of this light to the local news station, KTVI-TV. After KTVI-TV’s story aired a man with the Illinois Metro East Parks and Recreation District decided to look at the surveillance videos and was rather surprised when he say the same light doing the exact same thing. The director with the Parks and Recreation District even made a statement along the line that though he didn’t believe in UFO’s but there was something weird with this light. The news station even contacted the Scott Air Force Base along with the FAA and both said that they didn’t know what the source of the light was.
This sighting has caught so much attention for many reasons. The main reason would appear to be that the Metro East Park and Recreation District published the surveillance video on August 3rd through their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehzVYFSdVMs). To quote the video description, “We guarantee you will be perplexed if you watch all 5 minutes of this surveillance footage!”
Could this be a drone? That was my first thought, but the FAA and the local Air Force Base unable to identify, or give a possible answer to, the source of the light, it makes me thinks it wasn’t a drone. Thinking about it logically, it would be a safe assumption that the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration know the basics of identifying drones.
Could it be weather related? According the National Weather Service through N.O.A.A. the weather at 2:49am was cloudy with a storm moving in and lightening can be seen in the background of the video. The wind was recording at an average wind speed of 4.9 South to Southwest. St. Louis is listed as having a high of 88 and a low of 73 along with the city only receiving .31 inches of rain.
What logical explanations can you think of for this light? How would you prove or disprove the UFO theory that is the main theory?

Sourcing:
Metro East Park and Recreation District YouTube Channel –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehzVYFSdVMs
KMBC Kansas City; Hearst Stations Inc – http://www.kmbc.com/…/mysterious-light-over-gatew…/41052670…
Fox 2 News; KTVI-TV – http://fox2now.com/…/ufo-over-the-st-louis-arch-more-video…/
NOAA weather report – http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php…

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May 15

New Findings in the Drake Equation

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By: Stephanie Kelly

In 1961, a man by the name of Dr. Frank Drake developed an equation in the attempt to get the Scientific Community talking about the possibility of civilizations other than on earth. To put it simple; the equation was originally meant to summarize the main concepts that scientists must think about when considering unexplained and questionable radio communication.

This equation, N = R* x fp x ne x fe x fi x fc x L, contains many variables including:
N – the total number of civilizations in the Milky Way
R – the average rate of star formation
Fp – the fraction of formed stars that have planets
Ne – the average number of planets per star that has planets
Fl – the fraction of those planets that have actually developed life
Fi – the fraction of planets with intelligent, civilized life
Fc – the fraction of these civilizations that have detectable communications
L – the length of over which these civilizations release detectable communications

For a little bit of honesty behind this equation; Frank Drake originally made this equation just to get people talking! He wanted to figure out a way of combining the work of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) with mathematics and science. Drake come up with this theory after reading an article by Cocconi and Morrison which fueled his desire to communicate with other beings.

Drake used a 25 meter dish at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to document his search for signals not created on earth. He named this research ‘Project Ozma.’ Dr. Drake planned on hosting a SETI meetings at the observatory and his preparation for this meeting he, somewhat unintentionally, developed this equation.

Now, let’s jump ahead to 2016! Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan, with the University of Rochester, announce their findings after ‘tweaking’ the Drake Equation. Most scientists, prior to Frank and Sullivan, used the Drake Equation in more a research and technology setting and, even then, could only give a scientific guess. Frank and Sullivan where more interested in figuring out how many advanced civilizations, more or less, have developed in the plan of the universe. The first thing this team did was removed the L (length over which these civilization release detectable communications). After that, they got a little fancy; the developed a form of the Drake Equation for Archaeology use. This equation is A = Nast * fbt. This equation takes a new form but is based off of Drakes work. A is the number of technological elements that have ever developed. Nast is the product of R, Fp and Ne of the Drake Equation. Fbt is the product of Fe, Fi and Fc of the Drake Equation.

What did Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan discover? Their analysis and research showed that there is less than 1 in 10 Billion Trillion chance that human civilization evolved on only Earth! Does this mean that there are other life forms out there? Does this mean we really are not alone? What is the next step in Science and the Unexplained?

Sources:

Tech Times; Tweaked Drake Equation – http://www.techtimes.com/

…/tweaked-drake-equation-hints-ear…University of Rochester, Are we alone –https://www.rochester.edu/news/are-we-alone-in-the-universe/

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May 15

UFO or Drone

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By Stephanie Kelly

It would appear, from reports, that many people are seeing more unexplained flying objects all around the world. One possibility that has been brought up often is that of Drones or other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Could this uptick in UFO sightings actually be related to the private and professional use of this type of equipment? Drones have become rather commonplace in many areas ranging from a novice who just likes the ability to record a family outing or gathering to them being used by the Military, Law Enforcement and Movie Studios. With Drones being a rather new piece of equipment, it is important to understand what a drone is, what they can do and what they may look like in the sky.
Drones, also referred to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), are basically flying robots. Most personally owned Drones are flown using a controller by a person on the ground. Commercially owned and Military controlled Drones are known to fly using GPS through software embedded in their systems, thus, no person is required to be within a certain range as it flies. Most normal citizens, in the United States, can’t fly their drone more than 400 feet above the ground by law but Drones have been recorded as high as 3,950 meters above sea level. It is possible for people to get clearance to fly their drone above 400 feet depending on location, weather, insurance and expertise. Most of the military and commercial use of Drones is classified as UAV flight or RPAS, remotely piloted aerial systems, flights. These RPAS and UAVs are made from much higher and longer flights, more than 60,000 feet high for extended time periods.
Now, let’s say you are peering up at the sky after the sun has set and see odd lights in the sky. Drones are also known to have multiple light patterns and colors available, most of which can be adjusted or altered at the flick of a switch or push of a button. The most common light set up for a drone would be 4 lights, typically white or blue, located on the bottom of the craft. Circular drones are known to have lights all the way around. RPAS can have lights that are white, blue, red or green and all them can be operated individually or shut off for surveillance purposes. Just because these shapes, patterns or colors are the norm doesn’t mean they can’t be altered or personalized, most can be completely redone at the owner’s desire.
The next time you see something in the sky, before jumping to the unexplained, try comparing them to known Drone images. You would be surprised at how many different types of UAV’s and different color patterns are available for purchase.

Sourcing:
Internet of Things Agenda –http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definiti

…/drone
MUFON – http://www.mufon.com/field-investigators

-…/29-more-on-drones
Friends Committee on National Legistation –http://fcnl.org/issues/foreign_policy/understanding_drones/

Times: UFO Sightings or Drones –http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/04/ufo-sightings-drones/

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May 05

Ulf Christiernsson’s sighting

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Ulf Christiernsson’s sighting

By Stephanie Kelly

On the 1st of April 1954, The CIA sent out a report concerning a sighting in Sweden that was reported 3 times in newspaper articles. The articles were published in the Stockholm daily newspaper ‘Dagens Nyheter’ on the 18th, 19th and 20th of December 1953. Of all of the reports that I have gone through, this one is a little different. The first thing that caught my attention was the amount of redaction; the majority of released reports have no redaction but this one seem to have odd reaction such as “Please return to Agency Archives, ******, making it unclear exactly what agency controlled this information. Secondly, all of the other reports I have reviewed have the Classification and markings for whom the information was given to; this report has the Classification redacted and, on the only page with the grid viewable, has no one marked for other Government departments that were involved.

Ulf Christiernsson, a retired Captain with the Royal Air Force and at the time an employee of Transair, reported that on December 17, 1953 he saw a metallic round object, approximately 10 meters in diameter, in the sky while flying in a DC-3 with his flight mechanic Olle Johansson. He also stated “The mysterious object appeared suddenly on the air route traveled by all controlled air traffic between Bulltofta and Bromma airfields.” He gave, in great detail the events of that afternoon. He was positive that it was flying at a low altitude and it approached his aircraft at a “very high velocity” and what he estimated as “about that of sound.”

Captain Christiernsson estimated that the aircraft was in his view for a 5 second time span. He said in the article that it didn’t seem to have a crew and was nothing like anything he had ever seen more; seeming more robotically controlled than by a person. At the time of the sighting, Captain Christiernsson stated “we were flying at an altitude of 2,150 meters and the cloud ceiling was about 1,500 meters. Thus, the object should have been flying at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,600 meters.” Both, Christiernsson and Johansson both agreed it had no exhaust or vapor trail following behind it.

Of course, Captain Christiernsson reported this immediately to the Air Defense Staff. Their statement on the incident makes this even more interesting. According to their release, at about 2:47 pm and unknown object was reportedly seen traveling at high speed and because of the low clouds it was not able to be seen from the ground. They also stated that, to their knowledge, there were no Swedish planes in the area that this occurred.

Of course the Defense Department in Sweden along with the Air Department there were working to solve this mystery but they were not able to come up with any exact answer. One Scientist, Bertil Lindblad, insists that the sighting was that of Geminids, a large group of meteors. Mr. Lindblad stated that these would of been visible mainly on Dec 13th but sightings could last for days. Research helped to lessen the possibility of this being the cause do to the speed and angle of what the Captain saw.

Many other explanations have been offered for this sighting, but it appears to be one sighting, by a credible witness, that has yet to be debunked! This sighting is a mystery and may always be.

Source:

Voluntary Swedish Aviators in the RAF –http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/swedish_a…/christiernsson.htm

C.I.A. FOIA – http://www.foia.cia.gov

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Mar 12

CIA Files Continued – Belgian Congo

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CIA Files Continued
Belgian Congo – August 1952
By Stephanie Kelly

On August 16, 1952, the CIA distributed a set of papers from March 1952. This small stack of papers were all concerning information about a reported unexplained flying object seen in the Congo. These objects were best described as two fiery disks that were located in the southern part of the district along or just east of, the Laupula River. It was said that the disks glided in air with “elegant curves and changed their position many times.” Some also said that they had a penetrating hiss and buzz that could be heard by people on the ground for the 10 to 12 minutes they were in view.
A man only referred to as Commander Pierre with the Elisabethville airfield, immediately went after these two disks that were seen. Commander Pierre was able to give a detailed description of the UFO’s that could make any skeptic question their view! According to the report by Pierre the saucer was 12 to 15 meters in diameter (39 to 49 feet) and was the shape of a disk, it was able to shift elevation of 200 or more meters (approximately 650 feet) in just a few seconds. He also said that it would suddenly shot down to just above the treetops which he estimated at 20 meters, or 65 feet, from the top of the trees as he kept it in sight. Another interesting thing to add is that, Commander Pierre did not think that these crafts could have had any person on them. His view was that the erratic and irregular speed would of created such heat that the it would have been “impossible for a person to stay inside the stable core.” He also evaluated the speed of the aircraft, at the time he stopped pursuing it, as 1,500 kilometers per hour, or about 930 miles per hours.
As a researcher, I can understand why the CIA would want to question this sighting and evaluate the claims. That part of the Congo was the home to Shinkolobwe. For those that don’t know, Shinkolobwe is a very protected mine located in the Congolese that was used by the United States for the mining of uranium for use in the Manhattan Project.
Why did the CIA feel that this information need to be provided to the State Department, Army, Navy, Air force, National Security Resources Board and FBI? Remember, this is obviously a UFO and no explanation appears to be readily available for it like many others sightings in this time frame. Don’t most Governments firmly deny the existence of UFO’s, if so, why did this one get so much attention. In the 1950’s no country had the ability the make an aircraft that fits the above description with the ability to maneuver in the flight patterns described. With that said, I am pretty doubtful that any country would have the ability as of today. Something got the attention of the American’s and the German’s but what was it and why?

Sourcing:
www.cufon.org

…/Tracing-the-Congolese-mine-tha…

Book: Uranium by Tom Zoellner

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Feb 28

The CIA’s “X-Files”

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The CIA’s “X-Files”
1952 – East Germany

In Jan 2016, the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States declassified approximately 99
records concerning their involvement and investigation of UFO sightings. With the vast about of
records that were released it would take months to get them all through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) but, thankfully, the CIA has made 10 of these documents available
online if you know where to look.

One of the many reports that was made available is that concerning a Flying Saucer in East Germany. On the first page of Report No. 00-W-23682 it states that the report was Published in
a newspaper out of Athens on Jul. 9, 1952 and was distributed on the 23 Aug 1952. This article titled “Flying Saucers” In East Germany states that a man by the name of Oscar Linke, former Mayor of Gleimershausen had reported a Flying Saucer that was currently being investigated
by West Berlin intelligence officers.

Let me start by going over a little information concerning Mr. Linke. Mr. Oscar Linke was born around 1906 in Germany. He, with his wife and children, had recently escaped from what is
called the Soviet Zone before entering East Germany. The Soviet Zone was actually the Soviet Occupation Zone that was under the control of Russia after WWII. This is rather important because the United States was keeping an eye on Russia along with Germany due to concern
of military advancement or acts of war from either side.

Now, what and where did Mr. Linke see this? According to Mr. Linke himself, he was riding his
motorcycle with his 11 year old daughter when a tire blew out just outside of town. As they were walking, his daughter pointed out something she saw about 500 feet away. They continued to walk toward it and when about 50 feet away he could see two people in clothes that looked metallic looking down toward the ground. They still moved closer! At which point he could see, over a fence, a large object shaped similar to a frying pan. It had 2 rows of holes and a tower
type shape on the top of it. After, according to Mr. Linke, they heard his daughter, both men jumped onto the tower and disappeared. At this point, Mr. Linke watched the object slowly rise, turn and disappear. He then proceeded to go to the location that the object was at and found a freshly dug hole the approximate size of the tower.

With his statement in mind, let’s go over some of the information provided and available. This event happened just outside of the Soviet Zone and Mr. Linke did have concerns about the Soviet’s Military machine advancements, so did many of the Allied Nations. He also says that many people in East Germany are restricted on where they could go due to them knowing too much.

Why was the United States investigating a claimed sighting in Germany? Could it of had something to due with the sightings in July of 1952 in Washington D. C.? Could they have been concerned about the Russian’s and a possible Military Aircraft? Of course, the CIA doesn’t
make access to the full information readily available. This leaves up many questions that have
not been answered, and may never truly and honestly be answered.

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Jan 14

Aliens and the Hongshan

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a1There are many Alien Theories that are floating around the world, from current days to prehistoric possibilities. While skimming through all of the supposed theories and evidence, I found one that caught my attention. Over 6,000 years ago, well before the infamous Annunaki Alien Tribe of the African Gold Mines, there was a small civilization that appears to of seen, or had encounters with, some unknown alien like creatures.

The Hongshan Culture is dated back from around 4500-2700 BC located in the northern part of China. It is believed that they originally developed in Mongolia but due to changes in climate migrated south into, what is now, China. The history of this civilization is just know being thoroughly studied and excavated. A Japanese Archaeologist originally discovered artifacts from the Hongshan Culture in 1908, for an unknown reason excavations didn’t begin until 1935. These extensive excavations are still going on to this day with the newest report from the site being in January 2015!

a2Some of the first artifacts found have been carbon-dated back 6,500 years. The most common artifacts that are being located are jade figurines of all sizes. Most often the jade artifacts seem to have an alien-looking form or the form of a humanoid animal. Their domed heads with elongated tear drop shaped eyes fit perfectly with descriptions of aliens throughout history and into the modern day.

The shape of these magnificent figures is not the only thing that makes an alien influence seem probable. The Hongshan were the only Neolithic Culture to make statues of this shape and to make statues with amazing skill. Let me add, this civilization is considered a Stone Age culture. Most of the statues and figures that have been located appear to of been done with such sophisticated skill that carving marks are not even seen! Now, this may very well be possible today, but with such limited resources and even fewer specialized tools, how could they make such precise and exact works of art?

a3Another important piece of information to consider is the fact that the Hongshan built one of the first pyramids. When thinking of pyramids most people imagine the massive pyramids of Egypt. Egypt was far from the first to develop these types of structures. Even when comparing the early Egyptian Pyramids to the Hongshan Pyramid there are similarities that just ring with advanced technically leading to the question of Extraterrestrial involvement!
To look at the possible religious practices of the Hongshan also brings up other civilizations that are believed to have a connection to an Alien Race. The altar and Goddess Temple of the Hongshan is rather similar to that of the temples and altars of the Mayan and Aztec Civilizations!

There are a wide range of questions when it comes to the Hongshan Culture and their history. How can a civilization be so advanced? How can they work with such precision? Where did they find the inspiration for these figures? Being such a forgotten civilization, how were their skills carried through for hundreds of years after they disappeared? As excavations and scientific study of the sites continues, hopefully some of these questions can be answered.

Sources:
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongshan_culture
Honshan Pyramid – http://www.unexplainedstuff.com/…/Hongshan-Pyramid-Discover…
Hongshan Culture – http://www.messagetoeagle.com/ancient-hongshan-culture-cre…/
Hongshan Mysterious Artifacts – http://unmyst3.blogspot.com/…/hongshan-mysterious-artifacts…
United Nations – http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5804/

Jan 06

Unidentified Flying Objects in New York State

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Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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Lake-Tiorati-UFO-Orange-County-New-York-19661New York State historically has had more than its share of reports of strange craft in the sky, crop circles, interruptions of the electrical grid, and other unusual occurrences. While some incidents such as the Hudson Valley sightings and the big blackout of 1965 were widely reported, others have received less media attention. Author Preston Dennett points out that New York State is arguably the most politically powerful in the country, and states it is no surprise that there is a wealth of reports and encounters. He also points out that there are sightings in rural areas as well as in New York City.

The first challenge in looking at New York State encounters may stem from the fact there are many military bases, diverse industry in a state that within an hour’s drive one can experience densely populated areas to farm land, woodlands and parks which are sparsely populated. Some cities and collegetowns of New York State are very open to watching the skies and discussing unusual encounters whereas others quietly keep to themselves. The problems may first lie in descriptions of the state as well as references as to where sightings occur.

Most people think of New York City, when they hear the words “New York.” Many who have never visited this large state do not realize that New York boasts not only a world-class financial district, but acres of farm land, a variety of cultures and mountainous regions. One of the most confusing aspects in studying unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in New York State is that many do not understand the vast size and unusual shape of the state. There is also the confusion regarding the term “upstate” as it is defined differently by New Yorkers themselves. Those in the far southern section, who live in and around New York City, the Big Apple itself, consider “upstate” as the bedroom communities within an hour and half north of the metropolis. However, the state is much bigger than that. The area known as Central New York, or the heart of the state, stretches from the small city of Utica to just east of Rochester. Western New York includes Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls, bordered by Lake Ontario to the north. The southern tier is based on the Binghamton and Elmira areas and is bordered by Pennsylvania to the south. Yet the southern tier is “less southern” than Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. Northern NY is the home of the Adirondacks, and below that is Capital land, where the state capital, Albany is located, along with Troy, Schenectady and Rensselaer on the eastern side of the state at approximately its midpoint. Confused? The irregular shape makes it hard to understand for residents.

Cheryl Costa has been following the statistics regarding UFOs in New York State for a weekly newspaper in Syracuse, NY. Her records show that 2012 had inordinate online casino amount of sightings, but this number decreased greatly in 2013. There were 648 reports in 2012 but only 433 in 2013, similar to the 415 reported in 2011. To look at her statistics on the new millennium, despite some fluctuation year to year, the sightings have significantly increased. 2000 saw 139 sightings, 2007 hit 227, 2008 hit 301, with every year since hitting over 400, with the exception of 2010 with only 310. Clearly the statistics clearly show that sightings are increasing, and research is needed to not only ascertain why, but also why some years are more active than others.

Tom Conwell, author, paranormal expert and ufologist has been watching the statistics of the sightings, from 1999 and has compiled data that takes this to a different direction than Costa’s work. He has categorized the sightings according to the shape of the objects witnessed. He states in his presentations that in New York,
reports of cigar-shaped objects, triangle craft and discs have decreased, reports of strange lights and shapes have remained the same. However, reports of spherical shapes and fireballs have increased. He feels that the sighting are changing and there may be yet, unknown or undisclosed reason for this.

Is the truth stranger than fiction? Author Whitley Strieber, became famous for writing about his abductee experiences in his “Communion” series of books. His initial experience took place while on vacation in a cabin in Northern New York and his accounts of interactions with UFOs and their occupants became an international sensation. It might be a nightmare from the mind of an accomplished horror writer, but what if there is more to this?

Booth, Billy. (undated) 1985-Alien Abduction of Whitley Streiber. Retrieved from
http://ufos.about.com/od/aliensalienabduction/p/strieber.htm

Conwell, Tom. UFOs in New York; Data-Mining for Meaning (from Extreme Paranormal Encounter Response Team); personal interviews, conversations.

Costa, Cheryl. (January 30, 2014) New York State UFO Tally for 2013. Syracuse New Times. Retrieved January 2, 2016 fromhttp://www.syracusenewtimes.com/new-york-state-ufo-sightin…/.

Dennett, Preston. (2008) UFOs Over New York: A True History of Extra-terrestrial Encounters in the Empire State. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing.

Nov 26

Clifford Stone

mantlestoneBy N.P.S. Representative Sha She

Are we alone in the Universe? This question has intrigued me for years. As a child, I seemed to be on a mission to prove that we are not. Though decades have gone by and life steers you in many directions, usually away from “flights of fancy” as they are called. I still hold apart of my heart for the child within, that one day would love to see this one answer explained and verified publicly.

My article is about such a man. Former Sergeant Clifford Stone felt a moral responsibility to serve the public by explaining the truth of his experiences. Skeptics have plagued his experiences with doubt. However, skeptics found that when Mr. Stone was asked for evidence he provided what he felt was appropriate and what he could legally obtain through the Freedom of Information Act to prove his experiences in the military. References and reports have been posted by Majestic Documentation website which alleges; The Phenomenon Unit was a unit in the military created in 1942 with the expressed interest into the study of UFOs. Recent information claims; Interplanetary Phenomena Research Unit began in 1943 under the command of General Douglas MacArthur.
Clifford Stone is a former Army Sergeant, who served 22 years from 1968 to February 1st, 1990. Serving as a “Clerk Typist” on Military documentation, Mr. Stone served a much more interesting division in the military in recovery of Extraterrestrial Biological Entities as well as crafts. These experiences were documented in the EBE Guidebook which cataloged Fifty seven different types of EBEs. These experiences were gathered by means of UFO or “Object of Unknown Origin” crash retrievals, EBE visitations and interactions, and/or cooperation with some EBEs who were aware of fellow EBEs visiting earth.

In his own words; “I was involved in situations where we actually did recoveries of crashed saucers. There were bodies that were involved with some of the crashes. Also, some of these were alive.” He said. “While we were doing this, we were telling the American public there was nothing to it. We were telling the world there was nothing to it.” Mr. Stone added; “You have individuals that look very much like you and myself that could walk among us and you wouldn’t even notice the difference.” He said. (www.biliotecaplyades.net/esp_autor_stone.htm)
In an exclusive interview with Dr. Michael E. Salla, (Expopolitics Journal-dated July 20, 2005), Mr. Stone explains his experiences in his own words, very eloquently. He has also authored a book; UFOs are Real: (1997) in which Mr. Stone brings documents to public never before published, confirming his claims. Retired after serving his military career, Sergeant Stone felt compelled to publicize his work so that the public was no longer misinformed of situations and experiences that have happened all over the world.

Skeptic Captain Randall, does not believe in the claims that Mr. Stone’s training was in Clerk Typist in order to cover his covert operations, yet Dr. Salla believes that if Sgt. Stone was truly a Clerk Typist then his knowledge of the covert operations; Moon Dust and Bluefly would not exist and could not be obtained through FOIA. Another claim in Dr. Salla’s defense of Sgt. Stone is that; Mr. Stone though wrote a book to publicize the information he had; his objective was not for material gain but to share knowledge without being in the public eye.

My view maybe skewed in favor of Sergeant Stone, being a former member of the military and involved in FOIA requests at a point in my career. I find it would be difficult if not impossible to outright fabricate or manipulate said experiences. To those who find Mr. Stone’s experiences difficult to fathom or swallow; I urge you to investigate this subject further with the links I will be providing at the end of the article. My point is not to change your mind, but to open it to the possibilities there are more to this world then we are presently made aware. Your beliefs are up to you!

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/e…/esp_exopolitics_ZZC.htm
http://www.majesticdocuments.com/whatsnew.php
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/e…/esp_exopolitics_ZZC.htm
https://sites.google.com/site/officialcliffordstonesite/
http://ufology.wikia.com/wiki/Clifford_Stone
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_autor_stone.htm
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_al…/alien_races00.htm

Nov 23

Photos from the International Space Station

Stephanie Kelly
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sp1Recently, there have been images posted to social media from the International Space Station, ISS. These photos were taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly who has been at the Space Station for almost a year. Kelly is known for taking a large amount of wonderful photos and posting them to social media for the world to see. The images have now been shared so many times that they have made their rounds worldwide through different news outlets and all forms of social media. With the world a buzz about these astounding images and the unexplained object that they caught, I felt an article to go over what is known and what is being said might help some in their research.

The photo was posted on November 15, 2015, Astronaut Kelly posted a photo to his Twitter account that was taken of Southern India at night from the Space Station. In this photo there is an object located in the top right corner of the photo that appears to be unexplained. On November 19, 2015 he also posted a photo to his Twitter account of the sun set beginning to rise up, and a very similar object also appears in the top right of the image.
sp3sp2With NASA and Mr. Kelly yet to make statements as to what the object is, at least 3 theories have been posted through videos and articles. Below is a brief summary of these 3 theories:

Theory A: Alien Spacecraft
It didn’t take long for videos and blogs to come up state that Kelly is trying to drop hints that there are Aliens out there and that these two photos prove it. One alien researcher, Sonofmabarker, said the object “appears to be very large and constructed.” Other statements have also been made that the object is more than 80 feet long and at least 492 feet away from the ISS.

Theory B: Part of the ISS – HDEV equipment
According to NASA a High Definition Earth Viewing System was placed aboard the International Space Station in April of 2014. Some professionals in the field are saying that the image in the photos are a reflection from the window of the HDEV. This HDEV was partly developed by students in the United States and is currently in experimental stages to see how well it can handle the radiation of space while in a temperature controlled housing. It will also help to develop better camera components that can withstand space better while providing clear and clean images.

Theory C: Space Junk
It is well known that, with all of the space travel done from earth, there is a good amount of space debris floating around. A NASA Administrator has openly said there is a good amount of debris in space and that little, to nothing, is being done to take care of it. NASA officials have recently warned that this space debris could cause problems in the future if it isn’t taken care of and can, or has, come close to the International Space Station at times.

I have provided you with three summarizes of the theories currently going around about the amazing images taken by Astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station. What do you believe this object to be? What research would need to be done to prove or disprove these theories? How would you go about using your due diligence to help solve this new mystery?

Sourcing –
Astronaut Scott Kelly on Twitter – https://twitter.com/StationCDRKelly
NASA – http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/
Fox News – http://www.foxnews.com/…/astronaut-scott-kellys-ufo-photo-g…
Chron – http://www.chron.com/…/Scott-Kelly-tweets-photo-of-suspecte…

Nov 19

NPS Article – UFO’s

Al Schmidt

Al Schmidt

Hi, I'm Allan (Al) Schmidt. I'm 52 living in Colorado. I've been married for 27 years. I Retired form the Air Force in 2001 and have been working for the Government in Boulder ever since. I have many hobbies, mostly outdoor, hiking, camping hunting, fishing etc. The main thing that ties them all together is Photography. I've been into the paranormal basically all my life, as my late father was into basically everything paranormal, although he didn't really refer to it as paranormal. Bigfoot, Nessi, UFO's, Little People. He had books on all subjects which I read with a passion. I have been investigating for over 10 years now regularly, and have been all over the country doing so. Locally, have investigated many locations, both with others teams and as I like to do most of the time, by myself or with my wife. I'm very logical in my undertakings, and very skeptical by nature. If I have exhausted all resources and ideas as to how to debunk something, only then will I call it interesting and possibly paranormal. I have not really had any wow moments to speak of, but have had some interesting things happen, enough so to make me more curious.
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NPS Article – UFO’s
Al Schmidt
Info Gathered from Al Schmidt and an article by Billy Booth

I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi coast called Gautier. In the early 70’s, there were many UFO sightings up and down the Gulf coast. My best friend had a house on the local bayou, but it had great access to the Gulf and a great view out over it. I spent many a night looking out there…hoping to see a UFO of my own. Only once did I see a light flying fairly low above the horizon, flying faster than any plane I had ever seen. Was it a UFO???
One of the most celebrated and publicized encounters was of 2 local men in the next town over, Pascagoula (Where I Graduated High School) and there close encounter. I had fished from that very same spot on many occasions, but never at night. Their story follows:
Prelude: On the night of October 10, 1973, there was a UFO sighting by fifteen different witnesses who saw a strange, unknown object fly over a housing project in St. Tammany Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana. Two of the witnesses were policeman. This sighting would only be the beginning of what was to occur the next night on the nearby Pascagoula River. Two fishermen, nineteen-year-old Calvin Parker, and forty-two-year-old Charles Hickson were about to have an experience that would forever change their lives.
Parker and Hickson were good friends, and often fished together. They were both living in the town of Gautier, Mississippi. On one particular night, they were fishing the waters of the Pascagoula River, when they heard a strange sound… a type of buzzing. The two men immediately turned to see what the source of the strange noise was.
They were shocked to see an egg-shaped object with bluish front lighting. The object was only a few feet above the water, and about ten yards from the two frightened fishermen.
While they sat stunned, looking at the weird flying machine, a door opened in the UFO, and to their utter amazement, three beings of unknown origin began to float toward the two. The beings did have legs, but did not use them-they literally floated across the water toward Hickson and Parker. The two fishermen would later attempt to describe what the beings looked like “… about five feet tall, had bullet-shaped heads without necks, slits for mouths, and where their noses or ears would be, they had thin, conical objects sticking out, like carrots from a snowman’s head.”
Hickson sat frozen on the river bank. Suddenly, two of the odd-looking beings grabbed him, while the third being snatched Parker, who immediately fainted from fear. The beings supported Hickson by literally holding up his body. As they did, he felt numbness over his entire body. By some power he could not see, he was floated into the bowels of the waiting object to a brightly-lit room.
The room had no gravity. He floated with a strange eye-like device. This device would go over his entire body as if it was scanning him.
After the eye-like device was finished with Hickson, he was left floating in the room alone. The beings had probably left to examine Parker. Approximately 20 minutes after the ordeal had begun, it was over. Hickson was now floated back out of the craft. Back on the river bank, he could see Parker, who was crying and praying on the ground. Shortly, the strange flying object rose straight into the night sky, and flew away.
After some time to regain their senses and strength, they began to talk about what action they should take. At first they were afraid to report their experience, but they felt obligated to tell someone. What if these beings were taking other people in the area? Fighting fears of public ridicule, they called Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi. They were instructed to report their incident to the local sheriff’s department.
Not wanting to deal with local law enforcement, they decided instead to go to their local newspaper office. The office was closed, which left the men only one recourse-the sheriff office. As would be expected, the local sheriff thought their story was a hoax or trick. Trying to get to the bottom of their story, the two fishermen were placed in a room wired for sound. It was thought that they would discuss the joke between themselves, and their story would be found out. This was not to be. Soon law enforcement personnel knew that something had certainly frightened Hickson and Parker, and that this was no joke.
It would be no time until details of the alleged abduction began to leak out to the public. First, the account of the incident was published in local newspapers, soon followed by the wire services. In a matter of a couple of days, the Pascagoula, Mississippi, abduction was a big news item over the entire United States. Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) sent University of California professor James Harder to investigate the story. Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who represented the U.S. Air Force also would research the case.
Harder and Hynek did a lot of the investigative work together. The two well-known researchers first interviewed the two fishermen together. Harder tried to do regressive hypnosis on Hickson, but the abductee was so frightened, that the hypnosis was stopped. To get things off on solid ground, both of the witnesses took polygraph tests, and both passed without a problem. Harder and Hynek both believed that the two tormented men were telling the truth.
Esteemed UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek would proclaim that “… there was definitely something here that was not terrestrial.”
Even after thirty-plus years, both Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson still testify to the same story, and have never wavered in their account of what happened that October night on the Pascagoula River.
There have been many articles, magazine reports, and television documentaries done on the case, and the two men have given numerous interviews about their experience. Their account, although bizarre, is one of the best researched and documented alien abduction cases in UFO history.

