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"In this work, Mr, Ballester-Olmos is making available to us the descriptions of 200 landings or near-landings (Reports of "Type I") of unidentified flying objects in Spain and Portugal. This publication is an important event. The Center for UFO Studies, with which Mr. Ballester-Olmos has collaborated since its formation, is happy to sponsor it in order to give this valuable catalogue a wide distribution
"As a compilation of unexplained sightings, this work is impeccable. A very large majority (67%) of the cases are first-hand reports; all known mis-identifications, hoaxes and the like have been eliminated. We are left with that amazing collection of two hundred unexplained events, documented from the actual words of the witnesses--real men and women who are alive today in Spain and Portugal and have experienced these extraordinary events".
"The main result of this work, in my view, should be to dispel the idea that UFO phenomena are triggered by the press. It is a popular misconception among American scientists that UFO waves are triggered by media coverage of a particularly sensational event (such as Socorro, the "swamp-gas case" or Pascagoula) . In the U. S., it is true that television teams and newspaper reporters have often exaggerated local incidents and thus produced a "tempest in a teapot" resulting in spurious UFO waves. This phenomenon is of less significance than these scientists think, however. The majority of the Type I cases come from smaller countries where press coverage of UFOs is very poor or even non-existent. When the MAGONIA catalogue was compiled in 1968, I was able to find only a half-dozen published reports of UFO landings in Spain. It was therefore an excellent basis for an experiment to re¬ examine the local records in depth, as Mr. Ballester-Olmos has done, and to compile information from private sources. Would we find that Spain, where cultural communication with the rest of Europe has not been as intense as among other countries, had been spared the trouble of dealing with these strange events? On the contrary, Ballester-Olmos has now shown that in this culture the phenomenon followed the same patterns as in the rest of the world, although individual witnesses have not exhibited the same type of social reactions as other witnesses, and did not have the same reporting chan¬ nels available to them".
Allen was aboard an airliner when he suddenly noticed a white object at his altitude, seemingly flying at the same speed as the plane. He made sure it wasnt a reflection and he convinced himself it must be some faraway cloud with an unusual shape. He pulled out his camera to see how fast he could snap pictures. In all he took two pairs of stereoscopic photographs and gave it no more thought.
Picture of UFO taken by J. Allen Hynek
The photographs themselves appeared in a book authored by Hynek and Vallee in 1975, The Edge of Reality. They may or may not be of a flying saucer, but they are certainly not clouds. The importance of stereoscopic photographs cannot be overemphasized. Such a camera is of outstanding evidentiary value. Hynek, in effect, had captured a possible Holy Grail on film.