Wednesday, August 31, 2005

"What I Saw" - By Kenneth Arnold

Kenneth Arnold's Drawing Top & Side

By Kenneth Arnold
July 1947
      The 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.

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.

I 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 furtherest 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 travelled 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.

Excerpt From The Coming of The Saucers

     [When Davidson and Brown met with Arnold, et al, he (Davidson) sketched an image of what Rhodes photographed over his house in Arizona. Arnold made the following statements]

“It was a disk almost identical to the one peculiar flying saucer that had been worrying me since my original observation—the one that looked different from the rest and that I had never mentioned to anyone.”

ADVANCE ADVISORY: Hon. Paul Hellyer's Participation in Exopolitics Toronto

Paul Hellyer Cropped

     MUFON Central Canada and ZlandCommunications are pleased to announce Mr. Paul Hellyer's participation in Exopolitics Toronto Symposium on UFO Disclosure and Planetary Directions at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall Sunday September 25th.

     The Symposium is open to the public.

     Paul Hellyer has had a long and distinguished career with particular emphasis on national defense. He held a number of positions culminating in his appointment as Minister of Defense under prime Minister Lester Pearson. He is a long standing opponent of the weaponization of space and is a supporter of the Space Preservation Treaty.

     Mr. Hellyer will address the Symposium's theme:

     Why Information Concerning Extraterrestrial-Related Phenomena And Government Involvement With These Issues Is Still Being Withheld From The Public By Specific Western Nations.

     Some call this the UFO Cover-up. Others call it a truth embargo. In either case Mr. Hellyer's well documented and comprehensive perspectives on such topics as Free Trade, Globalization, the inequitable distribution of wealth, the failure of banking systems and the weaponization of space will affix a compelling urgency to the far-reaching global implications of UFO/ET disclosure.

     Mr. Hellyer possesses a unique vantage point from which to share his insights and knowledge with journalists, academics and citizens on matters relating to the UFO/ET disclosure question.

     By participating in the Toronto Exopolitics Symposium Mr. Hellyer joins a growing list of important government figures around the world willing to speak directly to this most controversial and profound issue. Canada can play a major role in the truth process, and Mr. Hellyer's involvement will increase the impact of the Symposium.

     Journalists and other media representatives who wish to learn more about Paul Hellyer s participation are invited to contact the symposium's Media Director, Victor Viggiani, for pre-conference press interviews, press passes or questions.

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     This venture is a co-production of MUFON CENTRAL CANADA and ZlandCommunications. The text of this release may be distributed freely.
Victor Viggiani, Co-producer and Media Co-ordinator Toronto Symposium on UFO Disclosure and Planetary Directions

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The Giant Magellan Telescope To Be The Biggest On Earth and in Space

Telescope Building
Mirror, Mirror

By Dennis Overbye
The New York Times

     TUCSON - In the cavernous bowels of the University of Arizona's football stadium, Roger Angel's mirror furnace was spinning like a captured flying saucer at a stately five revolutions per minute.

     It was a contrivance that Monty Python or Doc Ock might have designed - 30 feet across and 10 feet high, carapaced with red boxes, steel beams, black cables, flashing lights and metal air ducts snaking from its body like octopus arms.

     An orange glow, from 18 tons of molten glass heated to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, was peeking through openings around the ducts as they flashed by.

     That glass was on its way to being part of the heart of what could be the largest telescope in the world 10 years from now. And so, nearby, several dozen sweltering astronomers and other dignitaries were roaming catwalks, wandering among giant mirrors and mirror polishing machines and swigging bottled water while they kept a weather eye on monitors showing what was going on inside the furnace.

     One camera was focused on a set of marks on the furnace wall - not unlike the ones on a child's closet door - used to gauge the level of the molten glass inside. The level had been falling in the last day as the temperature ramped up and chunks of glass the size of cobblestones softened and began to flow down into narrow channels forming a honeycomb pattern.

     The glass would stop falling when it had completely filled the honeycomb structure. Meanwhile, centrifugal force would have whipped the overflow into a perfect parabola 28 feet across - the desired shape for sweeping up starlight dispersed into foggy invisibility over billions of light-years and compressing it into crisp bright dots astronomers could read like a newspaper to learn what was happening around a distant sun or when the universe was born.

     That was the moment the real work could begin.

     "This project is very gutsy," said Dr. Angel, a slender, gray-haired astronomer who runs the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory. He has been building mirrors and populating mountaintops with telescopes this way for 20 years, but nobody has ever built something like this.

     If everything works out, the mirror now forming in Dr. Angel's saucerlike furnace will be only the first of seven making up a giant telescope with the light-gathering power of a mirror 70 feet across. The Giant Magellan, as it is called, would be twice the size of anything now operating on Earth or in space, and four times as powerful. But there are many challenges. To blend their light at a common focus, Dr. Angel explained, all seven mirrors will have to be part of the same giant parabola. That means that all of them except the central mirror must have an unusual "wickedly curved" asymmetrical shape.

     And there is the cost. The Giant Magellan will cost half a billion dollars - money that its collaborators, a consortium of eight institutions, does not yet have.

     To show that they can make such a mirror, and perhaps shake loose some of that half billion, the collaborators - which include the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Harvard; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the Universities of Arizona, Michigan and Texas; and Texas A&M - announced this year that they would go ahead and make one, at a cost of some $17 million, and they invited everyone to watch.

     "Everybody in collaboration believes we need to test this technology," said Wendy Freedman, director of the Carnegie Observatories and chairwoman of the Giant Magellan board, adding that if the test fails the project will not proceed.

     Robert Kirshner of Harvard said, "It's kind of brave to get started before you know you're going to finish."

     Dr. Freedman added that they had to start making mirrors now, money or not, to meet their goal of beginning limited operations in Chile in 2013 and finish in 2016.

     Making that date will allow them to overlap with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for a 2011 launching and keep pace with their rivals, a consortium including the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the Canadian Astronomical Association that wants to build a telescope 100 feet in diameter, using a radically different technology.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Foo Fighter Mystery

by Jo Chamberlin
The American Legion Magazine
December Issue 1945

      DURING THE last months of the war the crews of many B-29s over Japan saw what they described as "balls of fire" which followed them, occasionally came up and almost sat on their tails, changed color from orange to red to white and back again, and yet never closed in to attack or crash, suicide-style.

     One B-29 made evasive maneuvers inside a cloud, but when the B-29 emerged from it, the ball of fire was following in the same relative position. It seemed 500 yards off, three feet in diameter, and had a phosphorescent orange glow. No wing or fuselage suggesting an aerial bomb or plane was seen. The ball of fire followed the B-29 for several miles and then disappeared just as mysteriously as it had appeared in the dawn light over Fujiyama. Some B-29 crews said they could readily lose the ball of fire by evasive maneuvers, even though the ball kept up with them at top speed on a straight course; other B-29 crews reported just the opposite. Nobody could figure it out. Far to the south, a B-24 Liberator was at 11,000 feet over Truk lagoon, when two red lights rose rapidly from below, and followed the B-24. After an hour, one light turned back. The other kept on -- sometimes behind, sometimes alongside, sometimes ahead about 1,000 yards, until daybreak when it climbed to 15,000 feet and stayed in the sun, like a Jap fighter seeking game, but never came down. During the flight, the light changed from red to orange, then white, and back to orange, and appeared to be the size of a basketball. No wing or fuselage was observed. The B-24 radioed island radar stations to see if there were any enemy planes in the sky.