Aug 25

Aurora Texas Alien Grave

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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AuroraTXAlienGraveMarker7212LoriMartin4048Aurora Cemetery

The oldest known graves, here, dating from as early as the 1860s, are those of the Randall and Rowlett families. Finis Dudley Beauchamp (1825-1893), a Confederate veteran from Mississippi, donated the 3-acre site to the newly- formed Aurora Lodge No. 479, A.F. & A.M., in 1877. For many years, this community burial ground was known as Masonic Cemetery. Beauchamp, his wife Caroline (1829-1915), and others in their family. An epidemic which struck the village in 1891 added hundreds of graves to the plot. Called “Spotted Fever” by the settlers, the disease is now thought to be a form of meingitis. Located in Aurora Cemetery is the gravestone of the infant Nellie Burris (1891-1893) with its often-quoted epitaph: “As I was so soon done, I don’t know why I was begun.” This site is also well-known because of the legend that a spaceship crashed nearby in 1897 and the pilot, killed in the crash, was buried here. Struck by epidemic and crop failure and bypassed by the railroad, the original town of Aurora almost disappeared, but the cemetery remains in use with over 800 graves. Veterans of the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts are interred here.

These are the words on the Historical Marker that is in the Cemetary in the sleepy little town of Aurora Tx. Aurora is on Hwy 114 in Wise County Texas. Although the population now is just 1400, back in the late 1800’s it was the largest town in Wise County with a population exceeding 5000.

In the late 1890’s Aurora hit some hard times. The cotton crops were wiped out by a boll wevil infestation, then a fire claimed several buildings and lives on the west side of town. Shortly after this a spotted fever epidemic wiped out most of the population causing the town to be quarantined. After all of this the planned railroad that was supposed to come into to town got within 27 miles but never made it into town.

Fast forward to April 17, 1897. In the early morning hours ,what is described as an alien craft crashed into the windmill over the well on the property of Judge James Spencer Proctor, destroying the windmill and his flower garden. There was a large explosion and debris flew everywhere over an area several acres wide.. The pilot of the alien aircraft was taken to a barn and attempted to be saved but died that day.

According to the Fort Worth paper the alien pilot was given a Christian burial in the Aurora Cemetery at noon the next day. On April 19, 1897 the Dallas Morning News ran an article about the crash and about sightings in 21 different towns in North Texas between April 15 and April 19, 1897.

The Proctor property was bought by the Oates family who have claimed nothing would grow there for years The Oates family also suffered from health problems including cysts and goiters supposedly from drinking the well water.

Over the years, different groups have attempted to dig up the alien body but have been turned away by towns members. The headstone marker which was the only thing pointing out the grave disappeared in 1973. After this happened the cemetery board hired an attorney to fight researchers who wanted to exhume the body. The town had been wiped out by a spotted fever epidemic in 1888 and the officials did not want the bodies disturbed. Graves we not well marked at the time and there was fear that digging might happen in the wrong place and disturb the rest of citizens.

There have been claims over the years that it was all a hoax. One person stated there was never a windmill on Judge Proctors property, however in 2008 a crew from a UFO television show investigated and dug up struts for a windmill around the well. There have also been reports of interviews with people who were alive at the time of the crash that stated government personnel appeared in town the day after the crash and took the wreckage away.

Short of finding the gravesite and digging up the body, we will never know if there is actually an alien buried in Aurora TX or not. Truth or legend, it is and likely will always remain part of the history and claim to fame for this small Texas town.

Sources:

Find A Grave – Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52130170

Booth, B. (n.d.). 1897-The Aurora, Texas UFO Crash. Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://ufos.about.com/od/bestufocrashcases/p/aurora.htm

Greetings Earthling… Welcome to the portal of the City of Aurora. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://www.auroratexas.gov/

Aug 25

Blowing Cave and the Blue Tinged Beings

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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Screenshot_1What do Inner Earth, Caves, Richard Shaver and Blue tinged humanoid beings have in common? In this case the answer is Cushman Arkansas.

Blowing Cave road is a gravel ro

 

ad near Cushman, Arkansas. If you follow the road to the end then get out and hike you will come to the mouth of Blowing Cave. (It should be noted that Blowing Cave is on private property and should not be attempted to be

accessed without formal permission from the owners.) There is a long rich history to the cave. Back in the late 1880’s when the town of Cushman was established people used the cave as a recreational hall, having dances and parties there. There are stories of people entering the caves to explore and never being heard from again. N

ot so unusual when you are talking about a cave network, people get lost or caught in landslides and collapses all the time. However there may be another reason for these disappearances beyond the normal spelunking accidents.

In the 1940’s Richard Shaver wrote a series of articles for the science- fiction magazine Amazing Stories about two advanced races left behind by extraterrestrial forefathers, the Tero and the Dero. These beings , the Tero ( benevolent, friendly creatures) and the Dero (malicious, vile creatures with a penchant for consuming humans for dinner) were said to live in vast caverns under the Earth’s surface connected by thousands of miles of subterrainian tunnels spanning most of the country. While most chalked the stories up to the wild ramblings of the twisted mind of Shaver, many gave some credence to the stories while others fervently believed them.

George D. Wight a UFO buff and regular columnist for a UFO newsletter is one person who falls in the “some credence given” category. He also had an avid interest in cave exploring which he shared with the owner of the newsletter David L. and another columnist Charles A Marcoux( who was and avid believer in Richard Shaver’s stories). In 1966, Wight with a group of 11 others went down to Arkansas to explore Blowing Cave on a week long expedition. On their return, the members of the expedition claimed to have encountered the Tero of Shaver’s writing. They wrote to the once editor of Amazing Stories magazine with their claims. He never responded. The group made several more expeditions attempting to get proof so that others would believe them but were unable to.

George Wight went back to the cave several months later to stay with the Tero. In 1967 he returned and asked David L to pass his journal to Charles Marcoux. It took until 1980 for David L to pass the journal on to Marcoux with whom he had lost touch over the years.

The journal related that on the original expedition he had found a nearly hidden crevice halfway between the cave mouth and the lake inside the cave. He called his companions and they squeezed through the crevice. Once inside the crevice they were able to stand upright and found themselves in a long glass like tunnel. Soon they encountered blue skinned humans who told them they had allowed them to find the tunnels because they had instruments that had determined their intentions were good.

They learned from their guides ( descendants of Noah who had escaped underground to avoid the great flood and found ancient technology along with the Teros) that the tunnels went on for hundreds of miles and connected underground cities that housed serpent like beings, Sasquatch type societies and the Tero.

Shortly after passing his journal to David L., George Wight returned to live with the Tero and was never heard from again. According to one of the other members of the expedition shortly after Wight returned to the Tero all trace of him started disappearing ( birth certificates, school records, bank and computer records) as if he never existed. Upon receiving the journal in 1980 from David L, Marcoux became obsessed and began planning another expedition to Blowing Cave. In 1983 he and his wife moved to Cushman, AR. There in November of 1983 while exploring the land around the cave he was attacked by a swarm of bees, had a heart attack and died instantly.

Marcoux’s death ended any further efforts to go back to Blowing Cave in search of the Tero and other underearthers. Some in the Hollow Earth community speculated that sinister forces caused his death to prevent further excursions into their subterrainian world.

Are there really races of extraterrestrial beings living beneath our very feet? Is this where Sasquatch and other cryptids come from ? Are these the ramblings of very creative or disturbed minds? I personally would need a lot more information and evidence to entertain such thoughts, but as always…. you be the judge.

Sources:
The Blowing Cave and Shaver Mystery | Showing the Light. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://www.astrofreaks.net/2013/08/05/the-blowing-cave-and-shaver-mystery/

Sci-fi tales keep ’em coming back to Blowing Cave. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2015, from http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010/oct/17/sci-fi-tales-keep-em-coming-back-blowing-cave/

Mar 25

1967-The Betty Andreasson Abduction

Courtesy of:  http://ufos.about.com/

a1Summary:

Just the thought of alien abduction makes most of us turn away in confusion and disbelief. However, we must confront this issue, as it is an integral part of the UFO mystery. Though abduction itself may seem unlikely, some abductions fall into the truly bizarre category. One of these cases is the abduction of Betty Andreasson that occurred on the night of January 25, 1967, in the town of South Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

This riveting case has become a mainstay of UFO literature.

The Red Light:

Betty was in her kitchen around 6:30 PM on the night of her abduction. The rest of her family-seven children, her mother and father were in the living room. The lights in the house began to blink, and a red light beamed into the house through the kitchen window. Betty’s kids were on edge after the lights blinked, and she ran to quiet them.

Beings Walk Through Door:

Startled by the red beam, Betty’s father ran to look out of the kitchen window to see where the light was coming from. He was amazed to see five strange creatures heading toward their house in a hopping motion. He was startled to see the creatures simply walk through the wooden door of the kitchen right into the house. In a moment, the entire family was put into a type of trance.

Description of Beings:

Betty’s father would be attended by one of the creatures, while another began to have telepathic conversations with Betty. She and her father both thought that one of the creatures was the leader.

He was about five-feet tall. The other four were approximately a foot shorter. They had very wide eyes, small ears and noses, set in a pear-shaped head. There were only slits where their mouth should have been. They only communicated with their minds.

Logo of a Bird Seen:

The five creatures wore a blue coverall with a wide belt. On their sleeves could be seen a logo of a bird. Three fingers were on their hands, and their feet were shod with boots. They did not actually walk, but floated as they moved along. Betty later would recall that she was not frightened by their presence, but instead, felt calm. I had an opportunity to interview Betty and ask her some questions about her bizarre experience. See my interview with Betty Andeasson Luca.

Suspended Animation:

Meanwhile, Betty’s mother and children were still in a state of suspended animation. When Betty seemed worried about them, the aliens released her 11-year-old daughter from the trance to assure her that no harm was being done to her family. Soon, Betty was taken by the aliens to a waiting craft, which rested on a hill outside of her home. Betty estimated the craft to be about 20 feet in diameter, and saucer-shaped.

Gone for Four Hours:

Betty recalls that after she was aboard the UFO outside of her house, the craft took off and joined a mother-ship. There she was subjected to a physical examination, and the victim of tests by strange equipment. She was given one test which caused her pain, but resulted in being a religious awakening. She estimates that she was gone for four hours before being brought home by two of the aliens.

Partial Memory:

Returning home, she ran to see the rest of her family. They were yet in some kind of suspended state. All along, one of the aliens had waited behind with her family. Finally, they were released from the bonds of the trance, and the aliens left. Betty had been hypnotized and told not to reveal any details of her experience. Though some of the details of her abduction were temporarily lost to her, some things she was able to recall. She remembered the power outage, the red beam of light coming into the house, and the aliens coming in.

Full Investigation:

Some eight years after her experience, she answered an ad from researcher Dr. J. Allen Hynek. He was soliciting for anyone who may have had an alien experience. The letter she sent to Hynek was rejected, however, being too bizarre to be believed. Two more years would transpire before her story would be investigated. The group of investigators included an electronics engineer, an aerospace engineer, and telecommunications specialist, a solar physicist, and a UFO investigator.

Fourteen Sessions of Regressive Hypnosis:

Betty’s case of alien abduction was very strange, yet a very good case for investigation, containing much more information than the average case. Twelve months of in-depth study went into the case. Betty was involved in character analysis, polygraph examinations, psychiatric review, and fourteen sessions of regressive hypnosis. The results? Betty, along with her daughter, agreed in all basic details of the case.

The results of this analysis were presented in a 528 page review. The review basically stated that Betty and daughter were sane individuals, believing in their experience as presented. The Betty Andreasson Luca abduction is a case which still is discussed today by UFO investigators.

Original source found here.

Feb 27

Project Blue Book

Courtesy of:  http://www.history.com/

bb1In June 1947, while flying his small plane, businessman and civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects moving at high speeds through the skies over Washington’s Mount Rainier. Widely publicized reports of Arnold’s experience, followed by an increasing number of reported UFO sightings, led the U.S. Air Force to begin an investigation into the sightings, called Operation Sign, in 1948. The initial investigation resulted in the formation of Project Blue Book in 1952; that project became the longest running of the U.S. government’s official inquiries into UFO sightings, compiling reports on more than 12,000 sightings or related events from 1952 to its dismantling in 1969.

Early Sightings

Though reports of mysterious flying objects–often attributed to spirits, angels, phantoms, ghosts or other supernatural phenomena–have existed for centuries, World War II and the accompanying development of rocket science marked a new level of interest in what would officially become known as unidentified flying objects (UFOs). The first well-known UFO sighting occurred in June 1947, when civilian pilot and businessman Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects, glowing bright blue-white, flying in a “V” formation at speeds of up to 1700 mph in the skies over Washington’s Mount Rainier.

Did You Know?

Kenneth Arnold compared the movement of the nine mysterious objects over Mount Rainier to that of “a saucer if you skip it across water.” This statement later led to the misconception that the objects were shaped like saucers, and to the widespread use of “flying saucer” as a synonym for UFO.

After news of Arnold’s experience hit the media, a rash of similar sightings were reported across the United States, including a highly controversial report of what appeared to be a crashed UFO near a U.S. Army base in Roswell, New Mexico. (The Army claimed the object in question was the wreckage of a weather balloon, claims that conspiracy-minded “ufologists” would later dispute.) In response to the increasing number of UFO-related reports, the U.S. Air Force launched Operation Sign in 1948. Among the initial theories of the project’s participants was that some UFOs were actually Soviet aircraft (this was the Cold War era, after all), although they also posed the hypothesis that some might be extraterrestrial spacecraft.

Formation of Project Blue Book & the Robertson Panel

The Air Force’s UFO-related inquiries took place against a backdrop of frenzied popular interest in the strange flying objects, which reached its peak soon after Project Blue Book began in 1951. Headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Project Blue Book would become the longest running of the U.S. government’s official inquiries into UFOs. Alarmed by the striking number of UFO sightings reported in 1952, the administration of President Harry S. Truman feared an outbreak of hysteria over the issue. In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) responded to these fears by assembling an expert panel of scientists, headed by physicist H.P. Robertson of the California Institute of Technology, to discuss the UFO issue.

The Robertson Panel met for three days, during which they interviewed military officers and Blue Book officials and reviewed photos and film of supposed UFOs. The panel concluded that there was no basis for the so-called extraterrestrial hypothesis, and that UFOs posed no security threat. Fully 90 percent of the sightings, according to the Robertson Panel, could be attributed to astrological or meteorological activity, or to man-made causes such as balloons or searchlights. The panel’s findings were not fully declassified until 1979, feeding suspicions that a government conspiracy was in the works.

The Condon Report

bb2Over the next 17 years, Project Blue Book would compile reports of 12,618 UFO sightings or related events. Similarly to the Robertson Panel, Blue Book would eventually classify more than 90 percent of these as “identified,” meaning they were caused by a known astronomical, atmospheric or artificial (man-made) phenomenon. The remaining 700 incidents remained “unidentified”; these included cases in which there was insufficient information to assign the event a known cause.

In 1966, the Air Force had requested the formation of another committee to look into the details of 59 UFO sightings investigated by Project Blue Book. The committee, headed by Dr. Edward Condon and based at the University of Colorado, released its “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects”–better known as the Condon Report–in 1968. According to the Condon Report, the sightings they examined showed no evidence of any unusual activity, and recommended that the Air Force stop investigations into UFO-related incidents. In 1969, in response to the Condon Report as well as a declining number of UFO sightings, Project Blue Book was officially brought to an end; among its conclusions were that of the sightings categorized as “unidentified,” there was no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that they were the result of technology beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge or that they were extraterrestrial vehicles.

“Ufology” Continues

Despite the dismissive attitude expressed by the Condon Report and the subsequent dismantling of Project Blue Book, civilian investigations into UFOs continued, as many “ufologists” were dissatisfied with the government’s conclusions. In 1974, the astronomer J. Allen Hynek, who had served as an adviser to Project Blue Book, created the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). This organization continues to look into UFO sightings and to weigh the hypothesis that they could be evidence of extraterrestrial activity.

In addition to UFO investigations conducted in the United States, similar work has been done over the years in other countries all over the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Greece and Sweden. In January 1979, the British House of Lords even held a three-hour-long debate on the subject of UFOs and a motion (eventually defeated) that the British government should make public what it knew about them.

Original source found here

Feb 27

The Odd Phenomenon of Alien Abduction

Courtesy of: http://www.theepochtimes.com/

opufoThe universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In “Beyond Science” Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.

Alien abduction is a phenomenon that for decades has struck fear and curiosity in scientists, enthusiasts, and even officials and U.S. congressmen. March 20 saw the passing of the annual Alien Abduction Day, which will likely usher in a new season of UFO festivals and conferences where like-minded individuals will gather to compare notes on the phenomenon.

But that begs the question: Are alien abductions really happening across the world?

The most likely answer is yes or, rather, that the abductee is telling the truth and believes what he or she is saying. Although it is impossible to verify every claim of alien abduction, the great majority of cases involves a certain level of psychological trauma indicating that even if the people weren’t abducted by aliens, they definitely experienced something and that the experiences weren’t the product of over active imaginations.

Even though it’s difficult to disprove what these people are saying, mainstream scientific and academic circles tend to look for earthly explanations in these cases. In the Psychology Inquiry article “Not Just Another False Memory: Further Thoughts on the UFO Abduction Phenomenon,” the authors worked with the hypothesis that the alien abduction phenomenon is the product of a masochistic mind and is an expression of the individual to either, consciously or subconsciously, seek an escape from the self.

However, other researchers, including Harvard Medical School professor of psychology John E. Mack was a proponent of the alien abduction theory and claimed that these people’s experiences were real. He believed that the majority were indeed abducted by extraterrestrials and subjected to a variety of traumatic and horrible experimentations, according to the John E. Mack Institute.

The phenomenon cannot be understood within the realm of traditional science, Mack believed. His work attracted the attention of hundreds of alleged abductees who saw him as a person they could turn to and not fear ridicule.

Mack, who died in 2004, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his work “A Prince of Our Disorder,” about T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia.

History of Alien Abduction

The first widely acknowledged alien abduction story was of Betty and Barney Hill.

The first widely acknowledged alien abduction story was of Betty and Barney Hill, an American couple. They claimed to have had an abduction experience on a rural road in New Hampshire in 1961. Although the couple had no immediate memories of the alleged encounter, Betty reported having vivid, horrible nightmares about being aboard an alien craft with her husband and having to undergo examination.

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An artist’s recreation of the sketch Betty Hill created under hypnosis. Her alleged memory of this image was that an alien being showed her a star chart of the alien’s home planet system, Zeta Reticuli, a binary star system, and undiscovered at the time of Betty’s report. (K.i.f /CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons)

Boston psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Simon conducted the hypnotic sessions with the couple, which revealed a more detailed encounter with aliens, including their abduction, examination, and even a brief conversation Betty had with one of the aliens.

Simon’s conclusions, according to UFO Evidence, were that the couple was not lying but that the experience was a result of Betty subconsciously filling the details of their amnesia with an alien abduction scenario and that Barney subconsciously absorbed Betty’s details of the encounter and reflected those in his separate hypnosis session.

Another account comes from Travis Walton whose story of curiosity-turned-desperate close encounter was turned into a major motion picture “Fire in the Sky,” (1993) based on Walton’s book “Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience.”

Walton’s account describes Nov. 5, 1975, when he and six others were clearing trees in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. As the crew was wrapping up its work for the day, a light came through the trees and a flying saucer appeared. As Travis curiously approached the craft, he was injured by a beam of energy from it. The other men drove away frantically, having witnessed the encounter and believing something similar would soon befall them.

Missing for five days, Walton recounted his experience of being surrounded by three small humanoid creatures with unusually large brown eyes whose pupils covered the whole eye. In retrospect, he believes the encounter was not premeditated. The craft may have been trying to flee the forest scene, but Travis was injured by energy emitted from the craft’s propulsion and the aliens may have felt obligated to take care of him. However, his experience was both physically painful and emotionally traumatic.

To validate his story Travis took a polygraph test shortly after his return and continues to take polygraph tests as the technology has improved over the decades. He has passed them all, according to Walton’s Open Minds Interview.

But Where Is the Physical Evidence?

If alien abduction is real there must be physical evidence of some kind. In fact, many alleged abductees do claim to have scars, marks, and other physical evidence including implants in their bodies.

Many “abductees” and even some who have never recalled any abduction event experience a sudden protrusion on a certain part of their body. Some of these people have x-rays showing objects lodged under their skin. Others have had them removed.

One example includes Licia Davidson (37) who had a crystal-like object removed from her foot in 1997, according to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network, one of the world’s most widely recognized organizations for UFO research).

Other cases include Pat Parrinellio (47) and Mary Jones (Pseudonym, 52) who had metal objects removed from the back of the left hand and left big toe, respectively. Chief investigator Derrel Sims of HUFON (Houston UFO Network) covered the cases and the samples were sent to National Institute of Discovery of Science (NIDS) at New Mexico Tech for analysis. The analysis included laser spectroscopy, metallurgical analysis, and examination under a scanning electron microscope, among other tests.

No obvious signs of technology were ever documented. However, the tissue surrounding the implants (while they were in place) exhibited no inflammation, a common occurrence when foreign objects are lodged in a person’s body. Additionally, the implants seemed to be connected to nerves or surrounded by nervous tissue in all the examples.

But Why?

Assuming aliens are indeed abducting humans and subjecting them to emotionally and physically scarring examinations, the question of why naturally surfaces. Unfortunately, it is also the hardest to answer because we have no aliens to approach and ask.

The answer may simply be curiosity. After all, some of the examinations modern scientists conduct on animals in the wild in order to better understand them could be compared to alien abductions on humans. Modern scientists tag, mark, or attach devices to easily identify the animals in their natural environment and track them as they migrate.

Other theories include more malicious motives including genetic tempering, sexual encounters including hybrid production, cloning, and so on. Like the many other theories proposed by abductees and researchers, these theories bring us to more esoteric lines of thought and possible answers raise even more questions.

Original source found here.

Jan 29

UFO and Alien Activity in Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake in Northern British Columbia, Canada

by Virginia Carraway Stark

v3The one thing that can be said about the UFO activity in the Vanderhoof area is that it is so common and widespread that it seems to be common knowledge amongst the locals.

It isn’t unknown to see several cars parked on the side of the road, people leaning against them and watching the zig-zagging ‘light shows’ that pass for entertainment in the sleepy farming community. While hard facts are hard to come by, at least one resident, Brian Vimes, has been compiling information about the activity and documenting incidents from anyone who is impacted enough by the activity to file a report with him.

Vanderhoof has the unique distinction of being the first in western Canada to have documented crop circles as well and those and the mysterious missing women and the omnipresent lights in the sky are the three main factors that locals will tell you are proof of the phenomena.

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Far from capitalizing on the UFO craze, Vanderhoof residents are reluctant to speak to outsiders and are secretive about their theories. It isn’t like visiting Roswell, New Mexico. Even though UFOs are the unspoken ubiquitous thread there aren’t any signs of interest in them. Nevertheless, conversations speculating on why the ‘ships’ hover over the now defunct Molybdenum mine are more common around the campfires than ghost stories.

v4Other people blame the UFOs for the dozens of women who have gone missing along the highway that cuts through Vanderhoof. The infamous ‘Highway of Tears’ has allegedly claimed more than forty aboriginal women and a handful of other women whose disappearances have never been solved. The women go missing and don’t leave a clue behind and they or their bodies have never been found.

Pictographs on the Aborignal tribal land that can only be reached by boat have also been interpreted as proof of ancient UFO activity in the area. According to some native story tellers, the ships come up from under the lakes or from inside of mountains.

The vagueness and the speculation of the region add to the eerie quality of the zigging lights in the night sky. Nothing systematic has been done to debunk or prove what any of it means but in the meanwhile, the body count keeps growing and the lights keep flickering through the clouds.

If you want to read some of Brian Vimes reports you can go to:

Http://the-v-factor-paranormal.blogspot.com/

Jan 29

Screen Animals and Alien Abductions

by Virginia Carraway Stark

Recalling a screen animal is a classic sign of alien abduction that is discussed less than other signs but it is nevertheless extremely common.

a3Screen animals range in species but have been known to be foxes, wolves, owls (especially owls in flight), elk, deer, moose or coyote. They may be nearly anything that the abductee thinks subconsciously would be likely to be seen given their background and circumstances. The two things that are constant in seeing screen animals is that the animals are always white and always have large, prominent eyes. The eyes sometimes vary in color, but usually they are black.

Screen animals are also often connected to lost time.

A generalized scenario could be: a man is driving down the highway. An owl flies in front of his car. That’s all that happened to his conscious mind, he continues driving only to find when he gets there that he is half an hour late. If he is extremely aware he might realize something is wrong, otherwise he may simply ascribe the lost time to ‘time getting away from him’ or some other justification.

a1Why would he remember an owl if he was actually abducted by aliens? The theory is that aliens are so traumatizing and upsetting to see that the human mind in its resiliency puts a ‘patch’ on the memory that is more acceptable to the conscious mind. Seeing a white owl isn’t very upsetting at all and it’s something that keeps the mind sane from the trauma it recently suffered from.

Another theory for why screen animals occur is the allegation that some aliens are able to wipe memories. This technology isn’t perfect and remnants of the trauma still exist and can be brought back with hypnosis or through triggering events. The mind’s resiliency for protecting the individual’s sanity is still the main rational behind the recollection of a white animal to replace the intrusion into their reality.

Occasionally screen animals are referred to as ‘eye dreams’. This refers to a person having a dream rather than a ‘conscious’ memory of physically seeing a white animal. In eye dreams the abductee remembers a dream where they saw a white animal, often while walking in the woods. There may also be odd lights that they see where there shouldn’t be lights. They vividly remember seeing, touching or talking to a white animals with big eyes being the overwhelming memory they take away from the dream.

There is little science to back up the existence of screen animals. The mind is a complicated place and anything that is less than crystal clear is difficult to credibly prove.

Psychogenic Amnesia (PA) is the most common explanation for the phenomenon of screen animals followed by the less well defined transient global amnesia or TGA. PA is a sudden retroactive memory loss that makes it impossible for a person to recall personal information about themselves. This can be localized to one event they recently experienced or even their name or who they are married to. PA has no organic or structural cause and it is transitional and usually the person later has complete recollection of the missing data.

a2Transient global amnesia is the sudden inability to form new memories. It is also temporary and isn’t related to organic brain injury or other defects or strokes or epilepsy. Events disappear from the person’s memory as quickly as they occur. It’s cause is completely unknown but it is usually short lived and the person quickly returns to normal with no ill effects.

Both types of amnesia lack even more evidence in their diagnosis than the screen animals themselves and leave themselves open to being debunked. More documentation and study is required to explain how the mechanisms of the brain would create a screen animal to explain sudden amnesia or alien abduction in order to be scientifically proven.

Jan 29

Men In Black

m1by Virginia Carraway Stark

The phrase “Men in Black” has become a widely known phrase and entirely misunderstood concept due to misinformation, pranks and Hollywood blockbuster movies. Many people assume that they know all about the Men in Black when if fact very few people know anything about the true origins of these mysterious figures.

The first known report of Men in Black was made by Albert K. Bender. Bender fought in World War Two in the air force. In 1953 he started one of the very first magazines about ufology called Space Review.

Bender created the International Flying Saucers Bureau in 1952, a small UFO group that nevertheless is considered by many to have been what gave later groups such as MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) their launching point.

It was the summer of 1953 when Bender claimed to have uncovered the ‘secret’ of UFOs. He said that he was going to publish all the truth behind the whys and hows and whos of UFOs in the very next issue of Space Review. It was then that things became a little peculiar.

Bender abruptly shut down the Space Review and the International Flying Saucers Bureau. He was silent until 1963 when he published a book with the help of a notorious shady publisher named Gray Barker. In his book, ‘Flying Saucers and the Three Men”. Bender claimed that three men accompanied by three women accosted him and threatened his life if he ever spoke about UFOs ever again. He described the men as being dressed entirely in black and the women as being dressed in tightly fitting white uniforms. He also said that they were monsters, sent from the planet Kazik to cause some sort of harm to humanity. Barker referred to the men as ‘The Silencers’ and said that their purpose on earth was to threaten anyone with knowledge of UFOs and make sure that the information never became known to the general public. He claimed that there were reports of The Silencers in New Zealand and Australia although there is no documentation to back these claims.

m2The Men in Black underwent a new evolution when John Keel wrote his document “The Mothman Prophecies”. Keel spoke about the Men in Black more as ominous forces that were manifestations of alien beings than as the silencers that Bender wrote about. Keel wrote about how the men were capable of distorting electronics and making phone calls.

In 1988 The Krill Papers, written by the pseudonym O.H. Krill spoke about The Men in Black as being involved in the Air Force’s secret UFO study: Project Blue Book. The Krill Papers defines itself as “A situation report on our acquisition of advanced technology and interaction with alien cultures’. The Krill Papers have led many to the conclusion that the Men in Black are aligned with the Air Force in enforcing a culture of fear and silence in those who would speak out about their encounters.

