- NEW YORK
- LA GRANGE, HUDSON VALLEY -- Kenny Young
reports he received the following E-mail. "On January 19, 1999, my
fiancée and I were driving home on a road we frequently travel Noxon
Rd in LaGrange. We noticed two very bright lights through the trees. As
we drove closer it looked like it was hovering over the road where it turns,
as we came closer the two lights turned to three. A fourth light came on
and it appeared to be going down into the field as we got closer it moved
over to the right of the road about 150 ft away. I think about 170 feet
up. This was no airplane or helicopter...as being in the US Army, I know
what they look like. I pulled the car over onto a side road to the left
and got out to have a better look. The only sound I heard could be best
described as a low hum. Three more cars approached from the Taconic State
Parkway and slowed to look. Thanks to UFO Research http://home.fuse.net/ufo/
- NORTH CAROLINA
- Terry W. Kimbrell writes, I am a Field
Investigator for ISUR and noticed a "Blue Ridge Corridor" of
UFO sightings. John Thompson suggested I ask advice from you on this theory.
I am going to try compile the information on these sightings. It would
make sense that as well as military remote training runs that something
else is using these routes to make their runs to stay hidden in these Eastern
Mountain ranges. In the last two years theirs been allot of reports have
been coming out of the area of the Western North Carolina Mountains. There
was one last week. If you could help me with my research with suggestions
it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Terry Kimbrell GOODWISE@prodigy.net
- Editor's Note: There does seem to be
a fairly large number of sightings along the Eastern Mountain Range from
Georgia to New York. This may indicate bases are hidden in the mountains
or that low flying military aircraft are not identified. Something more
mundane such as Earth lights and plasmas are also known to exist in these
areas. Tom Sheets the Georgia MUFON State director states, "I am not
sure we have enough solid cases to prove we have a UFO corridor."
I suggest further research is needed and my files are available to you.
- PLAIN DEALING - ISUR reports Jerry J.
Reich had a sighting on January 19.1999, around 11:30 PM. Jerry states:
"I noticed 5 bright lights over the tree line and I thought it was
helicopters or weather balloons because they were stationary. The lights
began to move in wavy motion so I knew it could not be helicopters. The
lights some became brighter and some not as bright began going in different
directions. I did not thank they were balloons. We are familiar with aircraft
since they fly over from an air force base that is only 30 miles away.
Both my wife and I saw the lights for several hours. She became scared
and went inside." (318)423-8029, 1298 Rocky Mt. Road Plain Dealing,
La 71064 spider-tr071.proxy.aol.com Thanks to John Thompson and ISUR for
- CANON CITY-- At 5;40 P.M. on January
15, 1999, I saw a cluster of red lights moving together in the northeast
sky. They were not a close cluster, but more spread out, maybe 6 or 7 large
red lights. I was traveling down the Royal Gorge Highway as a passenger,
when I noticed them. The driver did not see them but another friend asked
if I had seen any lights. She described the same thing. She lives in a
13th floor apartment and said they appeared to land and blink out. Thanks
to EDWARD W BURKE EDBURKE@prodigy.net
- UFO FLAP SPREADS TO ALL REGIONS
- On Saturday, January 9, 1999, at 10:30
p.m., a teenaged boy returning home in Cava dei Tirreni spotted "a
black discoidal object" hovering above some houses. The saucer, he
reported, had a diameter estimated at 10 meters (33 feet), emitted no sound,
and showed no lights or colors of any kind. It circled twice over the town
before flying away. On Monday, January 11, 1999, at 7:20 p.m., a fireball
appeared in the sky over the city of Bologna, 300 kilometers (180 miles)
north of Rome. "The UFO crossed the sky for 15 seconds in a southeasterly
direction." On Monday, January 18, 1999, at 5:30 p.m., a UFO appeared
over Trescastagni, a town on the island of Sicily, described by witnesses
as "a luminous object that crossed the sky going from the west to
the south." "The group spotted the object near the peaks of Tre
Monti on the outskirts of Trecastagni and took note of the luminous trail
rising in the west. It crossed the sky, lighting up the clouds like the
last burst of sunshine and then went in a southerly direction. Some witnesses
spoke of one object with three lights and a luminous molten glow. Others
spoke of a trio of luminous objects proceeding in formation. The object
reportedly zigzagged and its speed was too fast for it to be a conventional
jet." (See the Italian newspaper La Sicilia 1/19/99. Thanks to Gianfranco
Degli Esposti e Alfredo Lissoni di Centro Nazionale Ufologico) UFO Roundup
Vol. 4. #4 1/25/98 Joe Trainor Editor.