      The answer was: "None."

      A curious business, and one for which many solutions have been advanced, before the war was over, and since. None of them stand up. The important point is: No B-29 was harmed by the balls of fire, although what the future held, no one knew. The Japanese were desperately trying to bolster up their defense in every way possible against air attack, but without success. Our B-29s continued to rain destruction on Japanese military targets, and finally dropped the atomic bomb.

      Naturally, U. S. Army authorities in Japan will endeavor to find the secret -- but it may be hidden as well as it appears to be in Europe. The balls of fire continue to be a mystery -- just as they were when first observed on the other side of the world -- over eastern Germany.

      This is the way they began.

      At ten o'clock of a November evening, in late 1944, Lt. Ed Schlueter took off in his night fighter from Dijon, France, on what he thought would be a routine mission for the 415th Night Fighter Squadron.

      Lt. Schlueter is a tall, competent young pilot from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, whose hazardous job was to search the night sky for German planes and shoot them down. He had done just this several times and had been decorated for it. As one of our best night fighters, he was used to handling all sorts of emergencies. With him as radar observer was Lt. Donald J. Meiers, and Lt. Fred Ringwald, intelligence officer of the 415th, who flew as an observer.

      The trio began their search pattern, roaming the night skies on either side of the Rhine River north of Strasbourg -- for centuries the abode of sirens, dwarfs, gnomes, and other supernatural characters that appealed strongly to the dramatic sense of the late A. Hitler. However, at this stage of the European war, the Rhine was no stage but a grim battleground, where the Germans were making their last great stand.

      The night was reasonably clear, with some clouds and a quarter moon. There was fair visibility.

      In some respects, a night fighter plane operates like a champion boxer whose eyesight isn't very good; he must rely on other senses to guide him to his opponent. The U. S. Army has ground radar stations, which track all planes across the sky, and tell the night fighter the whereabouts of any plane. The night fighter flies there, closes in by means of his own radar until usually he can see the enemy, and if the plane doesn't identify itself as friendly, he shoots it down.

      Or, gets shot down himself, for the Germans operate their aircraft in much same way we did, and so did the Japanese.

      Lt. Schlueter was flying low enough that he could detect the white steam of a blacked-out locomotive or the sinister bulk of a motor convoy, but he had to avoid smokestacks, barrage balloons, enemy searchlights, and flak batteries. He and Ringwald were on the alert, for there were mountains nearby. The inside of the plane was dark, for good night vision.

Lt. Ringwald said, "I wonder what those lights are, over there in the hills."

"Probably stars," said Schlueter, knowing from long experience that the size and character of lights are hard to estimate at night.

"No, I don't think so."

"Are you sure it's no reflection from us?"

"I'm positive."

      Then Ringwald remembered -- there weren't any hills over there. Yet the "lights" were still glowing -- eight or ten of them in a row -- orange balls of fire moving through the air at a terrific speed.

      Then Schlueter saw them far off his left wing. Were enemy fighters pursuing him? He immediately checked by radio with Allied ground radar stations.

"Nobody up there but yourself." they reported. "Are you crazy?"

And no enemy plane showed in Lt. Meiers' radar.

      Lt. Schlueter didn't know what he was facing -- possibly some new and lethal German weapon -- but he turned into the lights, ready for action. The lights disappeared -- then reappeared far off. Five minutes later they went into a flat glide and vanished.

      The puzzled airmen continued on their mission, and destroyed seven freight trains behind German lines. When they landed back at Dijon, they decided to do what any other prudent soldier would do -- keep quiet for the moment. If you tried to explain everything strange that happened in a war, you'd do nothing else. Further, Schlueter and Meiers had nearly completed their required missions, and didn't want to chance being grounded by some skeptical flight surgeon for "combat fatigue."

      Maybe they had been "seeing things."

      But a few nights later, Lt. Henry Giblin, of Santa Rosa, California, pilot, and Lt. Walter Cleary, of Worcester, Massachusetts, radar-observer, were flying at 1,000 feet altitude when they saw a huge red light 1,000 feet above them, moving at 200 miles per hour. As the observation was made on an early winter evening, the men decided that perhaps they had eaten something at chow that didn't agree with them and did not rush to report their experience.

      On December 22-23, 1944, another 415th night fighter squadron pilot and radar-observer were flying at 10,000 feet altitude near Hagenau. "At 0600 hours we saw two lights climbing toward us from the ground. Upon reaching our altitude, they leveled off and stayed on my tail. The lights appeared to be large orange glows. After staying with the plane for two minutes, they peeled off and turned away, flying under perfect control, and then went out."

      The next night the same two men, flying at 10,000 feet, observed a single red flame. Lt. David L. McFalls, of Cliffside, N. C., pilot, and Lt. Ned Baker of Hemat, California, radar-observer, also saw: "A glowing red object shooting straight up, which suddenly changed to a view of an aircraft doing a wing-over, going into a dive and disappearing." This was the first and only suggestion of a controlled flying device.

      By this time, the lights were reported by all members of the 415th who saw them. Most men poked fun at the observers, until they saw for themselves. Although confronted with a baffling situation, and one with lethal potentialities, the 415th continued its remarkable combat record. When the writer of this article visited and talked with them in Germany, he was impressed with the obvious fact that the 415th fliers were very normal airmen, whose primary interest was combat, and after that came pin-up girls, poker, doughnuts, and the derivatives of the grape.

      The 415th had a splendid record.

      The whole outfit took the mysterious lights or balls of fire with a sense of humor. Their reports were received in some higher quarters with smiles: "Sure, you must have seen something, and have you been getting enough sleep?" One day at chow a 415th pilot suggested that they give the lights a name. A reader of the comic strip "Smokey Stover" suggested that they be called "foo-fighters," since it was frequently and irrefutably stated in that strip that "Where there's foo, there's fire."

      The name stuck.

      What the 415th saw at night was borne out in part by day. West of Neustadt, a P-47 pilot saw "a gold-colored ball, with a metallic finish, which appeared to be moving slowly through the air. As the sun was low, it was impossible to tell whether the sun reflected off it, or the light came from within." Another P-47 pilot reported "a phosphorescent golden sphere, 3 to 5 feet in diameter, flying at 2,000 feet,"

      Meanwhile, official reports of the "foo-fighters" had gone to group headquarters and were "noted." Now in the Army, when you "note" anything it means that you neither agree nor disagree, nor do you intend to do anything about it. It covers everything. Various explanations were offered for the phenomena -- none of them satisfactory, and most of them irritating to the 415th.

It was said that the foo-fighters might be a new kind of flare.

A flare, said the 415th, does not dive, peel off, or turn.

Were they to frighten or confuse Allied pilots?

Well, if so, they were not succeeding -- and yet the lights continued to appear.

      Eighth Air Force bomber crews had reported seeing silver-colored spheres resembling huge Christmas tree ornaments in the sky -- what about them?

      Well, the silver spheres usually floated, and never followed a plane. They were presumably some idea the Germans tried in the unsuccessful effort to confuse our pilots or hinder our radar bombing devices.

      What about jet planes?

      No, the Germans had jet planes all right, but they didn't have an exhaust flame visible at any distance.

      Could they be flying bombs of some sort, either with or without a pilot? Presumably not -- with but one exception no one thought he observed a wing or fuselage.

      Weather balloons?