In the nineties the movies Men in Black followed an earlier Three Stooges movie about the phenomenon that made the Men in Black even more of a mockery than they started off being and made the concept nearly impossible to research or take seriously. It was an obfuscation that some argue has added credence to the concept of the Men in Black.

m3With shady origins and no evidence of any of the dire threats The Silencers made ever actually occurring, it is easy to be extremely skeptical of their existence. Since the only thing that is more or less universal is that the silencers always appear in a group of three and wear black suits, hats and sunglasses, it has also been an easy target for pranksters. This obscures the matter further as fraudulent reports and pranks of the paranormal so often do. There was the phrase, ‘black hats and mirrored shades’ that used to denote government secret agents and it is likely that agents and men from the Air Force who were gathering information or intimidating witnesses.

The supernatural and alien aspects of The Men in m4Black are consistent and would be possible to fake but many witnesses seem entirely convinced that the men are shape shifting aliens. Witnesses agree that they always wear hats and sunglasses, seem to be sensitive to the light. They speak in monotones
and wear strange, thick soled shoes. They reportedly move like robots and are awkward and clumsy. This has led to the conclusion that they somehow didn’t really belong in their bodies. They have thin lips and their skin is abnormally pale or white.

There have been few reports in the past decade or so. The combination of ineffective threats made by the men and the movies made about them have made them unfashionable and amusing. Nevertheless, The Silencers are an iconic part of Ufology and need to be at least addressed as a real possibility. So much research uses the books Albert K. Bender wrote and his assumptions as a foundation for further conclusions that it must be addressed.

Jan 28

Mufon

by Virginia Carraway Stark

MUFON reported on October 15, 2015 a cigar shaped UFO was spotted over the city of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. A large, central light with three small lights surrounded in a triangle was reported by numerous witnesses.

Immediately after the sighting, military jets were seen in pursuit of the unidentified flying object. Witnesses stated the the lights on the object did not blink or strobe as the marker lights on airplanes are known to do. After it was pursued by three military jets a central light on the object that was shaped nothing like the fighter jets had a central light in its center turn red. Witnesses said that although they could clearly hear the noise from the fighter jets, that there was no sound from the strange object even though it appeared to be about the same distance and altitude away as the jets. The red light later changed colour to orange and blue-green and then back to an orange red.

Multiple similar sightings in the area have been reported in the Peace River region. Information and witness reports used with permission from MUFON.


Jan 01

UFOs over Washington, DC – 1952

Courtesy of:  http://www.mufon.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/

The 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO incident, also known as the Washington flap or the Washington National Airport Sightings, was a series of unidentified flying object reports from July 12 to July 29, 1952, over Washington, D.C. The most publicized sightings took place on consecutive weekends, July 19–20 and July 26–27.

Events of July 19–20
At 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 1952, Edward Nugent, an air traffic controller at Washington National Airport (today Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport), spotted seven objects on his radar. The objects were located 15 miles (24 km) south-southwest of the city; no known aircraft were in the area and the objects were not following any established flight paths. Nugent’s superior, Harry Barnes, a senior air-traffic controller at the airport, watched the objects on Nugent’s radarscope. He later wrote: “We knew immediately that a very strange situation existed . . . their movements were completely radical compared to those of ordinary aircraft.” Barnes had two controllers check Nugent’s radar; they found that it was working normally. Barnes then called National Airport’s other radar center; the controller there, Howard Cocklin, told Barnes that he also had the objects on his radarscope.

Furthermore, Cocklin said that by looking out of the control tower window he could see one of the objects:

“a bright orange light. I can’t tell what’s behind it.”

At this point, other objects appeared in all sectors of the radarscope; when they moved over the White House and the United States Capitol, Barnes called Andrews Air Force Base, located 10 miles from National Airport. Although Andrews reported that they had no unusual objects on their radar, an airman soon called the base’s control tower to report the sighting of a strange object. Airman William Brady, who was in the tower, then saw an “object which appeared to be like an orange ball of fire, trailing a tail . . . [it was] unlike anything I had ever seen before.” As Brady tried to alert the other personnel in the tower, the strange object “took off at an unbelievable speed.” Meanwhile, another person in the National Airport control tower reported seeing “an orange disk about 3,000 feet altitude.” On one of the airport’s runways, S.C. Pierman, a Capital Airlines pilot, was waiting in the cockpit of his DC-4 for permission to take off. After spotting what he believed to be a meteor, he was told that the control tower’s radar had picked up unknown objects closing in on his position. Pierman observed six objects — “white, tailless, fast-moving lights” — over a 14-minute period. Pierman was in radio contact with Barnes during his sighting, and Barnes later related that “each sighting coincided with a pip we could see near his plane. When he reported that the light streaked off at a high speed, it disappeared on our scope.” At Andrews AFB, meanwhile, the control tower personnel were tracking on radar what some thought to be unknown objects, but others suspected, and in one instance were able to prove, were simply stars and meteors. However, Staff Sgt. Charles Davenport observed an orange-red light to the south; the light “would appear to stand still, then make an abrupt change in direction and altitude . . . this happened several times.” At one point both radar centers at National Airport and the radar at Andrews AFB were tracking an object hovering over a radio beacon. The object vanished in all three radar centers at the same time. nAt 3 a.m., shortly before two jet fighters from Newcastle AFB in Delaware arrived over Washington, all of the objects vanished from the radar at National Airport. However, when the jets ran low on fuel and left, the objects returned, which convinced Barnes that “the UFOs were monitoring radio traffic and behaving accordingly.” The objects were last detected by radar at 5:30 a.m. Around sunrise, E.W. Chambers, a civilian radio engineer in Washington’s suburbs, observed “five huge disks circling in a loose formation. They tilted upward and left on a steep ascent.” Publicity and Air Force reaction.

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The sightings of July 19–20, 1952, made front-page headlines in newspapers around the nation. A typical example was the headline from the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Iowa. It read “SAUCERS SWARM OVER CAPITAL” in large black type. By coincidence, USAF Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, the supervisor of the Air Force’s Project Blue Book investigation into the UFO mystery, was in Washington at the time. However, he did not learn about the sightings until Monday, July 21, when he read the headlines in a Washington-area newspaper. After talking with intelligence officers at the Pentagon about the sightings, Ruppelt spent several hours trying to obtain a staff car to investigate the sightings, but was refused as only generals and senior colonels could use staff cars. He was told that he could rent a taxicab with his own money; by this point Ruppelt was so frustrated that he left Washington and flew back to Blue Book’s headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Before leaving Washington, Ruppelt did speak with an Air Force radar specialist, Captain Roy James, who felt that unusual weather conditions could have caused the unknown radar targets.

Events of July 26–27
At 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 1952, a pilot and stewardess on a National Airlines flight into Washington observed some strange objects above their plane. Within minutes, both radar centers at National Airport, and the radar at Andrews AFB, were tracking more unknown objects. A master sergeant at Andrews visually observed the objects; he later said that “these lights did not have the characteristics of shooting stars. There was [sic] no trails . . . they traveled faster than any shooting star I have ever seen.”

Meanwhile, Albert M. Chop, the press spokesman for Project Blue Book, arrived at National Airport and refused several reporters’ requests to photograph the radar screens. He then joined the radar center personnel. By this time (9:30 p.m.) the radar center was picking up unknown objects in every sector. At times the objects traveled slowly; at other times they reversed direction and moved across the radarscope at speeds calculated at 7,000 mph. At 11:30 p.m., two jet fighters from Newcastle AFB in Delaware arrived over Washington. Capt. John McHugo, the flight leader, was vectored towards the radar blips but saw nothing, despite repeated attempts. However, his wingman, Lt. William Patterson, did see four white “glows” and chased them. Suddenly, the “glows” turned and surrounded his fighter. Patterson asked the control tower at National Airport what he should do; according to Chop, the tower’s answer was “stunned silence”. The four objects then sped away from Patterson’s jet and disappeared.

After midnight on July 27, Major Dewey Fournet, Project Blue Book’s liaison at the Pentagon, and Lt. John Holcomb, a US Navy radar specialist, arrived at the radar center at National Airport. During the night, Lt. Holcomb received a call from the Washington National Weather Station. They told him that a slight temperature inversion was present over the city, but Holcomb felt that the inversion was not “nearly strong enough to explain the ‘good and solid’ returns” on the radarscopes. Fournet relayed that all those present in the radar room were convinced that the targets were most likely caused by solid metallic objects. There had been weather targets on the scope too, he said, but this was a common occurrence and the controllers “were paying no attention to them.” Two more jets from Newcastle AFB were scrambled during the night. One pilot saw nothing unusual; the other pilot moved towards a white light which “vanished” when he closed in. A Capital Airlines flight leaving Washington spotted “odd lights” which remained visible for about twelve minutes. As on July 20, the sightings and unknown radar returns ended at sunrise.

White House concern and the “shoot-down” order
The sightings of July 26–27 also made front-page headlines, and even led President Harry Truman to personally call Capt. Ruppelt and ask for an explanation of the sightings. Ruppelt, remembering the conversation he had with Capt. James, told the President that the sightings might have been caused by temperature inversion, in which a layer of warm, moist air covers a layer of cool, dry air closer to the ground. This condition can cause radar signals to bend and give false returns. However, Ruppelt had not yet interviewed any of the witnesses or conducted a formal investigation.

CIA historian Gerald Haines, in his 1997 history of the CIA’s involvement with UFOs, also mentions Truman’s concern. “A massive buildup of sightings over the United States in 1952, especially in July, alarmed the Truman administration. On 19 and 20 July, radar scopes at Washington National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base tracked mysterious blips. On 27 July, the blips reappeared.” White House concern may possibly have resulted in an order to shoot down the UFOs, reported in various International News Service (INS) stories on July 29, 1952. E.g., one such story reported that “jet pilots have been placed on a 24-hour nationwide ‘alert against the flying saucers’ with orders to ‘shoot them down’ if they ignore orders to land.” An Air Force public information officer, Lt. Col. Moncel Monte, confirmed the directive stating,

“The jet pilots are, and have been, under orders to investigate unidentified objects and to shoot them down if they can’t talk them down.”

It was further stated that no pilot had been able to get close enough to take a shot at a “flying saucer”, as the objects would disappear or speed away as soon as an interceptor approached, sometimes outflying their pilots by “as much as a thousand miles an hour.” However, in seeming contradiction to the admitted “shoot-down” order, Air Force headquarters also put out statements that the unidentified flying objects were no threat to the United States and not controlled by “a reasoning body.” Some public protests resulted, including telegrams and letters to the White House stating that the policy was dangerous if the UFOs were controlled by extraterrestrial beings, who would obviously be much more technologically advanced than humans.

The July 29 Air Force press conference and Air Force’s explanation
In response to the INS “shoot-down” stories, to calm rising public anxiety and answer the news media’s questions about the sightings — and, hopefully, to slow down the numbers of UFO reports being sent to Blue Book, which were clogging normal intelligence channels — Air Force Major Generals John Samford, USAF Director of Intelligence, and Roger Ramey, USAF Director of Operations, held a well-attended press conference at the Pentagon on July 29, 1952. It was the largest Pentagon press conference since World War II. Press stories called Samford and Ramey the Air Force’s two top UFO experts.

Samford was heavily influenced by Capt. Roy James, who had discussed the sightings with him earlier in the day and who also spoke at the conference. Samford declared that the visual sightings over Washington could be explained as misidentified aerial phenomena (such as stars or meteors). Samford also stated that the unknown radar targets could be explained by temperature inversion, which was present in the air over Washington on both nights the radar returns were reported.

In addition, Samford argued that the radar contacts were not caused by solid material targets, and therefore posed no threat to national security. In response to a question as to whether the Air Force had recorded similar UFO radar contacts prior to the Washington incident, Samford admitted that there had been “hundreds” of such contacts where Air Force fighter interceptions had taken place, but stated they were all “fruitless.” The conference proved to be successful “in getting the press off our backs”, Ruppelt later wrote.

Among the witnesses who supported Samford’s explanation was the crew of a B-25 bomber, which had been flying over Washington during the sightings of July 26–27. The bomber was vectored several times by National Airport over unknown targets on the airport’s radarscopes, yet the crew could see nothing unusual. Finally, as a crew member related, “the radar had a target which turned out to be the Wilson Lines steamboat trip to Mount Vernon…the radar was sure as hell picking up the steamboat.” Air Force Captain Harold May was in the radar center at Andrews AFB during the sightings of July 19–20. Upon hearing that National Airport’s radar had picked up an unknown object heading in his direction, May stepped outside and saw “a light that was changing from red to orange to green to red again…at times it dipped suddenly and appeared to lose altitude.” However, May eventually concluded that he was simply seeing a star that was distorted by the atmosphere, and that its “movement” was an illusion. At 3 a.m. on July 27, an Eastern Airlines flight over Washington was told that an unknown object was in its vicinity; the crew could see nothing unusual. When they were told that the object had moved directly behind their plane, they began a sharp turn to try to see the object, but were told by National Airport’s radar center that the object had “disappeared” when they began their turn. At the request of the Air Force, the CAA’s Technical Development and Evaluation Center did an analysis of the radar sightings. Their conclusion was that “a temperature inversion had been indicated in almost every instance when the unidentified radar targets or visual objects had been reported.” Project Blue Book would eventually label the Washington radar objects as “mirage effects caused by double inversion” and the visual sightings as “meteors coupled with the normal excitement of witnesses.” In later years two prominent UFO skeptics, Dr. Donald Menzel, an astronomer at Harvard University, and Philip Klass, a senior editor for Aviation Week magazine, would also argue in favor of the temperature inversion/mirage hypothesis.

Criticisms of the Air Force explanation
Almost from the moment of General Samford’s press conference, eyewitnesses, UFO researchers, and Air Force personnel came forward to criticize the temperature inversion/mirage explanation. Captain Ruppelt noted that Major Fournet and Lt. Holcomb, who disagreed with the Air Force’s explanation, were not in attendance at Samford’s press conference. Ruppelt himself discovered that “hardly a night passed in June, July, and August in 1952 that there wasn’t a [temperature] inversion in Washington, yet the slow-moving, solid radar targets appeared on only a few nights.”

According to a story printed by INS, the United States Weather Bureau also disagreed with the temperature inversion hypothesis, one official stating that “such an inversion ordinarily would appear on a radar screen as a steady line, rather than as single objects as were sighted on the airport radarscope.”

Also, according to Ruppelt, when he was able to interview the radar and control tower personnel at Washington National Airport, not a single person agreed with the Air Force explanation. Michael Wertheimer, a researcher for the government-funded Condon Report, investigated the case in 1966. He found that the radar witnesses still disputed the Air Force explanation, but that did not stop the report from agreeing with the temperature inversion/mirage explanation. Ruppelt related that on July 27 the control tower at Washington National had called the control tower at Andrews AFB and notified them that their radar had an unknown object just south of the Andrews control tower, directly over the Andrews AFB radio range station. According to Ruppelt, when the Andrews control tower personnel looked they all saw “a huge fiery-orange sphere” hovering over the range station. When Ruppelt interviewed the tower personnel several days later, they insisted that they had been mistaken and had merely seen a bright star. However, when Ruppelt checked an astronomical chart he found that there were no bright stars over the station that night, and that he had “heard from a good source that the tower men had been ‘persuaded’ a bit” by superior officers to claim that their sighting was merely a star.

There were also witnesses who claimed to see structured craft and not merely “glows” or bright lights. On July 19 an Army artillery officer, Joseph Gigandet, was sitting on the front porch of his home in Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington. At 9:30 p.m. he claimed to see “a red cigar-shaped object” which sailed slowly over his house. Gigandet estimated the object’s size as comparable to a DC-7 airplane at about 10,000 feet altitude; he also claimed that the object had a “series of lights very closely set together” on its sides. The object eventually flew back over his house a second time, which led Gigandet to assume that it was circling the area. When the object flew away a second time, it turned a deeper red color and moved over the city of Washington itself; this occurred less than two hours before Edward Nugent first spotted the unknown objects on his radar at Washington National. Gigandet claimed that his neighbor, an FBI agent, also saw the object. Dr. James E. McDonald, a physicist at the University of Arizona and a prominent ufologist in the 1960s, did his own analysis of the Washington sightings. After interviewing four pilot eyewitnesses and five radar personnel, McDonald argued that the Air Force explanation was “physically impossible.” Harry Barnes told McDonald that the radar targets “were not shapeless blobs such as one gets from ground returns under anomalous propagation”, and that he was certain the unknown radar blips were solid targets; Howard Cocklin agreed with Barnes.

Aftermath – The Robertson Panel
The extremely high numbers of UFO reports in 1952 disturbed both the Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Both groups felt that an enemy nation could deliberately flood the U.S. with false UFO reports, causing mass panic and allowing them to launch a sneak attack. On September 24, 1952, the CIA’s Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI) sent a memorandum to Walter B. Smith, the CIA’s Director.

The memo stated that “the flying saucer situation . . . have national security implications . . . [in] the public concern with the phenomena … lies the potential for the touching-off of mass hysteria and panic.”

The result of this memorandum was the creation in January 1953 of the Robertson Panel. Physicist Howard Percy Robertson chaired the panel, which consisted of prominent scientists and which spent four days examining the “best” UFO cases collected by Project Blue Book. The panel dismissed nearly all of the UFO cases it examined as not representing anything unusual or threatening to national security. In the panel’s controversial estimate, the Air Force and Project Blue Book needed to spend less time analyzing and studying UFO reports and more time publicly debunking them. The panel recommended that the Air Force and Project Blue Book should take steps to “strip the Unidentified Flying Objects of the special status they have been given and the aura of mystery they have unfortunately acquired.” Following the Panel’s report, Project Blue Book would rarely publicize any UFO case that it had not labeled as “solved”; unsolved cases were rarely mentioned by the Air Force.

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1952_Washington,_D.C._UFO_incident.

Dec 01

Lubbock Lights

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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Carl Hart photos

Carl Hart photos

From August through September of 1951 the US Air Force investigated one of the first great UFO cases in the United States. At 9pm on August 25th three Professors from what is now known as Texas Tech University were relaxing at one of the professors homes when a series of lights flew above them. Moving N to S at a very high rate of speed and the brightness of a star only larger in diameter they flew in a perfect almost semi circle pattern which contained approx 20 – 30 lights. Over a three week period these lights were observed by these men over 12 times. Over the course of two months over 100 people all around the Lubbock area observed and also reported seeing these strange lights.

On the evening of 31 August 1951 at about 11:30PM, a college freshman named Carl Hart observed a flight pass over his home. It is said two more flights of objects allegedly also occurred in which he photographed.   These are now known as the famous Carl Hart Photographs.

It was observed that there was no sound that could be attributed to the objects and the color of the lights was bluish green in tone. It was also stated the first two flights observed were a semi-circle of lights but in the subsequent flight there was no orderly arrangement.  The objects did not gradually come into view as would an aircraft that was upon approach, and neither did it gradually disappear. It was also noted there was no apparent change in size as any of the objects passed overhead.

Carl started watching the skies when word was spread about the college professors sightings in the local Lubbock Newspaper “The Avalanche”.   After capturing his series of photos Carl, he took the film to a friend at a photo lab so that he could develop it.  The Avalanche learned of the pictures when a photographer who did some work for the newspaper called to say that Hart had just been there developing some film.  He thought Harris might be interested, and Harris suggested that Hart bring the negatives to the office. This was indeed the turning point in bringing these sightings to the forefront.

 Avalanche Newspaper Depiction

Avalanche Newspaper Depiction

Carl Hart never copyrighted his photographs in fear some may think they were a fake and the reporter at the Avalanche had accused him of hoaxing the whole incident and proceeded to tell Carl the consequences of fraud.  A short time later Carl decide to send the photos out over the wire. Though many have tried to duplicate the photos at that time no one could ever debunk them.

Upon learning of the photographs, the US military spent a great deal of time trying to come up with some kind of explanation. Officers came in from Reese Air Force Base as well as Wright-Patterson located in Dayton, Ohio. Lt. Edward J. Ruppelt even made a personal trip to Lubbock to investigate these lights and to interview Carl Hart as well as some of the others who had claimed the sightings.

Ruppelt’s was not the last and only interview by the US military. On December 2 Hart was questioned again. According to the OSI report, He was interviewed in private and asked for a written statement. Evidently the military hoped to break his story, which was a continuing obstacle to a bird explanation that they had come up with, but if a professional photographer could not get a picture of birds at night (which they had tried), how had an amateur done it? The obvious answer was that Hart had not photographed birds. If so, could that mean the objects he had photographed be unidentified flying objects.

Three College Professors

Three College Professors

The US Military’s report concludes that: birds, with street lights reflecting from them, were the probable cause of these sightings. The angular velocity of 30 degrees per second seems rather high for birds during migratory flights. It is probable that the angular velocity was less. In all instances the witnesses were located in an area where their eyes were dark-adapted, thus making the objects appear brighter. The kind of birds responsible for this sighting is not known, but it is highly probable that they were ducks or plover. Since plovers do not usually fly in formations of more than six or seven, ducks seem more probable.

There are, however, no migratory birds in the Lubbock area at that time of year. According to Loren Smith of Texas Tech, ducks do fly in V -formations in the area in late August. The glossy ibis, for example, visits the area, but it has no white with which to reflect the streetlights. Therefore the bird explanation does not work. In fact, the photographs taken by Hart refute this theory, but that seemed to made no difference. And it also made no difference that a professional photographer, when he attempted to photograph a flight of ducks at night, could not do so. Project Blue Book lists the case as solved by the birds.

Hart continues to deny that the pictures were faked. No one has ever presented any evidence to support this accusation, nor has anyone explained how they could have been faked. Hart himself has no explanation. When asked if he himself believes in flying saucers, he response was:

Carl Hart

Carl Hart

“I don’t particularly disbelieve. I think I’m kind of open-minded on that. If one would show up some place else here, I think I’d accept it.” When asked if he knew what the lights were, he simply stated “I really don’t.”…

 

 

Sources:
Project Blue Book
The Avalanche
Wikipedia
UFO Project

Nov 01

Clyde Tombaugh

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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clyde-tombaughAmerican Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh was best known for discovering Pluto and many asteroids but a lot of us didn’t know he also called for the serious scientific research into UFO’s. Born in 1906 in Streator Illinois Cyde went from building his own telescopes to being employed at the infamous Lowell Observatory which offered him a job after he sent in hand drawn pictures of Jupiter and Mars. During his years at Lowell Observatory, Tombaugh discovered hundreds of new variable stars, hundreds of new asteroids and two comets. He found new star clusters, clusters of galaxies including one super cluster of galaxies. In all, he counted over 29,000 galaxies. Tombaugh remained at Lowell until he was called to service during World War II.From 1955 until his  retirement in 1973, Clyde Tombaugh was on the faculty at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

Clyde Tombaugh was best known for discovering Pluto and many asteroids but a lot of us didn’t know he also called for the serious scientific research into UFO’s.  He is one of the most prolific astronomers to see and request further investigation into UFO’s. After 11 years of poring through endless photographic plates using the blinking process, Tombaugh claims he had a UFO sighting on August 20, 1949. He also claims these changed his opinion of the phenomenon in a matter of minutes. He had three different sightings-without the use of an optical aid- and claimed the following:

handmade telescope“I have seen three objects in the last seven years which defied any explanation of known phenomenon, such as Venus, atmospheric
optic, meteors or planes. I am a professional, highly skilled, professional astronomer. In addition I have seen three green fireballs which were unusual in behavior from normal green fireballs…I think that several reputable scientists are being unscientific in refusing to entertain the possibility of extra-terrestrial origin and nature.”

In June 1952, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer acting as a scientific consultant to the Air Force’s Project Blue Book UFO study, secretly conducted a survey of fellow astronomers on UFO sightings and attitudes while attending an astronomy convention. Tombaugh and four other astronomers, including Dr. Lincoln LaPaz of the University of New Mexico, told Hynek about their sightings. Tombaugh also told Hynek that his telescopes were at The Air Force’s disposal for taking photos of UFOs, if he was properly alerted. Tombaugh’s offer may have led to his involvement in a search for near-Earth satellites which were first announced in the winter of 1953.

clyde-w-telescopeHowever, according to Donald Keyhoe, later director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, the real reason for the sudden search was because two near-Earth orbiting objects had been picked up on new long-range radar in the summer of 1953, according to his Pentagon source. By May 1954, Keyhoe was making public statements that his sources told him the search had indeed been successful, and either one or two objects had been found. However, the story did not break until August 23, 1954, when Aviation Week magazine stated that two satellites had been found only 400 and 600 miles out. They were termed “natural satellites” and implied that they had been recently captured, despite this being a virtual impossibility. The next day, the story was in many major newspapers. Dr. LaPaz was implicated in the discovery in addition to Tombaugh. LaPaz had earlier conducted secret investigations on behalf of the Air Force on the green fireballs and other unidentified aerial phenomena over New Mexico. The New York Times reported on August 29 that “a source close to the O. O. R. unit here described as ‘quite accurate’ the report in the magazine Aviation Week that two previously unobserved satellites had been spotted and identified by Dr. Lincoln Lepaz of the University of New Mexico as natural and not artificial objects. This source also said there was absolutely no connection between the reported satellites and flying saucer reports. However, in the October 10th issue, LaPaz said the magazine article was “false in every particular, in so far as reference to me is concerned.” Both LaPaz and Tombaugh were to issue public denials that anything had been found. The October 1955 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine reported: “Professor Tombaugh is closemouthed about his results. He won’t say whether or not any small natural satellites have been discovered. He does say, however, that newspaper reports of 18 months ago announcing the discovery of natural satellites at 400 and 600 miles out are not correct. He adds that there is no connection between the search program and the reports of so-called flying saucers.”

At a meteor conference in Los Angeles in 1957, Tombaugh reiterated that his four-year search for “natural satellites” had been unsuccessful. In 1959, Tombaugh was to issue a final report stating that nothing had been found in his search. His personal 16-inch telescope was reassembled and dedicated on September 17, 2009 at Rancho Hidalgo, New Mexico (near Animas, New Mexico), adjacent to Astronomy’s new observatory.

SOURCES:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Tombaugh
http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/tom0bio-1

Oct 01

The Maury Island Incidents

10628678_821418497880409_2948595587989534113_oOn June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold launched the UFO phenomenon, though he wouldn’t be the first to report the strange activity in the sky (his account made it in the newspapers across the U.S. ‘if not the world!’) But the story at the center of this story is an event that allegedly occurred on June 21st 1947 at Maury Island in the state of Washington.

The Maury Island Incident refers to claims made by Fred Crisman and Harold Dahl which discusses falling debris and threats by men in black directly following sightings of unidentified flying objects in the sky o’er Maury Island in Puget Sound in June of 1947.

Harbor master Harold Dahl spots 6 UFOs from his patrol boat. During their flight, they covered the boat in metal fragments. Dahl reports the incident to his supervisor Fred Lee Crisman whom made sure that some of the metal fragments were safely preserved. They also decide to report the incident to the magazine Amazing Stories a pseudo-science magazine that was geared at the publication for the paranormal and generally unusual. Crisman was already known to its editor, Ray Palmer.

Not long after the second world war, the magazine had run a series of articles on Richard Shaver who claims that he’d found traces of an underground civilization that consists of a race he personally labelled the “Deros”. The claim was that the civilization lived in a system of caves and was in the possession of knowledge that far exceeded our own.

In June of 1946, Crisman wrote a letter to the magazine stating that during the War, he had a Deros cave in Kashmir. The magazine then publishes this letter, and in May of 1947, Crisman followed the story up with a new allegation—together with an individual named Dick he travelled to Alaska where he’d discovered a cave of the Deros. Dick supposedly died during this expedition.

When Crisman reported the UFO phenomenon, the first letter was notorious for its absence of any reference to the UFO itself. The story he reported was solely about the strange type of metal that he discovered on Dahl’s boat. Palmer then phoned Crisman with the question of whether or not UFOs may have a thing to do with the incident. Crisman replied to it being a possibility and then Palmer decided that it would be a good idea to involve Kenneth Arnold into the investigation in which he accepted. After hearing the story and being shown a lump of the material, Arnold decided he needed some help, so he called his friend and fellow UFO witness, United Airlines Captain E. J. Smith. Smith said he would be glad to help, so Arnold flew up to Seattle and brought him back to Tacoma.

Both Arnold and Smith examined the debris that Dahl and Crisman brought them while hearing the story over several times. Dahl had claimed that the pictures had come out spotted almost as though they were exposed to some sort of radiation. Somehow, neither man was truly able to produce any pictures whether spotted or likewise. A local United Press representative called and said that he was receiving anonymous phone calls from somebody who claimed to know everything that Arnold and Smith were saying and doing.

After seeing the debris and hearing the story, Brown and Davidson decided that it was a hoax. They took a box of the debris and told Arnold they had to leave. They drove to McChord Field and told the intelligence officer there that they felt it was a hoax. They hadn’t told Arnold because they didn’t want to embarrass him; he was so taken in by Dahl and Crisman. The next morning, August 1, they boarded a B-25 back to Hamilton Field. A few hours later, they were killed when the B-25 crashed.

The newspapers hinted that the plane had been sabotaged because they were carrying classified material about flying saucers. They made much of the fact that the crew chief and a passenger were able to bail out, but that Brown and Davidson were not. The official explanation was that the only classified material they were carrying was a file of reports that had nothing to do with flying saucers.

The plane crashed because an engine caught fire. Brown and Davidson couldn’t bail out in time because a wing broke loose and tore off the tail section. Under questioning, Dahl and Crisman later admitted that the “debris” was only worthless slag from a local smelter. There had been no UFOs. They had only been telling publisher Raymond Palmer what he wanted to hear. The Air Force considered prosecuting the two men, but decided that they hadn’t actually meant to cause any harm.

Arnold packed up and flew home in disgust. On the way home, however, he crashed his plane at Pendleton because somehow the fuel valve had gotten turned off. He wasn’t hurt. Crisman and Dahl seem to have vanished. No one could find them. According to Jenny Randles, two intelligence analysts who studied the case in 1980 said it had all the earmarks of an intelligence operation intended, perhaps, to discredit Arnold’s original UFO sighting. http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case511.htm

References:

Booth, B. (n.d.). 1947-Maury Island UFO Crash.
Coppens, P. (2006). The Strangest UFO encounter… or a Hoax?

Sep 01

Kenneth Arnold Case

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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By the mid 1940’s there have been hundreds of reported cases of UFO sightings spanning hundreds of years, but the ending of WWII seemed to bring a new interest and insight into the field. It seems that development of rockets marked a new level of interest in strange flying objects or prehaps just a renewed sense of the world above us . Many of our Allied pilots that flew over Germany reported seeing balls of light following their planes. The balls of light were nicknamed “FOO FIGHTERS,” and were said to be one of Germany’s secret weapons, of course this was amongst the varying explanations for the lights and they were explained away as an optical illusions or results of the electrical phenomenon known as “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

kenneteh-arnold-ufo-4On June 24, 1947, a civilian pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects all of which glowed a bright bluish white in color, flying in a “V” formation over Washington State’s Mount Rainier. Arnold estimated the objects’ flight speed no less than 1200 mph and compared their motion to “a saucer “if you skipped it across the water.” (though the newspapers reported of Arnold’s sighting, his description was mistakenly taken to mean that the objects were shaped like saucers, leading to the popularization of the term “flying saucer” as a synonym for UFO.) Most in the field today simply call them “The Crafts”.

