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The purpose of this blog is the creation of an open, international, independent and free forum, where every UFO-researcher can publish the results of his/her research. The languagues, used for this blog, are Dutch, English and French.You can find the articles of a collegue by selecting his category. Each author stays resposable for the continue of his articles. As blogmaster I have the right to refuse an addition or an article, when it attacks other collegues or UFO-groupes.
Deze blog is opgedragen aan mijn overleden echtgenote Lucienne.
In 2012 verloor ze haar moedige strijd tegen kanker!
In 2011 startte ik deze blog, omdat ik niet mocht stoppen met mijn UFO-onderzoek.
UFO'S - MET HET LAATSTE NIEUWS OVER UFO'S BOVEN BELGIË EN IN ANDERE LANDEN...
UFO's in België en de rest van de wereld In België heb je vooral BUFON of het Belgisch UFO-Netwerk, dat zich met UFO's bezighoudt. BEZOEK DUS ZEKER VOOR ALLE OBJECTIEVE INFORMATIE ww.ufo.be.
Verder heb je ook het Belgisch-Ufo-meldpunt en Caelestia, die prachtig, doch ZEER kritisch werk leveren, ja soms zelfs héél sceptisch...
Voor Nederland kan je de mooie site www.ufowijzer.nl bezoeken van Paul Harmans. Een mooie site met veel informatie en artikels.
MUFON of het Mutual UFO Network Inc is een Amerikaanse UFO-vereniging met afdelingen in alle USA-staten en diverse landen.
MUFON's mission is the analytical and scientific investigation of the UFO- Phenomenon for the benefit of humanity...
Je kan ook hun site bekijken onder www.mufon.com.
Ze geven een maandeliiks tijdschrift uit, namelijk The MUFON UFO-Journal. Since 02/01/2013 is Pieter not only president (=voorzitter) of BUFON, but also National Director MUFON / Flanders and the Netherlands. We work together with the French MUFON Reseau MUFON/EUROP.
LE PENTAGONE A ÉTUDIÉ LA
LE PENTAGONE A ÉTUDIÉ LA "TECHNOLOGIE DES OVNIS EXOTIQUES". CONFIRMATION DANS UNE LETTRE D'UN SÉNATEUR ET DU SOUS-SECRÉTAIRE AMÉRICAIN À LA DÉFENSE.
Le programme secret du Pentagone sur les OVNIS a mené une série d'enquêtes sur les "technologies futuristes exotiques", révèle une lettre d'un sénateur et du secrétaire adjoint à la défense des Etats-Unis.
Les documents relatifs aux enquêtes du Programme d’identification aérospatiale avancée (AATIP) confirment que les États-Unis ont étudié en secret des technologies leur permettant d’exercer un plus grand contrôle militaire sur d’autres pays au cours des prochaines décennies. Ce programme, principalement consacré à l'exploration des anomalies des phénomènes aériens, a été dévoilé à la fin de l'année dernière, lorsqu'une vidéo a été publiée sur la rencontre rapprochée entre un chasseur FA-18 Super Hornet et un ovni de forme ovale. Ils voyageaient à grande vitesse.
Maintenant, un échange de fonds entre le sénateur Harry Mason Reid et William Lynn III, sous-secrétaire à la Défense, a révélé les détails juteux sur l'intérêt du Pentagone pour l'étude des objets volants non identifiés et des progrès de la technologie aérospatiale. Et bien que la correspondance ne mentionne pas spécifiquement les OVNIS, cela semble confirmer que le sénateur a ordonné l’évaluation du degré de "menaces étrangères" de l’espace.
De plus, nous parlons de concepts extrêmement sophistiqués tels que la mécanique quantique, la science nucléaire, l'électromagnétisme, l'antigravité et la thermodynamique. "Ces technologies ont le potentiel d'être utilisées par nos adversaires avec des effets catastrophiques", prévient le sénateur Reid dans la lettre, qui a été obtenue de Las Vegas.
En fait, les progrès réalisés grâce aux technologies étudiées dans le programme AATIP sont si « sensibles » que le sénateur suggère un contrôle plus rigoureux de la part du ministère de la Défense et établisse les références « niveau SAP » (programmes d'accès spéciaux) qu'il s'agit d'informations classées au-dessus du TOP SECRET (Ultra Top Secret). La lettre indique également que "l'identification de différents résultats aérospatiaux non conventionnels a beaucoup progressé". "Enfin, les résultats de l'AATIP ne profiteront pas seulement au gouvernement américain, mais également au ministère de la Défense d'une manière qui ne soit pas imaginée", écrit le sénateur. "Les connaissances et les compétences technologiques que nous avons obtenues donneront à notre pays un avantage sur toute menace étrangère et nous permettront de maintenir notre suprématie en tant que leader mondial".
Bien sûr, les menaces et les développements spatiaux d'autres pays, tels que la Russie et la Chine, constituent probablement des menaces. Cependant, il semble y avoir une allusion claire que l'étude de l'AIPIP sur les ovnis a aidé à améliorer la technologie aérospatiale américaine ... peut-être avec l'ingénierie inverse, c'est-à-dire la rétro-ingénierie ? Ce dernier peut être déduit des déclarations faites l’année dernière par l’ancien directeur de l’AIPIP, Luis Elizondo, après que le secret ait été révoqué sur l’existence de ce programme du Pentagone, a déclaré M. Elizondo. Nous ne sommes pas seuls »et a laissé entendre que le gouvernement avait accès à des « métamatériaux » obtenus à partir de vaisseaux spatiaux extraterrestres récupérés et stockés dans des structures spécialement modifiées situées quelque part dans le désert de Las Vegas.
Nick Pope, ancien chercheur sur les OVNIS au ministère britannique de la Défense, estime que cette lettre "est une bombe" et "révèle plus que ce que nous pensions savoir sur le programme AATIP". "Ces révélations choquantes montrent à quel point le problème des OVNIS est grave pour le gouvernement américain, au-delà de ce qu’ils croient être la véritable nature du phénomène. La lettre exprime les véritables raisons pour lesquelles le Pentagone étudie le sujet - la technologie des ovnis - et la dichotomie entre la considérer comme une menace et une opportunité ", conclut avec ces mots Nick Pope dans une interview avec le tabloïd britannique The Metro. Le programme AATIP a été achevé en 2012, même si les journalistes du New York Times qui l'ont exposé au public croient qu'il fonctionne toujours à un certain niveau.
A YouTube video posted earlier this year has gained international attention after it was picked up and reposted last week on UFO and British tabloid websites, said The Charlotte Observer.
The footage, recorded May 29 by “Jason Swing,” shows a long tubular object hovering for more than two minutes over North Carolina’s Lake Norman, north of Charlotte.
Swing called the object “a spacecraft” at the beginning of his video.
“It had been raining all morning. Rain finally stopped so we went (to) pick up a boat from Lake Norman,” Swing wrote in the about section of the video. “When (I) came around the corner I saw this thing sitting still very close.”
Swing’s extremely shaky cellphone video went unnoticed for weeks and even months on end but gained international attention after being featured in two British tabloids and Russia’s Sputnik News.
Comments on Swing’s video have ranged from mockery to support for the UFO theory.
According to a Goodyear tweet, the Goodyear blimp was reportedly circling the region on May 29, for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 race.
Wanna see - and hear - what it’s really like to watch the green flag drop from the Goodyear Blimp? This is how our pilots saw the #CocaCola600 start!
Since the video went viral, social media trolls have not been kind to Swing, with many criticizing his amateurish video work. One user even said it looked like Swing was recording the object “while jumping on a Pogostick.”
“So annoying that people can’t film properly. I get that they are scared, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” user Tom Brown wrote.
“A line in the sky can’t be that scary. [It] wasn’t moving or flashing lights [and] there was no indication that it was alien and not some kind of craft made by humans. Who knows. Wish people would film things properly these days. It’s 2018 and we can’t even get a good UFO video. Ah well until we get true disclosure nothing will ever change.”
