Friday, October 16, 2015

‘Jets Chasing UFOs’ Investigation Nets FAA Radar Package

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‘Jets Chasing UFOs’ Investigation Nets FAA Radar Package
FOIA-acquired radar data shows aircraft maneuvering outside the Military Operations Area in June on the same evening UFO activity was reported. – CREDIT:

Radar's great, but we want Reptilians

By Billy Cox
De Void

     When someone phoned in a slow-moving triangle flashing lights in the night sky near Inwood, W.Va., early this year, UFOs Northwest website founder William Puckett decided to file a FOIA with the Federal Aviation Administration. After all, there were three eyewitnesses, and video footage to boot, so something was definitely there.

After receiving and processing the data, Puckett concluded the witnesses had seen a military blimp. A new generation of massive unmanned airships – designed to plug gaps in domestic radar coverage – is emerging from the Aberdeen Proving Ground nearly 100 miles to the east of Inwood. For Puckett, the clincher was this: Not only did the target have a transponder, it emitted a military code. Case closed. If only they were all so unambiguous.

Following the federal crackdown on accessibility to detailed radar records in the embarrassing aftermath of the well-documented 2008 Stephenville UFO incident, Puckett says he’s been judicious in his exercise of FOIA requests. He prefers cases with multiple witnesses, preferably from multiple vantage points. But he decided to query the FAA on a June incident on account of the background of its sole eyewitness – a Marine Corps veteran who pastors at a church in Alto, N.M. The guy was so rattled he called 911.

Late in the evening of June 10, the pastor heard jets overhead, and saw that they appeared to be chasing anywhere from 15 to 30 lights moving erratically in the sky. He said the drama lasted for more than half an hour before fading into the northeast. What grabbed Puckett’s attention was the sighting location – 20 miles east of the White Sands Military Operations Area (MOA), and 30 miles northeast of Holloman AFB. According to the maps, Alto lies outside the MOA. Puckett, a former National Weather Service meteorologist, finds potential military connections irresistible.

In late August, Puckett received the FAA radar package which included skin-paint returns. Even without the details he hoped for, the composites gave him a decent profile. By 11:15 p.m. on 6/10/15, at the front end of his FOIA-specified time slot, the jets were already airborne, so it was impossible to verify their point of origin. The only discrepancy between the pingbacks and the eyewitness report was the initial direction of the jets’ approach. The witness said the planes came in from the west; radar indicates the activity was concentrated to the northeast of Alto. Otherwise, the reconstruction supported the eyewitness account.

Most of the returns were clustered to the northeast of Alto, but only one of the planes, traveling at about 20,000 feet, had its transponder on. Puckett said it’s not unusual for military aircraft flying sorties to silence their transponders, but the returns from the northeast were so densely concentrated “it’s almost impossible for me to track individual objects,” Puckett says. “They were making lots of circles, so they were definitely up to something.” Some of those pingbacks could’ve painted UFO flight behavior. What he knows for sure is that at 11:53 p.m., on the tail-end of his FOIA request window, the aircraft were detected making approaches to Holloman.

“There was no way the witness could tell how high up the UFOs were,” says Puckett from his home in Helena, Montana. “We know the one plane with the transponder was up at 20,000 feet, but that doesn’t mean they all were flying that high. What the witness said was that the (UFOs) were kind of discombobulated, they were not very well organized.

“Obviously, this doesn’t mean we’re talking about alien spaceships, but this is interesting because the radar confirms the witness’s account of planes in the air at the right time in the right place. And they had to leave their MOAs to be there.”

Unfortunately, radar returns can’t hold a candle to the story told by erstwhile USAF radar operator Niara Terela Isley, now 60. The British tabloids have been having a field day over her account of being abducted from Nevada's Tonopah Test Range in 1980 by reptilian aliens and repeatedly getting raped on the dark side of the moon. De Void has lodged a query with Holloman about why its planes strayed from their MOA back in June, but clearly the Air Force has bigger fires to douse now.

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