Though Arnold stated he initially thought what he had seen were test flights of military planes, the military replied saying they had been not been conducting any test flights during the time of the incident. A prospector named Fred Johnson on Mt. Adams saw the same “V” type flying objects around the same time as Arnold, giving some credibility to Arnold’s story.

After news of Arnold’s sightings hit the media, similar sightings began to be reported in an ever increasing number across the US, however also in July 1947, a Roswell New Mexico newspaper claimed that personnel of the nearby U.S. Army airfield had recovered a crashed flying saucer. The Army, in turn, explained that the crash was that of a wrecked weather balloon now known as the incidents at Area 51. In response to the ever increasing sightings the US Government responded by starting an investigation into the sightings and in 1948 began “Project Sign” which today is known as ”Project Blue Book”. It is the US Governments longest running study into UFOlogy.

This is Kenneth Arnold’s Story in his report in his own words –

On June 24, 1947, a civilian pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine objects all of which glowed a bright bluish white in color, flying in a “V” formation over Washington State’s Mount Rainier.

The following story of what I observed over the Cascade mountains, as impossible as it may seem, is positively true. I never asked nor wanted any notoriety for just accidentally being in the right spot at the right time to observe what I did. I reported something that I know any pilot would have reported. I don’t think that in any way my observation was due to any sensitivity of eye sight or judgment than what is considered normal for any pilot. On June 24th, Tuesday, 1947, I had finished my work for the Central Air Service at Chehalis, Washington, and at about two o’clock I took off from Chehalis, Washington, airport with the intention of going to Yakima, Wash. My trip was delayed for an hour to search for a large marine transport that supposedly went down near or around the southwest side of Mt. Rainier in the state of Washington and to date has never been found. I flew directly toward Mt. Rainier after reaching an altitude of about 9,500 feet, which is the approximate elevation of the high plateau from which Mt. Rainier rises. I had made one sweep of this high plateau to the westward, searching all of the various ridges for this marine ship and flew to the west down and near the ridge side of the canyon where Ashford, Washington, is located.Unable to see anything that looked like the lost ship, I made a 360 degree turn to the right and above the little city of Mineral, starting again toward Mt. Rainier. I climbed back up to an altitude of approximately 9,200 feet. The air was so smooth that day that it was a real pleasure flying and, as most pilots do when the air is smooth and they are flying at a higher altitude, I trimmed out my airplane in the direction of Yakima Washington, which was almost directly east of my position and simply sat in my plane observing the sky and the terrain. There was a DC-4 to the left and to the rear of me approximately fifteen miles distance, and I should judge, at 14,000 foot elevation.

kenneteh-arnold-ufo-2The sky and air was clear as crystal. I hadn’t flown more than two or three minutes on my course when a bright flash reflected on my airplane. It startled me as I thought I was too close to some other aircraft I looked every place in the sky and couldn’t find where the reflection had come from until I looked to the left and the north of Mt. Rainier where I observed a chain of nine peculiar looking aircraft flying from north to south at approximately 9,500 foot elevation and going, seemingly, in a definite direction of about 170 degrees.They were approaching Mt. Rainier very rapidly, and I merely assumed they were jet planes.

Anyhow, I discovered that this was where the reflection had come from, as two or three of them every few seconds would dip or change their course slightly, just enough for the sun to strike them at an angle that reflected brightly on my plane. These objects being quite far away, I was unable for a few seconds to make out their shape or their formation. Very shortly they approached Mt. Rainier, and I observed their outline against the snow quite plainly. I thought it was very peculiar that I couldn’t find their tails but assumed they were some type of jet plane. I was determined to clock their speed, as I had two definite points I could clock them by; the air was so clear that it was very easy to see objects and determine their approximate shape and size at almost fifty miles that day.

kenneteh-arnold-ufo-1I remember distinctly that my sweep second hand on my eight day clock, which is located on my instrument panel, read one minute to 3 P.M. as the first object of this formation passed the southern edge of Mt. Rainier. I watched these objects with great interest as I had never before observed airplanes flying so close to the mountain tops, flying directly south to southeast down the hog’s back of a mountain range. I would estimate their elevation could have varied a thousand feet one way or another up or down, but they were pretty much on the horizon to me which would indicate they were near the same elevation as I was. They flew like many times I have observed geese to fly in a rather diagonal chain-like line as if they were linked together. They seemed to hold a definite direction but rather swerved in and out of the high mountain peaks. Their speed at the time did not impress me particularly, because I knew that our army and air forces had planes that went very fast. What kept bothering me as I watched them flip and flash in the sun right along their path was the fact that I couldn’t make out any tail on them, and I am sure that any pilot would justify more than a second look at such a plane. I observed them quite plainly, and I estimate my distance from them, which was almost at right angles, to be between twenty to twenty-five miles. I knew they must be very large to observe their shape at that distance,
even on as clear a day as it was that Tuesday, In fact I compared a zeus fastener or cowling tool I had in my pocket with them – holding it up on them and holding it up on the DC-4 – that I could observe at quite a distance to my left, and they seemed smaller than the DC-4; but, I should judge their span would have been as wide as the furthest engines on each side of the fuselage of the DC-4. The more I observed these objects the more upset I became, as I am accustomed and familiar with most all objects flying whether I am close to the ground or at higher altitudes. I observed the chain of these objects passing another high snow-covered rIdge in between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams and as, the first one was passing the south crest of this ridge the last object was entering the northern crest of the ridge.

As I was flying in the direction of this particular ridge, I measured it and found it to be approximately five miles so I could safely assume that the chain of these saucer like objects were at least five miles long. I could quite accurately determine their pathway due to the fact that there were several high peaks that were a little this side of them as well as higher peaks on the other side of their pathway. As the last unit of this formation passed the southern most high snow-covered crest of Mt. Adams, I looked at my sweep second hand and it showed that they had traveled the distance in one minute and forty-two seconds. Even at the time this timing did not upset me as I felt confident after I would land there would be some explanation of what I saw. A number of news men and experts suggested that I might have been seeing reflections or even a mirage. This I know to be absolutely false, as I observed these objects not only through the glass of my airplane but turned my airplane sideways where I could open my window and observe them with a completely unobstructed view. (Without sun glasses).Even though two minutes seems like a very short time to one on the ground, in the air in two minutes time a pilot can observe a great many things and anything within his sight of vision probably as many as fifty or sixty times. I continued my search for the marine plane for another fifteen or twenty minutes and while searching for this marine plane, what I had just observed kept going through my mind. I became more disturbed, so after taking a last look at Tieton Reservoir I headed for Yakima. I might add that my complete observation of these objects, which I could even follow by their flashes as they passed Mt. Adams, was around two and one-half or three minutes — although, by the time they reached Mt. Adams they were out of my range of vision as far as determining shape or form. Of course, when the sun reflected from one or two or three of these units, they appeared to be completely round; but, I am making a drawing to the best of my ability, which I am including, as to the shape I observed these objects to be as they passed the snow covered ridges as well as Mt. Rainier. When these objects were flying approximately straight and level, they were just a black thin line and when they flipped was the only time I could get a judgment as to their size. These objects were holding an almost constant elevation; they did not seem to be going up or coming down, such as would be the case of rockets or artillery shells. I am convinced in my own mind that they were some type of airplane, even though they didn’t conform with the many aspects of the conventional type of planes that I know. Although these objects have been reported by many other observers throughout the United States, there have been six or seven other accounts written by some of these observers that I can truthfully say must have observed the same thing that I did; particularly, the descriptions of the three Western [Cedar City, Utah] Air Lines employees, the gentleman [pilot]from Oklahoma City and the locomotive engineer from Illinois, plus Capt Smith and Co-Pilot Stevens of United Air Lines. Some descriptions could not be very accurate taken from the ground unless these saucer-like disks were at a great height and there is a possibility that all of the people who observed peculiar objects could have seen the same thing I did, but, it would have been very difficult from the ground to observe these for more than four or five seconds, and there is always the possibility of atmospheric moisture and dust near the ground which could distort one’s vision. I have in my possession letters from all over the Unites States and people who profess that these objects have been observed over other portions of the world; principally Sweden, Bermuda, and California. I would have given almost anything that day to have had a movie camera with a telephoto lens and from now on I will never be without one but, to continue further with my story. When I landed at Yakima, Wash., airport I described what I had seen to my very good friend, Al Baxter, who listened patiently and was very courteous but in a joking way didn’t believe me. I did not accurately measure the distance between these two mountains until I landed at Pendleton, Oregon, that same day where I told a number of pilot friends of mine what I had observed and they did not scoff or laugh but suggested they might be guided missiles or something new. In fact several former Army pilots informed me that they had been briefed before going into combat overseas that they might see objects of similar shape and design as I described and assured me that I wasn’t dreaming or going crazy. I quote Sonny Robinson, a former Army Air Forces pilot who is now operating dusting operations at Pendleton, Oregon, “What you observed, I am convinced, is some type of jet or rocket propelled ship that is in the process of being tested by our government or even it could possibly be by some foreign government.” Anyhow, the news that I had observed these spread very rapidly and before the night was over I was receiving telephone calls from all parts of the world; and, to date, I have not received one telephone call or one letter of scoffing or disbelief. the only disbelief that I know of was what was printed in the papers. I look at this whole ordeal as not something funny as some people have made it out to be. To me it is mighty serious and since I evidently did observe something that at least Mr. John Doe on the street corner or Pete Andrews on the ranch has never heard about, is no reason that it does not exist. Even though I openly invited an investigation by the Army and the FBI as to the authenticity of my story or a mental or a physical examination as to my capabilities.

I have received no interest from these two important protective forces of our country; I will go so far as to assume that any report I gave to the United and Associated Press and over the radio on two different occasions which apparently set the nation buzzing, if our Military intelligence was not aware of what I observed, they would be the very first people that I could expect as visitors. I have received lots of requests from people who told me to make a lot of wild guesses. I have based what I have written here in this article on positive facts and as far as guessing what it was I observed, it is just as much a mystery to me as it is to the rest of the world. My pilot’s license is 333487. I fly a Callair airplane; it is a three-place single engine land ship that is designed and manufactured at Afton, Wyoming as an extremely high performance, high altitude airplane that was made for mountain work. The national certificate of my plane is 33355.

Now although Kenneth Arnold’s accounts were the first post-War sighting in the United States that gathered nationwide news coverage and is credited with being the first of the modern era of UFO sightings there were a lot of those who tried to explain away Mr Arnold’s sighting with explanations.

kenneteh-arnold-ufo-3These are just a few of the arguments against Arnold.

Donald Menzel suggested the objects were billowing blasts of snow ballooning off mountain ridges but Captain Ruppelt of Blue Book rejected this as impossible because you just don’t get powder snow low in the mountains in June.12

Martin Gardner has twice suggested the objects were balloons. This ignores the flat side profile drawn by Arnold. Arnold reported the air was very smooth traveling that day, which seems inconsistent with the undulatory motions he described.

Richard J. Reed suggested orographic clouds. Since these tend to stay motionless, the large a angular distance traveled by the objects is hard to account for. So, too, the angular velocity cannot be explained. These objections also apply to notions involving wave clouds and detached mountain top mirages.

Menzel tried again in his last book with the idea that Arnold might have been tricked by water droplets on the airplane window. This overlooks the fact that Arnold explicitly states he rolled down the window to get a better look at the objects.

Otto Billig proposes that Arnold was suffering a regression suggestive of reduced personality cause the undulations of the objects indicate the surfacing of serpent imagery like that common to religions. Such an analysis is contradicted by Billig’s own mythography which says undulations signify benevolence. Arnold explicitly felt the objects to be a threat, a bother, and disturbing.

Paul Devereux proposed Arnold saw earth lights. This would mean the objects would be emitting light. This is inconsistent with Arnold’s description of the objects as forming a “black-thin line” when silhouetted against snowy mountain ridges. He also indicated that he saw the sun reflected off the objects from time to time. It is also difficult to imagine how earth lights could maintain an unconventional formation for over a minute without scattering or merging due to electrical charges.

Stuart Campbell has proposed an exotic scheme involving mirages of distant mountains. Easily the funniest detail is the necessity for Arnold to confuse Mount Rainier and Mount Adams with Pinnacle Peak and Lookout of the Tatoosh Range even knowing they are roughly half as big.

Here is another wesbite that tries to Debunk Kenneth Arnold
http://debunker.com/arnold.html

After researching this case I have found out that after all this time no one can sanely say what Kenneth Arnold saw was NOT UFO’s.

Sources – 
debunker.com/arnold.html
Wikipedia
Resolving Arnold.
Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies

Jan 10

Berwyn Mountains, 1974

Courtesy of:  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/

On January 23, 1974, people reported hearing a huge bang, felt earth tremors and saw a brilliant light in the sky above the Berwyn Mountains. Families in the villages of Llandderfel and Llandrillo were settling down to watch TV when an explosion was heard and the ground shook. It measured 3.5 on the Richter scale. As people ran from their homes fearing another tremor, they saw a blaze of light on the mountainside.

A nurse who believed an aircraft had crashed drove to the site and saw a pulsating orange and red glow on the hillside and other lights.

Police converged on the area and emergency services were put on standby. Although searches were undertaken, officially nothing was found – leading to claims of a cover-up.

In the four decades since there has been a huge debate as to what exactly happened that night, with TV documentaries made and books written on the subject.

Some researchers have claimed a UFO crashed, with further claims “bodies” were retrieved and taken away by soldiers. Other theories suggest it was a meteor shower combined with an earthquake – the epicenter of which was at Bala Lake – and the misperception of poachers on the hillside carrying lamps.

Over the years more information has surfaced which has added to the enigma. In 2008 the Daily Post acquired official documents showing how Gwynedd Police were bombarded with calls and eye witness accounts of the strange event, with some convinced they had seen a UFO. They gave a fascinating insight into what was going on that night.

Gwynedd Police Constabulary Major Incident Log – explosion – 21.10pm PC receiving 999 calls of UFO.

A witness who saw an object on the hillside said in a statement: “Saw bright red light, like coal fire red. Large perfect circle. Like a big bonfire. Could see lights above and to the right and white lights moving to bottom. Light changed colour to yellowish white and back again.”

A message in a police log said: “There’s been a large explosion in the area and there is a large fire in the mountainside. I can see the fire where I am.”

Telex message to chief constable Gwynedd constabulary. 22.00pm approx 23/1/74: Saw bright green lights, object with tail – travelling west. Saw about Bangor direction – dropped down.

At approx 10pm on 23/1/74: Saw a circular light in the sky at an estimated height of 1,500 feet. This object exploded and pieces fell to the ground. Mr …… estimates the pieces would have fallen into the sea between Rhyl and Liverpool.

In 2010 key witness, retired nurse Pat Evans, insisted she saw something strange on the mountainside. At the time she said:

“It (the object) couldn’t have got there any other way apart from being flown there, so it had to be a UFO of some sort. I’m talking about something that could only have got there by flying and landing.”

Ms Evans, who was living in Llandderfel, near Bala, added: “We just saw this huge ball glowing and pulsating on the mountain. Some lights seemed to be scattered around it and I just wish we’d stayed to see what the end result was – whether it would just disappear or fly away.

“We didn’t see anybody on the road even though there were various reports that we were told to go away by armed police and military etc, which was all totally untrue.

“We’d heard an almighty bang and we live at the foot of the mountain. I thought it might have been a plane crash. Me being a nurse and my girls being in St John (Ambulance), I thought we could help.”

She told how the object glowed orange, red and yellow and was “moon like, but without windows or doors”. Mrs Evans added: “I’ve never seen anything like it before or since. I have no idea what it was.”

A document from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency revealed a military operation, codenamed Photoflash, was scheduled for that evening. It involved about 10 military aircraft and a series of powerful flashes across the North Wales coast and Liverpool Bay.

The MCA letter said: “During the late afternoon and early evening of 23rd January 1974 there was an exercise from Jerby Range on the Isle of Man. The exercise was called ‘Photoflash’ and coastguards were advised to expect at least 10 aircraft taking part and at least 80 flashes around the Liverpool Bay area and the North Wales coastline.”

There was no more information from official sources on that specific exercise and if it was connected to Berwyn. A spokesman at the RAF Museum Research Department suggested photoflash operations were used for training exercises to illuminate the ground below.

Source: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/berwyn-mountains-ufo-crash-40-6554715

Jan 07

Captain William Schnaffner

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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sc1A great controversy shrouds the death of Captain William Schaffner, a USAF pilot on exchange duties with the Royal Air Force who on a dark evening in September 1970 lost his life during a supposed military exercise. Some say he encountered a UFO, others say he perished in the cold waters of Britian’s North Sea. Although his suirvings sons have accepted the militarys report on the evenings events, UFO enthusiasts claim government cover up as many questions have been left unanswered. On this evening a series of events occurred leaving in its wake questions and gaping holes in stories put forth by military intelligence, however it was Capt. Schaffner who was the one to pay the price. Will his story or the events ever be fully put to rest?

The UFO enthusiasts seemed to have researched this and come to some interesting conclusions surrounding the events. With the miscommunications, shredded military files and their version of the last radio contact as well as witnesses that in the beginning seemed to concur, the events seemed to be extraterrestrial in nature.

This is their version:

It seems the UFO connection did not become apparent until 1992 when the Grimsby Evening News, published two sensational articles by assistant editor Pat Otter. As a cub reporter in 1970 Otter had covered the fruitless search for the pilot’s body. When the mystery was revived two decades later in a local book the paper received a call from a man claiming to be a member of the original RAF crash investigation team which examined the remains of the Lightning. Otter was later to claim he never believed the man’s story, but felt it was too good not to publish when he came up against a wall of official denials. Otter’s source – who wished to remain anonymous – claimed there had been a dramatic increase in radar tracking of UFOs over the North Sea during the autumn of 1970 which led the RAF to mount a special operation. At 8.17pm on 8 September radars in the Shetlands tracked an unidentified target above the North Sea and Lightning interceptors were scrambled from RAF Leuchars to engage. But before they could get near the UFO turned sharply, increased its speed to a fantastic 17,400 mph, and vanished from the radar screens. According to the source higher command levels within NATO were now alerted and aircraft from three squadrons were ordered to remain on patrol in case the “thing” returned. It did, and during the course of the night several UFOs were detected. Each time they shot away at high speed before the RAF could approach them.

According to both Otter and Dodd, Schaffner took off in Lightning XS-894 not long after he had returned from a training mission. The UFO was now being tracked on radar about ninety miles east of Whitby and Schaffner was quickly vectored onto it. The information about what happened next was taken from a transcript provided by the RAF “source” that purported to be describing the actual interchange between Schaffner and the radar controller at RAF Patrington on the Yorkshire coast. According to the transcript, Schaffner could see a bluish conical shape which was so bright he could hardly look at it. This UFO was accompanied by an object resembling a large glass football.

sc2As Schaffner closed in, describing the object before him, he suddenly exclaimed: “Wait a second, its turning…coming straight for me….am taking evasive action….” At that point the controller lost contact and Schaffner’s radar plot merged with that of the UFO for a while before losing altitude and disappearing from the scope. Schaffner’s plane was found one month later on the bed of the North Sea with the cockpit still closed. There was no sign of the pilot’s body. This is a case with massive political implications if any of it is true. It was also an event that resonated with other stories concerning mysterious so called “vanishings” that have become part of Fortean mythology

This was the Military’s Final explanation:

1. It was not a UFO but a slow moving Shackleton reconnaissance aircraft that the Captain was trying to intercept on an exercise. 2. Its crew had lost radio contact. Then, by the light of a flare, they’d seen the aircraft in the water. 3. The Captain had simply flown too low trying to get beneath his target and hit the sea. 4. Captain Schaffner had not been properly trained to carry out the exercise he had been asked to undertake. When he tried to bail out, his ejector seat failed to operate.

These simple statements release after inquiry above appears to suggest that the crash was an unfortunate accident with a plausible explanation.

However the Lightning aircraft was recovered months after the crash from the seabed. Remarkably, it was virtually undamaged. Not only was it almost fully intack the cockpit canopy was shut but there was no sign of Captain Schaffner’s body.

So the unusual condition of the wreckage along with other factors fuel UFOlogists speculations of an alien abduction. The theory between both sides continues to this day, but the message written to the public by the Captains son below leaves little to further pursue as he has come to acceptance with the release of military reports.

Message to everyone left on a thread by Captain Schaffners son Micheal : These are his written words:

Michael Schaffner, My name is Michael Schaffner. I am the youngest son of Captain William Schaffner. I would like to thank Ian Cundall and the rest of the team for helping us put an end to this “mystery”. Having read some of the comments that have been posted I would like to take this opportunity to respond. For many, this has become a complicated question of conspiracy theories, allegations, deceptions and the like.However, I think that this is a situation that best illustrates Ockham’s Razor: the simplest answer is usually the best. It is an unusual stretch of the imagination to believe that UFOs and government coverups are responsible for the tragic death of my father. This is especially true having read the Summary Report of the RAF concerning this accident. Contrary to the assertions made by UFO “enthusiasts”, it is far simpler, and more logical, to understand these events in their factual context.

My father simply did not notice that he had lost altitude while trying to decelerate to the proper intercept vector. Given the inclement weather, poor instructions, improper training, and overall stress of flying at high speed and high G, it is no stretch of the imagination to believe that he simply made a mistake. I am completely satisfied that my father died because of a chain of unfortunate events, none of which had anything to do with someone’s subjective need to believe in UFO’s.

Although I do not doubt that there is life outside of our terrestrial realm, there has been no substantial evidence demonstrated by these “enthusiasts,” such as Tony Dodd, to support their claims concerning my father. Not one single, solitary shred of objective proof. I challenge any of these enthusiasts to support any element of their claim with germaine evidence. Their assertions that “they will (n)ever get to the bottom of what happend because the RAF will never accept that a UFO could be involved,” is only begging the question. They should be ashamed to call themselves UFOlogists, a name that insinuates professionalism and qualified academic study. I would suggest that they are no more qualified to study UFOs than the average public school student. To say anything more is a waste of breath. To those of you who still doubt, rest assured that there is no story here. Only the tragic death of a beloved father who is truly missed and who will never be forgotten.

Sources:

The Secret Files
Naked Scientists
BBC

Jan 06

Yeni Kent Compound, 2008

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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Report By: Haktan Akdogon SIRIUS Space Research

u1This extraordinary incident took place in a compound in Kumburgaz/Istanbul was witnessed by many residents and filmed by the same night guard Yalcin Yalman in 2009, 2008 and in 2007. The images captured are expected to have a tremendous impact throughout the world and be listed as “the most important UFO/extraterrestrial images ever filmed in all the World”.  During the months of April and May 2009, many nationwide UFO sightings were reported from different cities of Turkey, while some of them were filmed and photographed and aired. Within the same period of time, these objects also witnessed by the residents of Kumburgaz/Yeni Kent Compound, caught on video several times by a night guard named Yalcin Yalman and these footages are considered as the closest and the most significant images ever filmed around the world. In these amazing UFO video footages which would likely have major repercussions around the world and be listed as “the most significant UFO videos ever”, physical forms of UFO’s and their metallic structures are clearly noticeable. What’s more important is that in the close-up of some footages of the objects, entities in them can be distinctly made out. We, at Sirius UFO Space Science Research Center did the detailed analysis of the full footage with the participation of our members of science board. We have enlarged the video images of the footages, did all the detailed analysis and checked their pixels and went through the all footage frame by frame. After doing all the necessary analysis which went on for a week, we came to a definite conclusion with no doubts that these are “100% genuine footages”! The objects sighted in the aforementioned footages that have a structure that is made of specific material are definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation nor are they any form of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for a video effect therefore in conclusion it was decided that the sightings were neither a mockup or hoax. And it is concluded that these objects in the sightings that have physical and material structures do not belong in any category such as; planes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, satellites, fire balls, Chinese lantern, fire balls, weather balloons, natural or atmospheric phenomenon… etc. and but rather fall into the category UFO’s… Also, nationally very well known special effect experts Tarkan Ozel and Cem Ozel (www.ozelfx.com) have also analyzed the video footages and they have concluded the same result as ” the footage being genuine”. Haktan Akdogan – Chairman Respectfully,

Mr.Tolga Özdeniz

u2ATV Channel – Program Editor On January 31, 2008, a MiniDV format video cassette holding 35 minutes of footage was brought over to “TUBITAK” The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey’s (a Scientific Institution owned by the state that is highly reliable and influential) National Observatory (TUG) by Mr.Tolga Ozdeniz, the Editor of “Reporter” that has been aired on ATV Channel. The footage on the cassette was said to have been recorded by a Canon GL1 MiniDV digital camera on a beach of a holiday village in Kumburgaz/Istanbul by an amateur.

The images were examined by TUG- National Observatory Image Processing Unit. Because, it would take quite a long time to analyze all of the images, only randomly selected parts were pre-examined. During this process, emphasis was not placed on images produced by optical clarification effects which a number of point light sources generated.

The examination of these frames has yielded following results:

– The images were recorded in digital NTSC format by above-mentioned camera.

– The date on the video indicates that the recordings were made during 2007, 2008, and 2009.

– The footage images of the object which visibly have a certain configuration are not computer animations, special video effects or studio re-created images or models. The footage is genuine…

– The first observation made from the footage is that some of the images were recorded in nighttime sky at a certain altitude from the horizon. The footage also covers images of moon in some parts which proves that the video was shot in nighttime and open air. But, the fact that digital date display’s showing AM in certain frames and PM in others, raises suspicion about the validity of the time in which the recordings were made.

– Since in some parts, there is no other object that can be featured as a reference in the close-up frames and no observable differences were found on background examination, the actual location, distance, dimensions and nature of the objects could not have been determined.

– Through the examination of shootings of multiple dates, it’s a strong possibility that 2-3 different objects were captured. However, it’s difficult to determine whether the objects are moving or not. Their movement is slow even if they do so.

– The reflections of light on the objects are sometimes caused by moon which was in a convenient location at that time, and sometimes produced by some other sources of light.

u3– The light reflection from the left side of the object which is seen on August 10th shootings is not produced by the moon. At that time, the moon was in a phase that was pretty close to the “new moon” phase and located approximately at a 10 degrees proximity/angle to the horizon. Moreover, the image processing analysis conducted on some part of the footage revealed that the center of the object has the same density as its background, namely is of a transparent nature. In conclusion, even though a detailed analysis of the footage is conducted, it might still remain unidentified. Hence, other reference objects need to be recorded in the same frame with the disputable object and further shootings need to be done by ourselves with special equipment in the same location and conditions.

Accordingly, the term “UFO” (Unidentified Flying Object) which has been used for these sort of dubious objects can also be used for these objects. But, this definition does not mean that these objects are from extraterrestrial (flying saucer etc.) origin.

Prof. phD. Zeki EKER

Director

National Observatory of TUBITAK

Source:

http://www.ufocasebook.com/2008c/istanbulexclusive.html

http://turkeyufocase.blogspot.com/p/report-by-haktan-akdagon-sirius-space.html

http://turkeyufocase.blogspot.com/p/national-observatory-report-byprof-phd.html

Original Raw Video Footage:

Jan 06

Phoenix Lights – 1997

Courtesy of:  http://www.mufon.com/

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The Phoenix Lights (sometimes called the “Lights over Phoenix”) were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over Arizona, Nevada in the United States, and Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, March 13, 1997. Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between 19:30 and 22:30 MST, in a space of about 300 miles (480 km), from the Nevada line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson.

There were allegedly two distinct events involved in the incident: a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state, and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. The United States Air Force identified the second group of lights as flares dropped by A-10 Warthog aircraft that were on training exercises at the Barry Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. Witnesses claim to have observed a huge carpenter’s square-shaped UFO, containing five spherical lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident; he later called the object “otherworldly.” The lights were reported to have reappeared in 2007 and 2008, but these events were quickly attributed to (respectively) military flares dropped by fighter aircraft at Luke Air Force Base and flares attached to helium balloons released by a civilian.

Initial reports

At about 18:55 PST (19:55 MST), a man reported seeing a V-shaped object above Henderson, Nevada. He said it was about the “size of a (Boeing) 747”, sounded like “rushing wind”, and had six lights on its leading edge. The lights reportedly traversed northwest to the southeast. An unidentified former police officer from Paulden, Arizona is claimed to have been the next person to report a sighting after leaving his house at about 20:15 MST. As he was driving north, he allegedly saw a cluster of reddish or orange lights in the sky, comprising four lights together and a fifth light trailing them. Each of the individual lights in the formation appeared to the witness to consist of two separate point sources of orange light. He returned home and through binoculars watched the lights until they disappeared south over the horizon.

Prescott and Prescott Valley

Lights were also reportedly seen in the areas of Prescott and Prescott Valley. At approximately 20:17 MST, callers began reporting the object was definitely solid, because it blocked out much of the starry sky as it passed over.

John Kaiser was standing outside with his wife and sons in Prescott Valley when they noticed a cluster of lights to the west-northwest of their position. The lights formed a triangular pattern, but all of them appeared to be red, except the light at the nose of the object, which was distinctly white. The object, or objects, which had been observed for approximately 2 to 3 minutes with binoculars, then passed directly overhead the observers, they were seen to “Bank to the right”, and they then disappeared in the night sky to the southeast of Prescott Valley. The altitude could not be determined, however it was fairly low and made no sound whatsoever. The National UFO Reporting Center received the following report from the Prescott area: While doing astrophotography I observed five yellow-white lights in a “V” formation moving slowly from the northwest, across the sky to the northeast, then turn almost due south and continue until out of sight. The point of the “V” was in the direction of movement. The first three lights were in a fairly tight “V” while two of the lights were further back along the lines of the “V”‘s legs. During the NW-NE transit one of the trailing lights moved up and joined the three and then dropped back to the trailing position. I estimated the three light “V” to cover about 0.5 degrees of sky and the whole group of five lights to cover about 1 degree of sky.

Dewey

At the town of Dewey, 10 miles (16 km) east of Prescott, Arizona, six people saw a large cluster of lights while driving northbound on Highway 69.