Here are some comments from the YouTube video (unedited):
“Yes, we have many of them here. Among other things we’ve seen here. There is more going on than you know.”
“How difficult it is to stand on an empty road and hold the freakin’ phone right?”
“Also known as the Goodyear blimp. Real common to that area — like most anytime there is a game or race at the speedway about thirty miles south of Lake Norman. I, myself, have spoken to blimp aliens. They are an impressive life form, but for some odd reason they refused to take me aboard their mother ship.”
“So irritating when someone is incapable of keeping their phone the least bit still. Wish I had the last two minutes of my life back.”
“I suspect hoax and a scam due to the SHORT nature of the video and the OVERLY SHAKY cam that can only be intentional.”
“It was terrifying. His shaking made me want to call 911 for him.”
“Just a passenger jet coming out of Charlotte Douglas Airport. Flying low (below the cloud deck) on northbound track from airport. See this all the time up there. Look at the tops of the trees and bushes each time the video shows the plane and you see that it is steadily moving left to right. Going to look like hovering and slow movement since it is about 4 miles away.”
North Carolina Man Films ‘UFO’ Hovering Over Lake, Then Goodyear Makes Astonishing Announcement
North Carolina Man Films ‘UFO’ Hovering Over Lake, Then Goodyear Makes Astonishing Announcement
by GIOVANNA BOLDRINI
“It was like nothing that I’d ever seen before,” says Jason Swing, the man who spotted the mysterious object floating in the sky.
Did Man Film a UFO Hovering Over North Carolina Lake?
Jason shot the viral video on a cellphone. In the distance, you can see a large object seeming to hold perfectly still in the sky. You can even hear Jason commenting in the background as he films, clearly emotional and stunned by the sight.
Conspiracy theorists and alien fanatics around the world quickly dubbed it a UFO. Which was technically true — until anyone figured out what the thing was, it was an unidentified flying object.
Problem is, it didn’t take long at all to figure out what Jason saw.
Locals in the area quickly put two and two together and realized that the UFO was actually a blimp. A very famous blimp, one that just about everyone in the country has seen at one point or another.
“We don’t want to get in the way of a good story,” said a representative for the Goodyear blimp, “but that’s definitely us.”
The iconic aircraft was covering a local NASCAR race. Meaning that, unless Goodyear has begun hiring extraterrestrials, this does not count as an alien sighting.
But one man still isn’t convinced. “I never seen a blimp that looked like that,” claims Jason.
There a few things that bring us more joy than a grainy video of a UFO sighting that is more than likely just a bird or a plane.
Though this footage from North Carolina native Jason Swing is somewhat convincing.
On 29 May, he spotted what appears to be a large object hovering about Lake Norman.
It had been raining in the area all morning but once the skies had cleared he could see an object floating in mid-air, according to Swing.
In the clip, Swing claims that the object is a 'spacecraft' before adding:
It had been raining all morning. Rain finally stopped so went (to) pick up a boat from Lake Norman.
When (I) came around the corner I saw this thing sitting still very close.
Although the video is very shaky and almost never gets a clear shot of the object, it hasn't stopped the video from becoming a hit on YouTube from being viewed over 250,000 times.
Speculation immediately began to circulate as what the object was with some commenters claiming that it could be some sort of secret military aircraft.
One user said:
I believe there are advanced Military Aircraft, in our skies.
It's amazing people don't know how to use the vide, and focus on their camera's.
They are pre-programming the masses, EVERYTHING lately is about Aliens and UFO's.
However, the truth behind the object has already been revealed and be prepared for some major disappointment.
After a few users suggested that it could be the famous Goodyear Blimp which would have been in the Charlotte area on that date, appearing at NASCAR'S Coca-Cola 600 race.
This was later confirmed by the tyre manufacture themselves. The Daily Mail quotes them as saying:
We don’t want to get in the way of a good story, but that’s definitely us.
We left the Charlotte area 5/29 after covering the Coke 600.
Weirdly this isn't the first time the blimp has been mistaken for a UFO. It happened previously at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was once again debunked by the company.
That being said North Carolina is a notorious location for UFO sightings and is in the top 10 states for extraterrestrial activity, which could be blamed on the multiple military bases that reside there.
UFO speculation surges after North Carolina lake video goes viral
UFO speculation surges after North Carolina lake video goes viral
A video of a UFO flying over a North Carolina lake has gone viral, prompting speculation that the object in the video may not be of this world.
The exceptionally shaky video, posted by Jason Swing on May 29, was taken over Lake Norman in North Carolina. It has gone viral, having been viewed more than 250,000 times, as viewers scratch their heads trying to make sense of what they are seeing.
In the video's description, Swing says that he was at work at 10:30 a.m. on a rainy day. "Rain finally stopped so we went [to] pick up a boat from Lake Norman," Swing wrote. "When [I] came around the corner, I saw this thing sitting still, very close."
Naturally, the talk immediately turned to an extraterrestrial craft, though many commenters believed Swing's video is likely a hoax, due to the shaky footage and the fact Swing cuts off the video rather promptly.
"Next time you try and film a UFO, please try to jump around a little more. Also, adding a degree of blur would be a good touch. Geez.," one viewer wrote.
"I'm videoing a UFO. But I've got something more important to do. Later," another commenter wrote.
"Aliens always reveal themselves to people who shake uncontrollably and have no idea how to operate a zoom," another commenter wrote. "Classic alien jerk move."
Others, however, were more forgiving of Swing's shaky camera work, believing that Swing actually saw a UFO and not a toy drone or a blimp, as many in the comments have accused him of showing.
"Hello, this a great catch and I was hoping to show it on my channel with full credits and links back to yourself," wrote one commenter known as The Hidden Underbelly 2.0. "Please let me know if this would be okay with yourself. Thanks and god bless."
Others believe that the sighting was indeed the GoodYear Blimp, which was in the Charlotte area on May 29 for a NASCAR race.
The GoodYear Blimp account, however, seemed to put the kibosh on the notion that the craft was extraterrestrial in nature.
"We don’t want to get in the way of a good story, but that’s definitely us," the GoodYear Blimp account wrote, according to the Daily Mail. "We left the Charlotte area 5/29 after covering the Coke 600."
Un immense ovni triangulaire prés de l’aéroport de Genève
Un immense ovni triangulaire prés de l’aéroport de Genève
Publié le 16/08/2018
Un article de Daniel Robin, Responsable du Réseau Ovni Investigation
Dimanche 12 aout 2018 à Viry près de Genève. Il est 23h30. M. Frédéric K. et sa compagne regardent le ciel qui était dégagé.
Soudain, le couple aperçoit un immense ovni de forme triangulaire, d’un noir profond, qui est en position stationnaire pas très loin au-dessus d’eux. Puis, après quelques secondes, le triangle noir se déplace très lentement en direction de Genève. L’un des deux témoins est formel, l’engin était aussi grand que plusieurs avions de ligne !
Depuis quelques jours, le site Ovnis-Direct enregistre (grâce à son formulaire en ligne qui permet de signaler une observation) un certain nombre de témoignages impliquant des ovnis de forme triangulaire et de couleur noire.