      No, the 415th was well aware of their behavior. They ascended almost vertically, and eventually burst.

      Could the lights or balls of fire be the red, blue, and orange colored flak bursts that Eighth Air Force bomber crews had reported?

      It was a nice idea, said the 415th, but there was no correlation between the foo-fighters they observed and the flak they encountered. And night flak was usually directed by German radar, not visually.

      In short, no explanation stood up.

      On Dec. 31, 1944, AP reporter Bob Wilson, was with the 415th and heard about the foo-fighters. He questioned the men until 4 a.m. in the best newspaper tradition until he got all the facts. His story passed the censors, and appeared in American newspapers on January 1, 1945, just in time to meet the customary crop of annual hangovers.

      Some scientists in New York decided, apparently by remote control, that what the airmen had seen in Germany was St. Elmo's light -- a well-known electrical phenomenon appearing like light or flame during stormy weather at the tips of church steeples, ships' masts, and tall trees. Being in the nature of an electrical discharge, St. Elmo's fire is reddish when positive, and blueish when negative.

      The 415th blew up. It was thoroughly acquainted with St. Elmo's fire. The men snorted, "Just let the sons come over and fly a mission with us. We'll show em."

      Through January, 1945, the 415th continued to see the "foo-fighters," and their conduct became increasingly mysterious. One aircrew observed lights, moving both singly and in pairs. On another occasion, three sets of lights, this time red and white in color, followed a plane, and when the plane suddenly pulled up, the lights continued on in the same direction, as though caught napping, and then sheepishly pulled up to follow.

The pilot checked with ground radar -- he was alone in the sky.

This was true in every instance foo-fighters were observed.

     The first real clue came with the last appearance of the exasperating and potentially deadly lights. They never kept 415th from fulfilling its missions, but they certainly were unnerving. The last time the foo-fighters appeared, the pilot turned into them at the earliest possible moment -- and the lights disappeared. The pilot was sure that he felt prop wash, but when he checked with ground radar, there was no other airplane.

     The pilot continued on his way, perturbed, even angry -- when he noticed lights far to the rear. The night was clear and the pilot was approaching a huge cloud. Once in the cloud, he dropped down two thousand feet and made a 30 degree left turn. Just a few seconds later be emerged from the cloud -- with his eye peeled to rear. Sure enough, coming out of the cloud in the same relative position was the foo-fighter, as though to thumb its nose at the pilot, and then disappear.

     This was the last time the foo-fighters were seen in Germany, although it would have seemed fitting, if the lights had made one last gesture, grouping themselves so as to spell "Guess What" in the sky, and vanishing forever.

     But they didn't.

     The foo-fighters simply disappeared when Allied ground forces captured the area East of the Rhine. This was known to be the location of many German experimental stations. Since V-E day our Intelligence officers have put many such installations under guard. From them we hope to get valuable research information -- including the solution to the foo-fighter mystery, but it has not appeared yet. It may be successfully hidden for years to come, possibly forever.

     The members of the 415th hope Army Intelligence will find the answer. If it turns out that the Germans never had anything airborne in the area, they say, "We'll be all set for Section Eight psychiatric discharges."

     Meanwhile, the foo-fighter mystery continues unsolved. The lights, or balls of fire, appeared and disappeared on the other side of the world, over Japan -- and your guess as to what they were is just as good as mine, for nobody really knows.


Former Special Constable Admits Seeing UFO

UFO Over Binfield
Ex--special constable is latest to report UFO sighting

By Vicky Huntley
IC Berkshire

     More than a month after the Bracknell News series' first article about a flying saucer hovering above the Coppid Beech Hotel in Binfield, 67-year-old Janet Burrell contacted the hotline to say she had seen a UFO.

     Mrs Burrell, who lives in Priestwood, said she saw a UFO in the sky above Binfield around 30 years ago.

     The ex-special constable, who suffers from insomnia, said she saw the object one night when she was having trouble sleeping.

     She said: "There was a bright, bright light far away and I just looked at it out of the window and was mesmerised watching it.

     "I stayed there looking at it and looking at it and then it started to come closer and closer. Then it just hovered outside my bedroom window. It was really close; not so close that I could touch it but it was really close.

     "Then it sort of dropped down and turned away. There wasn't any sound. It was really amazing. I just wish my husband had woken up, then he would have seen it too."

     She added: "I was so amazed at what I had seen that I told everyone but nobody believed me."

     Mrs Burrell said that she gave up telling people about her sighting because no one believed her.

     She said: "When I told people they said that I'd had too much to drink."

     It was not until she saw other stories in the papers that she began to think about her experience again.

     She said: "It has brought it all back really, I hadn't thought about it for years.

     "I can only imagine it must have been some kind of UFO. My mouth just gaped open."

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Air Force Teleportation Physics Study

Osama Beamed Up 1
Military examines 'beaming up' data, people
Critics say its extreme computing, energy needs keep teleportation unlikely for now

By Keay Davidson
The San Francisco Chronicle

     Frustrated that terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden is still on the loose nearly four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, a few military types and their scientific advisers are pondering a "what if" solution straight out of TV's "Star Trek."

     Wouldn't it be neat, they ask, if we could nab bin Laden via teleportation? In "Star Trek," the characters traveled between spaceship and planet by having their bodies dematerialized, then "beamed" to another locale -- hence, the characters' familiar request to the ship's engineer: "Beam me up, Scotty."

     That's teleportation.

     Although many physicists think such ideas are claptrap, it would be ideal if the United States could teleport U.S. soldiers into "a cave, tap bin Laden on the shoulder, and say: 'Hey, let's go,' " said Ranney Adams, spokesperson for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in the Southern California desert. "But we're not there (yet)."

     Not for want of trying, though. Last year, the Air Force spent $25,000 on a report, titled "Teleportation Physics Study," to examine possible ways to teleport humans and objects through space.

     The military has a long history of funding research into topics that seem straight out of science fiction, even occultism. These range from "psychic" spying to "antimatter"-propelled aircraft and rockets to strange new types of superbombs.

     Military-watchers have long argued over whether such studies are wastes of taxpayers' money or necessary to identify future super-weapons, weapons that a foe might develop if we don't.

     In recent years, many physicists have become excited about a phenomenon called "quantum teleportation," which works only with infinitesimally tiny particles. It might lead to new ways of transmitting cryptographically secure messages, some speculate, but not human beings for a long time to come, if ever.

     "Experts in the field can foresee using teleportation in the area of data encryption but not (at least not in the near future) for the purpose of 'beaming' macroscopic (e.g., human-size) objects across" space, said Phil Schewe, a physicist, chief science writer at the American Institute of Physics and author of a forthcoming book, "Bottled Lightning," on the history of the American electrical grid.

     Schewe thinks the government is sometimes justified in funding "offbeat research," but he is wary of the Air Force teleportation study, prepared by physicist Eric W. Davis.

     If the Air Force really thinks such study could lead to actual teleportation devices, "then I would say that something is wrong with the way the Air Force allocates its research money, at least on this topic," Schewe said.

     Pierre Chao, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said such seemingly bizarre research might be the necessary price that the United States must pay in order to guard its future security.

     "The devil's bargain that you're going to take if you're going to exist in that cutting-edge (scientific) world and use taxpayer dollars is that you're going to be investigating some pretty goofy things," Chaos said. "I'm not advocating that 'psychic teleportation' is anything real, but I am willing to accept a certain amount of 'slop' in the system to ensure that I am investigating other areas of real value and interest."

