| Disc In Flight (Long Version)
Approx. 4 megs
| Disc In Vertical Flight
Approx. 2 megs
| Disc Shot Near Phone Pole|
Approx. 2 megs
| Early Distant Shot
Approx. 1 Meg
Yet again... Speculations are being made that the above video is nothing more than a common mylar balloon. However, examination of such balloons will reveal that they are nothing alike, save for being circular in shape and reflective. The big difference between the Mylar balloons, commercial and recreational, is that none of them have a flat bottom and raised top. Only small, backyard "tossing saucers" have anything close to a flat bottom and they cannot reach altitudes as seen in the video.
Click here to see video of a typical commercial 'ufo' style advertising balloon in motion. One can see there's very little in common with the UFO videotaped by Patrick U. (you'll find the video on this page on the far right column, #9 down from top, labeled 'The Ultimate Advertising Tool')
The commercially available backyard "Hover Disc"
toy holds just enough helium to keep it semi-suspended for nice, long glides
at about 4 feet off the ground and are used like a frisbee. They cannot
attain high altitude. They are also brightly colored and decorated.
Well, your examples and graphics and logic are all admirable, but I still have to challenge you on this, Peter. First, you've misunderstood one element of my graphic, which is the 'commercial' mylar balloon on the left (I gave a URL for an example of these, but I guess it was still a bit confusing - my bad)... they are rather large (anywhere from 4 feet to 12 feet in diameter) and have some kind of small fan/motor device as a gondola attached to the bottom, which is also part of the balast to keep it level. The "string" element would apply only to a mylar party balloon -- I wanted to clarify that.
I was not illustrating a "party" balloon. And therein lies the rub! The videotape we have received to date of such silver ships cannot be mylar 'party' balloons as they would need to be extremely large to appear as they do on the tapes; 20 feet or more. The typical party style mylar balloon is usually no larger than about 3 feet in diameter. I've seen dozens of detatched mylar party balloons floating in the sky, large and small. They don't resemble these videos in the slightest. The size difference is one aspect. Another is, an underinflated mylar party balloon -- much less a large commercial balloon -- is not going to have the kind of altitude these discs show on tape. These are clearly very large and too high up to be small party balloons, even when zoomed in. You are also at hand dismissing the eyewitness account. I see no reason to do that unless you know something we don't about this person and their claims. Also, I have yet to ever see a mylar party balloon maintain, even for a short distance, level, horizonal status. They always tip up on edge and usually stay that way, short of a few strong gusts that might make them tumble end over end. That's just plain ole' fashioned helium physics. Additionally, a mylar balloon so deflated would tend to bend and buckle on itself.
What we're seeing in these videos are silver discs that are remaining horizontal, that turn and pitch and right themselves again. Release a few underinflated mylar party balloons and see what you get. They drift off turned on edge, just as they are designed to do (usually because there is a message printed on them) and even if carried aloft to a reasonable altitude (which usually won't happen), they will stay that way, looking like... well... an escaped mylar party balloon.
This is a special weather balloon
Mylar Balloon Tests
Pat U of Venice CA recently decided to buy a few Mylar balloons and put them to the video test. He launched a large backyard "flying disc" type of toy as well as a typical mylar party balloon. The video footage not only demonstrates the dissimilarity between the UFOs captured on videotape (above), but also confirms that the size of such balloons would have to be rather immense to produce the kind of difficulty in focus and distortion on video represented by extreme altitude and distance from the camera. These demonstrations lay the mylar balloon argument to rest. Mylar balloons look like mylar balloons. Flying saucers look like flying saucers! While there are certain undeniable similarities... its silver, its round or disc shaped, its airborn, the two videos are distinctly different.
Click HERE to see Pat's tests