Nous vous tiendrons régulièrement informé de la situation et des témoignages que nous recevons concernant ces engins. Il semblerait, en effet, qu’il se produise une recrudescence des observations impliquant d’immenses structures triangulaires noires. Les questions sont toujours les mêmes : d’où viennent-elles et que quelles sont leurs intentions à notre égard ? Le plus spectaculaire de ces témoignages est arrivé ce matin à 10h45 (13 juillet 2018). Voici le récit du témoin tel qu’il a été posté sur le site Ovnis-Direct :
« Voulant observer les étoiles filantes mon amie et moi, nous sommes sortis sur la terrasse. En levant les yeux vers le ciel, nous avons distinctement discerné un triangle noir avec des sortes de « feux de position » allumés à chaque pointe (angle). L’engin était pratiquement immobile, mais il a commencé une légère rotation sur lui-même. Pas de bruit à l’extérieur. J’ai couru chercher mon téléphone portable pour prendre une photo, mais à mon retour l’engin avait disparu. Ce n’était pas un avion. Nous avons clairement distingué les rebords de ce triangle gigantesque. Nous habitons proches de l’aéroport de Genève, à Viry (74580) » (Viry fait partie de l’agglomération du Grand Genève). Dès que j’ai pris connaissance de ce témoignage (je peux consulter en temps réel sur mon téléphone portable les témoignages qui sont postés sur Ovnis-Direct), j’ai immédiatement pris contact avec le témoin (M. Frédéric K.) par téléphone. Ce dernier m’a confirmé la taille imposante du triangle : plusieurs fois celle d’un avion de ligne (Airbus A320 par exemple). Il ne pouvait pas se tromper et confondre le triangle avec un avion, car étant proche de l’aéroport de Genève il a l’habitude de voir décoller et atterrir les avions de ligne. La trajectoire du triangle semblait prendre la direction de Genève.
Ci-dessus : La position de la commune de Viry, la flèche en bas à gauche, et celle de l’aéroport international de Genève, la flèche en haut. M. Frédéric K. estime à environ 15 km la distance entre son domicile et l’aéroport de Genève.
Ci-dessus : Reconstitution artistique du triangle noir observé à Viry par deux témoins le dimanche 12 aout 2018 à 23h30. A noter que selon l’un des témoins, les feux à chaque angle étaient moins lumineux et d’un diamètre plus petit.
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AREA 51: THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
AREA 51: THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
A website called Area51.org naturally receives a lot of questions about Area 51, the world’s most famous secret base. Here are the answers to the most popular and interesting queries we’ve received. This is a work in progress, and we’ll refresh and repost as new intel arrives.
WHAT IS AREA 51?
It’s a top secret US government research and test facility—in other words, it’s where the US Air Force keeps its biggest secrets. For years, the base did not appear on maps and the government flat-out denied that it even existed. Even today, security around the base is extremely high, and much of the facility is said to actually be underground.
WHY IS IT CALLED AREA 51?
AEC Map with Area 51 on the Right-Hand Side
The US Atomic Energy Commission, now part of the Department of Energy, used to test atomic bombs in a huge area of desert in Nevada, originally called the Nevada Proving Ground. The test range was divided up into numbered “areas” in no particular order—the numbers seem to have been picked at random. When the CIA took over one area to make a secret base, it chose Area 51, mainly because it’s completely surrounded by mountain ranges—a natural hiding place.
Today, the name Area 51 is no longer used by government and military officials; the site has had a lot of nicknames (“Dreamland”, “The Ranch”, “The Box”), but its official name is now “Detachment 3 of the Air Force Flight Test Center”—so catchy.
WHERE IS AREA 51?
It’s as far out in the Nevada desert as you can possibly imagine. The base is intentionally in the middle of nowhere; it is, after all, where the government goes when it wants to be alone.
Area 51 is 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas, far into the high desert. The nearest highway, 375, is about 25 miles from the base’s borders—and the borders are another 20 miles from the base itself.
WHEN WAS IT BUILT?
Area 51 began its life as part of a large swath of land taken in 1951 by the Atomic Energy Commission to test atomic bombs—they needed a safe place for gigantic explosions. The “Nevada Proving Ground” was the place where the very first atomic bomb exploded, and the flash was so bright that it was seen as far away as San Francisco.
In 1954, when the government decided it needed a safe place to work on secret projects, one chunk of land in the Nevada Proving Ground was identified as the perfect place.
WHAT SECRET PROJECTS HAVE BEEN HIDDEN THERE?
The most famous secret project developed at this super-secret base is the U-2 spy plane, which was used to spy on the Soviet Union from 70,000 feet (far out of range of radar).
The SR-71 Blackbird, Developed at Area 51
Another well-known project: the SR-71 Blackbird, a fighter jet that holds the world’s record as the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft.
The missile defense system sometimes called “Star Wars” or “SDI” (Strategic Defense Initiative) was also developed there.
What about all the alien technology? It may well be hidden out there, too, but the government isn’t talking about it. Yet.
WHY IS AREA 51 SO FAMOUS?
Physicist Bob Lazar Says He Was Employed at Area 51, Where He Worked on UFOs
In 1989, a physicist named Bob Lazar appeared on a Las Vegas news program to tell his story: he’d been an engineer at Area 51, and his job was to figure out how UFO technology worked. Needless to say, that got some attention—it’s an extraordinary claim, especially because Lazar was more than willing to provide extensive details about his work, how he got the job, and what he saw at the base. Although some of his background is difficult to verify, it is now considered to be a fact that Lazar was employed at the base when he said he was, as journalist Annie Jacobsen confirmed in her book Area 51: an Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base.
Lazar’s revelations helped make Area 51 a household name. Everyone loves a mystery, and we love it even more when some of its secrets are revealed.
In the years since the initial publicity, Lazar’s story has been scrutinized and criticized by cynics, skeptics, and critics. Still, he has been consistent about what he said happened in every detail, and in the UFO community, Lazar’s name has become synonymous with Area 51 itself.
CAN I GET A JOB AT AREA 51?
If you have the right background, quite possibly! The employees of Area 51 (ahem, Detachment 3 of the Air Force Flight Test Center) are mostly civilian contractors who work for huge companies like Raytheon and EG&G Technical Services. The employee organization for Area 51 employees is called JT3, and its website has a Careers section with job openings. (“It takes special people to work for JT3,” the page sas.We bet!)
WHO GUARDS AREA 51? (OR: WHO ARE THESE “CAMO DUDES” YOU SPEAK OF?)
The Land Surrounding Area 51 is Filled with Sensors and Monitoring Equipment
Surprisingly, the large buffer zone around the Area 51 base is not guarded by military police but by private security personnel who are employees of large government contracting companies. They’re called “Camo Dudes” by Area 51 enthusiasts because they wear camouflage military-style clothing. The Camo Dudes patrol the desolate land while tooling around the desert in Chevy trucks.
The land around Area 51 is also littered with sensors and monitoring equipment to detect intruders and over-zealous adventurers. In the 1990s, an Area 51 researcher discovered that there were also monitors hidden in the public land outside the borders of the base—so even before you get anywhere near the restricted zone, they know you’re coming.
HAS ANYONE EVER CROSSED THE BORDER INTO THE RESTRICTED AREA?
Absolutely. And every last one of them was arrested by the Camo Dudes (see “Who Guards Area 51?”) and handed over to the Lincoln County Sheriff. Usually, trespassers spend the night in jail and are issued a healthy fine. Although the signs around the base warn that lethal force is authorized, we are unaware of anyone actually being shot or killed by a Camo Dude, although the dudes have reportedly harassed base viewers on occasion.
Lethal force is truly is within the dudes’ options, though; as former Area 51 guard Fred Dunham said, “If they (trespassers) demonstrate[d] they were going to try to penetrate, they (management) gave me the all-clear to waste them.”
HAS ANYONE EVER SNEAKED INTO THE BASE ITSELF?
Nope. And there is really no way to pull it off; security is far too tight, and the government has had more than half a century to perfect it. You would have to get past sensors, cameras, monitors, and Camo Dudes for some 15–20 miles, only to face formidable security at the base itself. In other words, everything you saw in that found-footage movie called Area 51 is just plain fantasy.
HOW CLOSE CAN I GET TO THE BASE WITHOUT GETTING IN TROUBLE?
The View from Tikaboo Peak, with Area 51 Distantly Visible Some 25 Miles Away
The land surrounding the Area 51 restricted zone is actually public land—not only can you walk freely on it, but you can camp there, too, and some people do just that. (With caution! This is the desolate high desert, with few public services, and few people, for that matter. Running out of water or even gasoline can mean death.)