First sighting from Phoenix

Tim Ley and his wife Bobbi, his son Hal and his grandson Damien Turnidge first saw the lights when they were above Prescott Valley about 65 miles (100 km) away from them. At first they appeared to them as five separate and distinct lights in an arc-shape like they were on top of a balloon, but they soon realized the lights appeared to be moving towards them. Over the next ten or so minutes they appeared to be coming closer and the distance between the lights increased and they took on the shape of an upside down V. Eventually when the lights appeared to be a couple of miles away the witnesses could make out a shape that looked like a 60-degree carpenter’s square with the five lights set into it, with one at the front and two on each side. Soon the object with the embedded lights appeared to be coming right down the street where they lived about 100 to 150 feet (30 to 45 meters) above them, traveling so slowly it appeared to hover and was silent. The object then seemed to pass over their heads and went through a V opening in the peaks of the mountain range towards Squaw Peak Mountain and toward the direction of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Witnesses in Glendale, a suburb northwest of Phoenix, saw the object pass overhead at an altitude high enough to become obscured by the thin clouds; this was at approximately between 20:30 and 20:45 MST.

Arriving in Phoenix

When the triangular formation entered the Phoenix area, Bill Greiner, a cement driver hauling a load down a mountain north of Phoenix, described the second group of lights: “I’ll never be the same. Before this, if anybody had told me they saw a UFO, I would’ve said, ‘Yeah and I believe in the Tooth Fairy.’ Now I’ve got a whole new view and I may be just a dumb truck driver, but I’ve seen something that don’t belong here.” Greiner stated that the lights hovered over the area for more than two hours.

After Phoenix

A report came from a young man in the Kingman area who stopped his car at a public phone to report the incident. “[The] young man, en route to Los Angeles, called from a phone booth to report having seen a large and bizarre cluster of stars moving slowly in the northern sky”.

Reappearance in 2007

A repeat of the lights occurred February 6, 2007, and was recorded by the local Fox News television station. According to military officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, these were flares dropped by F-16 aircraft training at Luke Air Force Base.

Reappearance in 2008

On April 21, 2008, lights were again reported over North Phoenix by local residents. According to witnesses, the lights formed a vertical line, then spread apart and made a diamond shape. The lights also formed a U-shape at one time. Tony Toporek video taped the lights. He was talking to neighbors at 8 p.m. when the lights appeared. He went and grabbed his camera to get the lights on video. A valley resident reported that shortly after the lights appeared, three jets were seen heading west in the direction of the lights. An official from Luke Air Force Base denied any United States Air Force activity in the area. On April 22, 2008, a resident of Phoenix told a newspaper that the lights were nothing more than his neighbor releasing helium balloons with flares attached. The following day a Phoenix resident who declined to be identified in news reports stated he had attached flares to helium balloons and released them from his back yard. However, no name or pictures of the reported hoaxter were ever released, nor was anyone cited, ticketed or charged from the supposed releasing of flares over a residential area that at the time was enduring a record drought.

Photographic documentation

Imagery of the Phoenix Lights falls into two categories: images of the triangular formation seen prior to 22:00 MST in Prescott and Dewey, and images of the 22:00 MST Phoenix event. Almost all known images are of the second event. All known images were produced using a variety of commercially available camcorders and cameras.

First event

There are few known images of the Prescott/Dewey lights. Television station KSAZ reported that an individual named Richard Curtis recorded a detailed video that purportedly showed the outline of a spacecraft, but that the video had been lost. The only other known video is of poor quality and shows a group of lights with no craft visible.

Second event

During the Phoenix event, numerous still photographs and videotapes were made, distinctly showing a series of lights appearing at a regular interval, remaining illuminated for several moments and then going out. These images have been repeatedly aired by documentary television channels such as the Discovery Channel and the History Channel as part of their UFO documentary programming. The most frequently seen sequence shows what appears to be an arc of lights appearing one by one, then going out one by one. UFO advocates claim that these images show that the lights were some form of “running light” or other aircraft illumination along the leading edge of a large craft — estimated to be as large as a mile (1.6 km) in diameter — hovering over the city of Phoenix. Other similar sequences reportedly taken over a half hour period show differing numbers of lights in a V or arrowhead array. Thousands of witnesses throughout Arizona also reported a silent, mile wide V or boomerang shaped craft with varying numbers of huge orbs. A significant number of witnesses reported that the craft was silently gliding directly overhead at low altitude. The first-hand witnesses consistently reported that the lights appeared as “canisters of swimming light”, while the underbelly of the craft was undulating “like looking through water”. However, skeptics claim that the video is evidence that mountains not visible at night partially obstructed views from certain angles, thereby bolstering the claim that the lights were more distant than UFO advocates claim. UFO advocate Jim Dilettoso claimed to have performed “spectral analysis” of photographs and video imagery that proved the lights could not have been produced by a man-made source. Dilettoso claimed to have used software called “Image Pro Plus” (exact version unknown) to determine the amount of red, green and blue in the various photographic and video images and construct histograms of the data, which were then compared to several photographs known to be of flares. Several sources have pointed out, however, that it is impossible to determine the spectral signature of a light source based solely on photographic or video imagery, as film and electronics inherently alter the spectral signature of a light source by shifting hue in the visible spectrum, and experts in spectroscopy have dismissed his claims as being scientifically invalid. Normal photographic equipment also eliminates light outside the visible spectrum — e.g., infrared and ultraviolet — that would be necessary for a complete spectral analysis. The maker of “Image Pro Plus”, Media Cybernetic, has stated that its software is incapable of performing spectroscopic analysis. Cognitech, an independent video laboratory, superimposed video imagery taken of the Phoenix Lights onto video imagery it shot during daytime from the same location. In the composite image, the lights are seen to extinguish at the moment they reach the Estrella mountain range, which is visible in the daytime, but invisible in the footage shot at night. A broadcast by local Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate KSAZ-TV claimed to have performed a similar test that showed the lights were in front of the mountain range and suggested that the Cognitech data might have been altered. Dr. Paul Scowen, visiting professor of Astronomy at Arizona State University, performed a third analysis using daytime imagery overlaid with video shot of the lights and his findings were consistent with Cognitech. The Phoenix New Times subsequently reported the television station had simply overlaid two video tracks on a video editing machine without using a computer to match the zoom and scale of the two images.

Wind direction data

Wind direction measured independently by several weather stations in the Phoenix area and archived by the National Climate Data Center is consistent with reports about the movement of the lights. During the events, wind direction (origin) was changing from roughly west (i.e. blowing towards the east) to north (i.e. blowing towards the south). This supports the hypothesis that the flying objects were wind driven and could simply have been balloons or flares.

Explanations

There is some controversy as to how best to classify the reports on the night in question. Some are of the opinion that the differing nature of the eyewitness reports indicates that several unidentified objects were in the area, each of which was its own separate “event”. This is largely dismissed by skeptics as an over-extrapolation from the kind of deviation common in necessarily subjective eyewitness accounts. The media and most skeptical investigators have largely preferred to split the sightings into two distinct classes, a first and second event, for which two separate explanations are offered:

First event

The first event — the “V”, which appeared over northern Arizona and gradually traveled south over nearly the entire length of the state, eventually passing south of Tucson — was the apparently “wedge-shaped” object reported by then-Governor Symington and many others. This event started at about 20:15 MST over the Prescott area, and was seen south of Tucson by about 20:45 MST. Proponents of two separate events propose that the first event still has no provable explanation, but that some evidence exists that the lights were in fact airplanes. According to an article by reporter Janet Gonzales that appeared in the Phoenix New Times, videotape of the v shape shows the lights moving as separate entities, not as a single object; a phenomenon known as illusory contours can cause the human eye to see unconnected lines or dots as forming a single shape.

Mitch Stanley, an amateur astronomer, observed high altitude lights flying in formation using a Dobsonian telescope giving 43× magnification. After observing the lights, he told his mother, who was present at the time, that the lights were aircraft. According to Stanley, the lights were quite clearly individual airplanes; a companion who was with him recalled asking Stanley at the time what the lights were, and he said, “Planes”. When Stanley first gave an account of his observation at the Discovery Channel Town Hall Meeting with all the witnesses there he was shouted down in his assertion that what he saw was what other witnesses saw. Some have claimed that Stanley was seeing the Maryland National Guard jets flying in formation during a routine training mission at the Barry M. Goldwater bombing range south of Phoenix. It is possible that the Phoenix Lights Vee is actually a group of planes based on the explanation of a similar sighting in South California.

Second event

The second event was the set of nine lights appearing to “hover” over the city of Phoenix at around 10 pm. The second event has been more thoroughly covered by the media, due in part to the numerous video images taken of the lights. This was also observed by numerous people who may have thought they were seeing the same lights as those reported earlier. The U.S. Air Force explained the second event as slow-falling, long-burning LUU-2B/B illumination flares dropped by a flight of four A-10 Warthog aircraft on a training exercise at the Barry Goldwater Range at Luke Air Force Base. According to this explanation, the flares would have been visible in Phoenix and appeared to hover due to rising heat from the burning flares creating a “balloon” effect on their parachutes, which slowed the descent. The lights then appeared to wink out as they fell behind the Sierra Estrella, a mountain range to the southwest of Phoenix. A Maryland Air National Guard pilot, Lt. Col. Ed Jones, responding to a March 2007 media query, confirmed that he had flown one of the aircraft in the formation that dropped flares on the night in question. The squadron to which he belonged was in fact at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona on a training exercise at the time and flew training sorties to the Barry Goldwater Range on the night in question, according to the Maryland Air National Guard. A history of the Maryland Air National Guard published in 2000 asserted that the squadron, the 104th Fighter Squadron, was responsible for the incident. The first reports that members of the Maryland Air National Guard were responsible for the incident were published in The Arizona Republic newspaper in July 1997. Military flares such as these can be seen from hundreds of miles given ideal environmental conditions. Later comparisons with known military flare drops were reported on local television stations, showing similarities between the known military flare drops and the Phoenix Lights. An analysis of the luminosity of LUU-2B/B illumination flares, the type which would have been in use by A-10 aircraft at the time, determined that the luminosity of such flares at a range of approximately 50–70 miles would fall well within the range of the lights viewed from Phoenix.

Dr. Bruce Maccabee did an extensive triangulation of the four videotapes, determining that the objects were near or over the Goldwater Proving Grounds. Page 5 of Dr. Maccabee’s analysis refers to Bill Hamilton and Tom King’s sighting position at Steve Blonder’s home. Blonder has worked with Dr. Maccabee to fully include his sighting position in the triangulation report. Maccabee has also refined three other sighting positions and lines of sight in 2012.

News media response

There was minimal news coverage at the time of the incident. In Phoenix, a small number of local news outlets noted the event, but it received little attention beyond that. But on June 18, 1997, USA Today ran a front-page story that brought national attention to the case. This was followed by news coverage on the ABC and NBC television networks. The case quickly caught the popular imagination and has since become a staple of UFO-related documentary television, including specials produced by the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.

Governor’s response

Shortly after the lights, Arizona Governor Fife Symington III held a press conference, stating that “they found who was responsible”. He proceeded to make light of the situation by bringing his aide on stage dressed in an alien costume. (Dateline, NBC). But in March 2007, Symington said that he had witnessed one of the “crafts of unknown origin” during the 1997 event, although he did not go public with the information. In an interview with The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona, Symington said, “I’m a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I’ve ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people. I don’t know why people would ridicule it”. Symington had earlier said, “It was enormous and inexplicable. Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too. It was dramatic. And it couldn’t have been flares because it was too symmetrical. It had a geometric outline, a constant shape.” Symington also noted that he requested information from the commander of Luke Air Force Base, the general of the National Guard, and the head of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But none of the officials he contacted had an answer for what had happened, and were also perplexed. Later, he responded to an Air Force explanation that the lights were flares: “As a pilot and a former Air Force Officer, I can definitively say that this craft did not resemble any man made object I’d ever seen. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares don’t fly in formation”. In an episode of the television show UFO Hunters called “The Arizona Lights”, Symington said that he contacted the military asking what the lights were. The response was “no comment”. He pointed out that he was the governor of Arizona at the time, not just some ordinary civilian. Frances Barwood, the 1997 Phoenix city councilwoman who launched an investigation into the event, said that of the over 700 witnesses she interviewed, “The government never interviewed even one”.

Source:  http://www.mufon.com/phoenix-lights—1997.html.

Jan 06

Belgium Wave, 1989 – 1990

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
Todd Wayne Knipple

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ufopOf all the reports of UFO sightings, some of the most intriguing ones are those which come in flaps, or waves, have multiple witnesses, and photographs.

One of the most celebrated cases of this type was the Belgian flap which began in November of 1989.

The events of November 29 would be documented by no less than thirty different groups of witnesses, and three separate groups of police officers. All of the reports described a large object flying at low altitude. The craft was of a flat, triangular shape, with lights underneath.

This giant craft made not a sound as it slowly and fearlessly moved across the landscape of Belgium. There was free sharing of information as the Belgian populace tracked this craft as it moved from the town of Liege to the border of the Netherlands and Germany.

This first startling sighting would evolve into a wave over the next several months. On two occasions, a pair of F-16 fighters chased the mysterious object, but to no avail.

On March 30, 1990, a frantic call to military headquarters came from a Belgian national police Captain.

He marveled at a giant triangle passing over and simultaneously two ground radar stations were reporting an object of unknown origin on their screens.

One of these bases was NATO controlled near the city of Glons, southeast of Brussels.

After contacting other radar facilities, they learned that at least four other stations were also reporting the object on their screens. The object was moving across their screens slowly, and failed to send a transponder signal to identify itself.

Two F-16s were ordered to intercept and identify this phenomenon, and one of the jet’s radars locked the object in. It appeared as a small diamond on the pilot’s screen.

The pilot reported that only a few seconds after locking on the target, the object began to pick up speed, quickly moving out of radar range.

An hour long chase ensued, during which time the F-16s picked up the strange craft’s signal two additional times, only to see it fade from view.

The triangular craft seemed to be playing a cat and mouse game, and finally was lost in the night lights of Brussels.

The pilots of the fighters reported that the UFO had made maneuvers at speeds beyond the capability of their technology, and once the radar showed the craft drop from 10,000 to 500 feet in 5 seconds!

The extraordinary sightings continued for months as the triangular invader was witnessed more than 1,000 times, both day and night. The object dipped low enough to easily be seen with the naked eye, and the event became one of the biggest stories in the Belgian media.

ufop2Another unusual occurrence associated with the Belgian flap was the inability to take a clear photograph of it. Many observers had their cameras ready, and took what they thought would be clear images, but when the film was developed, the image was blurred, and the craft’s outline was vague at best.

This anomaly was addressed by physics professor Auguste Meessen, who was employed by the Catholic University at Louvin. Meessen’s investigation produced a theory that infrared light must be the reason that almost all the images were unclear. To put his theory to test, he exposed film to infrared, then photographed objects in regular light. The results were the same as the photographs of the triangle-shaped UFO.

One good image was finally captured on video tape in April 1990. This image showed the underbelly of the craft with spotlights on the three corners. A still frame from this tape has been seen worldwide, and is a classic UFO photograph.

The Belgium wave has obtained classic status in UFO lore. With over 1,000 witnesses, confirmed radar sightings, plane radar lock-ins, and military confirmations, the fact that an unknown craft moved across the country of Belgium cannot be denied.

The case is also important for its unique information sharing. Civilian and Military officials were forthcoming with the reports, and set a model for others to follow in their pursuit to uncover the mystery behind the UFO enigma.

Photograph

In April 1990, a photo of a triangular object upon which three lights are visible at each corner was taken by Patrick M. Since then, Patrick M. came out and stated publicly that the picture was a hoax by him.

Skeptics say there is no background in the photograph and no element that would allow calculation of the object’s size or distance from the camera. Wim van Utrecht, a Belgian skeptic, has reproduced a copy of the photograph with devices. A computer graphics simulation method to reproduce the photograph was developed by a Belgian mathematician, Thierry Veyt at The University of Liège Laboratory of Astrophysics, wherein the apparent “shake” motion, that results in the lights of the craft appearing blurred or out of focus in the photograph contradicts eye-witness statements. This, along with the anonymity of the photographer and fact that the image was not produced publicly until 4 months after the alleged event, brings the authenticity of the image into question.

For 20 years, the ufological organization Société belge d’étude des phénomènes spatiaux (SOBEPS) claimed that this picture was genuine. But on 26 July 2011, in an interview for RTL, a Belgian TV channel, Patrick M. confessed that it was a hoax.

Sources:

http://www.ufocasebook.com/Belgium.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_UFO_wave

http://badufos.blogspot.com/2011/07/classic-ufo-photo-from-belgian-wave.html

Jan 05

São Paulo sighting, 1986

Courtesy of: http://www.ufoevidence.org/ and http://projectparanormal.org/

sanpAs many as twenty UFOs were seen and tracked by ground radar and at least six airplanes during the night of May 19, 1986 over several states in southeastern Brazil. Unidentified radar returns were tracked by airports in São Paulo and the Integrated Air Defense & Air Traffic Control Center (CINDACTA) in Brasilia. Two F-5E and three Mirage jet fighters were scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB in Rio de Janeiro State, and Anápolis AFB in Goias State. The case was discussed openly by high ranking government officials. It was first reported by Colonel (Ret.) Ozires Silva, president of the state-owned oil company Petrobrás, who was flying on an executive Xingu turbo-prop, when he and the pilot saw and pursued unidentified objects for about 25 minutes. The incident was covered widely in the Brazilian media, leading to a press conference at the Ministry of Aeronautics in Brasilia on May 23, with air traffic controllers and air force pilots involved in the scramble mission. The Minister of Aeronautics, Brigadier General Otávio Moreira Lima, was very outspoken:

Between 20:00 hrs. (5/19) and 01:00 hrs. (5/20) at least 20 objects were detected by Brazilian radars. They saturated the radars and interrupted traffic in the area. Each time that radar detected unidentified objects, fighters took off for intercept. Radar detects only solid metallic bodies and heavy (mass) clouds. There were no clouds nor conventional aircraft in the region. The sky was clear. Radar doesn’t have optical illusions. We can only give technical explanations and we don’t have them. It would be very difficult for us to talk about the hypothesis of an electronic war. It’s very remote and it’s not the case here in Brazil. It’s fantastic. The signals on the radar were quite clear. (112)

The Minister also announced that a commission would study the incident. Air Force Major Ney Cerqueira, in charge of the Air Defense Operations Center (CODA), was equally candid:

Quote: We don’t have technical operational conditions to explain it. The appearance and disappearance of these objects on the radar screens are unexplained. They are Unidentified Aerial Movements… The technical instruments used for the identification of the lights had problems in registering them. CODA activated two F-5E and three Mirages to identify the objects. One F-5E and one Mirage remained grounded on alert. A similar case occurred four years ago (1982 Commander Brito VASP airliner radar-visual incident). The lights were moving at a speed ranging between 250 and 1,500 km./hr. [150 to 1,000 mph] The Air Force has not closed the case. (113)

Aeronautics Commission report was not released. However, the accounts of air force pilots and radar controllers were published widely in the press and later studied by Brazilian researchers. A comprehensive report was made by Basílio Baranoff, an airline captain, member of the Aerospace Technical Center, and consultant for the Brazilian UFO organization CBPDV. Baranoff provided a chronology of events for the night of May 19, 1986:

  • * 6:30 p.m. local time – First visual sightings by control tower personnel at the São José dos Campos airport in São Paulo State. Controllers notice two intense lights aligned with the runway axis at 330 degrees azimuth and approximately 15 km. [10 m.] distance from the tower.
  • * 7:00 p.m. – The control towers in São Paulo and Brazilia confirm to São José that they have three primary targets on their screens, and that there are no scheduled aircraft in those areas. * 8:00 p.m. – CINDACTA (Brasilia) detects up to eight targets (echoes) on its screens.
  • * 8:30 p.m. – A new object is observed with binoculars at the São José tower; it shows defined edges and red-orange color; it approaches the tower and then retreats.
  • * 9:00 p.m. – The oil company Xingu executive turbo-prop with Col. Silva requests landing conditions at São José. Both Silva and Commander Alcir Pereira, the Xingu pilot, confirm visually the luminous objects at 330 degrees azimuth. The Xingu turbo-prop attempts to follow the UFOs for 10 minutes.
  • * 9:10 p.m. – The Xingu turbo-prop returns for landing when a new, large luminous object heads toward the aircraft. The São Paulo tower confirms two echoes: the Xingu and an unknown, which disappears from the screen 15 minutes later.
  • * 9:20 p.m. – The Air Control Center in Brasilia (ACC-BR) informs the Brazilian Air Defense Command about the situation.
  • * 9:25 p.m. – The Xingu returns for a second landing attempt when the São Paulo tower reports yet another object at 180 degrees south, which is observed and followed by Commander Pereira.
  • * 9:30 p.m. – The Xingu returns for a third landing attempt when ACC-BR reports the appearance of new objects. The Xingu, now at 3,000 meters [10,000 ft.] of altitude, makes visual contact with three luminous objects flying low over Petrobrás refineries and heading towards Serra do Mar. The Xingu finally lands in São José dos Campos.
  • * 9:40 p.m. – More visual sightings of a round object at 320 degrees azimuth.
  • * 9:50 p.m. – A luminous yellow object surrounded by smaller lights is observed at 110 degrees azimuth.
  • * 10:23 p.m. – The first F-5E jet fighter, piloted by Air Force Lt. Kleber Caldas Marinho, is scrambled from Santa Cruz AFB in Rio State.
  • * 10:45 p.m. – The second F-5E jet, piloted by Captain Brisola Jordão, is scrambled from Santa Cruz. The first Mirage F-103, armed with Sidewinder and Matra missiles, is scrambled from Anápolis AFB in Goias State.
  • * 10:55 p.m. – Anápolis AFB detects the objects on radar. The Mirage piloted by Captain Viriato does not make visual contact with the UFO, but a target is detected on its onboard radar… Captain Viriato later explained at the press conference in Brasilia that he was chasing the UFO ‘at 1,350 km./hr. [850 mph], approaching the object up to a distance of 6 miles [9.5 km.]. The object was heading up front and moving from one side to the other (zig-zagging) on my radar scope. Suddenly, the blip disappeared from my radar scope.’
  • * 11:00 p.m – The second Mirage F-103 is scrambled from Anápolis.
  • * 11:15 p.m. – Lt. Kleber’s F-5E makes visual contact with a ball of light and chases the UFO at Mach 1.1 (1,320 km./hr. or 850 mph)… Kleber later declared at the press conference: ‘I had one visual contact and one contact with my aircraft radar of something that looked like a luminous point, which was 12 miles [19 km.] in front of me, a distance confirmed by ground radar. The object was moving from left to right and then began to climb… [it] was at 10 km [6 mi.] of altitude and flying over 1,000 km./hr. [600 mph]. I followed it up to 200 miles [320 km.] over the Atlantic Ocean [limit of Brazil’s territorial waters]. I wasn’t afraid because I like the unknown.’
  • * 11:17 p.m. – The third Mirage jet is scrambled from Anápolis AFB. * 11:20 p.m. – Captain Jordão’s F-5E establishes radar contact… At the press conference a few days later, he stated: ‘Near to São José dos Campos, radar detected several targets, 10 to 13 targets, at a distance of 20 miles [32 km.]. The sky was clear but I didn’t see anything. Ground radar informed me that the objects were closing in: 20 miles, 15, 10, 5, suddenly there were 13 objects behind my aircraft, 6 on one side and 7 on the other, during several minutes. After I maneuvered the aircraft, the objects had disappeared.’ [Captain Jordão flew for 1 hour 20 minutes.] * 11:36 p.m. – The third Mirage is scrambled from Anápolis AFB. * 1:00 a.m. (May 20) – By this time all jet fighters have returned to their bases.” (114)

These are the basic known facts surrounding the multiple UFO jet scramble incidents over southeastern Brazil on the night of May 19-20, 1986. It is noteworthy that Captain Baranoff added that “two nights after, ten to eleven unidentified luminous objects returned for a new round over São José dos Campos; they were observed visually and detected by the São Paulo, ACC-BR and by CINDACTA 1 radars.” This time there was no official confirmation from Air Force authorities. (115) Lacking the final Ministry Commission report with all the pertinent data, it is difficult to make a final conclusion about this case. Many hypotheses were offered in the Brazilian media by skeptical astronomers and scientists, ranging from a meteor shower, a reflection of the full moon and ball lightning, to radar malfunction, space debris and spy planes. Most of these explanations seem quite insufficient to explain the events of May 19. One of the more plausible was offered by British space researcher Geoffrey Perry. According to Perry, the Soviet space station Salyut-7 ejected several boxes of debris on that night, which re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere around central-western Brazil. The re-entry of NASA’s Solarwind satellite was also discussed in the Brazilian press. (116) However, Brigadier José Cavalcanti from Brazil’s Air Defense Command, was not impressed with the Salyut-7 and Solarwind explanations. He told the weekly magazine Veja:

Quote: It could have been space debris, but it wasn’t only that. A metallic box with space debris can be detected by radar, but it will always fall in the same direction and at constant velocity. That was not the case of what was seen in Brazil, where the objects detected by radar had speeds that varied from very slow to extremely high. (117)

Another interesting view is the final comment in a short message from the USDAO (U.S. Defense Attaché Office) in Rio to DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) on the subject, entitled “BAF (Brazilian Air Force) has a Close Encounter of the First Kind”:

COMMENT: [Censored] While RO [Reporting Officer] does not believe in UFO’s or all the hoopla that surrounds previous reporting, there is too much here to be ignored. Three visual sightings and positive radar contact from three different types of radar systems, leads one to believe that something arrived over Brazil the night of 19 May.” (118)

FOOTNOTES 112. Covo, Claudeir, “Maio de 86 – A Mobilizaçao No Céu Brasileiro,” o assunto é… UFOLOGIA, No. 14, Editora Trés, Sao Paulo, 1986; contains transcripts of all the statements by military officers at the May 23, 1986 press conference. 113. Ibid. 114. Baranoff, Basílio, “Casuistica UFO – OVNIs em Maio de 1986”, PSI-UFO, No. 4, CBPDV, Campo Grande, Jan./Feb. 1987. CBPDV stands for Centro Brasileiro para Pesquisas de Discos Voadores. 115. Ibid. 116. Huneeus, Antonio, “UFO Alert in Brazil,” UFO Review, New York, 1986. 117. Veja, “Lixo espacial – Surgem novas explicações para os OVNIs da FAB,” September 10, 1986; English translation in Huneeus, A., ibid. 118. Department of Defense JCS [Joint Chiefs of Staff] Message Center, “Info Report” re “Subject: BAF has a Close Encounter of the First Kind,” May 1986. – See more at: http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case51.htm#sthash.TVyXdOg8.dpuf

Sources:
http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case51.htm
http://projectparanormal.org/parapedia/1986-so-paulo-ufo-sighting/

Jan 05

Rendlesham Forest Incident – 1980

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801The Rendlesham Forest incident is the name given to a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights and the alleged landing of a craft or multiple craft of unknown origin in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, in late December 1980, just outside RAF Woodbridge, used at the time by the U.S. Air Force. Dozens of USAF personnel were eyewitnesses to various events over a two- or three-day period. It is the most famous UFO event to have happened in Britain, ranking amongst the best-known UFO events worldwide. Along with the Berwyn Mountain UFO incident, it has been compared to the Roswell UFO incident in the United States, and is sometimes referred to as “Britain’s Roswell”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) denied the event posed any threat to national security, and stated that it was therefore never investigated as a security matter. Later evidence indicated that there was a substantial MoD file on the subject, which led to claims of a cover-up; some interpreted this as part of a larger pattern of information suppression concerning the true nature of unidentified flying objects, by both the United States and British governments (see the UFO conspiracy theory). One person to take this view was eyewitness and Deputy Base Commander Colonel Charles Halt (see below). Another was former NATO head and UK Chief of the Defence Staff Lord Peter Hill-Norton, who stated whatever happened at this USAF base was necessarily of national security interest. However, when the file was released in 2001 it turned out to consist mostly of internal correspondence and responses to inquiries from the public. Sceptics note that the lack of any in-depth investigation in the publicly released documents is consistent with the MoD’s earlier statement that they never took the case seriously. Included in the released files is an explanation given by defence minister Lord Trefgarne as to why the MoD did not investigate further. The sightings have been explained as misinterpretation of a series of nocturnal lights – a fireball, the Orford Ness lighthouse and bright stars.

Location

Rendlesham Forest is owned by the Forestry Commission and consists of about 5.8 square miles (15 km2) of coniferous plantations, interspersed with broadleaved belts, heathland and wetland areas. It is located in the county of Suffolk, about 8 miles (13 km) east of the town of Ipswich. The incident occurred in the vicinity of two former military bases – RAF Bentwaters, which is just to the north of the forest, and RAF Woodbridge which extends into the forest from the west and is bounded by the forest on its northern and eastern edges. At the time, both were being used by the United States Air Force and were under the command of wing commander Colonel Gordon E. Williams. The base commander was Colonel Ted Conrad, and his deputy was Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt. Halt’s memo to the Ministry of Defence on the incident, and his personal involvement in the second night of the sightings, has given the case credibility. The main events of the incident, including the supposed landing or landings, took place in the forest, which starts at the east end of the base runway or about 0.3 miles (0.5 km) to the east of the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge, where guards first noticed mysterious lights appearing to descend into the forest.

The forest extends east about 1 mile (1.6 km) beyond East Gate, ending at a farmer’s field, where additional events allegedly took place.

Orford Ness lighthouse, which sceptics identify as the flashing light seen off to the coast by the airmen, is along the same line of sight but 5 miles (8.0 km) further east of the forest’s edge.

80226 December

Around 3 a.m. on 26 December 1980 (reported as the 27th by Halt, see below) strange lights were reported by a security patrol near the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge apparently descending into nearby Rendlesham Forest. Servicemen initially thought it was a downed aircraft but, upon entering the forest to investigate they saw, according to Halt’s memo, a strange glowing object, metallic in appearance, with coloured lights. As they approached, it moved through the trees, and “the animals on a nearby farm went into a frenzy” (but see below). The craft left three impressions or depressions in the ground that were visible the next day. One of the servicemen, Sgt. Jim Penniston, later claimed to have encountered a “craft of unknown origin” and to have made detailed notes of its features, touched its “warm” surface, and copied the numerous symbols on its body. The object allegedly flew away after their brief encounter. Penniston also claimed to have seen triangular landing gear on the object. While undergoing regression hypnosis in 1994 Penniston subsequently claimed that the “craft” he encountered had come from our future, and was occupied by time travellers, not extraterrestrials. Sgt. Penniston’s report made shortly after the incident contains no mention of physically encountering an unknown craft, nor of interacting with it. This report and associated sketches are neither signed nor dated, nor are they representative of AF Form 1169, Statement of Witness. Shortly after 4 a.m. local police were called to the scene but reported that the only lights they could see were those from the Orford Ness lighthouse, some miles away on the coast. After daybreak on the morning of 26 December, servicemen returned to a small clearing near the eastern edge of the forest and found three small impressions in a triangular pattern, as well as burn marks and broken branches on nearby trees. Plaster casts of the imprints were taken and have been shown in television documentaries. At 10.30 a.m. the local police were called out again, this time to see the impressions on the ground, which they thought could have been made by an animal.