     Davis, who has a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Arizona, has worked on NASA robotic missions. His 79-page Air Force study seriously explored a series of possibilities, ranging from "Star Trek"-style travel to transportation via so-called wormholes in the fabric of space to psychic travel through solid walls.

     Now at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin, Texas, Davis reached both pessimistic and optimistic conclusions in his study. On one hand, he concluded that "Star Trek"-style teleportation faces enormous obstacles, partly because it would require the development of extraordinarily high-speed computers and would consume mind-boggling amounts of energy. Also, it would encounter all kinds of physics headaches generated by the principles of quantum physics.

     For example, the computing-encoding of the entire contents of a human body would require 10 to the 28th (the number one followed by 28 zeroes) kilobytes of computer storage capacity. It would take 100 quintillion of the world's best commercially available hard drives "to store the encoded information of just one human being."

     Also, "it will take more than 2,400 times the present age of the universe (about 13 billion years) to access this amount of data" from the computers, Davis writes. And "to heat up and dematerialize one human being would require . .. the energy equivalent of 330 one-megaton thermonuclear bombs."

     Such teleportation also raises troubling moral issues: Would teleportation successfully reconstitute not only a person's body but their "consciousness (personality, memories, hopes, dreams, etc.) and soul or spirit?" Davis's study asks. "This question is beyond the scope of this study to address."

     However, Davis expressed great enthusiasm for research allegedly conducted by Chinese scientists who, he says, have conducted "psychic" experiments in which humans used mental powers to teleport matter through solid walls. He claims their research shows "gifted children were able to cause the apparent teleportation of small objects (radio micro-transmitters, photosensitive paper, mechanical watches, horseflies, other insects, etc.)."

     If the Chinese experiments are valid and could be repeated by American scientists, Davis told The Chronicle in a phone interview Thursday, then, in principle, the military might some day develop a way to teleport soldiers and weapons. In principle, it could teleport "into a cave in Afghanistan and kill bin Laden instantly, or bring him back to justice."

     Davis' study was released by the Air Force Research Lab in August 2004 and, at the time, received only scattered press coverage. A Chronicle reporter decided to revisit the study -- and the larger political questions it raises -- after an employee of a U.S. Navy research lab confidentially sent a copy of Davis' entire report to The Chronicle.

     In a phone interview last week, Adams, the Air Force official, said that at present, the agency is "not pursuing" teleportation as a potential military tool. "This was a study of overall physics phenomena or capabilities that might be deemed by many (as) futuristic ... . If you don't turn over the rocks, you don't know what's underneath. We didn't find anything (in the study) which was deemed pursuable (for a possible military tool).

     "But if we don't explore these things," Adams continued, "we don't know when we might have a possibility of a near-term breakthrough, or something that we might be able to address for future needs that would help us (militarily) ... . That's our story, and we're sticking to it," he concluded.

     In interviews, some experts on military funding policy suggested that maybe the Air Force doesn't take teleportation seriously, but wants any enemies to think that it does so they'll waste fortunes studying it.

     "The strategy is to get China to waste money on things that we know are not feasible, while discouraging them from working on things that we believe to be quite promising," said John Pike, a veteran defense policy analyst in the Washington, D.C., area. He cites the military's bankrolling of research on an allegedly novel source of energy called hafnium isomers: "The U.S. continues to fund work in this field, despite the fact that it contravenes known laws of physics."

     Victor J. Stenger, a professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii, said: "I didn't realize that President Bush's faith- based initiatives have reached so far as Air Force research projects ... . None of the three forms of teleportation of large objects discussed in this (Davis) report are anywhere near being practical in the foreseeable future and (are) probably ultimately impractical, as a trained physicist can see by just plugging in a few numbers."

     As for the Chinese psychic research, Stenger said the articles on the "Chinese experiments ... . have not been translated into English and so (have) not yet (been) subjected to critical reviews by the scientific community at large."

     Likewise, Michio Kaku, a noted physicist and author at City University of New York, said "the only way to use (teleportation) as a secret weapon is to allow our enemies to bankrupt themselves thinking they can produce a teleportation machine."

     "The Air Force is to be applauded for investigating technologies that may have value for national security," Kaku added. "But wormholes, negative energies, warped space-time, etc., require futuristic technologies centuries to millions of years ahead of ours. The only thing going down the wormhole is taxpayers' money."

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UFOs Over Dryden

UFO Over Dryden
Discs in night sky over Dryden

By Bryan Meadows
The Chronicle-Journal

     There’s been another UFO sighting in the Northwest.

     Two unidentified discs were spotted in the night sky above Dryden on Aug. 1.

     According to the HBCC UFO research website (, two disc-like objects lit up the sky above the Gamble housing subdivision at about 2:50 a.m.

     An eyewitness said the objects moved across the sky slowly from north to south, with one of them moving sideways for a short distance, then back again. They made no noise as they moved south over the subdivision toward the yacht club.

     Director of HBCC UFO Research Brian Vike said he received a similar report four days later of a flying disc near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba.

A      witness said an elongated diamond-shaped light moved across the sky about midnight. It stopped and changed in light intensity, then suddenly shot straight up.

     Vike said interest in UFOs by the general public has exploded.

     He said he now works full-time at investigating the 50 to 600 eyewitness UFO accounts reported to his website every year.

“     I recently (was named) one of the top ufologists in the world by Fate Magazine,” said Vike, adding he will be the subject of a Canadian documentary, he said.

     Vike’s website reportedly represents the Canadian UFO research community.

T     here have been seven UFO sightings in the region since a July 12 report last year in the Dryden area when three people witnessed “low altitude bright lights tracking across the sky.”

     The website’s other sightings in the past year:

     • July 14, 8 p.m. — A Dryden resident saw something that “burned so bright that my eyes hurt, and I had to look away. It dimmed out to a cigar-shaped haze and then zig-jagged a little.”

     • July 19, 10:47 p.m. — Five people at Aaron Provincial Park just east of Dryden said they saw an object far off in the distance shoot “straight out into space.”

     • July 30, 10:30 p.m. — An individual in Sioux Lookout reported seeing three light-coloured objects flying in a straight line.

     • Aug. 1, 12:20 a.m. — Two individuals saw a round, copper-coloured object in the sky near Dryden, moving in a straight line, then in a tilted ‘S’ flight pattern.

     • Sept. 7, 12:30 a.m. — Three star-like objects were observed near Sioux Lookout in the shape of a triangle moving across the sky before they suddenly stopped and then disappeared.

     • Dec. 23, 10:06 p.m. — Three people travelling in a vehicle observed a circular object with three flashing red and white lights flying along the right side of Highway 72, 10 kilometres south of Sioux Lookout. When they got closer, the object suddenly took a 90-degree turn left and “flew over the highway and right over us.”

     • April 14, 11 p.m. — A Sioux Lookout resident saw three star-sized white objects moving across the sky south of the community.

     The last unexplained phenomena observed in the Thunder Bay area occurred in March 2003 when a “strange light” streaked across the night sky.

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Science of Aliens

Alien Roo
They're aliens ... but not as we know them

Top scientists' ideas of life in space go on display.

By Robin McKie
The Observer UK News

     They have been the focus of an interstellar search that has absorbed astronomers for more than 50 years. Despite their best efforts, however, mankind has yet to detect a single piece of convincing evidence that intelligent aliens exist in our galaxy.