That public land has quite a few unpaved sandy, bumpy roads, and some of them, like Groom Lake Road, lead across the border into base territory. Warning signs on the border are spaced about 50 yards (roughly 50 meters) apart—you do not dare cross. The guards already know you’re there (because the public land’s roads are lined with sensors), and you’ll be arrested if you venture past the border indicated by the signs.
Can you see anything from Groom Lake Road? Not really—maybe a Camo Dude or a sensor.
Your alternative, if you really want to see the base for yourself, is to do a grueling hike to Tikaboo Peak, which is actually the closest possible vantage point to Area 51 for those of us who don’t work there.
WHAT IS THE BLACK MAILBOX AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH AREA 51?
The Black Mailbox near Area 51 (photo by Rod Ramsey)
Way back before Area 51 was the most famous secret base in the world, rancher Steve Medlin had a black mailbox on Highway 375 in Nevada. It’s desolate out there; there was nothing around it for miles, so it stood out.
Later, it became a really obvious place to meet if you were a UFO hunter or an adventurer trying to get to the border of Area 51. Meet me at the Black Mailbox, dude! Its location and its ominous-sounding name made it a legend. People started putting mail in it, addressed to the aliens who live at Area 51—when they weren’t shooting it with guns or writing graffiti on it.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE BLACK MAILBOX WHEN IT’S ACTUALLY WHITE?
Rancher Steve Medlin got sick of dealing with the vandalism that comes with owning the only mailbox in proximity to Area 51. His mailbox stood on Highway 375, the only notable landmark for miles. So, when the state of Nevada decided to re-christen the road as the “Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway” in a ceremony that also promoted the film Independence Day, he saw opportunity. The original black mailbox was sold at auction for $1000 as part of the festivities, right after the part where Jeff Goldblum and other stars of the movie helped bury a time capsule. (After the auction, everyone retired to the Little A’Le’Inn for an Alien Burger. At least, I did.)
The White Mailbox, Removed in 2015
Later, a new mailbox appeared, this one painted white and made of bullet-proof materials. Under it was a second mailbox marked “Alien” to keep letters to extraterrestrials from being mixed up with Medlin’s own bills and junk mail. The white mailbox—still popularly called “the Black Mailbox”—stood for years, still a signpost and landmark associated with Area 51.
Eventually, Medlin got fed up completely; people were still vandalizing his new, tougher, bulletproof mailbox. After it was nearly destroyed in January of 2015, Medlin took the whole thing out. We’re not sure how he’s getting his mail now; maybe the Little A’Le’Inn has P.O. boxes?
WHAT IS THE LITTLE A’LE’INN AND WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH AREA 51?
The Little A’Le’Inn Has Been Featured in Movies, Books, and Yes, in Tabloids
If you stumbled into this small diner with attached motel rooms and didn’t know anything about Area 51 lore, you probably wouldn’t be much impressed. There’s a bar, a gift shop, an old Pac-Man arcade console from the ’80s.
What makes the Little A’Le’Inn (a-lee-in, “alien”, get it?) such a must-see for Area 51 adventurers is a fascinating combination of kitsch and mystery. Located in tiny Rachel, Nevada, it’s the only restaurant that’s anywhere near Area 51, and the owners (Pat Travis and her daughter Connie) are absolutely dedicated to taking advantage of that. Want an Alien Burger? You betcha. Maybe buy some Area 51 merchandise? They’ve got it for sale—actually, some of it is pretty cool; I’ve still got some of the stuff I bought there in 1996.
You don’t go to the Little A’Le’Inn for the food or the gifts, though; it’s the whole experience: you’re in a diner/bar frequented by UFO enthusiasts and Area 51 employees (seriously). It doesn’t seem like some cheesy diner. It seems otherworldly.
(Fun note: the single most surreal moment of my life was watching an Elvis impersonator [or possibly the real Elvis] sing “Viva Las Vegas” while I chomped down an Alien Burger there at the Little A’Le’Inn.)
IF I GO UFO-WATCHING NEAR AREA 51, WILL I SEE ANYTHING?
You might see something, yes. Area 51 is a test facility, so they often conduct flight tests of experimental aircraft, almost always at night. If you’re into military testing, you might very well be lucky enough to see some aircraft lights.
Of course, you may be more interested in catching a UFO in flight. Most ufologists don’t necessarily think aliens are routinely flying around or landing at Area 51; more likely, the government may be experimenting with aircraft built with UFO technology. Before you cynics start chortling, keep in mind that more than a few sky-watchers viewing from vantage points like the Black Mailbox have seen lights zooming across the sky at impossible speeds—nearly instantaneous jumps across miles of sky.
Author David Darlington, who wrote the excellent Area 51: the Dreamland Chronicles, says that though he saw many lights in the sky while researching his book, most were easily explained, but not all. “By the time I went home,” he writes, “I could explain every sighting … except one: dots that jumped through space a quarter of a mile at a time.” (Emphasis mine.)
After 3 UFO encounters, retired educator and Nogal resident calls himself a believer
After 3 UFO encounters, retired educator and Nogal resident calls himself a believer
Dianne L Stallings Ruidoso News
Bill Thorp sketched the positions of the lights on the underside of a craft that flew over his home in Nogal.
Courtesy/Richard "Bill" Thorp
Richard “Bill” Thorp has lived in Lincoln County 31 years, he’s a retired educator and past vice president of the Lincoln County Historical Society. He also claims to have encountered unidentified flying objects three times, twice in the Nogal area and twice when others saw the phenomena too.
“The second experience was thrilling. I wish I could experience it again over and over,” he said Monday. “I am a believer.”
The first sighting
The first encounter occurred in 1953, when Thorp was working as a roustabout in the oilfields around Loco Hills, a small village 25 miles east of Artesia, where he had graduated from high school. He’d worked in that capacity since he was 16, but two years later still was the youngest at the job rod and tubing on the Caprock about eight miles south of Maljamar.
“The driller had stopped the machine and suggested we get a drink” a short distance away where the water was sitting in a truck. When the break was over and everyone moved back to the platform, Thorp returned to the truck where he had forgotten his gloves. As he turned to join the crew, “There it was,” he said. “Coming out of the southwestern sky at an unbelievable rate of speed was a small dish-shaped object. The disk was shiny and bright, but strangely appeared to be tumbling end-over-end in the sky. It was alternating from shiny bright to less bright over and over. It did this until it went out of sight in the northeastern sky.”
The whole experience took less than six seconds and he didn’t mention it to his fellow workers. He knew it wasn’t a satellite, because Sputnik, the first Russian satellite was not launched until years later.
“This was July 1953,” he said. “Everyone was aware that flying saucers might exist, because of the Roswell incident, which happened just a few years before in 1947.”
A UFO crashed near Corona. The debris and some say bodies of aliens were transported to Walker Air Force base in Roswell. The military later claimed the object was a weather balloon, but many dispute that statement, including descendants of Major Jesse Marcel Sr., an intelligence officer at Walker, who insisted the debris and bodies were not from earth.
The second sighting
Retired educator Bill Thorp says a UFO descended toward the Carrizo Mountains near his New Mexico home.
The second incident was in 2000, and took place on the front deck of Thorp’s home in Nogal.
“This incident was much closer, perhaps as close as 1,000 feet,” Thorp said. “It traveled at a fantastic rate of speed, but much slower than the first. I had time to look, to analyze, to calibrate. But perhaps the best thing about the second sighting was that I had a witness. This thing passed directly over my house. My wife, Beverly was standing beside me and she witnessed everything.”
His wife is known for not embellishing a story, he said.