- SIGHTINGS MORE LIKELY IN THE
SUMMER AND FALL
- Larry Hatch writes that he has found
some surprising statistics regarding monthly distributions of UFO sightings.
Out of some 16,870 events in my database where a definite month is known,
one would expect roughly 8.3% of that number (about 1400 events) to fall
into each month. The data for all years is lumped together. Instead, I
find 6936 events in the first six months of the year [41.1%] and, the other
9934 listings [58.9%] in the last six months. A histogram shows slow activity
right through June, then the count nearly doubles for July, slowly falling
off into November. December is quite slow, much like the months January
thru June. In fact, if I throw December into a "slow" period
of seven months, the anomaly is even greater: Dec thru June : Seven months
averaging 1142 per month -vs- July thru Nov.: Five months averaging 1779
per month! This cannot be chance, no way with nearly 17,000 data points.
Some seasonal effect is at work (or play) here. Major meteor showers tend
to cluster in the last half of the year. But, I try to filter out fireball
and night-light sightings unless they have some other outstanding attributes.
To test for this effect, I ran the same histogram for various types of
UFOs, namely Saucer/ovoids, cigar/spindle types, deltoids, night-lights,
fireballs and so forth. All types except Deltoids (triangles, boomerangs,
etc.) gave the same general histogram in proportion! Interestingly, the
Deltoids had a less marked end-of-year effect, and the curve was shaped
differently. No, it's not meteors. I should add that the Geminid and Lyrid
meteor showers occur in December and April, two of my slowest months. My
busiest month, July, has no major meteor storms at all. Perhaps there is
some demographic or other mundane explanation, but I am at a loss for what
it might be. Naturally, I would like to believe that this effect is intrinsic
to the UFO phenomenon itself, but someone should play devil's advocate
here first. Best wishes: Larry Hatch Editors Note: The increase in sightings
in the summer and fall months in the Northern Hemisphere may be explained
by the fact more people are outdoors in warmer weather. Also, the UFO pilots
may prefer to fly in warmer weather. The Deltoids may be secret military
aircraft that fly on a fairly regular schedule.
- GEORGIA COMMENTS
- British Aviation expert Bill Rose writes,
I pretty well solved the Troup County sighting for you. I believe the unknown
aircraft was a B-1B "Lancer" which is a large supersonic bomber
with a long delta winged shape. (with its wings folded) The aircraft is
powered by four turbofan engines and optimized for low level flight and
having photographed B-1Bs on several occasions from fairly close quarters,
I can promise you they are very noisy beasts. It is also the case that
the standard paint finish for the B-1B is a dark gray color. Having now
had time to study a detailed map of the area and plot the course of this
flight, I believe I can say without any doubt that this was a B-1B en route
to Warner Robin AFB where the 116th Bomb Wing operate these aircraft. This
aircraft was definitely not the Aurora, which is now thought to be a Mach
3+ reconnaissance version of the still secret A-17/FB-119A that is designed
for very high altitude long range missions and would not perform very well
in low speed/altitude situations. The B-1B may have been on a secret training
mission when this sighting occurred. These aircraft are now capable of
seeking out Scuds and this incident was just prior to the recent Gulf strikes.
What does surprise me a little is the fact that nobody seemed to know that
B-1B aircraft were operating from a major USAF base outside Macon! --Okay,
well maybe you didn't want to use a solution to that puzzle! There simply
isn't enough solid detail to draw any conclusions. Thanks to Bill Rose
- Editors Note: The witnesses seemed to
rule out any standard commercial or military aircraft.
- REFLECTIONS ON ROSWELL BY
- FILER wrote to David Rudiak that I enjoyed
reading his research on Roswell. It is excellent work. I have always felt
Marcel was telling the truth. All my data indicates something crashed near
Roswell not necessarily alien. However, they definitely went to great trouble
to keep it secret. It was a very special aircraft either ours or alien.
Knowing how the military works, it seems odd that they could release a
story in Roswell and so quickly react in Fort Worth and Washington. I wonder
if it wasn't a setup? They may have felt the word had gotten out, so first
you tell the truth then take it away.
- DAVE RUDIAK responds to my message stating:
I didn't think that at first, but I now believe that's exactly what happened,
though it was a daring gambit. However, I suspect coordination may have
been a little ragged between Roswell, Washington and Fort Worth, leading
to some surprise when the announcement did go out from Roswell. Col. Blanchard
may have had Haut release the story too early. That led to a scramble in
Washington and Fort Worth. Until General Ramey got his weather balloon/radar
reflector, he had to improvise. He began giving out descriptions by phone
of what was supposedly in his office, though Marcel hadn't arrived yet.
That led to his peculiar description of the object being 25 feet across.
Dave Vetterick and I have been mulling this over and noticed the similarity
to the Johnny McBoyle/Lydia Sleppy story, which went basically like this.