     Now London's Science Museum has come up with a compromise solution. It is to open an exhibition that will reveal scientists' best predictions about the kinds of extraterrestrials we might one day encounter.

     'It is true some scientists believe complex life forms are rare or possibly non-existent,' said Stephen Foulger, manager for the exhibition, the 'Science of Aliens'. 'But the majority still believe they exist. The problem is that they are so distant, we simply cannot detect them. This should not stop us speculating about what kind of worlds they might live on or what they might look like, however. And that is what we have done for the Science Museum exhibition.'

     The exhibition aims to show that aliens could be spectacularly unlike anything that has been depicted in science fiction films. These have tended to make monsters and extraterrestrials very human-like, from ET to the monster in Alien. To get around this problem, scientists including the Cambridge palaeontologist, Simon Conway-Morris, picked two very different alien landscapes - one called Aurelia; the other Blue Moon - to provide homes for their life forms. These are the focal points of the exhibition, which will open on 14 October and will coincide with a Channel 4 series, Alien Worlds.

     Aurelia is the planet of a red dwarf, a star much cooler than our own Sun. Only planets close to such a star could have sufficient warmth to support life. But the laws of physics dictate that a world in such a tight orbit would be unable to spin. It would be locked in orbit, so one side continually faces its sun, the other into the cold depths of space. Aurelia would have no seasons or days or nights.

     The top predator on this world would be the gulphog, scientists speculate. Five metres tall, they have two big powerful legs, long thick necks, small heads and can run at up to 40mph. They hunt mudpods, six-legged creatures that scurry across the planet's surface and live in underground burrows.

     Other inhabitants include stinger fans, which resemble plants with fans on top but are really flesh-and-blood animals that use slithery tentacles to move about to capture feeble rays of light that beam down on Aurelia.

     Then there is Blue Moon. It orbits a Jupiter-sized planet that in turn orbits a pair of stars in a remote arm of our galaxy. This moon has a thick atmosphere of oxygen and carbon dioxide. So dense is the air here that animals of immense size are capable of flight.

     These include skywhales, which float through the soupy atmosphere on 10-metre wings, soaring on the moon's powerful thermal currents. Their only predators are caped stalkers, eagle-like carnivores which can cut into skywhales' flesh, while huge trees that grow three kilometres high provide eco-systems to a fantastic array of other creatures.

     These strange worlds and creatures will be displayed on giant screens in the museum and visitors can control actions of the 'gulphogs' and 'skywhales' on display.

     Scientists stress that, although such creatures may seems strange, they are only obeying the laws of natural selection that gave rise to life on our planet. As Conway-Morris pointed out: 'Evidence from evolution strongly suggests that, although extraterrestrial regions supporting life will look alien, deep down they will be quite similar to those on Earth.'

     Other scientists still believe such worlds are unlikely and that we may be alone in the universe. The development of complex life may simply be too rare to lead to such weird alien menageries. After all the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) programme has so far found nothing.

     Alternatively, intelligent life may be commonplace but not long-lived, as the late evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould pointed out. 'Perhaps any society that could build a technology for such interplanetary travel must first pass through a period of potential destruction where technological capacity outstrips social or moral restraint. Perhaps, no, or very few, societies can ever emerge intact from such a crucial episode.'

     Foulger remains optimistic, however. 'I think complex life is going to be fairly commonplace, though it may take us a while to find it.'

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Space Rock is 'No Meteorite' Says Expert

Brad Kinzie With Object Cropped Insert
Expert: Object is no meteorite

By Jonnie Tate Finn
The Lincoln Journal Star

     Brad Kinzie’s life was changed when something glowing and smoking whizzed over his head in the early morning hours of June 24.

     The 50-year-old Fairbury man thought it was a meteorite. Others thought something just might have hit him in the head.

     Local TV news crews and radio talk show hosts speculated on the object’s authenticity, while representatives from NASA and universities across the country called to confirm Kinzie’s story.

     He stood by it.

     “They made jokes about me on the radio,” Kinzie said. “But I didn’t care. What? They think someone just threw a burning rock at me in the middle of the night?”

     Kinzie believed the meteorite theory so much he stored it in a safety deposit box at a Fairbury bank.

     “I heard it could be worth thousands,” Kinzie said. “You only live once. That’s why I want to see if I can sell it, you know, after I get it tested at the university.”

     So Kinzie scheduled an appointment to have the rock analyzed by a technician Thursday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This was to be the object’s first test.

     But after Kinzie drove the 70 miles from Fairbury, the small, porous object was not examined as he was told it would be.

     Instead, UNL emeritus professor Sam Treves, who studies the structure, composition and classification of rocks, told Kinzie the technician who was to test the specimen was on another assignment.

     But Treves prodded the object, examined it under a hand lens and concluded Kinzie’s sample was probably not a meteorite.

     He showed Kinzie examples of genuine space rock.

     “See,” said Treves, holding up the smooth, heavy form of an iron meteorite. “The external features on a meteorite are very distinctive, because they’re ablating as they enter Earth’s atmosphere and that creates that smooth surface.”

     Treves said Kinzie’s object closely resembled volcanic rock because of its porous and glassy look. However, volcanic rock doesn’t drop from the sky and isn’t found naturally in a place like Fairbury.

     “I can tell you where to get other opinions,” Treves told Kinzie, handing back the rock. “The fact that it was a fall and not a find is very important.

     “One thing is for sure: It’s not an iron meteorite. I’m sorry.”

Brad Kinzie Alien Rock
     Treves said technicians would still analyze the specimen to see if it’s a stony meteorite. A sample will be cut from the rock and ground down to 30 microns — really thin. They will look for chondrules, which are grainlike structures embedded in some stony meteorites.

     “I’m going to find out for sure if it is or isn’t,” a disappointed Kinzie said as he walked out of Morrill Hall. “It just has to be.”

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Is There A UFO Freeway Above Earth?

Saucer Freeway
By Corwin Haeck
Komo News

     SKAGIT COUNTY - "We are not alone."

     UFO buffs have been saying so for decades. But now a Mount Vernon man says you don't have to believe in aliens. You can see their ships any night of the week with your own eyes.

     Ted Anderson says 50 miles above the earth, there's a veritable UFO expressway he calls the UFO Freeway Portal Location.

     "Myself and thousands of friends have been watching it since 1968," says Anderson. "Motherships come from other worlds to drop off their planetary ships to come to Earth."

     Where are they from? What's their purpose? Anderson can only speculate.

     "This is a security force created by some super being organization or civilization."

     He believes these ships are standing guard, literally protecting us from hostile aliens. And he says if you get out of the city and gaze up south of the Big Dipper, you can see the ships for yourself with the naked eye.

     "These red ships, they're there constantly."

     Anderson has created two Power Point presentations to help interested citizens locate the UFO portal in the night sky. He says he'll email you all the information if you write to him at

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Friday, August 26, 2005

UFOs Over Thomasville

UFO Flares
Strange lights over Thomasville

By Arthur McLean
Thomasville Times

      Alex Cassity of Midway is a God-fearing man, so when he saw strange lights in the sky over his home Thursday his first thought was it was the second-coming.

     Cassitys second thought was that it might be a military test. t was really something, he said. but my first thought was, the Lords coming, he laughed.

     What Cassity saw were bright lights in the sky, falling to earth.