The incident occurred about 10:35 p.m., because the couple just watched local news from Albuquerque. Thorp went out to the front porch to soaked in the cloudless night with bright stars and a new moon. Their house sits at 7,300 feet elevation and the stars added just enough light to silhouette every mountain range and landmark for 20 miles, Thorp said. Carrizo Peak is nearly due north from their house and between the house and the peak is an 18-mile wide valley.
“As I stood admiring the silhouette of the Carrizo Mountains, suddenly coming up from behind the main peak there appeared three lights that (seemed to) clear the peak by perhaps 500 feet,” Thorp said.
He knew from the space between the lights and their brightness, it was not a plane from Holloman Air Force Base. He called to his wife.
“We stood together and watched the object as it approached us with an incredible speed,” he said. “In just a few seconds, another light appeared.”
They determined the object was diamond-shape, because it blocked out the stars. An intense white light was on the front point of the diamond, with another on the back point. Two green lights were on the side points and a red light was located in the middle on the underside of the diamond, he said.
The couple was struck that the craft seemed to be using their house as a beacon, he said. They wondered if the building materials that came from Walker Air Force Base might have retained some sort of fingerprint. As it approached the house, they never moved or looked to the right or left, they just kept bending their heads and necks straight back until the craft went out of sight over their house. They immediately ran to the back deck upstairs on the opposite side of the home.
“As we reached the back deck, it was still in sight and was very low heading directly toward the soft glow of lights given off by the village of Ruidoso,” Thorp said.
He estimated that the object began to descend over Carrizo Peak at 9,656 feet. and over their house at about 8,000 feet, which is 700 feet above their house.
“It was a huge flying object, not to be estimated in feet,” Thorp said. “I would estimate the width to be between a quarter of a mile to a half mile,” at the widest point. Even more startling, the passage was almost silent.
“There was no jet sound, nor any sign of a jet wash, no movement of air, no sonic boom,” he said. “There was one faint sound. If you listened closely, there was a very faint hum.” The type of propulsion was unknown on earth, he concluded.
The Thorps thought surely others would see the craft and there would be reports in the newspaper or on radio and television, but nothing appeared. They talked to another person, who said she saw the craft and lives in a direct line two miles south of the Thorps. The woman described the exact shape and lights. The couple looked all summer, but the craft never returned.
The third sighting
The last incident happened at 9:15 p.m. May 11, 2015, as Thorp, his wife and their youngest daughter, Bonnabeth, were about five miles from home returning from Las Vegas, Nev. They were on the alert, because driving at night meant wildlife could be near or on the road.
“Bev was the first to see it,” Thorp said. She saw a single large amber light high in the sky, but soon all three were straining to look through the windshield or out the windows of the car as six brilliant large amber lights appeared in a straight-line. They seemed to be in pairs with a slight separation between each twosome.
“The lights were close, probably within 500 feet to 1,000 feet above the ground,” Thorp said. He pulled the car off the road at the first safe place to get a better view.
“I thought it was very unusual that the lights never broke their formation,” he said. “They were pretty round and perfectly distinct from one another, there was no diffusion of light rays that you see when lights are in the distance.”
Then as if all were controlled by one source, they went off. The sky went black.
“If I had to make a judgment, I would say they were not observation lights, but the cabin lights of a craft,” Thorp said.
He pulled back on the road and started home again when two lights reappeared, this time in the eastern sly on the left side of the highway. They weren’t moving and went out after about four seconds. Twenty seconds later, the lights came on again. Thorp believes they were viewing multiple crafts, again with absolutely no sound.
The women were a bit unsettled by the experience and considered the lights ominous and unfriendly. When they reached the house, they propped chairs up against the doors.
“If these beings had the technology to travel from planet to planet, they probable can overcome the technology of small wooden chairs propped up against doors,” Thorp told them.
Within days, the Thorps spoke to two other people in the area who said they also witnessed the lights. His daughter pulled up background on the Internet about the Phoenix Lights that appeared in March 1997. Descriptions were extremely similar. It turned out, that literally thousands of such sighting have been reported over the planet. Authorities have dismissed most as either natural phenomena or military.
But Thorp said he doesn’t believe they were natural, some sort of fragment from the borealis, a reflection of his own headlights, an airplane, a satellite or secret military testing. While he expects family and friends to believe what he’s described, he doesn’t expect those from the outside to accept the experiences.
“Like most people in the world, seeing is believing and if they don’t see it, they don’t believe it,” he said. “Just don’t tell me that I saw an airplane. I’m 83 years old and I know what an airplane looks like. I also know what one sounds like.”
A retired rancher described how terrified his wife was after seeing the objects.
“(It was) just after dark, his wife had gone outdoors to take some sheets off the clothesline. He was inside the house reading the paper,” Mr Ruppelt describes in the book.
Edward J Ruppelt had a particular interest in the phenomenon.
“Suddenly his wife had rushed into the house …’as white as the sheets she was carrying’. The reason his wife was so upset was that she had seen a large object glide swiftly and silently over the house.”
The wife described it as “an aeroplane without a body” that had wings covered in glowing blue lights.
After more reports came flooding, some of the locals decided it was time to investigate what these lights actually were.
The group of professors that first saw the lights started an informal investigation, in which they measured the speed and angles of the lights and fact checked sightings.
They noted that the UFOs always travelled from north to south.
He worked with US Air Force Officer to obtain data on the unidentified flying objects reported from various parts of the nation.
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The events started to gain wider attention after a university student managed to snap a picture of the lights, which were widely published in newspapers and magazines.
The pictures caused a major debate, with people claiming they were a hoax while residents said it was exactly like the objects they had been seeing.
SO WHAT WAS IT?
Multiple explanations have been offered up over the years by scholars and authorities, but the majority of witnesses had a hard time believing them.
The Air Force claimed the lights were nothing more than the underside of a plane and another investigation concluded it was actually caused by birds reflecting the light from Lubbock’s new street lamps.
But the locals dismissed these suggestions, insisting the objects were moving too fast to be bird or planes.
To this day there are those that believe Lubbock was visited by UFOs, with some witnesses firmly believing that what they saw over those few weeks in 1951 was not from this world.
We’re only just over halfway through the year, but already it’s clear – recorded UFO sightings are down. So why is that? Well, it might have less to do with what’s going on up in space, and more to do with life here on Earth, whether or not you believe in alien life.
In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.
Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.
An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.
He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. “Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him there’s a flying saucer outside,” Dr. McDonald said.
“He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didn’t take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.”
When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.
Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.
According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.
“He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life,” Dr. McDonald said.
“The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.
“Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again and the same thing would happen.”
This game of cat and mouse reportedly went on for about 20 minutes and by this time Mr. Greenwood said 350 children and staff were watching on.
Suddenly the UFO shot away and vanished within seconds and it was at this point the headmaster came out and ordered everyone to go back to class.
Over the years there were reports that the government tried to cover up the incident and stop witnesses from talking, but Mr. Greenwood claimed it was the headmaster who first tried to squash discussion of the incident.
“He gave the school a lecture and told the children they would be severely punished if they talked about this matter and told the staff they could lose their jobs if they mentioned it at all,” Dr. McDonald said.
The teacher claimed the headmaster was so “scared” and “disturbed” by the incident that he had refused to come outside until the object was gone.
“When the Royal Australian Airforce contacted the headmaster he told them to ‘go and jump in a lake’,” Dr. McDonald said.
There have been claims from several witnesses that sharply dressed men in black suits visited them and warned them from speaking about the incident.
This lines up with a few experiences Mr. Greenwood had when he tried to speak with other witnesses about what they saw.
“At the time of seeing the UFO he was a complete skeptic himself. He had never even considered the possibility of their existence,” Dr. McDonald said.
“When he asked the physical education teacher to describe what she had seen herself so that he could compare it with his own observation, she just wouldn’t say anything.”
He then reportedly spoke to one of the older students who described the event in great detail exactly as he had seen it, but when he spoke to her again half an hour later she wouldn’t say a word.