28 December

Several servicemen and Halt returned to the site again in the early hours of 28 December 1980 (reported as the 29th by Halt) with radiation detectors which detected radiation in the depressions and on the near side of a tree, although the significance of the readings they obtained is disputed. The deputy base commander Lt Col Charles I. Halt investigated this sighting personally and recorded the events on a micro-cassette recorder (see “The Halt Tape”, below). The site investigated by Halt was near the eastern edge of the forest.

It was during this investigation that a flashing light was seen across the field to the east, almost in line with a farmhouse. The Orford Ness lighthouse is visible further to the east in the same line of sight. Later, starlike lights were seen in the sky to the north and south, the brightest of which seemed to beam down a stream of light from time to time. There are claims that the incident was videoed by the USAF; but, if so, the resulting tape has not been made public.

The Halt memo

The first piece of primary evidence to be made available to the public was a memorandum written by the deputy base commander, Lt. Col. Charles I. Halt, to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Known as the “Halt memo”, this was made available publicly in the United States under the US Freedom of Information Act in 1983. The memorandum (left), was dated “13 Jan 1981” and headed “Unexplained Lights”. The two-week delay between the incident and the report might account for errors in dates and times given. The memo was not classified in any way. Dr David Clarke has investigated the background to this memo and the reaction to it at the Ministry of Defense. His interviews with the personnel involved confirmed the cursory nature of the investigation made by the MoD, and failed to find any evidence for any other reports on the incident made by the USAF or UK apart from the Halt memo.

Statements from eyewitnesses on 26 December

The Scottish researcher James Easton succeeded in obtaining the original witness statements made for Col. Halt by Fred A. Buran, 81st Security Police Squadron, Airman First Class John Burroughs, 81st LE, Airman Edward N. Cabansag, 81st Security Police Squadron, Master-Sergeant J. D. Chandler, 81st Security Police Squadron and Staff-Sergeant Jim Penniston, 81st Security Police Squadron. These documents are now in the public domain and scans of them are available on Ian Ridpath’s website. These documents describe the sightings of strange lights. Penniston, for instance, states that “directly to the east [of East Gate] about 11⁄2 miles [2.4km] in a large wooded area…a large yellow glowing light was emitting above the trees. In the centre of the lighted area directly in the centre ground level, there was a red light blinking on and off 5 to 10 sec intervals. And a blue light that was being for the most part steady.” Burroughs, Penniston and Cabansag drove into the forest in search of the source of the lights. They heard strange noises, too. Burroughs reported a noise “like a woman was screaming” and also that “you could hear the farm animals making a lot of noises”. Halt heard the same noises two nights later. In a CNN interview in January 2008 he said: “The livestock around the barn seemed to be going crazy”. Such noise could also have been made by Muntjac deer in the forest, which are known for their loud, shrill bark when alarmed. Cabansag said: “We figured the lights were coming from past the forest since nothing was visible when we passed through the woody forest. We would see a glowing near the beacon light, but as we got closer we found it to be a lit-up farmhouse. We got to a vantage point where we could determine that what we were chasing was only a beacon light off in the distance.” Burroughs’ statement also states that “We could see a beacon going around so we went towards it. We followed it for about two miles [3 km] before we could [see] it was coming from a lighthouse.” Penniston’s statement is the only one that positively identifies a mechanical object as the source of the lights. He states that he was within 160 feet (50 m) of the object and “it was defidently mechaniclal [sic] in nature”. Penniston has subsequently claimed that, contrary to his statement at the time, he actually encountered a landed craft in the forest which he circled, touched and made notes of for 45 minutes, although there is no corroborating evidence of this from other witnesses. Penniston has shown on television a notebook in which he claims to have made real-time notes and sketches of the object. The notebook is headed with the date 27 December and the time 12:20 (00:20 GMT), which does not accord with the date and time given by the other witnesses for the incident, although the date does accord with Halt’s memo. Penniston claims that he saw the object at a different landing site from the one investigated by Halt, much closer to RAF Woodbridge. This is inconsistent with his initial assessment that the light lay a mile and a half from East Gate. The witnesses were unnerved by their experience and believed that they had witnessed something, as Buran expresses it, “out of the realm of explanation”.

The Halt Tape

Also, in 1984, a copy of what became known as the “Halt Tape” fell into the hands of researchers. Unfortunately, because the tape had been dubbed on an old machine, much of its background conversations could not be discerned. The US Sci Fi Channel acquired the original recording, which documents Halt and his patrol investigating a UFO sighting in Rendlesham Forest in December 1980. This tape not only reveals much more of the background conversations but features names that could not be heard on the poor-quality 1984 dub. The tape has also been transcribed by researcher Ian Ridpath, who includes a link to an audio download.

The Halt Affidavit

In June 2010, retired Colonel Charles Halt signed a notarised affidavit, in which he again summarised what had happened, then stated he believed the event to be extraterrestrial and it had been covered up by both the UK and US: “I believe the objects that I saw at close quarter were extraterrestrial in origin and that the security services of both the United Kingdom and the United States have attempted—both then and now—to subvert the significance of what occurred at Rendlesham Forest and RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practiced methods of disinformation.”

Halt also dismissed claims that he and his men had confused a UFO with a lighthouse beam: “While in Rendlesham Forest, our security team observed a light that looked like a large eye, red in colour, moving through the trees. After a few minutes this object began dripping something that looked like molten metal. A short while later it broke into several smaller, white-coloured objects which flew away in all directions. Claims by sceptics that this was merely a sweeping beam from a distant lighthouse are unfounded; we could see the unknown light and the lighthouse simultaneously. The latter was 35 to 40-degrees off where all of this was happening.” Contradictions between this affidavit and the facts as recorded at the time in Halt’s memo and tape recording have been pointed out. In 2010 base commander Colonel Ted Conrad provided a statement about the incident to Dr David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University, UFO adviser to the UK National Archives. Conrad stated that “We saw nothing that resembled Lieutenant Colonel Halt’s descriptions either in the sky or on the ground” and that “We had people in position to validate Halt’s narrative, but none of them could.” In an interview, Conrad, criticised Halt for the claims in his affidavit, saying “he should be ashamed and embarrassed by his allegation that his country and Britain both conspired to deceive their citizens over this issue. He knows better.” Conrad also disputed the testimony of Sergeant Jim Penniston, who claimed to have touched an alien spacecraft; he said that he interviewed Penniston at the time and he had not mentioned any such occurrence. Conrad also suggested that the entire incident might have been a hoax. Halt’s partial response to this was: “Ted Conrad is either having memory problems, has his head in the sand or continuing the cover up. Even his son has admitted to family talk substantiating the incident… Through the years Conrad has made conflicting statements about the events. First he stated he never went out to look in the sky. Then stated he never saw anything. Apparently he doesn’t remember talking to me on his radio [about seeing a UFO sending down beams of light onto the base]… Remind Conrad of his article in the OMNI Magazine dated March 1983… In the article he describes the first incident in detail and concludes ‘those lads saw something, but I don’t know what it was’. Now he’s smearing those involved. It’s pretty clear there was a very intense confrontation with something in the forest. Does Conrad want to talk about how the airmen were then subjected to mind control efforts using drugs and hypnosis by British and American authorities? Yes, Burroughs and Penniston have issues that relate to the events…”

The 1983 OMNI article cited by Halt has the following account attributed to Conrad: “Colonel Ted Conrad the base commander… recalls five Air Force policemen spotted lights from what they thought was a small plane descending into the forest. Two of the men tracked the object on foot and came upon a large tripod-mounted craft. It had no windows but was studded with brilliant red and blue lights. Each time the men came within 50 yards of the ship, Conrad relates, it levitated six feet in the air and backed away. They followed it for almost an hour through the woods and across a field until it took off at ‘phenomenal speed.’ Acting on the reports made by his men, Colonel Conrad began a brief investigation of the incident in the morning. He went into the forest and located a triangular pattern ostensibly made by the tripod legs. …he did interview two of the eyewitnesses and concludes, ‘Those lads saw something, but I don’t know what it was’.”

Suffolk Police log

Suffolk Constabulary have a record, dated 26 December 1980, of a report from the law Enforcement Desk of RAF Woodbridge, stating that “We have a sighting of some unusual lights in the sky, we have sent some unarmed troops to investigate, we are terming it as a U.F.O. at present”. The police investigated this report and the result is recorded as follows: “Air Traffic Control West Drayton checked. No knowledge of aircraft. Reports received of aerial phenomena over Southern England during the night. Only lights visible this area was from Orford lighthouse. Search made of area – negative.” Sceptic Ian Ridpath has speculated the reported “aerial phenomena” refers to the re-entry of the Soviet Cosmos 749 satellite’s final stage rocket, which was widely seen over Southern England shortly after 9 p.m. on the evening of 25 December. A letter in the police file notes that one of the PCs returned to the site in daylight in case he had missed something. “There was nothing to be seen and he remains unconvinced that the occurrence was genuine. The immediate area was swept by powerful light beams from a landing beacon at RAF Bentwaters and the Orfordness lighthouse. I know from personal experience that at night, in certain weather and cloud conditions, these beams were very pronounced and certainly caused strange visual effects.” A scan of the report is available at Suffolk Constabulary’s website.

Other military installation involvement

Some researchers have claimed that personnel from Porton Down visited Rendlesham in 1980 after the Rendlesham Forest incident. No evidence has been presented and there seems to be confusion with other alleged UFO incidents. Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, the former Chief of the UK Defence Staff, argued that an incident like this at a nuclear weapons base was necessarily of national security interest. As a member of the House of Lords, Lord Hill-Norton asked Her Majesty’s Government: “Whether they are aware of any involvement by Special Branch in the investigation of the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident [HL303]”. Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean gave the reply that “Special Branch officers may have been aware of the incident but would not have shown any interest unless there was evidence of a potential threat to national security. No such interest appears to have been shown.” Hill-Norton commented, “Either large numbers of people were hallucinating, and for an American Air Force nuclear base this is extremely dangerous, or what they say happened did happen, and in either of those circumstances there can only be one answer, and that is that it was of extreme defence interest.” In 2001 the British Government released its file on the incident to researchers following a request from Dr David Clarke under the Code of Practice for Access to Government Documents, a precursor to the Freedom of Information Act. The Ministry of Defence has since made these documents available online. The United States continues to remain silent despite the SciFi Channel-sponsored investigation entitled “UFO Invasion at Rendlesham”, the History Channel’s “UFO Files – Britain’s Roswell” and Coalition for Freedom of Information inquiries.

Skepticism

Jim Penniston and John Burroughs went to investigate the craft together. In an interview with Larry King on 9 November 2007, Jim Penniston claimed that he did a 45 minutes full investigation of the craft on the ground, touched the craft and took photos of the craft. John Burroughs apparently contradicts this in a separate interview in Robert Stack’s Unsolved Mysteries. He states that after suddenly encountering the craft on the ground, “We all hit the ground, and it went up into the trees”. The interviews with Jim Penniston and John Burroughs have subsequently been made available on Youtube. Science writer Ian Ridpath investigated the incident in 1983, initially for BBC TV’s Breakfast Time news programme, and on 5 January 1985 wrote an article for the Guardian which did much to discredit the accounts of the UFO sightings at Rendlesham. Ridpath asked local forester Vince Thurkettle about the flashing light, and he indicated that it originated from the lighthouse at Orford Ness, which as seen from the forest edge appears to hover slightly above the ground and would appear to move as the witnessesmoved between the trees. At that time, the Orford Ness lighthouse was the second-brightest in Britain with an intensity of 5 million candelas. In the Halt tape (mentioned above), one can hear an unidentified airman call out “There it is again … there it is” with an interval of 5 seconds, the same frequency at which the Orford Ness lighthouse flashes. Had a UFO been present, the airmen should have reported a second source of light (the lighthouse) in the same line of sight. Video footage of the lighthouse as seen from Colonel Halt’s vantage point at the edge of the forest shows it flashing at this rate. Thurkettle saw the alleged “landing marks”, as did the local police, and believed them simply to be old “rabbit diggings” covered with pine needles. USAF photographs of the marks discovered by researcher Georgina Bruni were sent to the MoD by Lord Hill-Norton in 2001 and released under the Freedom of Information Act in 2007. Moreover, the supposed burn marks in the trees were actually axe cuts made by foresters that indicated the trees were ready to be felled. To give further pause to accepting the alleged UFO sighting, a meteor “almost as bright as the full Moon” was spotted over Southern England at exactly the time of the initial reports of a bright object “landing” in the forest, according to Dr John Mason, who collects reports of meteor sightings for the British Astronomical Association. “Nothing came down in Rendlesham Forest,” concludes Ridpath. Crucial amongst the evidence is the interpretation of the levels of radiation in the area (clearly heard on the “Halt tape”). Experts at the UK’s National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) have pointed out that the equipment used for this measurement was not intended to measure background radiation and therefore the readings at the low end of the measurement scale are meaningless.

Steuart Campbell proposes an alternative explanation. He agrees with the standard explanation that the incident began with the sighting of a fireball (bolide) which was interpreted by guards at the base as an aircraft falling in flames in the nearby forest. In fact it would have been hundreds of miles away over the North Sea. Campbell argues that the object subsequently seen by Halt and his men on their nocturnal expedition was the lightvessel Shipwash and that the supposed “spacecraft” were actually bright planets, such as Venus. Campbell is critical of the USAF’s abilities with their equipment. Another theory is that the incident was a hoax. The BBC reported that a former US security policeman, Kevin Conde, claimed responsibility for creating strange lights in the forest by driving around in a police vehicle whose lights he had modified. Conde has since withdrawn the claim that he was responsible for the incident. “It is my impression that I pulled my stunt during an exercise. We would not have had an exercise during the Christmas holiday [when the UFO sightings occurred]. That is a strong indication that my stunt is not the source of this specific incident”. It remains possible that the coloured lights seen in the forest on the first night of the incident were due to a hoax by a perpetrator who has never come forward. Other explanations for the incident have included a downed Soviet spy satellite.

Researchers and commentators

Some of the first people to examine the event in detail were the British Ufologist Jenny Randles in her book “Sky Crash”, co-authored with local researchers, Brenda Butler and Dot Street, who were the first investigators to interview any witnesses and to visit both the site and RAF station and Nick Redfern in his books “Cosmic Crashes” and “A Covert Agenda”. Georgina Bruni has researched the subject and in her book You Can’t Tell the People publishes a photograph of the supposed landing site taken on the morning after the first sighting. The late Lord Hill-Norton, (Admiral of the Fleet and former Chief of the Defence Staff of the UK) also believed that a UFO landed at Rendlesham and repeatedly questioned the UK Government on the issue. Larry Warren who was the source of the original News of the World article has written extensively on the subject and is a firm believer in an extraterrestrial explanation. Warren was certainly a USAF airman at RAF Woodbridge, but his own claims that he was a witness to the incident are disputed by others, notably by Col. Halt. Bruni and Warren do not agree on the details and have clashed publicly over the supposed inaccuracies of their respective accounts. Prominent amongst the sceptics is Ian Ridpath (mentioned above). Much of his research is available on his website, which also includes much of the raw evidence, including the original eyewitness statements. Jenny Randles, one of those who originally brought the case to prominence, wrote an extensive article in her book with David Clarke and Andy Roberts, (The UFOs That Never Were) entitled “Rendle Shame Forest” where she came to the conclusion that “While some puzzles remain, we can probably say that no unearthly craft were seen in Rendlesham Forest. We can also argue with confidence that the main focus of the events was a series of misperceptions of everyday things encountered in less than everyday circumstances.” One of the most prominent believers in the extraterrestrial origin of the Rendlesham UFOs is Nick Pope who worked for the MoD, researching and investigating UFO phenomena between 1991 and 1994. He discussed the Rendlesham Forest incident in his various books and in several articles: “Selected Documents”, which relates to the MoD documents on the Rendlesham Forest incident, “Rendlesham – The Unresolved Mystery”, “The Rendlesham Files Reviewed” (a detailed commentary and analysis of the MoD documents) and “Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident”. He has gone on record as saying that “the Rendlesham Forest incident is bigger than Roswell” (quoted on Sci Fi Channel – see TV documentaries below). Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel) Charles I Halt, the former Deputy Base Commander of USAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge, who was a major witness to these events, is also a firm believer and contributor to books and documentaries. As stated in his recent affidavit above, Halt believes he witnessed an extraterrestrial event that was then covered up. Halt was also a speaker at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 27 September 2010, one of half a dozen former US Air Force officers testifying on the subject of “U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by Unidentified Aerial Objects.”

803Rendlesham Forest today

Today, the forest looks quite different: the Great Storm of 1987 (winds equivalent to a category 3 hurricane) caused extensive destruction of trees, and the Forestry Commission undertook a massive replanting program in its aftermath. Some of the locations associated with the supposed incident are still identifiable and the Forestry Commission have marked a trail (the UFO Trail) for walkers, which includes the principal locations such as the small clearing where the object allegedly landed. At the start of the UFO trail, there is a large triangular shaped metal information board. It features a map of the forest, clearly marking the UFO trail and gives a basic account of what happened in 1980, although with an erroneous date for the initial sighting: “In December 1980 several sightings of UFOs were reported in Rendlesham Forest. Many think these mysterious events are the most significant UFO incident to have occurred in the UK. “During the evening of 26 December a resident of Sudbourne, a village approximately 6 miles (10 km) to the north east of Rendlesham Forest, reported a mysterious shape (like an upturned mushroom) in the sky above his garden. Later that night two USAF patrolmen at the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge spotted unusual lights in the forest, and were given permission to investigate. What they reported was very strange. “This was the time of the ‘Cold War’ and because of the sensitive military situation at the time, the incident was officially reported to the Military Authorities by the Deputy Base Commander Lt. Colonel Charles Halt, USAF. “There is, of course, no tangible evidence of a UFO on the ground – no debris was found apart from some broken tree top branches. We can, however, piece together, from transcripts and recordings which were taken at the time, an intriguing picture.”

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Jan 05

Tehran UFO incident, 1976

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761The 1976 Tehran UFO Incident was a radar and visual sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO) over Tehran, the capital of Iran, during the early morning hours of 19 September 1976. During the incident, two F-4 Phantom II jet interceptors supposedly lost instrumentation and communications as they approached, only to have them restored upon withdrawal; one of the aircraft also supposedly suffered temporary weapons systems failure, while preparing to open fire.

The incident, recorded in a four-page U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report distributed to at least the White House, Secretary of State, Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), remains one of the most well-documented military encounters with anomalous phenomena in history, and various senior Iranian military officers directly involved with the events have gone on public record stating their belief that the object was not of terrestrial origin.

 

The Incident

At approximately 0030 hours local time (2100Z), 19 September 1976, the Imperial Iranian Air Force command post at Tehran received four reports by telephone, from civilians in the Shemiran city district, of unusual activity in the night sky. The callers reported seeing an object similar to a star, but much brighter. When the command post found no helicopters airborne to account for the reports, they called General Yousefi, assistant deputy commander of operations. General Yousefi at first said the object was only a star, but after conferring with the control tower at Mehrabad International Airport and then looking for himself to see a very bright object larger than a star, he decided to scramble one F-4 Phantom II jet fighter from Shahrokhi Air Force Base in Hamadan, approximately 175 miles (282 km) west of Tehran (for location see map at right). At 0130 hours (2200Z), the F-4, piloted by Captain Mohammad Reza Azizkhani was launched and proceeded to a point 40 nautical miles (74 km) north of Tehran. It was noted that the object was of such brilliance that it could be seen from 70 miles (110 km) away. When the aircraft approached to approximately 25 nautical miles (46 km) from the object, the jet lost all instrumentation and communications capabilities, prompting Azizkhani to break off the intended intercept and turn back toward Shahrokhi; upon the evasion, both systems resumed functioning.

At 0140 hours, a second F-4 was scrambled, piloted by Lieutenant Parviz Jafari and Lieutenant Jalal Damirian. Jafari would eventually retire as a general and participate on 12 November 2007, at a National Press Club conference demanding a worldwide investigation into UFO phenomena. Jafari’s jet had acquired a radar lock on the object at 27 nautical miles (50 km) range. The radar signature of the UFO resembled that of a Boeing 707 aircraft. Closing on the object at 150 nautical miles (280 km) per hour and at a range of 25 nautical miles (46 km), the object began to move, keeping a steady distance of 25 nautical miles (46 km) from the F-4. The size of the object was difficult to determine due to its intense brilliance. The lights of the object were alternating blue, green, red, and orange, and were arranged in a square pattern. The lights flashed in sequence, but the flashing was so rapid that they all could be seen at once.

While the object and the F-4 continued on a southerly path, a smaller second object detached itself from the first and advanced on the F-4 at high speed. Lieutenant Jafari, thinking he was under attack, tried to launch an AIM-9 sidewinder missile, but he suddenly lost all instrumentation, including weapons control, and all communication. He later stated he attempted to eject, but to no avail, as this system, which is entirely mechanical, also malfunctioned. Jafari then instituted a turn and a negative G dive as evasive action. The object fell in behind him at about 3 to 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) distance for a short time, then turned and rejoined the primary object.

Once again, as soon as the F-4 had turned away, instrumentation and communications were regained. The F-4 crew then saw another brightly lit object detach itself from the other side of the primary object and drop straight down at high speed. The F-4 crew expected it to impact the ground and explode, but it came to rest gently. The F-4 crew then overflew the site at a decreased altitude and marked the position of the light’s touchdown. Jafari would later comment that the object was so bright that it lit up the ground and he could see rocks around it. The object had touched down near Rey Oil Refinery on the outskirts of Iran. Then they landed at Mehrabad, noting that each time they passed through a magnetic bearing of 150 degrees from Mehrabad, they experienced interference and communications failure.

A civilian airliner that was approaching Mehrabad also experienced a loss of communications at the same position relative to Mehrabad. As the F-4 was on final approach, they sighted yet another object, cylinder-shaped, with bright, steady lights on each 762end and a flashing light in the middle. The object overflew the F-4 as they were on approach. Mehrabad tower reported no other aircraft in the area, but tower personnel were able to see the object when given directions by Jafari. Years later, the main controller and an investigating general revealed that the object also overflew the control tower and knocked out all of its electronic equipment as well.

The next day, the F-4 crew flew out in a helicopter to the site where they had seen the smaller object land. In the daylight, it was determined to be a dry lake bed, but no traces could be seen. They then circled the area to the west and picked up a noticeable “beeper” signal. The signal was loudest near a small house, so they landed and questioned the occupants of the house about any unusual events of the previous night. They reported a loud noise and a bright light like lightning.

Further investigation of the landing site, including radiation testing of the area was apparently done, but the results were never made public. Since this event occurred before the fall of the Shah, any records in Tehran may be lost.

D.I.A form

Alongside the report there was a form from the DIA which assessed the quality of the report. The form indicated in checked boxes that the content was of high value, that the report was confirmed by other sources, and that the utility of the information was potentially useful to them. The form from the DIA also stated the following: “An outstanding report. This case is a classic which meets all the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon: a) The object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations (i.e., Shamiran, Mehrabad, and the dry lake bed) and viewpoints (both airborne and from the ground). b) The credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an Air Force general, qualified aircrews, and experienced tower operators). c) Visual sightings were confirmed by radar. d) Similar electromagnetic effects (EME) were reported by three separate aircraft. e) There were physiological effects on some crew members (i.e., loss of night vision due to the brightness of the object). f) An inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the UFOs.”

Opinions of some participants

In 1994, the Sightings TV program tracked down and interviewed various principals involved in the incident. Nearly all expressed the opinion that they were dealing with a high-technology extraterrestrial craft. The pilot of the first jet interceptor, Yaddi Nazeri (above in the article, the first pilot is stated as ‘Captain Mohammad Reza Azizkhani’), estimated that the UFO was traveling somewhere between two and three thousand miles per hour. He said that the object “…was beyond my speed and power. The [later] F-4… also could not catch up to the object. That’s when I thought, this is a UFO.” Nazeri added that “…no country had this type of flying object, so I was thinking, this craft is from another planet.” The second F-4 pilot, General Parviz Jafari, said that after trying to fire a missile and failing, they feared for their lives and tried to eject, but the eject button also malfunctioned. At a Washington D.C. press conference on 12 November 2007, Jafari added details that the main object emitted four objects, one that headed towards him and later returned to the main object a short while later, one which he tried unsuccessfully to fire on, another which followed him back, and one which landed on the desert floor and glowed. Following his prepared statement at the press conference, Jafari was asked if he believed he had encountered an alien spacecraft and Pirouzi said he was quite certain that he had.

General Nader Yousefi, the assistant deputy commander of the Iranian Air Force, said he ordered the two jet interceptions. He said that, “Because of the experience I had on 19 September 1976, I believe there is something up there. We just don’t know what it is or where it came from.” Yousefi repeated many of the details of the encounter already recorded in the DIA document but also added a few more. Yousefi said that after the second F-4 lost its communications and weapons systems and took evasive maneuvers, it tried one last pursuit of the UFO. Even approaching at Mach 2, the UFO easily outdistanced it. The pilots decided to return to Mehrabad airport. As they were approaching to land, Yousefi said the control tower phoned him that the UFO was following the jet back to base.

763The control tower supervisor, Hossein Pirouzi, told Sightings that the pilot was in a panic with the large UFO on its tail. According to Pirouzi and other controllers, the UFO performed a low-altitude flyby over Mehrabad at about 2200 to 2,500 feet (760 m). It was described as a cylinder-shaped object as large as a tour bus, with bright steady lights on each end and a flasher in the middle. During the flyby, the control tower lost all power, although other parts of the airport were unaffected. After the flyby, the UFO took off to the west and was spotted 25 minutes later over the Mediterranean by an Egyptian Air Force pilot, then again over Lisbon, Portugal by the pilot, crew, and passengers of a KLM flight, reporting that it was speeding westward over the Atlantic Ocean. The following day, an investigation was held in Tehran. The Iranian Air Force Deputy Commander, Lieutenant General Abdollah Azarbarzin, conducted interviews with all of the principals and wrote up a report. Gen. Jafari, the second F-4 pilot, stated that he was among those interviewed and an American colonel sat there and took notes. This information later appeared in the D.I.A. account of the incident.

Tower controller Pirouzi was also among those interviewed. He recalled a discussion by Azarbarzin’s panel at the conclusion of the meeting. “When they heard our report and the report of the pilots, they concluded that no country is capable of such technology, and all of them believed it was a strange object from outer space.” When interviewed by Sightings, Azarbarzin independently confirmed Pirouzi’s statement. He said they concluded that the UFO had deliberately jammed both the aircraft and control tower electronics. About the objects that seemed to shoot out of the UFO, Azarbarzin said, “The pilots called them fireballs, but we all thought that they were very powerful waves of electromagnetism, which jammed all the electronics starting from VHF, UHF, fire control system, gun radar, gun communications, everything. Everything was gone.” Azarbarzin also said that the copilot got a good look at the UFO when the second F-4 came out of its emergency dive and passed underneath it. He told both Sightings and researcher Dr. Bruce Maccabee the copilot could see the shape, which he said was round like a plate or just like a saucer, with a canopy or cockpit that looked like half a ball bathed in a dim orange or yellowish light, but with no visible crew. When all factors were considered, including the extraordinary rate of acceleration displayed by the UFO, Azarbarzin concluded that the UFO had outperformed any known human aircraft.

This conclusion was relayed to General Hatemi, the Shah’s personal military advisory, who instructed Azarbarzin to give his report to the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Tehran (MAAG). In charge of MAAG and chief U.S. Air Force military advisory to the Iranians was General Richard Secord. Secord declined to be interviewed. Gen. Azarbarzin refused to state publicly whether Secord had seen the report, but another high Iranian Air Force commander, Mamoud Sabahat, told Sightings that he was present in Tehran to attend a meeting on the night of the incident. “This UFO event was the first time in our Air Force’s history that anything had happened like this. It would have been a usual and customary part of the military system to put him [Secord] at that meeting.” Gen. Azarbarzin also told Maccabee that the complete records of the investigation had been turned over to the U.S. Air Force. However, the USAF has steadfastly maintained that their only record of the incident was provided in the DIA document originally prepared by a USAF officer who interviewed the pilot of the second F-4. About his personal opinion, Gen. Azarbarzin told Sightings, “I believe in UFOs. I cannot ignore their existence. They want to find some way of contacting the people of earth. They are trying, and they are going to do it.” Azarbarzin’s opinion was echoed by Amir Kamyabipour, former deputy commander of operations in the Iranian Air Force. Because of what he experienced first-hand during this incident, he believes, “UFOs are trying to find some way to make contact with our world. I am positive of this.”

Miscellaneous details and documents

In the 1 October 1976 issue of the Iran Times from Washington, D.C., an apparent firsthand account from Lt. Jafari, the pilot of the second jet interceptor, was published, based on a tape of the actual pursuit. The aircraft flew towards Tehran at over the speed of sound. Jafari said that on seeing him coming, the UFO increased its speed. ‘It was half the size of the moon as seen from earth,’ he said. ‘It was radiating violet, orange, and white light about three times as strong as moonlight.'” Jafari was ordered to return to base if he was unable to get near, and Jafari cut off pursuit. As he was returning, he “told air controllers that the UFO had doubled back on its pursuers, and he was in danger of being forced down. ‘Something is coming at me from behind. …I think it is going to crash into me. It has just passed by, missing me narrowly…’ The disturbed voice of the pilot was clear on the tape.” The article also recounted how the pilot spoke of a “bright round object, with a circumference of about 4.5 meters, leave the UFO.” It also said that the authenticity of the object had already been confirmed by the two F-4 pilots, several control tower operators, and witnesses on the ground who reported a “bright body” flit across the sky while others reported seeing “some bright thing” fall from the sky. Another document later came to light revealing that a very similar UFO was sighted in Morocco from many locations about 3 to 4 hours later, or 0100 to 0200 hours local time on 19 September. The document was from the American embassy in Rabat, Morocco to the U.S. State Department, dated 25

September 1976–“Subject: Request for Info. Unidentified Flying Objects.” It recounted that the Moroccan police had received numerous reports of an object generally flying parallel to the Atlantic coast at low altitude. It had a silvery luminous circular or tubular shape and was giving off intermittent trails of bright sparks and fragments. It made no noise. One of the embassy’s unnamed briefers said he had seen it himself, and that it appeared to be traveling slowly like an aircraft preparing to land. At first it appeared disc-shaped, but took on a tubular appearance as it got closer. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger responded ten days later and took the official U.S. policy line on UFOs. Kissinger claimed the Condon Committee report had shown that all UFOs could be attributed to natural causes and no further study was warranted. Kissinger said people had probably seen a meteor or a decaying satellite part for which there was no re-entry record. In 2012, amateur satellite observers identified the cause of the Moroccan sightings as the re-entry of the “BOZ ullage motor assembly ejected from the third stage of the Molniya rocket that orbited Molniya 1-35”. They produced a ground track plot that shows that the re-entry trajectory passed within sight of all locations from which UFO sightings were reported. In a search for further information on the case in National Security Agency records, it was also found that an article on the Tehran incident had been written in 1978 in the classified MIJI Quarterly a periodical published by the Electronics Security Command at San Antonio, Texas. The journal contained narrative summaries of all electronic warfare “meaconing”, “intrusion,” “jamming,” and “interference” incidents (hence the acronym MIJI—see). The report basically provided the details in the DIA document, but prefaced the article as follows: “Sometime in his career, each pilot can expect to encounter strange, unusual happenings which will never be adequately or entirely explained by logic or subsequent investigation. The following article recounts just such an episode as reported by two F-4 Phantom crews of the Imperial Iranian Air Force during late 1976. No additional information or explanation of the strange events has been forthcoming: the story will be filed away and probably forgotten, but it makes interesting, and possibly disturbing, reading.”