     He and his wife had returned home from playing Dominoes with family. After they parked the car, Cassity said he saw a single bright light high above in the sky. It was a clear sky, and I told my wife to look up, he said.

     The couple saw two more lights appear and then a series of four lights appear in quick succession. Boom, boom, boom, he said, they looked like four-pointed stars.

     The flare itself was a golden illumination, and it was quite large and well up in the sky.

     Jean Hutto also saw the lights from her home just south of Thomasville, further to the east.

     The looked like fireworks falling to the ground, she said. I called and asked my daughter if they were shooting fireworks, and she thought I was crazy, but I know what I saw.

     Hutto said she heard airplanes circling overhead and had heard them for several nights.

     No one is claiming they saw a UFO, however.

     Cassity�s explanation that the lights were flares from a military airplane are probably the most likely explanation.

     Military jets can be heard flying over Clarke County, and military aircraft use bright flares as a countermeasure against heat-seeking missles. During training, it is possible that a military aircraft may have launched the flares during an exercise Thursday night.

     Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Selma does not operate jets and officials with Columbus Air Force Base were not available for comment on the flare phenomena.

     Another possible explanation would be the Leonid meteor showers, which light up the night sky during this time of year, but the meteors are usually only seen during early morning hours.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Former Minister of Defense to Address 'UFO Cover-up'

Paul Hellyer Cropped
Paul Hellyer

Paul Hellyer Former Minister of National Defense to Address UFO Symposium on Disclosure and Planetary Directions

PR Web

     PRWEB) - Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) August 25, 2005 -- Mufon Central Canada and ZlandCommunications are pleased to announce Mr. Paul Hellyer's participation in Exopolitics Toronto Symposium on UFO Disclosure and Planetary Directions at the University of Toronto's Convocation Hall Sunday Sept. 25.

     The Symposium is open to the public.

     Paul Hellyer has had a long and distinguished career with particular emphasis on national defense. He held a number of positions culminating in his appointment as Minister of Defense under Lester Pearson. He is a long standing opponent of the weaponization of space and is a supporter of the Space Preservation Treaty.

     Mr. Hellyer will address the Symposium's theme: Why information concerning Extraterrestrial-related phenomena and government involvement with these issues is still being withheld from the public by specific western nations.

     Some call this the UFO Cover-up. Others call it a truth embargo. In either case Mr. Hellyer's well documented and comprehensive perspectives on such topics as Free Trade, Globalization, the inequitable distribution of wealth, the failure of banking systems and the weaponization of space will affix a compelling urgency to the far-reaching global implications of UFO/ET disclosure.

     Mr. Hellyer possesses a unique vantage point from which to share his insights and knowledge with journalists, academics and citizens on matters relating to the UFO/ET disclosure question.

     By participating in the Toronto Exopolitics Symposium Mr. Hellyer joins a growing list of important government figures around the world willing to speak directly to this most controversial and profound issue. Canada can play a major role in the truth process, and Mr. Hellyer's involvement will increase the impact of the Symposium.

     Journalists and other media representatives who wish to learn more about Paul Hellyer's participation are invited to contact the symposium's Media Director Victor Viggiani for pre-conference press interviews, press passes or questions.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

UFO(s) Photographed Near Gallup New Mexico

UFO Over Gallup
UFO 'expert' speculates about strange lights

By Bill Donovan
Staff Writer
The Independent

     GALLUP — Local UFO "expert" Robert Allen got noticeably excited when he got his first look at photos of the unexplained phenomenon that appeared over these skies last week.

     "I'm getting goosebumps," he said, adding that these may be the clearest photos taken of a UFO in decades.

     The photos were taken by Lyle Jeff, a 17-year-old student who lives in Standing Rock, a small Navajo community about 35 miles north of Gallup.

     The photos show something but just what that something is will probably be talked about in UFO circles for years if not decades.

     To Allen, they appear to be positive proof that a UFO wandered through these skies last week and may have crashed into a field near Standing Rock.

     The photos show colors outlined in the night sky, bright yellows, and oranges and reds. They don't show a spaceship but according to Allen, they show the ship's erratic pattern through the skies and one, which looks like a giant V in glowing colors, shows the underside of the ship as it went overhead.

     Allen said he observed the strange sight himself one night last week, seeing it from his home in Williams Acres.

     The object appeared in the night sky going across his line of vision for more than 90 seconds.

     "That's extremely rare for something to be on view that long," he said. Most sightings are for only a few seconds.

     In this case, he watched as the object went west to east, disappearing at times and blinking its lights at other times.

     Could it possibly be a helicopter?

     "No," said Allen, pointing out that the object didn't make any noise when it went overhead. Also the light patterns were nothing like a helicopter.

     Could it possibly be a weather balloon?

     "No," said Allen. What kind of weather balloon, he said, goes in erratic patterns like the object he and apparently dozens of other people in this area saw last week.

     That's another sign that this sighting may go down as one of the most significant sightings in recent UFO history the number of people who sighted it and were amazed by what they saw.

     Jeff said he and others in his community had observed the object in the sky for five straight nights.

     On Friday, he got a camera and took several shots of what he saw.

     His mother, Stephanie, called The Independent on Monday, and said that other families were saying that the object appeared to have gone beyond a hill north of Standing Rock and landed.

     To Allen, however, the only explanation of what he saw in the photos was a spaceship that was having some problems and had to make a forced landing.

     On Monday, he called Lyle Jeff and quizzed him on what he saw and went and got directions to his house so he could make a detailed investigation of the area to see if something did in fact land in the fields near the Navajo community.

     There have been other landings of alien spacecraft reported in UFO circles over the year and he said he knew what to look for scorched earth in the form of a circle, showing where the spacecraft landed and then took off. And signs of radiation that had been emitted from the spacecraft as it landed.

     "Maybe it never did take off," he said. "Maybe it's possible that the craft is still there on the ground."

     No matter what people saw and think they saw, Allen said the sightings deserved to be thoroughly investigated to try to determine its origins, not only for the sake of the people who looked up into the night sky last week and saw something strange, but because of the millions of people who will be hearing of this over the next week.

     A Los Angeles radio station has already talked to Allen after hearing of these reports, and he said he will be interviewed on the station for an hour today on what was seen and how it may be greeted by UFO experts and fans in coming weeks, months and years.

     But Allen said that if it was observed over several nights last week, it still may be around or others like it.

     And to see them, all one has to do is something that Allen has been doing for years watch the night skies.

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The Hopi Indian Warning and The Flying Saucer Message

Hopi & Saucer
News Channel 6

     Do flying saucers really exist? One local man who spoke with Tammy Scardino says he believes they do and offers this explanation.
Paul Solem says he's the only white man to ever be accepted by late traditional Hopi Indian chiefs.

     Paul Solem, Self-Proclaimed Prophet: "And they finally accepted me after a great conference amongst all the elders; and that divided the tribe."

     The 83-year-old Fort Hall resident has traveled the world, lecturing about the Hopi Indian warning and the flying saucer message. Saturday, he spoke with Blackfoot residents about his experiences.

     He claims he telepathically communicates with spaceships on a regular basis. To prove it, at the end of each lecture he calls for a flying saucer to make a visual pass overhead.

     "You see, a lot of people don't know that we're visited in our atmosphere actually by extra-terrestrial beings that are dimensional - they live in another dimension. So, the heat of the planets or the cold of Pluto, that has nothing to do with it."