Mr. Greenwood didn’t think it had anything to do with the headmaster’s threats as no one usually took him seriously and he knew for a fact that the student he spoke with didn’t attend the meeting where he had made the threats.
Dr. McDonald’s description of his interview with Mr. Greenwood offers a rare insight into the events from the eyes of someone who was an adult at the time.
There continues to be speculation over what actually happened and the site of the encounter has been turned into a memorial park to reflect the 1966 Westall UFO Incident.
The Grand Canyon is the most famous gorge in the US state of Arizona and is located in the national park of the same name. Each year, the attraction attracts more than five million visitors.
4000 years ago, a UFO is said to have crashed on the bottom of the 450-kilometer-long gorge, which has not yet been fully explored.
Park ranger discovers UFO wreck
A park ranger found a gigantic frame made of an unknown metal on the largely unexplored soil of the Grand Canyon. After this discovery, an anonymous team of experts began an intensive investigation of the wreck. The experts analyzed the metal using the carbon dating method.
The carbon dating determined the crash or landing of the flying object to about 2000 years B.C., which would result in an age of at least 4000 years.
The interior of the ancient spaceship gave us an idea of the size of the inmates. According to the analysis, the creatures on board were smaller than humans and the interior offered space for up to twenty people.
Crew comparable to humans
Astronomer Dr. Henry Leaumont, who contacted the Weekly World News when he received secret Air Force documents about the find. He explained that the UFO crew apparently breathed oxygen.
The spacecraft had an atomic propulsion system based on measured low radiation. It was controlled by a magnetic steering system. Food and water had been on board the ufo as provisions.
According to Dr. Leaumont, the material the spacecraft was made of was an extremely light metal fiber. As he continues, a Bible has also been found to prove that the aliens believe in some kind of God.
Caves at the crash site
Around the crash site of the Grand Canyon UFO, there are orphaned caves that were probably inhabited by the crew for decades. The aliens are said to have painted their appearance on the walls. The paintings showed humanoid creatures with bulbous heads and according to experts, they were the aliens on board the UFO.
The wreckage of the ufo has meanwhile been transported away and is supposed to be in a secret place for further investigation. The truth of the story, since the metallic skeleton is said to have been the remains of a UFO that crashed 4000 years ago, cannot be verified.
A video appearing online recently purports to show a “mystery aircraft” in the distance as it passes over Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina.
The footage, which is at times unreasonably shaky, seems to show a large, dark form moving slowly above Lake Norman in the distance. Unfortunately, the viewer is given a better perspective of the parking lot adjacent to the boat ramp than of the object, which only makes fleeting appearances–despite moving slowly–due to the poor camerawork.
Nonetheless, the footage has managed to gain traction online, after being picked up and featured on Drudge Report and The Daily Star, in addition to several YouTube channels.
The footage as it originally appeared online can be seen below:
The footage was obtained by Jason Swing, who allegedly filmed the object with his Smartphone on May 29, according to Mark Price at the Charlotte Observer.
“Hey, this is a spacecraft,” a man who appears to be Swing can be heard saying at the beginning of the video, before it shakily turns in the direction of what appears to be an object moving slowly over Lake Norman. Little can be discerned about the shape or size of the object, or the actual distance it might have been from the parking lot where Swing stood while filming it. At one point in the footage, Swing appears to call to someone nearby, seeking acknowledgment that they were able to see the object as well.
It is unclear if the footage was a hoax, or if it was merely intended as a prank (Swing is suspiciously nonchalant as he advises viewers about the “spacecraft” they are about to see at the video’s outset). However, one commenter identified as MrBoomer13 pointed out that Swing’s YouTube channel has featured videos of drones in the past, which might suggest that the object over Lake Norman–if real at all–had simply been a drone.
Still from Swain’s footage, purporting to show a large object moving slowly over Lake Norman, NC
(Jason Swain, YouTube).
Others felt there was an even simpler explanation. Joe Browder commented that the object might have simply been a passenger plane:
“Nope. Just a passenger jet coming out of Charlotte Douglas Airport. Flying low (below the cloud deck) on northbound track from airport. See this all the time up there. Look at the tops of the trees and bushes each time the video shows the plane and you see that it is steadily moving left to right. Going to look like hovering and slow movement since it is about 4 miles away.”
The Linville Gorge Wilderness, just two hours away near Linville, North Carolina, is home to purported earthlights that often appear after rainstorms. Known as the Brown Mountain Lights, on many occasions, the lights of distant aircraft flying out of Charlotte Douglas and other airports in the region can be mistaken for lights hovering over adjacent mountain ridges.
It remains unclear what, precisely (if anything) appears in Swain’s video. Had the camera remained still for longer than short bursts of two-second intervals, perhaps more about the object could be discerned. Or for all we know, perhaps there was a legitimate object in the distance, which Swain either wasn’t taking seriously enough to try and do a good job filming, or perhaps was just too excited to keep in-frame.
If you observe something unusual in the sky, some helpful tips that will improve the quality of your footage are as follows:
1) Attempt to orient the object you are filming in the center of the frame, rather than the parking lot pavement nearby. It may help to try and fit other objects in the frame with the anomaly, as this can help judge size, distance, the rate of speed, etc.
2) Steady your arm by resting it against a fixture nearby (such as one of the signs in the parking lot you’re standing in). If no such fixture exists, try kneeling and resting your elbow against your knee as your film the object.
3) Try to remain calm, and breath normally (rather than shouting at others nearby), as this will also help you maintain a steady shot.
4) Film the unidentified object for as long as you can (instead of cutting away while the object is still plainly visible and proclaiming “I gotta go”).
Sadly, if there actually were anything of interest in this footage, it’s too shaky to be able to discern anything about it. Granted, it is worth noting that the engine noise of what appears to be a conventional commercial airliner can be plainly heard as the object passes over the lake. Hence, while our money would probably have to go with YouTuber Joe Browder and the “passenger jet” theory, the footage above nonetheless offers us a few great examples of what not to do while attempting to film what might be a UFO.
My previous article here at MU was titled “Roswell, UFOs, and ‘Worrisome’ Words.” It started as follows. QUOTE: “Kevin Randle has a new article online right now. Its title is ‘The Decline of Roswell.’ It’s on the matter of who, within the U.S. military, should have been briefed on what happened outside of Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947, if indeed a UFO had crashed there. Kevin states that the late ufologist Karl Pflock discovered a ‘…document that reported on the Scientific Advisory Board Conference held on March 17 – 18, 1948, in the Pentagon. Colonel Howard McCoy was discussing Project Sign, the number of reports they had received, suggesting that there was something important going on. He said, ‘I can’t tell you how much we would give to have one of those crash in an area so that we could recover whatever they are.’
“Given that Colonel McCoy was the intelligence-officer at the Air Materiel Command and to Wright Field, Ohio (the very place where, supposedly, dead aliens from the Roswell site were secretly taken), then he should have known about – and he should have been briefed on – the crash of a UFO. McCoy’s words, though, suggest he knew zero about a UFO crash –anywhere.”
END OF QUOTE.
There is a lively debate going on at Kevin’s blog right now, on this very issue. One of those who commented on Kevin’s words used the alias of “Starman.” He suggests that McCoy may have chosen to state there had not been a single UFO crash as a specific means to “kill” any and all lingering whispers of Roswell. To keep it all under wraps, in other words. The problem with Starman’s theory is this: when the 1940s-era documentation was prepared, there was not even a single thought that, one day, the same documentation would ever enter the public domain – and for one and all to see – and thanks to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If McCoy’s words had been directed at the public or the media, then a good case could be made to the effect that words along the lines of “We have no crashed flying saucers” really weredesigned to crush any talk of Roswell. It would be a great way to bring the rumors of crashed UFOs to a halt. But, McCoy’s words weren’t directed to the public or the media. They were directed to McCoy’s fellow colleagues in the military; high-ranking people who would have clearly known about a crashed saucer; just like McCoy would have.