McBoyle called Sleppy in Albuquerque saying that he had seen the military
hauling off a "crushed dishpan" about 25 feet long and also that
there had been discussion of small bodies being found. Sleppy said that
when she tried to wire McBoyle's story to ABC News, the FBI cut her off.
Then before she could phone in the story, somebody else had "scooped"
them. That most likely was the AP bulletin of Lt. Haut's press release
that went out at 2:26 PM Roswell time. An hour or so later Ramey was speaking
to the Pentagon Army Air Force press room and talking about an object 25
feet across. _Possibly_ what happened is that Ramey was quickly notified
that some newsman (McBoyle) might have broken the story and given a 25
foot description of what was recovered. Ramey then hedged his bets by giving
out the same description, though there was obviously nothing in the radar
reflector photos that Bond Johnson took that could possibly lead Ramey
to believe that it could be 25 feet across even if reconstructed. But in
case McBoyle's story did leak out, they wanted to have a cover story for
that as well. The 20-25 foot description continued to be put out well into
the evening from the Pentagon, making it into a number of newspaper stories
and also ABC radio news at 10:00 PM that night. It seems that attempts
were made to deceive the FBI as well. The infamous FBI telegram indicates
they were given a 20 foot description by Ramey's intelligence officer,
but this was applied to the balloon instead of the radar reflector.
- FILER: I don't really know what to think
about RPIT debris findings. They are certainly trying hard and the message
is a major find. I have seen a few of the symbols they talk about but wonder
if it is just the way the material crinkles. Bond Johnson gave me the impression
you were also seeing symbols?
- RUDIAK: Not really. I think I wrote that
maybe one piece looks like it might have something like symbols on it.
And I've said I'm trying to keep an open mind about it. Maybe some "real
debris" brought by Marcel got mixed in with the radar reflector, but
basically what I see is a tinfoil radar reflector and a balloon at Gen.
Ramey's feet. No cord or string makes me wonder about the debris. I'm most
struck about the absence of such a description out on the Brazel debris
field. A Mogul balloon train was held together with hundreds of feet of
twine and fishing line, yet nothing like that was reported. Even Brazel
in his RDR interview denied finding any. So what happened to it? If you
read the Air Force Roswell Report, Lt. McAndrew noticed this anomaly and
queried Professor Moore about it in his interview. Could the twine disintegrate
in the sun, asked McAndrew? No said Moore. McAndrew dropped the subject,
and not another word was mentioned in the entire Air Force report about
it. It worked against a Mogul explanation, so the absence of line was swept
under the carpet and not brought up in McAndrew's or Col. Weaver's summaries.
- FILER Several other plane loads of debris
were sent to various bases for analysis. By chance the most mundane including
a RAWIN target reflector might have ended up in Ramey's office.
- RUDIAK: I have trouble imagining that
Marcel would bring predominantly tinfoil and rubber balloon junk to show
to Gen. Ramey. The point of his debris samples would have been to show
Ramey exotic debris.
- FILER: By the way it was Newton in a
sworn statement in the AF Roswell document that Major Marcel kept trying
to point out alien writing on the debris in Ramey's office.
- RUDIAK: This was never part of Newton's
original story when first interviewed back in 1979. He also said back then
that he had no idea why he was brought to Ramey's office other to identify
a weather balloon, and he didn't find out about the flying saucer connection
until sometime AFTER he left. Nor did he mention being questioned by Marcel.
But in his 1994 AF affidavit, he claimed he "giggled" at the
so-called flying saucer the moment he walked into Ramey's office. Then
in 1995 he told OMNI Magazine that Marcel practically chased him all over
Ramey's office trying to get him to change his mind. Does this sound plausible
to you? It doesn't to me. Instead it sounds like Newton has jumped on the
debunking bandwagon. In contrast Marcel's service file has Ramey a year
later calling him "outstanding" and command officer material,
and also protesting his transfer saying he had nobody to replace him. It's
rather difficult to believe Ramey would write these if Marcel behaved like
the embarrassed idiot in front of him as Newton claims. Ramey through Dubose
also recommended Marcel's Reserve promotion to Lt. Col. just four months
after the Roswell events. Dubose indorsed Blanchard's superior evaluation
of Marcel ten months afterwards. Again, none of these officers indicated
in any way that Marcel had screwed up, but were instead praising him. Marcel
then was posted to two top secret positions, the first one as Chief of
a SAC foreign air intelligence division. (There is also correspondence
between the SAC and the Pentagon where they are competing for his services.)
I honestly do not understand how Marcel could get such a position, if he
screwed up a rather simple balloon identification. Thanks to Dave Rudiak.
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