     Solem's message does not end with the idea that we're not alone in the universe. He also tells of the Hopi prophecy, a prophecy that foretells of a fire in the sky that cannot be put out. That fire, he contends, will be caused by an explosion of plutonium and spent uranium at the Idaho National Laboratory.

     In the midst of this great holocaust, he says the true white brother will survive the great fire, to bring on purification day.

     "The political set-up will be divinely overthrown throughout the earth, because it's all corrupt. I don't care where you go."

     While the Hopi Indians may have abandoned their traditional past, Solem carries on the message to all who is willing to listen.

     Solem will be lecturing again next Saturday, and the following Saturday at Jensen's Grove in Blackfoot, starting at dusk.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Orange UFOs Over Cheltenham!

UFO Over Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Echo

      Mysterious orange lights have been spotted above the skies of Cheltenham. Gloucestershire police are investigating the sightings and treating the incident as suspicious.

     Physics teacher Kevin Downes was running with his wife Alexandra in Winchester Way, Warden Hill, when they saw the lights at 10.30pm on Sunday.

     Kevin, 52, who used to teach at Dean Close School, said: "At first I thought they were fireworks.

     "Being a physicist I was fascinated what these orange lights were. There were about 12 of them and they kept moving across the horizon.

     "I then saw somebody pulling into their drive and approached him to look up at the sky, just in case we were seeing things.

     "He saw the lights too and got out the binoculars he uses for watching the horse racing.

     "The lights, which were shaped like the plough star constellation, stopped and hovered above us."

     He said they then dispersed and faded out.

     Ian Statham, managing director of Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton, said: "Lights on aircraft are red, white or green - not orange."

     Ursula Hughes saw the lights from Malvern Road, where she was hosting a dinner party with her husband Malcolm.

     Mrs Hughes, 67, said: "I looked out and saw these beautiful orange lights moving from the east. They flew in formation and look like little lanterns."

     Rod Salisbury, secretary of Cotswold Astronomical Society, said: "The only things that can be seen moving are meteors and they're not orange and they only move for a very short period before they burn up.

     "Satellites move but appear white, reflecting the light from the sun. They wouldn't appear for as long as 20 minutes."

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Midwest a Hotspot for UFO Action?

UFO Fleet
Leo Paré
Lloydminster Meridian Booster

     Midwest residents are keeping their eyes on the skies this summer, with dozens of strange reports beaming into the local UFO research office.
In November of 2004, paranormal believer Barb Campbell established Saskatchewan’s first UFO research centre in her hometown of Maidstone, but she may have got more than she bargained for in her not-for-profit venture. Animal mutilations, strange lights, crop impressions and fireballs are among the 29 X-File-worthy reports the Northwest Saskatchewan UFO Research Centre has fielded since January of this year, and in 2004 the NWSURC reported more than 50 unusual incidents and sightings. All of this year’s sightings have occurred in or around the communities of Gurnsey, Lanigan, Lloydminster, Maidstone, Melfort, Midale, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Paradise Hill, St. Walburg, Prince Albert, Qu’Appelle, Regina, Saskatoon and Tisdale, but Campbell has also received reports from as far away as Idaho.

     “The beginning of the year seemed slow, but sightings have picked up this summer,” said Campbell. “All my reports are pretty incredible … and I’m very interested in some of these cow mutilation cases.”

     This past June, Paradise Hill rancher Ray Riguidel discovered one of his cows mutilated in surgical fashion on a pasture near his farm, and although he isn’t prepared to point the finger at aliens, Riguidel swears whatever butchered the animal could not have been human.

     “When you see a cow go down, you go look, but I didn’t have to look twice,” said Riguidel in a previous interview with the Booster. “There was a guy with me, and we both popped our eyes.

     “I’ve heard about (cow mutilations) before, but it never really sunk in. But it’s sunk in now. It’s real.”

     Fernand Belzil, a rancher from St. Paul, has been investigating and compiling information on cow mutilations for several years. Belzil visited Riguidel’s farm after the mutilation discovery, where he took samples from the animal to be tested in a U.S. laboratory and he is still awaiting the results of those tests.

     An unnamed Maidstone-area witness recently spotted an object matching the description of another object suspected to be responsible for crop circles discovered in southern Saskatchewan earlier this year. And in Maidstone, an individual reported seeing an object resembling a satellite suddenly stop in the sky, turn on a very bright light for a few seconds, then switched it off again before continuing north.

     There have been several sightings in the Maidstone area since 1963 where witnesses reported seeing cylindrical, spherical, rainbow and cigar-shaped objects in the sky.

     When receiving a report, Campbell typically interviews the witness, visits the sight, and photographs any possible evidence of unusual activity, and every effort is made to eliminate the possibility of a hoax or false report.
Witnessing several unusual sightings herself, Campbell said she has been a believer in the unknown for as long as she can remember, but many of the reports she receives each month continue to astound her.

     “I’ve always believed there is life out there beyond our world. As a kid, I saw things flying around, but I never thought of UFOs,” she said. “I’ve always kept an open mind, but the more I learn about all this, it still blows my mind.”

     Campbell will be speaking at the first-ever What The Frick Is Going On In Saskatchewan? conference in Saskatoon on Oct. 22. Joining her will be Belzil to discuss cattle mutilations, Beata Van Berkom will give a presentation on crop circles, and a man who calls himself Earthwalker will discuss and hear accounts of alien abduction.

     Campbell encourages anyone who has witnessed any unusual activity, recent or past, to contact her by phone at (306)893-4009, or e-mail her at

     “I don’t care how long ago it was. It’s all very important,” she said. “I’m looking for similarities and patterns. I’m not just collecting. I’m hoping that one day we’ll know ‘What are these things?’ I have a hard time believing they are just military experiments.”

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Crownpoint Couple Spots UFO Twice

Night UFO

By John Christian Hopkins
The Independent

     CROWNPOINT — It was William Shakespeare, the erstwhile Bard of Avon, who first wondered "What light through yonder window breaks?"

     The same question has come once again to New Mexico, and no, not Shakespeare, N.M.

     On Wednesday and Thursday nights both between 9:25 and 10 p.m. Stephanie Jeff of Crownpoint reported seeing bright rotating lights appear suddenly in the sky and vanish just as mysteriously.

     "It was kind of scary at first," said Jeff, who has never seen anything like that before."They were bright lights, kind of rotating."

     The reddish-orange lights first appeared from the west on Wednesday, she said. After about a half hour they vanished.

     "I reported it to the Air Force," Jeff said. The following night, she said, there were more planes than usual flying overhead. But about 9:30 p.m. the strange lights again emerged from the western sky. When a plane came too close, Jeff said, the lights went out and never returned.

     To make sure she wasn't hallucinating, Jeff said she called her brother, Tony, in Dalton Pass and asked him to look outside.

     "He said he saw two lights flying about," Jeff said.

     Crownpoint Police Capt. Steve Nelson said no unidentified objects have been reported to the police. He could not remember ever hearing of a local UFO sighting, Nelson said. But Jeff knows she saw somethng.

     "It wasn't a star, because it just came right out of the sky. It rotated, and was very bright when it was pointed at us," Jeff said. "And we know what an airplane looks like, we know the difference between the lights on a plane."