Indeed, as Kevin himself notes in his article on this very issue: “Here’s where we stand on this. The documentation that does exist, that came from identified government sources, signed by the men involved who we are able to vet, suggest that they know nothing of crash recovered debris. Being who they were and what their jobs were, they would have known [italics mine] and the discussion would take a different track.”
For those in the UFO research community who believe that aliens crashed outside of Roswell (and which, I would suggest, is an extremely sizeable percentage of that same community) this is a big problem. A massive one, in fact. The McCoy documentation makes a convincing argument that flying saucers had not crashed. Anywhere. If ufologists are willing to work with their heads, rather than with their hearts, they might just realize that something really significant did happen relatively near Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947. But, which had nothing to do with alien saucers.
Of course, if further damning documentation (whether concerning McCoy or one or more of his colleagues) appears, then we may see a welcome and refreshing eroding of the ET theory for Roswell and the growth of something arguably more disturbing. Namely, revelations concerning a controversial experiment of ours, and not an extraterrestrial incident. Should such a thing happen, I predict that Ufology will unravel quickly. Incredibly quickly. Shock will set in. The shakily-spoken words “it can’t be” will be uttered throughout Ufology. Urine will uncontrollably flow.
Then there are the spin-offs. If there are no crashed UFOs, then there are no dead aliens (whether at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, at Area 51, or at the Dugway Proving Ground). No back-engineering of UFO technology. No alien autopsies. In rapid time, all of these cornerstones of Ufology may quickly crumble. And to the point where they disintegrate.
Should all of that happen – and if Roswell collapses as a UFO event – I hope that Ufology will continue to realize there are still some genuinely baffling cases out there. And that, even without Roswell, there are good encounters to solve. But, taking into consideration just how much of a massive presence and influence Roswell has in this field, I honestly don’t think that Ufology – as it is today – can survive without the cursed case. That, however, is the collective fault of numerous ufologists, all eager to turn a genuine mystery into a tale of a crashed UFO – and championing that tale as often as possible.
A video of an object hoovering eerily over North Carolina's Lake Norman has UFO enthusiasts eager to deduce we are being visited by extraterrestrial beings, but perhaps there is a more grounded explanation.
The footage recorded by Jason Swing on May 29, is extremely shaky but when the video isn't bouncing up and down it shows, clear as day, a large object that appears to be hovering in mid-air.
During the short clip Swing posted to YouTube he announces 'This is a spacecraft.' The clip is accompanied with a brief explainer of the video.
'It had been raining all morning. Rain finally stopped so we went (to) pick up a boat from Lake Norman,' Swing says in a post with the video. 'When (I) came around the corner I saw this thing sitting still very close.'
'This is a spacecraft': Jason Swing announces at the beginning of the eerie video shows a large object that appears to hover over Lake Norman in North Carolina
The video has garnered over 150,000 views and then it received an additional boost in viewers when on Thursday the YouTube video channel 'The Hidden Underbelly 2.0,' a site focused on UFO and creature videos picked it up.
While some people were excited about the possibility of the large object being a UFO, others wondered if the government was behind the large flying object.
On commenter on The Hidden Underbelly 2.0 channel said: 'I believe there are advanced Military Aircraft, in our skies. It's amazing people don't know how to use the video, and focus on their camera's. They are pre programming the masses, EVERYTHING lately is about Aliens and UFO's.'
They added 'Anytime, MSM, TV shows, Movies, all of a sudden exposing the "ALIENS from a Planet in Outer Space Invasion" False Flag Alert! I have popcorn ready for this Grand Deception!'
Others were gravely disappointed in Swing's shoddy camerawork, with on person saying, 'I know three year olds that have a steadier hand. Unwatchable.'
Swing (pictured) took the video, which some people were pretty upset turned out as shaky as it did, however he did seem pretty excited about the prospect that this could be a spacecraft
UFO? Some people commented that perhaps this isn't a UFO and its instead an Advance Military Aircraft
And yet others were more realistic with their guess as to what this flying object could be, with some people, likely accurately guessing, it was the GoodYear Blimp.
GoodYear saw the video, and claims, as much as some wish it were a UFO, that the object seen in the shaky footage, is there blimp that was in the the Charlotte area on May 29, for NASCAR's Coca Cola 600.
The GoodYear Blimp's account shared: 'We don’t want to get in the way of a good story, but that’s definitely us. We left the Charlotte area 5/29 after covering the Coke 600.'
North Carolina is also the home to multiple military bases, including Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps facility.
In the early morning of July 20, 1952, Capt. S.C. “Casey” Pierman was ready for takeoff at Washington National Airport, when a bright light skimmed the horizon and disappeared. He did not think much of it until he was airborne, bound for Detroit, and an air traffic controller told him two or three unidentified flying objects were spotted on radar traveling at high speed.
The sighting of whatever-they-were garnered headlines around the world. And in the decades since, U.F.O.s have become part of the pop culture zeitgeist, from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “The X-Files.” In September, a star of that long-running series, Gillian Anderson, will appear in “UFO,” a movie about a college student haunted by sightings of flying saucers. A “Men in Black” remake is in the works. And the History Channel plans to air “Project Blue Book,” a scripted series about the government program that studied whether U.F.O.s were a national threat.
And the topic is back in the headlines. Last year, The Times wrote about a little known project founded in 2007, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, to investigate U.F.O. sightings. A search of The Times’s historical archives reveals a rich bounty of U.F.O. sightings, loreand explanations since the 1950s. And who can forget in 2016 when Hillary Clinton said she would reopen the real X-files if she were president?
Captain Pierman’s 68-year-old daughter, Faith McClory, said in an interview last month that her father became something of a celebrity as reports like his in the summer of 1952 fueled fear of a space alien invasion.
“My sister has memories of men coming to our home,” said Ms. McClory, who grew up in Belleville, Mich. (She said they were reporters.) “People were enthralled with the flying saucers,” she added.
Researchers say government officials have sought to publicly debunk the existence of alien evidence ever since the Washington sightings.
“Unidentified flying objects exploded into the public consciousness then,” said Mark Rodeghier, the scientific director for the Center for UFO Studies, a group of scientists and researchers who study the U.F.O. phenomenon. “There was concern in a way you hadn’t seen before.”
It should be noted that the term U.F.O., as used by the government, does not mean extraterrestrials from outer space. It means any object in the sky that has not been identified. When asked recently about the 1952 Washington sightings, Ann Stefanek, chief of media operations for the Air Force, wrote in an email that the objects had posed no threat to national security.
In the spring of 1952, though, numerous mysterious sightings had captured the Air Force’s attention. It created “Project Blue Book” that March — the third investigative government project of its kind and the one that lasted the longest, until 1969.
The events in Washington were not the first unexplained encounter report. Debris from what observers called a “flying disc” had been spotted in Roswell, N.M., five years earlier, which Army officials said was from a “weather balloon.” By 1952, though, a number of sightings of U.F.O.s were being reported across the country and the nation was on edge.
Life magazine was one of the first mainstream magazines to suggest the phenomenon was real and revealed in an April story that the Air Force was secretly investigating. That story inspired a sharp increase in reports of sightings that summer.
The Washington sightings centered on events that started around 11:40 p.m. on July 19, as air traffic controllers at Washington National Airport noticed blips speeding near Andrews Air Force Base, according to government accounts. The unidentified aircrafts fanned out, flying over the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Captain Pierman saw them that night. They vanished around 5 a.m.
It was a second sighting a week later, though, that caused the wave of hysteria that forced the government to speak out. Albert Chop, then a spokesman with the Pentagon who was given the job of answering questions about U.F.O.s, said he was awakened by a call on the evening of July 26.
Mr. Chop described the events in a1999 oral historyto the Sign Historical Group, an association of archivists and amateur researchers whoheld a workshopthat year to study U.F.O history. He said the new objects were spotted on radar at Washington National Airport and he was told to get there right away.