Skeptical explanation and analysis

In his book UFOs: The Public Deceived, journalist Philip J. Klass claimed the witnesses initially saw an astronomical body, probably Jupiter, and pilot incompetence and equipment malfunction accounted for the rest. The bright object was first noticed by witnesses in Shemiran, the northernmost district of Tehran. One of the witnesses in the northeastern part of Tehran was Gen. Yousefi himself, who ordered the jet interceptions. The jets were scrambled from Shahrokhi AFB in Hamadan, about 175 miles (282 km) west-southwest of Tehran, and vectored to a point 40 miles (64 km) north of central Tehran. However, Jupiter was in the east. Thus the UFO was approximately 90 degrees away from Jupiter at the time. In addition, the second F-4 chased the UFO from northern to southern Tehran. Again, Jupiter would be at nearly 90 degrees to the pursuit trajectory. Furthermore, both F-4’s picked up and tracked something on their radar, impossible for an astronomical object like a star or planet. Many more details of the encounter do not match Klass’ proposed explanation, such as both F-4’s and the control tower losing their electronics with close approach to the UFO and a third civilian plane in the region also losing communications. Jerome Clark commented, “Klass’s theory presumes a remarkable lack of even rudimentary observing and technical skills on the parts of the Iranian participants. In some ways it would be easier to credit the notion, for which no evidence exists either, that the witnesses consciously fabricated the sighting. Both Gen. Azarbarzin and air controller Perouzi considered the incident thoroughly puzzling. So, as the documents indicate, did American analysts familiar with it.”

Summary

The incident is regarded by a number of UFO researchers to be one of the premier UFO encounters ever recorded. Some researchers consider it strong evidence for the extraterrestrial origins of the UFO because there was a blackout on the F-4 just when it was going to fire and because of instrumental breakdowns on two different aircraft while they were on the chase. A military spy satellite also recorded this incident. The DSP-1 satellite detected an infrared anomaly during the time of this event that lasted for about an hour.

Reference to incident in the media

· The Sightings TV program covered the incident in 1994, interviewing many of the participants. (See above)

· The Tehran incident was considered one of the ten best UFO cases in a 2007 Canadian documentary Best Evidence by film maker Paul Kimball. The list of best cases was compiled by polling leading UFO researchers.

· At a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on 12 November 2007, the pilot of the second F-4, General Parviz Jafari, recounted how he tried to intercept an “object which was flashing with intense red, green, orange and blue light.” Jafari said that, “Four other objects with different shapes separated from the main one, at different times during this close encounter. Whenever they were close to me, my weapons were jammed and my radio communications were garbled. One of the objects headed toward me. I thought it was a missile. I tried to launch a heat seeking missile to it, but my missile panel went out. Another followed me when I was descending on the way back. One of the separated objects landed in an open area radiating a high bright light, in which the sands on the ground were visible. We could hear emergency squash all the way, which was reported by other airliners flying at the time and continued for another couple of days. During my interview at H.Q, after the incident, an American colonel took notes…” When asked if he thought this was an alien spacecraft, he said he was quite sure that it was.

1978 Tehran UFO incidents

A somewhat similar UFO incident over Tehran occurred in 1978, again involving electromagnetic interference and U.S. DIA interest. The report was sent by the U.S. Defense Attache’s office to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, part of the normal routing for foreign intelligence reports. As in the 1976 case, the distribution list included the Secretary of State, the NSA, and the CIA. The report was quoted from the Iranian English-language newspaper Tehran Journal, dated 18 July 1978. The article said that a UFO had been seen by a number of people on the night of 16 July, again in the northern part of Tehran. One witness said he saw the object suddenly emerge in the sky and hover directly above him. Witnesses said it was a “strange glowing object” that seemed to be floating southwestward toward Saveh (about halfway between Tehran and Hamadan). Witnesses contacted the National Radio Network and the control tower at Mehrabad, which confirmed the existence of the object but provided no further details. The article added, “Officials from the control tower at Mehrabad Airport and a Lufthansa aircrew also reported unusual readings on their instruments.” The article also briefly mentioned another recent UFO incident from April 1978. A local pilot said that he and his copilot had photographed a “glittering” object while flying between Ahvaz and Tehran. (Ahvaz is about 750 miles (1,210 km) southwest of Tehran.) He could not release the photographs until the security division of the civil aviation authorities gave permission. Apparently there was also ground radar corroboration. “A Mehrabad radar control official said that on that occasion they had detected an object some 20 times the size of a jumbo jet on their screens.” Civil aviation authorities were said to be investigating, but the results had not been made public.

Source: http://www.mufon.com/iranian-airforce-ufo—1976.html 

Dec 28

Kecksburg Crash 1965

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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651December 9,1965 a large brilliant fireball in the sky was witnessed by millions in six U.S sates as well as the Ontario province of Canada.
It is said to have dropped molten metal debris in the U.S. state of Michigan and Ohio causing small grass fires as well as creating
sonic booms in Pittsburg Pa. After authorities disclaimed usage of other proposed explanations it was then assumed it was a meteor.

This did not rest well with the residents of Kecksburg Pa which is located approx. 30 miles SE of Pittsburgh. A child told his mother he saw something land and his mother witnessed wisps of smoke rising in the yonder woods there by notifying the local authorities. Others in this small town also reported vibrations and thumps at the time of the proposed landing. The fire Dept members reported finding a object thesize of a compact car shaped much like that of an acorn with odd writing resembling that of the Egypitian Hieroglyphics encircling the
base of the craft. Civilians in the area report a heavy US Army presence whom order the towns folk out of the area and removed the craft on a flatbed, however the Army claims they searched the woods and found nothing.

There are other events that also occured on or around the time of the sighting. The Federal Aviation Administration had received 23 reports from aircraft pilots, the first starting at 4:44 p.m. A seismograph 25 miles southwest of Detroit had recorded the shock waves created by the fireball as it passed through the atmosphere. The Sky and Telescope article concluded that “the path of the fireball extended roughly from northwest to southeast” and ended “in or near the western part of Lake Erie”.

The headlines the next morning clearly prove there was an army presence in the area as the Tribune-Review from nearby Greensburg who had a reporter at the scene ran an article the next morning, “Unidentified Flying Object Falls near Kecksburg — Army Ropes off Area”. The article went on to say “The area where the object landed was immediately sealed off on the order of U.S. Army and State Police officials, reportedly in anticipation of a ‘close inspection’ of whatever may have fallen… State Police officials there ordered the area roped off to await the
expected arrival of both U.S. Army engineers and possibly, civilian scientists. However, a later edition of the newspaper stated that nothing had been found after authorities searched the area.

The official explanation of the widely seen fireball was that it was a mid-sized meteor. However speculation as to the identity of the Kecksburg object range from alien craft to Nazi Anti-gravity Crafts all the way to debris from Cosmos 96, a Soviet Space Probe Intended for Venus but never left the atmosphere.

This has been investigated by many and TV shows have hungered and fed on this story for years now. The US Command replied with the following back 652
in 1991 with the release of this statement. US Space Command concluded that Kosmos 96 crashed in Canada at 3.18am on December 9, 1965, about
13 hours before the fireball thought to be the Kecksburg object undergoing re-entry was recorded at 4:45pm. However in a 2003 interview Chief Scientist for Orbital Debris at the NASA Johnson Space Center Nicholas L. Johnson stated: I can tell you categorically, that there is no way that any debris from Kosmos 96 could have landed in Pennsylvania anywhere around 4:45 p.m. “That’s an absolute.” “Orbital mechanics is very strict.”

In 2003: Sci Fi Channel re-investigated the case with a scientific study of the area and related records by the Coalition for Freedom of Information act and he most significant finding of the scientific team was a line of damaged trees broken at the top leading to the site where some eyewitnesses said they saw the object embedded in the soil along with associated fresh tree damage. Furthermore, tree core samples dated the damage to 1965. This provided physical evidence that something airborne may have come crashing through the trees and landed in the woods.

In December 2005, just before the 40th anniversary of the Kecksburg crash, NASA released a statement to the effect that they had examined metallic fragments from the object and now claimed it was from a re-entering “Russian satellite”. The spokesman further claimed that the related records had been misplaced. According to an Associated Press story: The object appeared to be a Russian satellite that re-entered the atmosphere and broke up. NASA experts studied fragments from the object, but records of what they found were lost in the 1990s.
Also in December 2005, a lawsuit was filed to get NASA to search more diligently for the alleged lost records. On October 26, 2007, NASA agreed to search for those records after being ordered by the court. The judge, who had tried to move NASA along for more than 3 years, angrily referred to NASA’s previous search efforts as a “ball of yarn” that never fully answered the request.

653Again in November 2009, Leslie Kean filed a report on the results of the NASA search. It seems Documents were still missing or reported destroyed and little of interest was turned up relevant to the Kecksburg case. Of particular interest was a missing box of “fragology” files, reported destroyed, related to recovery and examination of the space debris, but despite reservations about the thoroughness or accuracy of the search, Kean said they felt they had exhausted their legal remedies and ended the lawsuit against NASA.

The list of those investigating this goes on and on as does the battle with NASA. But one thing remains true. Similarities have been drawn between the Kecksburg incident and the Roswell UFO incident, leading to the former being referred to as “Pennsylvania’s Roswell.”

Sources:
Wikipedia
UFO Project Bluebook
UFO Sightings

Dec 24

Jimmy Carter Sighting 1969

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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Jimmy Carter is one of two U.S. Presidents who have reported seeing a UFO before becoming the President. Carter’s UFO sighting began shortly after dark on a windless night. Jimmy Carter was standing outside the Lion’s Club in Leary, Georgia, waiting for a meeting to start. Suddenly, he and ten or more witnesses, sighted a red and green orb radiating in the western sky. Carter described an object that “it seemed to move towards us from a distance, stop, move partially away, return, then depart.

cart1Bluish at first; then reddish – luminous – not solid.” “At times,” reported Carter, “it was as bright as the moon, and about as big as the moon – maybe a bit smaller. The object was luminous; not solid.” In an interview with the Atlanta Constitution, Carter described the moving nature of the event. He described the sighting as a “very remarkable sight.” This is an important event, because many of the skeptical investigations done on the Carter sighting, have tried to paint the event as a ho-hum occurrence.

None of the descriptions Carter has made of the event have ever described it as ho-hum. Jimmy Carter’s mother Lillian also confirmed that Carter had been very impressed by what he had seen. “The UFO made a huge impression on Jimmy,” she stated. “He told me about the sighting many times. He’s always been a down-to-earth no-nonsense boy, and the sighting by him, as far as I am concerned, is as firm as money in the bank.” Carter had, in fact, described the UFO sighting many times in the years since it occurred. In every instance, including the latest known telling of the story at Emory University in 1997, Carter has never backed off on the spectacular nature of the event. He has also never conceded that was he saw was some misidentification of a natural phenomena. Carter estimated that the object was three hundred to one thousand yards away.

He estimated that the event had lasted 10 minutes. Then the object disappeared. Carter was so impressed by what he had seen, he recorded his impressions of the event on a tape recorder at the time. In the ensuing years, there has been a great deal of discussion as to what the UFO had been. Skeptical UFO buffs, such as Robert Sheaffer, struggled to explain Jimmy Carter’s sighting away, by stating that Carter had viewed the planet Venus. Sheaffer, the vice-chairman of the UFO subcommittee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, wrote up his guess as to what the object Carter and the others had seen in the July 1977 Humanist Magazine. Many UFO “researchers” wanting to show that they, too, can be “discriminating” joined in stating Carter had viewed the planet Venus. Others stepped forward quickly to challenge the accuracy of Shaeffer’s claim. Sheaffer’s response to these challenges ended up taking his Venus explanation from the shaky to the bizarre. For example,probably seen stranger and more unexplainable things than that just during his time in government.”

Many years after being President, when asked about the sighting by citizens, Carter would still describe in detail the events that he witnessed. On September 24, 1997, for example, Carter spoke at the 16th annual Emory town Hall Meeting in Atlanta. When the question and answer session began, the first question was about the UFO sighting that Carter had experienced 28 years before. As he had on so many previous occasions Carter described in detail what he had seen. In conclusion to the story he stated that “he knew of no extraterrestrials and he did “not think any were on the UFO he saw.”

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At a Southern Governors Conference a few years after the sighting Carter stated ” I don’t laugh at people anymorecasrt2 when they say they’ve seen UFOs. I’ve seen one myself. It was the darndest thing I have ever seen. It was big, it was bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon.” In 1975 Carter again mentioned the UFO as he was campaigning for President. He told a Washington Post reporter, ” A light appeared and disappeared in the sky. It got brighter and brighter . . . I have no idea what it was . . . I think the light was beckoning me to run in the California primary.” In June 1976, Jimmy Carter was quoted by the National Enquirer as promising, ” If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists. I am convinced that UFOs exist because I have seen one.”

President Jimmy Carter’s UFO Sighting Report (text reprint)

Summary: Following is the form Jimmy Carter filed with NICAP (originally filed with IUFOB) on Sep. 18, 1973. Only the questions that were responded to are listed. Carter’s responses are in quotation marks.

1. Name: “Jimmy Carter” Address: “State Capitol Atlanta” Occupation: “Governor”

2. Date of Observation: “October 1969”

3. Location of Observation: “Leary, Georgia”

4. How long did you see the object?: “10-12 minutes.”

5. Please describe weather conditions and the type of sky; i.e., bright daylight, nighttime, dusk, etc.: “Shortly after dark.”

6. Position of the Sun or Moon in relation to the object and to you: “Not in sight.”

7. If seen at night, twilight, or dawn, were the stars or moon visible?: “Stars.”

8. Were there more than one object?: “No.”

10. Was the object(s) brighter than the background of the sky?: “Yes.”

11. If so, compare the brightness with the Sun, Moon, headlights, etc.: “At one time, as bright as the moon.”

12. Did the object(s)-: a. Appear to stand still at any time?: “Yes.” g. Change brightness?: “Yes.” h. Change shape?: “Yes.” I. Change color?: “Yes.”

13. Did object(s) at any time pass in front of, or behind of anything? If so, Please elaborate givingdistance, size, etc, if possible.: “No.”

14. Was there any wind?: “No.”

15. Did you observe the object(s) through an optical instrument or other aid, windshield, window pane, storm window, screening, etc.? What?: “No.”

17. Please tell if the object(s) was (were)- c. Sharply outlined: “Yes.”

18. Was the object- b. Self-luminous?: “Yes.”

19. Did the object)s_ rise or fall while in motion?: “Came close, moved away, came close and then moved away.”

20. ..Or, if easier, give apparent size in inches on a ruler held at arm’s length: “About the same as moon, maybe a little smaller. Varied from brighter/larger than planet to apparent size of moon.”

21. How did you happen to notice the object(s)?: “10-12 men all watched it. Brightness attracted us.”

22. Where were you and what were you doing at the time?: “Outdoors waiting for a meeting to begin at 7:30 pm.”

23. How did the object(s) disappear from view?: “Moved to distance then disappeared.”

26. Please estimate the distance of the object(s): “Difficult. Maybe 300-1000 yards.”

27. What was the elevation of the object(s) in the sky?: “About 30 degrees above horizon.”

28. Names and addresses of other witnesses, if any: “Ten members of Leary Georgia Lions Club.”

31. Please draw a map of the locality of the observation showing North; your position; the direction from which the object(s) appeared and disappeared from view; the direction of its course over the area; roads, towns, villages, railroads, and other landmarks within a mile.: “Appeared from west about 30 degrees up.”

32. Is there an airport, military, governmental, or research installation in the area?: “No.”

Source:

http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case294.htm

http://www.ufoevidence.org/Cases/CaseSubarticle.asp?ID=297

Dec 24

Shag Harbor 1967

Courtesy of:  http://www.ufocasebook.com

An extraordinary event in 1967 would practically put the small fishing village of Shag Harbor on the map. Located at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, this rural community would be host to one of the best documented UFO events of the past 40 years.

Named after the “shag,” a bird of the cormorant family, the harbor was literally left off most maps of the time, but that would be changed once and for all.

shag1The tiny fishing community has always had its stories… stories of giant sea serpents, man-eating squid, and ghost ships. The list of local color would see one more addition to its list: a story of a visit of a mysterious flying craft of unknown origin. This craft would visit the waters of Shag Harbor, permanently stamping the village’s name in the public eye.

The first indication of this mysterious occurrence would come from local residents who noticed strange orange lights in the sky on the night of October 4, 1967. Most witnesses agreed that there were four orange lights that evening. Five teenagers watched these lights flash in sequence, and then suddenly dive in a 45 degree angle toward the water’s surface. The witnesses were surprised that the lights did not dive into the water, but seemed to float on the water, approximately one-half mile from the shore.

Witnesses at first thought they were watching a tragic airplane crash, and quickly reported as much to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was located at Barrington Passage. Coincidently, RCMP Constable Ron Pound had already witnessed the strange lights himself as he drove down Highway 3 in route to Shag Harbor. Pound felt that he was seeing 4 lights, all attached to one flying craft. He estimated the craft to be about 60 feet long.

Constable Pound made his way to the shore to get a closer look at the phenomenal sight. He was accompanied by Police Corporal Victor Werbieki, Contable Ron O’Brien, and other local residents. Pound clearly saw a yellow light slowly moving on the water, leaving a yellowish foam in its wake. All eyes were glued on the light, as it slowly either moved too distant to be seen, or dipped into the icy waters.

Coast Guard Cutter #101 and other local boats rushed to the spot of the sighting, but by the time they arrived, the light itself was gone. However, the crewmen could still see the yellow foam, indicating that something had possibly submerged. Nothing else could be found that night, and the search was called off at 3:00 AM.

The RCMP ran a traffic check with the Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifac, and NORAD radar at Baccaro, Nova Scotia. They were told that there were no missing aircraft reported that evening, either civilian, or military.

The following day, the Rescue Coordination Center filed a report with Canadian Forces Headquarters in Ottawa. This report stated that something had hit the water in Shag Harbor, but the object was of “unknown origin.”

The HMCS Granby was ordered to the location, where divers searched the bottom of the ocean for several days, but without positive results.

Soon, the story of the mysterious crash at Shag Harbor died as quickly as it had begun. That is, until 1993. As the original story faded from papers and newscasts, several theories were put forward. One explanation was that a Russian spacecraft had crashed, which would explain the presence of a Russian submarine in the area. There was also the rumor of American involvement in the follow-up investigation, but there was no official statement from the United States.

The Shag Harbor incident would have new life breathed into it through the efforts of MUFON investigator Chris Styles. The case intrigued him so much that he decided to search for more details. Styles found the names of many of the original witnesses through newspaper clippings, and was able to interview many of them.

Styles was assisted by MUFON investigator Doug Ledger. These two men would uncover some extremely compelling evidence through their interviews. They discovered that when the divers of the Granby finished their work, the case was not over, after all.

The divers, along with other witnesses related these events: The object that dove into the waters of the harbor had soon left the Shag area, traveling underwater for about 25 miles to a place called Government Point, which was near a submarine detection base. The object was spotted on sonar there, and Naval vessels were positioned over it. After a couple of days, the military was planning a salvage operation, when a second UFO joined the first. Common belief at the time was that the second craft had arrived to render aid to the first.

At this time, the Navy decided to wait and watch. After about a week of monitoring the two UFOs, some of the vessels were called to investigate a Russian submarine which had entered Canadian waters. At this point, the two underwater craft made their move. They made their way to the Gulf of Maine, and putting distance between themselves and the chasing Navy boats, they broke the surface, and shot away into the skies.

These extraordinary events were corroborated by many witnesses, both civilian and military. Unfortunately, the reports were given “off the record.” Ex-military personnel feared the loss of their pensions, and civilian witnesses feared ridicule, and their privacy being invaded. The unusual events of Shag Harbor command an important place in the study of UFOs. There is little doubt that something “unknown” crashed into the waters of Shag Harbor on October 4, 1967.

Official case file.

UFO REPORT

LOWER WOODS HARBOUR NS

1. On 04 October 19shag267 at 2345 hours a local RCMP Corporal WERBICKI from Barrington Passage NS and six other witnesses sighted a large flying object. This object, in the time interval of approximately five minutes, flew down to the water surface, floated and sank.

2. the flying object was described as being in excess of 60 feet in diameter and carried four white lights spaced horizontally at a distance of 15 feet. The object, flying in an easterly direction when first sighted, descended rapidly to the water and produced a bright flash on impact. One light remained on the surface for considerable time but sank before a boat could reach it.

3. The Rescue Co-ordination Centre conducted preliminary investigation and dismounted the possibilities that the sighting was produced by an aircraft, flares, floats, or any other known object.

4. Maritime Command were asked, on 05 Oct, to conduct an investigation into to sighting. At the present time one Officer and a diving team of three men are on the scene aided by Coast Guard Cutter 101.

Source & References:

http://www.nicap.dabsol.co.uk/shag.htm

http://www.mysterious-america.net/classicufo54.html

“Dark Object” by Don Ledger and Chris Styles, Dell Publishing, ISBN: 0-440-23647-9

Source:  http://www.ufocasebook.com/Shagharbor.html

Dec 24

Zamora 1964 Sighting

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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In 1964 a town in New Mexico named Socorro made quite a stir. It seems a craft had landed, however, the reason this UFO sighting is different among the rest is due to the fact it left trace evidence behind and was witnessed by a Police Officer Named Lonnie Zamora. This intriguing case has been a mainstay in Ufology for over 50 years with no end in sight to its longevity.

641Thirty-one year old policeman Lonnie Zamora was on patrol when he was passed by a car which was speeding. Zamora took off in chase of the vehicle, but heard a extremely loud roar in the distance which was accompanied by a bluish, orange flame rising into the air. There was a shack close by that contained explosives and he was worried that may be the cause of the what seemed to him an out of the ordinary type explosion. Radioing the dispatcher he turned his patrol car in that direction and headed toward back towards the shack.

Officer Zamora proceeded cautiously towards the rising smoke and flames, the aftermath of the explosion which seemed to disappear and reappear because of the rising and dipping roads in which he traveled to get there. The route he was on was very narrow made of dirt and gravel winding wildly around a small gully. Approaching the location of the shack, Officer Zamora noticed a shining object about 100 – 200 yards away.

Upon first sight he thought it may be a car which may have overturned and exploded but upon a inspection he discovered that it was an oval shaped type object without windows or doors. He stated that the object was about the same size as that of a medium car. Seeing an unusual red insignia on the side he and then noticed two beings that he thought at first to be children, dressed in white overalls. He recalled that the so called children seemed to jump or become startled when they noticed him. He immediately radioed dispatched explaining the details of the incident.

Deciding to get a closer look at the strange scene he then heard a loud roar and saw a bluish flame shoot out of the underside of the object. Afraid that it was going to explode, he fell to the ground to protect himself. Seeing the object lift off the ground, and head towards the southeast it flew in a straight line for about 10-15 miles. The legs that he had seen earlier had disappeared. Having intercepted Zamora’s earlier radio transmission, State Police Sergeant Sam Chavez arrived at the scene just after the craft disappeared into the sky.

Army Captain Richard T. Holder, Up-Range Commander of White Sands Proving Grounds, along with an FBI agent, D. Arthur Byrnes, Jr. were the first to investigate however it was not until 1968 that the evidence from the sighting became known. Dr. James E. McDonald, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Arizona, said that he had learned of an alleged patch of “fused sand” at the Socorro landing site. It seems “A woman who is now a radiological chemist with the Public Health Service in Las Vegas was involved in some special analyses of materials collected at the Socorro site, and when she was there, the morning after the Apr. 25, 1964 incident. She claims that there was a patch of melted and solidified sand right under the landing area. Dr. McDonald talked to her both by telephone and in person. She had analyzed plant fluids exuded from the scorched greasewood and mesquite plants, and told McDonald, “There were a few organic materials they couldn’t identify,” but most of the sample was just sap. “Shortly after she finished her work,” she told him, “Air Force personnel came and took all her notes and materials and told her she wasn’t to talk about it anymore.”

Analysis reports of physical evidence at the site have never been released to the public however An FBI report dated May 8, 1964, notes that Zamora has been personally known for about 5 years and is “well regarded as a sober, industrious, and conscientious officer and not given to fantasy.”The report also confirms the scorched foliage and the imprints, noting that, “Each depression seemed to have been made by an object going into the earth at an angle from a center line Measurements taken by police verified that there were 4 indentations on the ground; the distance between them formed a quadrilateral whose diagonals intersected at exactly
90 degree angles.

643Although the Air Force’s Bluebook was notorious for either debunking or misrepresenting cases they looked into, I was surprised when I read the CIA evaluation of this incident as provided by the Freedom of Information act. The following document was made available for public inspection on January 2, 1981.

It was originally included in the CIA publication, “Studies in Intelligence,” released in 1966. The brief, “Policeman’s Report,” was written by Hector Quintanilla, Jr., the former head of Project Blue Book. “There is no doubt that Lonnie Zamora saw an object which left quite an impression on him. There is also no question about Zamora’s reliability. He is a serious police officer, a pillar of his church, and a man well versed in recognizing airborne vehicles in his area. He is puzzled by what he saw, and frankly, so are we. “This is the best-documented case on record, and still we have been unable, in spite of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora to the point of panic.”

Dec 22

1966 Westall UFO Encounter

Courtesy of:  http://www.alien-ufo-research.com/

One of the greatest, and one of the most witnessed UFO sightings ever recorded, happened on April 6th, 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at around 11:00am in the afternoon at what was then Westall high school (now called Westall Secondary College).

The sighting had around 200 witnesses ranging from head masters to science teachers to regular students.

5p1On the date in question things were as usual at Westall. Some children were playing sports out in the school yard as others were studying, and it was clear out. Then almost out of know where, what was described as a large, siverish colored, saucer shaped disk about the size of two or three cars, came hovering over the school and moved towards a wooded area and then proceeded to land.

The children at the school, of course were mesmerized as were the teachers on duty, so they jumped the fence towards the wooded area where the UFO had disappeared behind as the teachers told them to return.

According to one witness one of the girls made it over to where the UFO had landed while it was still there and was found unconscious and had to be taken away in an ambulance. According to the same witness she never returned to school after that day. Before most of the witnesses could reach where the UFO had landed it had rose up and took off at what they all said was incredible speeds. At which time the witnesses said they saw five other objects, most likely military planes chasing the object.

Where the greyish Saucer shaped UFO had landed the grass was flattened in a circle, although no one really 5p2knows if it completely landed and after the 20 minute ordeal it was gone.

The children where all told to go back to school and head to their respective classes while the police showed up. (And this is where it gets a little odd).

The police came and talked to a few of the adult witnesses and then the head master of the school called an unscheduled assembly to talk about what had happened and to tell the students that what they saw was not an extraterrestrial craft but something man made such as a weather balloon and told them not to repeat what they had seen that day to anyone.

At the same time the other teachers at the school reported that two men in dark blue suits had come and talked to them about what they saw. The they were also told not to talk about what they saw that day especially to the press. One of the teachers, who had grabbed her camera and snapped dozens of pictures of the saucer shaped object, said that when she was taken aside the men in suits they took her camera and said it was now their property. She also said that the men were from the ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organization).

A science teacher at the school Andrew Greenwood was later visited by officers at his home who threatened him to not say anything under the Official Secrets Act and if he did they

would have him fired and discredit him by releasing rumors of him being an alcoholic which he wasn’t.

5p3The press from the event was minimal but The Dandenong Journal covered the story and interviewed as many people as would come forward which ended up as a front page story. They also looked into the witnesses accounts of airplanes chasing after the UFO but according to commercial and military records there were no planes in the area at the time even though well over a hundred people had seen them.

Channel 9 GTV also ran a report on the incident but when UFO investigators later went looking for the tape, that included many different witness accounts, they said that it had been permanently removed from their archives even though that particular T.V. station keeps all of their old stories forever. source:

 

References:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westall_UFO

Source:  http://www.alien-ufo-research.com/1966-westall-ufo-encounter/

Dec 21

Levelland case, 1957

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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The Levelland UFO Case occurred on November 2–3, 1957 in and around the small town of Levelland, Texas. Levelland, which in 1957 had a population of about 10,000, is located west of Lubbock on the flat prairie of the Texas panhandle. The case is considered by ufologists to be one of the most impressive in UFO history, mainly because of the large number of witnesses involved over a relatively short period of time.

The incident beglev1an late on the evening of November 2 when two immigrant farm workers, Pedro Saucedo and Joe Salaz, called the Levelland police department to report a UFO sighting. Saucedo told police officer A.J. Fowler, who was working the night desk at the police station, that they had been driving four miles west of Levelland when they saw a blue flash of light near the road. They claimed their truck’s engine died, and a rocket-shaped object rose up and approached the truck. According to Saucedo, “I jumped out of the truck and hit the dirt because I was afraid. I called to Joe but he didn’t get out. The thing passed directly over my truck with a great sound and rush of wind. It sounded like thunder and my truck rocked from the flash…I felt a lot of heat.” As the object moved away the truck’s engine restarted and worked normally. Believing the story to be a joke, Fowler ignored it. An hour later, motorist Jim Wheeler reported a “brilliantly lit, egg-shaped object, about 200 feet long” was sitting in the road, four miles east of Levelland, blocking his path. He claimed his vehicle died and as he got out of his car the object took off and its lights went out. As it moved away, Wheeler’s car restarted and worked normally.