     Reportings of unidentified flying objects are not uncommon. Some UFOs have been reported by prominent scholars. In 1949, Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of the planet Pluto, reported seeing a UFO over Las Cruces; four Air Force officers reported an unidentified flying object over Taos in 1952; and several motorists reported seeing a brightly lit space craft land in a field near Springer in 1996.

     Reports of UFOs can be traced back thousands of years, even to ancient civilizations like Egypt and Babylon.

     Jeff said her husband didn't want her to tell anyone about the unidentified lights. "I bet a lot of people see things, but are afraid to talk about it," Jeff said. "It's kind of cool, though. It's exciting. We'll definitely be watching (Friday night) to see if they come back again."

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Police Officers, Witnesses Recount 'Kelly UFO Incident"


Kelly Green Men get new venue

     HOPKINSVILLE - The crowd at the convention center Saturday morning was mostly Main Street folks -- men in sport coats and ties, and families with children and toys in tow.

Well, except for the bald guy painted green. And the woman who sat with an inflated 3-foot-tall green alien in the chair next to her.

On a raised dais in front of the crowd were more than a dozen panelists -- some of whom were witnesses to one of the most bizarre moments in Hopkinsville history -- the Aug. 21, 1955, alleged landing of aliens on a farm north of this southwestern Kentucky city.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the incident, Hopkinsville hosted "The Little Green Men Festival," a three-day event that concluded yesterday.

The highlight was Saturday's panel discussion -- where historians, police officers who investigated the incident and children of those who said they saw the aliens spoke about what happened that night.

For those unfamiliar with what became known as the "Kelly Green Men" incident, the story goes something like this:

Eight adults and three children had gathered at the farm of Elmer "Lucky" Sutton north of Hopkinsville in a small town called Kelly. Billy Ray Taylor was outside in the early evening and saw a flying silver disc land in an adjacent field.

No one inside the house believed Taylor's story. But about 8 p.m., Sutton's dog began barking at something outside the house.

When Taylor and Sutton looked outside, they said they saw a strange glow moving toward the rear of the house. Soon something appeared -- what witnesses said was a small man 3 or 31/2 feet tall. The creature had a large head and arms that stretched nearly to the ground. It glowed like silver metal.

The men opened fire on the creature but it "did a flip," they later reportedly told friends, and sought refuge in the darkness.

The men returned inside and later another creature appeared at a window. The men shot at the creature but could not tell if it had been hit. Taylor walked outside to investigate and a large, claw-like hand grabbed his head from above -- most likely from the porch roof. Others in the house pulled Taylor from the creature's grasp. The firefight apparently continued until about 11 p.m., when the creatures went away.

There was no telephone at the house, so Sutton and his family drove to Hopkinsville to get police.

Lonnie Lankford, 62, of Christian County was one of three children in the Sutton home that night. All of the adults who were there have since died.

He told the crowd he remembers the shots and the commotion that night, but little else.

Lankford spent most of the evening under a bed -- his mother hid him and the other two children there earlier in the evening, he said.

But there is one thing he is sure about: His mother would never make up a story to get attention or publicity.

"She was a good, honest woman who attended church," Lankford said.

Geraldine Stith, Lucky Sutton's daughter, said her father told her about the alien shoot-out when she was older -- maybe 7 or 8. Stith was born several years after the 1955 incident.

"My father was terrified," Stith said. "Whatever happened that night ... it scared him for the rest of his life."

Saturday's panel was a first.

Although many panel members had been interviewed separately about the incident by science-fiction writers, newspaper reporters and UFO investigators, most of them had never been in the same room at the same time, said Cheryl Cook, executive director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Cook came up with the idea of the 50th anniversary festival five years ago when she read an article in the Hopkinsville newspaper, The Kentucky New Era, which mentioned that 2005 was the golden anniversary of the event.

Cook started planning and promoting the event at the very earth-bound Kentucky State Fair last August.

"We got a lot of weird looks," Cook said, laughing.

But Hopkinsville has received a lot of ink thanks to the kitsch-factor of the festival. Cook said she has given more than 30 interviews in the past two weeks.

All that publicity should have added up to a big crowd. But Saturday's panel discussion was only three-quarters full.

"I'm a little disappointed," Cook said of the turnout.

It was an alien-packed weekend. On Friday there was an astronomy seminar and an alien costume contest for kids.

Saturday's panel discussion was followed by several speakers, including Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center, and a dance.

Yesterday's bus tours to Kelly were almost sold out by Saturday -- even though the old Sutton home has been demolished and there wasn't much to see.

Keith Wilson saw Cook's booth at the state fair last year and decided to come. Wilson, a Kentucky native who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, admitted that she and her two sisters first decided to come because of the novelty of the Little Green Men Festival.

"But now I'm kind of fascinated," Wilson said. "I mean, why would anyone make something like that up?"

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"Government Has Known About UFOs for Decades," Says Davenport

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UFO researcher says mountain of data is out there
      HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -- Peter Davenport has received more phone calls than he cares to count that have an unusual opening: "Please believe me, I'm not crazy."

     For Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, it's part of the job.

     Davenport spoke at the Little Green Men Festival Sunday in Hopkinsville with tales of what he believes are some of the more fascinating, provable cases reported. The festival, at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Conference and Convention Center, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 21, 1955, report of an alien invasion at Kelly.

     After a lifetime of studying what many brush off as science fiction, Davenport is feels certain that UFO's exist and have been witnessed on Earth, and second, that the government has known about them for decades.

     "I have not just a mountain of data, perhaps a mountain range of data. And I assure you, it's strictly by accident," Davenport told the Kentucky New Era in an interview.

     Davenport has spent the last 11 years filing accounts and eyewitness reports of UFO sightings from a reporting center that consists of one phone, one fax, and one Web master, and is almost completely privately funded by Davenport and donations.

     Davenport graduated Stanford with degrees in Russian and biology and received his MBA in finance and international business. But, years before receiving a master's degree in genetics and biochemistry of fish, Davenport heard of the Kelly Green Men incident on the radio.

     The story from Kelly was one of several that piqued his interest in UFOs, which eventually led to his involvement in the National UFO Reporting Center.

     Davenport said his perspective of UFO sightings took on a whole new dimension when he was 6-years-old on a July night in 1954. Davenport said that's when he, his mom and brother saw a strange object in the sky while a drive-in theater on the edge of the St. Louis Airport.

     "We didn't know it at the time, but my father, and people in the tower on the north side of the airport, were looking at the same object with their binoculars," he said.

     Davenport said the object was about the size of the moon, bright red like a traffic signal and slightly oval in shape.

     "And (it) stopped, almost stock-still, in the sky to the east of our location. People were getting out of their cars," Davenport said. "It was casting a red light ... all over the theater, all over the airport, as far as we could see."

     Since then, Davenport has logged literally thousands of calls about colored lights, flying triangles and hovering disks on his web site, but he's hesistant to say any two are the same sighting.

     "Once you have evidence, there's the question, is it accurate? Does it come from independent sources?" Davenport said. "Is it indelible in the sense that, do you have photographic evidence or just eye-witness accounts?"

     By his own admission, about 70 percent or more of the reports to Davenport's hotline and Web-site have nothing to do with actual UFOs. But of the remaining 30 percent, Davenport declined to speculate about.

     "If it were not for our center, I fear the American people would be naked in the face of whatever threat we may be dealing with. Even if its just as mild of threat of ignorance of UFO phenomena," Davenport said. "And that threat makes me very uncomfortable."

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     Information from: Kentucky New Era,

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