The Air Force dispatched jet fighters from New Castle, Del., to intercept the flying objects. But every time one of the jets closed in, they disappeared. When the jets backed off, they reappeared.
“It was frightening,” Mr. Chop said. “I think everybody in the room was very apprehensive.”
At one point, a pilot found himself in the midst of four unidentified aircrafts and asked what to do. “I didn’t say anything,” Mr. Chop told the interviewers. “Nobody said anything. All of a sudden these things began to move away from him and he said, ‘They’re gone!’” The pilot returned to his base.
“These things hung around all night long,” Mr. Chop added.
The next day, almost every major newspaper wrote about the U.F.O.s. “‘Objects’ Outstrip Jets Over Capital,” was the headline in The Times.
“People didn’t know what to think of it,” said Rob Swiatek, a U.F.O. researcher and scientist, in a recent interview.“They were very disturbed.”
Public panic was a problem for the Air Force, which feared a diversion of resources during the Cold War. “The Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency became worried that the Soviet Union would take advantage of the situation and launch an attack on the United States,” Mr. Rodeghier said. “They were looking at worst-case scenarios.”
Worse, no one could explain the phenomenon to President Harry Truman, according to press reports. One theory promoted by the Air Force was that a layer of hot air in the sky, called a temperature inversion, caused radar to mistake a weather event for flying objects. “Nobody had any answers,” Mr. Chop told the interviewers. “That’s why General Samford had the press conference.”
On July 29, 1952, Maj. Gen. John Samford, the director of Air Force intelligence overseeing the inquiry, held a news conference at the Pentagon to reassure the public. He dismissed the Washington sightings as a temperature anomaly. Still, the general conceded that not all the details could be explained by natural causes. Witness reports “have been made by credible observers of relatively incredible things,” he said at the time. “It is this group of observations that we now are attempting to resolve.”
“I don’t think temperature inversion had much to do with it, but the news media accepted that explanation at the time,” said Kevin Randle, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army who has studied the events of July 1952 and is the author of the 2001 book, “Invasion Washington: U.F.O.s Over the Capitol.”
In January 1953, spurred by the Washington sightings, a scientific committee led by Howard Robertson, a well-known mathematician and physicist, was formed by the government to explore the phenomenon. “One of the conclusions was that they needed to debunk U.F.O.s,” Mr. Randle said.
The committee, called the Robertson Panel, suggested in its report that the government conduct a mass media education campaign to “reduce the current gullibility of the public and consequently their susceptibility to clever hostile propaganda.”
The campaign to re-educate Americans did not work — U.F.O.s have persisted as a fixture in pop culture. Besides, the government’s explanation was not that convincing anyway. Ms. McClory, Captain Pierman’s daughter, said her father did not believe that the bluish-white lights he saw were weather-related.
“I don’t want to use the words ‘cover up,’” she said, of her father’s view. “But it was very clear. He saw it. Everything was seen on radar.”
Kevin Randle has a new article online right now. Its title is “The Decline of Roswell.” It’s on the matter of who, within the U.S. military, should have been briefed on what happened outside of Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947, if indeed a UFO had crashed there. Kevin states that the late ufologist Karl Pflock discovered a “…document that reported on the Scientific Advisory Board Conference held on March 17 – 18, 1948, in the Pentagon. Colonel Howard McCoy was discussing Project Sign, the number of reports they had received, suggesting that there was something important going on. He said, ‘I can’t tell you how much we would give to have one of those crash in an area so that we could recover whatever they are.'”
Given that Colonel McCoy was the intelligence-officer at the Air Materiel Command and to Wright Field, Ohio (the very place where, supposedly, dead aliens from the Roswell site were secretly taken), then he should have known about – and he should have been briefed on – the crash of a UFO. McCoy’s words, though, suggest he knew zero about a UFO crash –anywhere. Kevin says of this: “Here’s where we stand on this. The documentation that does exist, that came from identified government sources, signed by the men involved who we are able to vet, suggest that they know nothing of crash recovered debris. Being who they were and what their jobs were, they would have known and the discussion would take a different track.”
Kevin continues: “For those believing Roswell involved the crash of an alien spacecraft, this has to be worrisome. It is arrayed against testimony that suggests otherwise. The problem is that it is just testimony and over the years much of that testimony has been found to be inaccurate. The longer we investigate the more of these testimonies have fallen by the wayside.”
All of this brings to mind an important question: how could something so significant have occurred near Roswell, but a man of Colonel McCoy’s standing and important connections apparently knew nothing about it? Well, it’s important to note that this is only relevant to those ufologists working on the assumption that what happened at Roswell, New Mexico involved aliens. Maybe, something of deep concern did indeed happen on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County in the summer of 1947; something that was of national security proportions, and which McCoy knew all about. But, something that had nothingto do with flying saucers. Would Colonel McCoy have shared such a thing with others who may not have had a need-to-know about Roswell? Surely not. After all, consider this: the subject matter of the McCoy documentation was just flying saucers. As a good intelligence operative, he would hardly have brought up sensitive, secret military projects (and related crashes of military vehicles) in a debate only about saucers.
It’s worth noting that a great deal of controversial and highly secret programs were underway in the post-Second World War era, much of it undertaken in New Mexico – where the Roswell event occurred. Flying saucers, in other words, weren’t the only odd things soaring around the skies of the southwest. Back in 2012, I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe, titled “UFOs: a Controversial Time-Line.” It gave a number of examples of how, and why, we should be open-minded to the possibility that what came down outside of Roswell was a craft attached to a highly secret program. Not of aliens, but of us. As I noted in that article: “During the latter stages of the Second World War, the Japanese military is working to perfect highly advanced balloons as a weapon of war – to the extent that on 4 June 1945, a Japanese military spokesman states that the launches of its ‘Balloon Bombs’ of the previous few months are merely precursors for something far more dangerous, including large-scale attacks with ‘death-defying Japanese’ manning the balloons.”
I continued: “At the close of hostilities, scientific, aviation and medical experts from Japan and Germany are secretly brought to the United States – via Operation Paperclip and its Japanese equivalent – where human experimentation and advanced aircraft research continues unabated and under the strictest security. As President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments notes: At least 1,600 scientists and their dependents were recruited and brought to the United States by Paperclip and its successor projects through the early 1970s.”
I also stated: “In the summer of 1947 and against this backdrop of (a) nuclear and biological tests on human subjects; (b) revolutionary aircraft programs; and (c) an influx of senior scientific, medical and aviation experts into the United States from Japan and Germany, a series of events and accidents occur in New Mexico that collectively become known as The Roswell Incident.”
So, where am I going with all of this? Well, I’ll tell you. There’s no doubting the fact that Colonel McCoy’s words have a negative and troubling impact on Roswell – but only if what happened at Roswell was extraterrestrial. We must be aware of this: In 1948, Colonel McCoy was specifically and only talking about, and commenting on, not having any knowledge of a crashed saucer. He was very particular on what he was talking about. If, however, what happened at Roswell was highly-classified, but completely unconnected to the UFO phenomenon – and the colonel knew this – there would be no reason at all for him to complicate matters by bringing up the Roswell affair in what was just a UFO debate. Simply because, as a military project, the Roswell incident would have had nobearing on the UFO phenomenon. We could argue that the only people who have turned the 1947 incident into a spacecraft event are us, the UFO community.
Colonel McCoy may not have known about a flying saucer crash at Roswell, but he may well have known about something elsethat came down at Roswell – and that it was terrestrial, highly-classified and very controversial. But, which had absolutely no relevance to the issues discussed in the March 1948 meetings in the Pentagon. So, he didn’t bring it up. There is not a single reason why he would have.
Perhaps, the goal should now be to search for just about any and all documents that concern Colonel McCoy, that were prepared by and for him, and that cover July 1947 onward. Maybe, some interesting data will surface…but it may not be relevant to flying saucers.
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