Lubbock Avalanche 11-4-57

At 10:55 pm a married couple driving northeast of Levelland reported that they saw a bright flash of light moving across the sky and their headlights and radio died for three seconds. Five minutes later Jose Alvarez claimed he met the strange object sitting on the road 11 miles north of Levelland, and his vehicle’s engine died until the object departed. At 12:05 am (November 3), a Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) student named Newell Wright was surprised when, driving 10 miles east of Levelland, his “car engine began to sputter, the ammeter on the dash jumped to discharge and then back to normal, and the motor started cutting out like it was out of gas…the car rolled to a stop; then the headlights dimmed and several seconds later went out.” When he got out to check on the problem, he saw a “100-foot-long” egg-shaped object sitting in the road. It took off, and his engine started running again. At 12:15 am Officer Fowler received another call, this time from a farmer named Frank Williams who claimed he had encountered a brightly glowing object sitting in the road, and “as his car approached it, its lights went out and its motor stopped.” The object flew away, and his car’s lights and motor started working again. Other callers were Ronald Martin at 12:45 am and James Long at 1:15 am, and they both reported seeing a brightly lit object sitting in the road in front of them, and they also claimed that their engines and headlights died until the object flew away.

Project Blue Book Document from OSI

By this time, several Levelland police officers were actively investigating the incident. Among them was Sheriff Weir Clem, who saw a brilliant red object moving across the sky at 1:30 am. At 1:45 am Levelland’s Fire Chief, Ray Jones, also saw the object and his vehicle’s lights and engine sputtered. The sightings apparently ended soon after this incident. During the night of November 2–3, the Levelland police department received a total of 15 phone calls concerning the strange object, and Officer Fowler noted that “everybody who called was very excited.”

Report on the Levelland Incident by KDFW Television’s Richard Ray: Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/clip/6977331/ (no longer available)

The Levelland sightings received national publicity, and were soon investigated by Project Blue Book. Started in 1947 as Project Sign, Project Blue Book was the official US Air Force research group assigned to investigate UFO reports. An Air Force sergeant was sent to Levelland, and spent seven hours in the city investigating the incident. After interviewing three of the eyewitnesses – Saucedo, Wheeler, and Wright – and after learning that thunderstorms were present in the area earlier in the day, the Air Force investigator concluded that a severe electrical storm – most probably ball lightning or St. Elmo’s fire – was the major cause for the sightings and reported auto failures. According to UFO historian Curtis Peebles, “the Air Force found only three persons who had witnessed the ‘blue light’…there was no uniform description of the object.” Additionally, Project Blue Book believed that “Saucedo’s account could not be relied upon – he had only a grade school education and had no concept of direction and was conflicting in his answers…in view of the stormy weather conditions, an electrical phenomenon such as ball lightning or St. Elmo’s fire seemed to be the most probable cause.” The engine failures mentioned by the eyewitnesses were blamed on “wet electrical circuits.” Dr. Donald H. Menzel, a professor of astronomy at Harvard University and a prominent UFO researcher of that era, agreed with the Air Force explanation: “members of civilian saucer groups complained that, since [the Air Force investigator] had spent only seven hours in the area, he had obviously not taken the problem seriously and could not have found the correct solution. Even seventy hours of labor, however, could not have produced a clearer picture…the evidence leads to an overwhelming probability: the fiery unknown at Levelland was ball lightning.” Dr. Menzel argued that “in Levelland on the night of November 2 conditions were ideal for the formation of ball lightning. For several days the area had been experiencing freak weather, and on the night in question had been visited by rain, thunderstorms and lightning.” Menzel admitted that “since ball lightning is short-lived and cannot be preserved as tangible evidence, its appearance on the night of November 2 can never be absolutely proved.” However, he also argued that “only the saucer proponents could have converted so trivial a series of events – a few stalled automobiles, balls of flame in the sky at the end of the thunderstorm – into a national mystery.”

However, not everyone agreed with the Air Force explanation. Critics of the Air Force explanation pointed out that the Air Force investigator did not interview nine of the fifteen witnesses, nor were they mentioned in Blue Book’s final report on the incident. In later years two prominent UFO researchers – Dr. James E. McDonald, a physicist at the University of Arizona, and Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer at Northwestern University and, at the time, a top scientific consultant to Project Blue Book, would also dispute the Air Force ball lightning/electrical storm explanation. Both men argued that there was no electrical storm in the area when the sightings occurred. Dr. Hynek wrote that “as the person responsible for the tracking of the new Soviet satellite Sputnik, I was on a virtual around-the-clock duty and was unable to give it any attention whatever. I am not proud today that I hastily concurred in [the Air Force’s] evaluation as “ball lightning” on the basis of information that an electrical storm had been in progress in the Levelland area at the time. This was shown not to be the case. Observers reported overcast and mist but no lightning.” Hynek also noted that “had I given it any thought whatsoever, I would soon have recognized the absence of any evidence that ball lightning can stop cars and put out headlights.” In 1999 UFO researcher Antonio Rullan published a detailed analysis of the Levelland sightings. After examining various weather records and the competing claims of the Air Force, Dr. McDonald, and others, he concluded that “there was no severe thunderstorm in Levelland during the time of the sightings…there could have been a few clouds with light rain in Levelland despite no rain being reported at the [nearby] Lubbock weather station.” Rullan also added that “conditions for scattered lightning, however, cannot be discounted…lightning conditions did exist” and that “data sheets from the US Weather Bureau show that thunder and lightning were observed in [nearby] Lubbock one hour after the sightings ended.”

The case is still considered “unexplained.”

Listen to short audio file of CBS radio coverage of Levelland, Texas, Landings http://www.ufocasebook.com/Images2011/levellandtexasaudio.wma (new page will open and download the audio file)

J. Allen Hynek Comments About Levelland Case.

November 2, 1957, Levelland, Texas: At 10:50 the police station received a call from a local farmhand and part-time barber, Pedrlev2o Saucedo (a symbolic name), and his companion Joe Salaz. The story: We first saw a flash of light In the field to our right, and we didn’t think much about it – then it rose up out of the field and started toward us, picking up speed. When it got nearer, the lights of my truck went out and the motor died. I jumped out and hit the deck as the thing passed directly over the truck with a great sound and a rush of wind. It sounded like thunder, and my truck rocked from the blast. I felt a lot of heat. Then I got up and watched it go out of sight toward Levelland.

Saucedo said the object was torpedo shaped – like a rocket – and estimated it as 200 feet long. Afraid to return to Levelland for fear of encountering it again, the two men drove on to Whiteface, ten miles west of Levelland, where they phoned In their report. Although Saucedo sounded terrified, the officer on duty did not at that time take the report seriously.

But an hour later the police got another telephone report. Jim Wheeler, about four miles east of Levelland, had seen a blazing 200-foot egg-shaped object sitting on the road ahead of him. At the same time, his car lights went out and his motor died. The object rose and disappeared. A few minutes later came a call front Witharral, ten miles north-northeast of Levelland; Jose Alvarez reported that his limits and motor had gone dead as he drove near a bright, egg-shaped object on the road. At 12:15 a.m. Frank Williams of Kermit, Texas, reported a similar encounter In the same area. While the officials were out investigating and, incidentally, reporting strange lights themselves, the police station received a call from James Long, Who reported that at 1:15 a.m. he had been driving on a farm road five miles N.W. of Levelland when he came upon a 200-foot-long, egg-shaped mass that glowed like a neon sign. His engine coughed and died, and his lights went out. As he got out and approached the object, which was less than a hundred yards away, it suddenly took off straight upwards. After the object was gone, his engine started easily.

These engine stoppings, we remember, also occurred in the French incidents. The next day two more witnesses reported to the police that they had encountered a UFO. Texas Freshman was approaching Levelland at 12:05 a.m. when he noticed his ammeter jump to discharge and back then his motor quit as if it were out of gas and the lights went out. He got out and looked under the hood but could find nothing wrong. Turning around he saw on the road ahead an egg-shaped object with a flattened bottomlike a loaf of bread and glowing not as bright as neon. No portholes or propellers were visible. Frightened, Wright got back into his car and tried to start it, but without success. After a few minutes, the egg rose almost straight up, veered slightly to the north and disappeared from view in a “split instant.” After it was gone, the car started normally.

Source:

http://www.ufocasebook.com/Levelland.html
http://roswellbooks.com/museum/?page_id=237
http://ufologie.patrickgross.org/htm/levelland57.htm
http://www.myfoxdfw.com/clip/6977331/ (no longer available)

Dec 21

Alien Abduction: The Betty and Barney Hill case

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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hill1One of the first modern UFO and Alien mysteries happened with the crash of a UFO at Roswell New Mexico, in 1947. The Grey Alien, or E.B.E. Extraterrestrial Biological Entity, was described. They were Grey in color standing about 4ft tall with large oval heads and deep black eyes.

1961, New Hampshire. Betty and Barney Hill were a young married couple driving through the countryside one evening while returing from a vacation in Niagra Falls. They both spotted a strange light in the sky off in the distance and thought it was strange. The light got closer and began to follow them becoming eerily close and panic ensued. For unknown reasons, the next thing Betty and Barney remember was sitting in the car parked engine on in idle with several hours missing 35 miles away from where they last remembered being. Missing time has since been documented with other cases of Alien Abductions.

In 1964 during a hypnosis session, Betty Hill recalled the night of the abduction during which the E.B.E.s showed her a holographic 3D image of a “star map” where the aliens are from. Betty then drew the map which was a binary star system with several planets and common and uncommon trade routes the aliens use in space travel. It was not until 1969 during a several year investigation by the now defunct National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena “NICAP” finally located a star system that is almost an exact match to the “star map” Betty Hill drew in 1964. Known as the Zeta Reticuli star system, it was unkown at the time Betty Hill drew the “star map”. Ufologists now refer to the Grey Aliens as possible Zeta Reticulans and by the name they called themselves…Ebens.

hill2Also, during a hypnosis session in 1964, Barney Hill recalled more events of the evening in 1961. As the strange light got closer, it stopped and hovered a short distance away from the Hill’s car approximately 100ft away. The craft Barney described was approximtely 60ft in diameter, saucer shapped with several windows. Barney claims to have seen 8 to 10 small “beings’ looking out the windows at him.

Both Betty and Barney Hill recalled the classic “Alien Abduction, Examination and paralysis” that has been reported by victims over the years when they were escorted on the craft.

The Grey Aliens, Zeta Reticuli, Star Map, Missing Time, Alien Abduction this case seams to have been a first in all these topics.

Dec 20

Carson Sink Incident

Courtesy of:  http://www.nicap.org/

One such case had to be believed because it came from extremely reliable witnesses. Their sighting occurred over Carson Sink, Nevada. It involved two competent observers who were both Air Force officers. These witnesses, Lieutenant Colonel John L. McGinn and Lieutenant Colonel John R. Barton, were also intimately familiar with every type of aircraft or missile in the world at that time. For that reason their sighting drew great attention at both ATIC and the Pentagon when it surfaced. The incident took place while on board a twin engine B-25 bomber that they had requisitioned for a cross-country flight beginning from Hamilton AFB (formerly Hamilton Field). After takeoff they were headed for Colorado Springs on a very clear day with unlimited visibility. Such perfect flying conditions are appreciated by any veteran flyer, especially the two lieutenant colonels who were looking forward to a smooth ride and the chance to take in some beautiful scenery. While over the Sierra Nevada, McGinn and Barton did see some amazing terrain but soon saw something even more spectacular.

Between Sacramento and Reno they entered “Green 3,” the airway’s version of a highway into Salt Lake City. At 3:40 P.M. MST while at 11,000 feet over the Carson Sink area of Nevada, the pilots spotted three aircraft ahead of them and to their right. At first the lieutenant colonels assumed these must be F-86 jet fighters. The “bogies” were moving much like the new jets – although something just didn’t add up. If they were F-86s, they should be lower in accordance with civil air regulations, and it also appeared odd to see military jets fly in what appeared to be a perfect V formation.

In short order their B-25 closed in on the objects, close enough for a better look. The pilots then immediately realized they weren’t F-86s at all, but what were they? Each craft appeared very bright silver in color with a delta wing-like airfoil. They thought these couldn’t be a new type of delta jet because they had no tails or pilot’s canopies. The craft all displayed a clean upper triangular wing with a definite ridge running from nose to tail. Before McGinn and Barton fully grasped the fantastic sight before them, the strange objects made a left bank and zoomed within 400 to 800 yards of their B-25, an uncomfortably short amount of space in the air. Their speed was estimated by the men to be at the very least three times that of any conventional jet then flying! Yet after four short seconds the hair raising maneuver was over and the UFOs were gone.

As soon as McGinn and Barton landed at Colorado Springs they were on the phone to Air Defense Commandcarson Headquarters. When they learned that no civilian or military aircraft were anywhere near them at 3:40 P.M., the magnitude of their sighting finally sunk in. McGinn and Barton were both command pilots with very distinguished service careers, having logged several thousand hours flying time each. They were assigned to the Pentagon with highly classified assignments and were perfectly familiar with even the most secret foreign and domestic aircraft designs. Neither had seen anything remotely like those objects before, but they indicated that they had probably witnessed what friends of theirs had observed, “flying saucers.”

Blue Book made their own study and located all delta wing jets, then exclusively flown by the Navy, yet none were in the Green 3 area. They also checked other sources, which had no records of aircraft, balloons, or anything of any kind over Carson Sink at the time.36 Although only one of 22 reports which made it into ATIC that day, and just one of about 100 worldwide sightings for the 24th, the Carson Sink Sighting, case number 1584, is the best of those in the files marked unidentified.

Edward J. Ruppelt version: On July 24, 1952, two Air Force colonels, flying a B-25, took off from Hamilton Air Force Base, near San Francisco, for Colorado Springs. The day was clear; not a cloud in the sky.

The colonels had crossed the Sierra Nevada between Sacramento and Reno and were flying east at 11,000 feet on “Green 3,” the aerial highway. At 3:40 P.M., they were over the Carson Sink area of Nevada when one of the colonels noticed three objects ahead of them and a little to the right. The objects looked like three F-86’s flying a tight V formation. If they were F-86’s they should have been lower, according to civil air regulations, but on a clear day some pilots don’t watch their altitude too closely.

In a matter of seconds the three aircraft were close enough to the B-25 to be clearly seen. They were not F-86’s. They were three bright silver, delta wing craft with no tails and no pilot’s canopies. The only thing that broke the sharply defined, clean upper surface of the triangular wing was a definite ridge that ran from the nose to the tail.

In another second the three deltas made a slight left bank and shot by the B-25 at terrific speed. The colonels estimated that the speed was at least three times that of an F-86. They got a good look at the three deltas as the unusual craft passed within 400 to 800 years of the B-25.

When they landed at Colorado Springs, the two colonels called the intelligence people at Air Defense Command Headquarters to make a UFO report. The suggestion was offered that they might have seen three F-86’s. The colonels promptly replied that if the objects had been F-86’s they would have been able to recognize them as such. They colonels knew what F-86’s looked like.

Air Defense Command relayed the report to Project Blue Book. An investigation was started at once.

Flight Service, which clears all military aircraft flights, was contacted and asked about the location of aircraft near the Carson Sink area at 3:40 PM. They had no record of the presence of aircraft in that area.

Since the colonels had mentioned delta wing aircraft, and both the Air Force and the Navy had a few of this type, we double-checked. The Navy’s delta’s were all on the east coast, at least all of the silver ones were. A few deltas painted the traditional navy blue were on the west coast, but not near Carson Sink. The Air Force’s one delta was temporarily grounded.

Since balloons once in a while can appear to have an odd shape, all balloon flights were checked for both standard weather balloons and the big 100′-diameter research balloons. Nothing was found.

A quick check on the two colonels revealed that both of them were command pilots and that each had several thousand hours of flying time. They were stationed at the Pentagon. Their highly classified assignments were such that they would be in a position to recognize anything that the United States known to be flying anywhere in the world.

Both men had friends who had “seen flying saucers” at some time, but both had openly voiced their skepticism. Now, from what the colonels said when they were interviewed after landing at Colorado Springs, they had changed their opinions.

(Source: Michael David Hall, “UFOs, A Century of Sightings”, Page 187 & Captain Edward J. Ruppelt’s, Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, Page 10).

Source: http://www.nicap.org/july24.htm.

Dec 08

Will the Government Acknowledge Extraterrestrial Life?

Candy

Candy

Executive Director at National Paranormal Society
I have had numerous experiences in my life that have tied me to thisplane of existence and others. I came to the paranormal field,compelled by curiosity and the need for knowledge. On a very personal level, I understand my connection to this earth. However, I look toscience for clarification, standards of methodology. The mysteries that surround us provide a plethora of opportunities I believe that my professional background and my spiritual experiencescomplement each other, allowing me to bring my strength andperspective to the NPS.
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On December 4, 2013, the Committee on Science, Space and Technology met for a two-hour hearing http://bambawefushia.com/speeddating-oslo/. The purpose of the hearing is to examine astrobiology research and the search for bio signatures inour Solar System and beyond. Doctors from NASA, MIT and beyond were all ready to search for the methods to prove what many have believed all along… There is something else out there.

Astronauts, Doctors, Lawyers, Physicists, Military Personnel, Ranchers, Electricians, Police, Presidents… The list of those that believe is quite impressive. Yet, many hesitate to invest in the rumors and theories of Aliens and their potential influence on this planet and our species.

What burden of proof will have to be met to make you a believer / skeptic?  What is the single most compelling piece of evidence that supports / refutes your beliefs?

For more information on alleged Government knowledge of Aliens visit:

http://consciouslifenews.com/official-fbi-document-admits-government-found-ufos-alien-bodies/

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/…/sociopol…

http://sparkster.hubpages.com/hub/FBI-Confirm-Aliens-Exist

http://www.ctlsoftware.co.uk/acknow.htm

http://www.collective-evolution.com/…/russian-prime…/

http://www.vice.com/…/canadas-former-defence-minister…

http://www.thewatcherfiles.com/alien-treaty.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/…/simon-parkes-aliens-paul…

http://www.syti.net/UFOSightings.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Apollo-14-astronaut-claims…

Dec 08

Roswell Crash

Candy

Candy

Executive Director at National Paranormal Society
I have had numerous experiences in my life that have tied me to thisplane of existence and others. I came to the paranormal field,compelled by curiosity and the need for knowledge. On a very personal level, I understand my connection to this earth. However, I look toscience for clarification, standards of methodology. The mysteries that surround us provide a plethora of opportunities I believe that my professional background and my spiritual experiencescomplement each other, allowing me to bring my strength andperspective to the NPS.
Candy

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One can barely lend thought to Aliens and UFO’s, and not think of the infamous incident that took place in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.  To this day, there remains an air of mystery, intrigue and conspiracy surrounding the details of the Rosewll Crash. You have firsthand accounts from the locals that were dismissed by the military, to the swift and deliberate effort to remove and erase all evidence of the occurrence. Personally in my mind, if there was nothing to hide… Why all of the cloak and dagger tactics still being casino online used by the CIA today regarding the incident? Now, I have to admit that I have to giggle when Area 51 was declassified, and the CIA did not mention Aliens and UFO’s. Our Government not disclosing all the details? LMAOOOOO!!!! What are your thoughts on the Roswell Incident? What do you have to support your theory?

For more information on Rosewll, New Mexico and Area 51, please visit:

http://www.roswellfiles.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_UFO_incident

http://crashdown.com/news/

http://rt.com/usa/cia-area51-roswell-us-577/

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,986566,00.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_51

http://www.csmonitor.com/…/CIA-confirms-Area-51.-Will…

http://mysteryufosaliens.webs.com/area51.htm

http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/area-51/

Dec 08

Skinwalker Ranch

Candy

Candy

Executive Director at National Paranormal Society
I have had numerous experiences in my life that have tied me to thisplane of existence and others. I came to the paranormal field,compelled by curiosity and the need for knowledge. On a very personal level, I understand my connection to this earth. However, I look toscience for clarification, standards of methodology. The mysteries that surround us provide a plethora of opportunities I believe that my professional background and my spiritual experiencescomplement each other, allowing me to bring my strength andperspective to the NPS.
Candy

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First, what is a Skinwalker?

In some Native American legends, a skin-walker is a person with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal he or she desires. To be able to transform, legend sometimes requires that the skin-walker wears a pelt of the animal, though this is not always considered necessary. …

There is an eerie ranch in Utah, which borders the Duschane Indian Reservation, known as Skinwalker Ranch. The claims range from cattle mutilations, UFO and alien presences, cursed ground to inter dimensional portals. The story was so convincing that the owners sold the ranch to aeronautical billionaire Robert Bigelow.

For me, as I am part Native American… The intrigue of this story is almost too much to bear. It is at the VERY top of my bucket list.

Why would an aeronautics billionaire scoop up the property and then lock it down tighter than Fort Knox? What are your thoughts of the unexplained events that have taken place at the ranch?

For more information about Skinwalker Ranch visit:

http://www.skinwalkerranch.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinwalker_Ranch

http://www.rense.com/general32/strange.htm

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread288938/pg1

http://www.openminds.tv/army-colonel-reveals…/24626

http://www.skinwalkerranch.org/rank.html

http://youtu.be/HZknNIiwcB8

Dec 08

Aliens & UFOs

Candy

Candy

Executive Director at National Paranormal Society
I have had numerous experiences in my life that have tied me to thisplane of existence and others. I came to the paranormal field,compelled by curiosity and the need for knowledge. On a very personal level, I understand my connection to this earth. However, I look toscience for clarification, standards of methodology. The mysteries that surround us provide a plethora of opportunities I believe that my professional background and my spiritual experiencescomplement each other, allowing me to bring my strength andperspective to the NPS.
Candy

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If you have ever heard of the theory of the Ancient Anunnaki and the Sumerian Culture, I am fairly certain that you have heard of the late Zecharia Sitchin.

Sitchin believed that aliens colonized earth, and he supported his theory through decades of deciphering Sumerian and other cultures texts and extraordinary archeological findings. When Mr. Sitchin discovered that the mythology of the Sumerian people spoke of real places and real things he was completely convinced of the existence of the Anunnaki.

The Anunnaki are deities believed to have existed in ancient Mesopotamian cultures. It is said that they were sent out on a mission to find different minerals; gold, plutonium, uranium, etc.

What are your thoughts on the Anunnaki in ancient Sumerian cultures?  Do you think that Sitchin’s theory has as basis?

Does this help shape your thoughts and opinions on Aliens and UFO’s? How and why?

For more information on the Anunnaki:

http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc147.htm

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/…/1-anunnaki-main.html

http://xfacts.com/sumerian_culture.html

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sumer_anunnaki/anunnaki/anu_22.htm

http://www.vibrani.com/Anunnaki.htm

 

For more information on Zecharia Sitchin visit:

http://www.sitchin.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin

http://jcolavito.tripod.com/lostcivilizations/id14.html

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/guest/sitchin-zecharia/6026

http://www.ianlawton.com/

 

Lets take a few minutes and talk about Crop Circles…

Do you think that there is Alien influence, or is it the elaborate hoax?

What is your reasoning?

For more information on Crop Circles:

http://www.ufocasebook.com/pdf/cropcircles.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_circle

http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/interface2005.htm

 

Here are some links to sites and organizations with interesting articles and information on Aliens and UFO’s. Do you have any favorites that you would like to add to the list and share with NPS?

MUFON: http://www.mufon.com/

UFO CASEBOOK:  http://www.ufocasebook.com/

THE BLACK VAULT:  http://www.theblackvault.com/

UFO EVIDENCE: http://www.ufoevidence.org/

ABOVE TOP SECRET: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/

 

Alien Abduction

The terrifying thoughts provoked out of the speculation is something right out of a sci-fi film with either George Lucas or James Cameron behind the camera. Our minds go wild with the endless possibilities. However, no matter what our imagination concocts, nothing rivals the individual experiences of self-professed abductees. Many of these people were average people before their experiences. Yet, many began to display erratic behavior, unexplained fears and mysterious illnesses where there had been none known of before. Are these coincidences?  What are your thoughts? How do you support your theory?

For more information on Alien Abductions visit:

http://massufosightings.blogspot.com/

http://www.ufocasebook.com/alienabductions.html

http://ufos.about.com/…/aliensalie…/a/bestabductions.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_abduction

http://thefw.com/famous-alien-abductions/

http://www.oddee.com/item_97917.aspx

http://www.metropulse.com/…/reed-familys-alien-nightmare/

http://www.wjla.com/…/alien-abduction-1973-calvin

Dec 08

The first explorer theory

1st explorIt is my theory that the Extraterrestrial life forms that have come to Earth and have left crop circles, performed animal mutilations, abductions and the like are most likely the first explorers from a possible variety of different species of extraterrestrial beings. I also believe that It is possible that the reason their aircraft appears so advanced is because on their planet fossil fuels do not exist leading them to develop and invent different energy systems for their machinery. It is my belief that the abductions are nothing more than vivisection’s on isolated subjects that they have deemed to be sentient but are unsure of the level of intelligence, hence the reason why animals seem to be left in a far worse state then the human subjects. Due to the fact that as a whole the nature of our attempts to communicate with these beings has been peaceful on our end, I believe that these beings either cannot understand them and ignore them or something far worse CAN understand but do not care for the human race and merely see us as a petri dish, zoo, and botanical garden rolled into one.

Dec 08

Day 7: Astrophysics/Astrobiology

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Astrophysics is branch of astronomy that instead of dealing with their positions or movements, deals with the nature of heavenly bodies. Due to this fact, the field of Astrophysicists tend to apply many other disciplines such as Electromagnetism, Nuclear physics, particle physics, quantum mechanics, and a host of others. the objects that astrophysicists typically watch are galaxies, stars, extrasolar planets(planets not in our solar system) and many more. some of the most publicly popular topics of astrophysics that interested the general public is dark matter/energy, worm holes, the possibility of time travel, and the existence of sentient intelligent life outside planet earth.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and life on Earth. Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field encompassing many other fields such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, ecology, geology and much more. Often times astrobiology gets confused with another discipline of a similar nature, exobiology, the difference being while astrobiology is the study of life beyond our planet, exobiology is the search for life beyond our planet. astrobiologists working alongside astrophysicists having been finding more and more extrasolar planets that may be able to support life, the latest of these discoveries was of the planet currently know as Kepler 186f. this brings me to my discussion questions

Now that more and more scientists are searching and studying life on other planets, why are people who have encounters still considered insane? shouldn’t the public be more concerned and interested in finding out more about our potential intergalactic neighbors?

Day 7 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrophysics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrobiology

Dec 08

Day 6: Aliens/UFO’s in the media

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Whats that you say? Your second cousin married a grey? E.T is in your home making collect calls? Elvis not dead simply playing for the aliens?

In this day and age, Aliens have had quite the impact on pop culture and the media. From books like the War of the Worlds to the Martian Chronicles, form movies like Aliens to Paul, and TV shows like V or Falling Skies, Aliens have always been a go to for the use in science fiction. As you probably guessed by the intro Aliens and UFO’s have had another significant impact on the media and pop culture with their constant appearances in tabloids and other associated media, most of the time to quite humorous effect.

With this in mind, Is it because of these impacts on pop culture and media that more people are hesitant with coming forward with their experiences? or is the other way around? is it because of these peoples hesitation to come forward that allows pop culture to take what few sightings and experiences that have been documented and twists them for other amusements leading people to be worried about coming off as insane further perpetuating the cycle?

Day 6 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFOs_in_fiction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_conspiracy_theory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UFO-related_hoaxes

Dec 08

Day 5: Animal Mutilations

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This macabre phenomenon of cattle being killed and viciously mutilated is both puzzling and disturbing. Hundreds of cases of these attacks have been documented yet none have been explained nor solved. The surgical-type wounds tend to be cauterized by an intense heat and made by very sharp/precise instruments, with no bleeding evident. Often flesh will be removed to the bone in an exact manner, consistent between cases, such as removal of flesh from around the jaw exposing the mandible. such causes as natural decay, to predators, and even crytpid predators have been used as explanations but so far no one has been able to come up with concrete evidence as to how and why these attacks happen.

Day 5 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_mutilations
http://www.mufon.com/animal-mutilations.html

Dec 08

Day 4: Crop Circles

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One of the most widely known extraterrestrial phenomenon, crop circles have appeared in fields all of the world. With their meanings having been theorized to be either means or communication or simple where their ships propulsion systems leave marks, no one truly knows why they are left. Crop Circles are considered to be extremely controversial due to the fact that it is possible to make one. However, some people who say they have witnessed such crafts touching down claim to have gather evidence to the contrary. Crop Circles in general are wildly speculative and are considered to be the orbs of Ufology.

What are your thoughts on crop circles? Intergalactic tweets of simply some people yanking chains with advanced vandalism?

Day 4 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_circle
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/interface2005.htm
http://www.livescience.com/26540-crop-circles.ht

Dec 08

Day 3: Alien Technology

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We’ve all probably watched those sci-fi movies were little green men or some other alien race uses laser or some other type of technological marvel against us or showed off how technologically superior they were to us. the truth is no one completely know how advanced they are. what is know is that aliens have technology that is very advanced and hard if not impossible to understand how it works.the most well know piece of alien tech is the UFO or Unidentified Flying Object, from what is know it serves as a combination of means of transport and acts like a mobile science lab. they have appeared in a multitude of different shapes from orbs, disks to eggs, and triangles to arrowheads. from reports they are usually accompanied by bright lights and make little to no noise. some reports even say that they posses a means of pulling objects and people up to it. despite the many witness accounts over the decades, most government and military employees are tasked with denying the sightings or explaining such things as ‘swamp gas’ or ‘weather balloons’.

Day 3 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unidentified_flying_object
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identified_flying_object

Dec 08

Day 2: Alien Abductions

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Everyone and there dog has heard at least one ” i got abducted by aliens!” tale in their life, if i hasn’t happened yet if will soon. Alien Abductions can sound funny, but most of the time if you actually listen to the stories whether or not the people were ‘actually’ abducted or not they experienced something traumatizing. Anyone who does paranormal research based around Aliens and UFO’s has heard of the Betty and Barney Hill case and how it was the first case in which the victims were able to describe their abductors, who would later become known as the Greys. With all the supposed abductions cases and reports, one has to ask why do they, after traveling all that way, come here just to poke around in someone? what is the purpose for it all?

Day 2 Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_abduction

Dec 08

Day 1: Ancient Astronauts/Aliens

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According to many theorists, extraterrestrial life has come to earth over the millennia to influence multiple aspects of human civilization and culture such as technology, religions, and various other areas. The most prominent example of technology is found in Hindu scriptures as well as in some of the books in the Judeo-Christian faiths. It is believed that several religions were created based upon the visitation of alien races, some of these are Scientology, Raelism, and Heavens gate. It is also believed that structures such as the Pyramids and Stonehenge were built as megalithic structures either as means of spiritual communication or as sites for landing.

Day 1 Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_astronauts

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