I was searching for some information about a certain rumored classified aircraft, and (as can sometimes happen) I fell down a small rabbit hole. Or
maybe more of a rabbit slight indentation. So, what I ended up reading was a chapter on google books by an author by the name of Dr Robert Ing. The
book is called "Chatter Beyond the Fringe", and is a sort of "case book" from the career of the author.
Maybe a little bit about the author first. Dr Robert Ing is a "technical security privateer who has traveled the world with letters of marque from
governments and major corporations". He has written quite a few articles, and books. Some of them about the technical securty topics, and also quite a
few on occult subjects. Fancy that! He has apparently also have made an appearance on several TV channels over the years, according to his web page
The "case" that I stumbled across is the third such case from the book, which deals with an incident that happened aboard a Executive Jet that was
flying a CEO (President) for a "major US defence contractor" from Metropolitan International Airport in Denver to an undisclosed location. The year
and date is also not given, but the book was published in 2007 so it has to be prior to that.
The author was allegedly charged with techical security on the executive jet (A Cessna Citation) and did sweeps for various bugs and other threats
aboard. The aircraft, also allegedly, was additionally equipped with some pretty sophisticated elecronic countermeasures and other equipment not
standard on a private jet. Among them an ADVIS (Airborne Digital Video Imaging Security) system, consisting of "two computer guided Pan Tilt Zoom
(PTZ) digital cameras mounted one on the forecastle (lower front) of the fuselage and one on the aft quarter deck"(page 67).
I checked this alleged ADVIS system and came up with just one reference to such a system in a few scholarly articles. The purpose is to provide visual
identification of aircraft to supplement Transponder codes and other means of identification. I don't know if such a system is feasible, or exists,
but it certainly seems plausible. Maybe someone with some knowledge can evaluate?
Curiously the author also relates that this flight "warranted a Shadow Escort" (page 66), of (presumably) military jets, and that these would depart
from a different airport and shadow the flight within visual range. One in front and one in the rear, at different altitudes from the executive jet
itself. Now, this raises some flags for me, because I was not aware that this level of security was provided to private citizens, no matter which
company they might belong to. Maybe some more knowledgable in the field can comment on this?
Anyway, shortly after take off (about 10 minutes), the author is roused from sleep by the Executive Officer and taken to the cockpit where he is
advised that the plane has lost all communications and also that navigation is offline after the appearance of a unknown aircraft flying paralell to
the plane at an estimated distance of 6 miles and about 2000 feet above the plane (page 67). The plane is at about 7000 feet at this time (page
The plane is not part of the shadow escort, which is about 9 minutes out, and the ADVIS system cannot identify it but calculates it to be about 269
feet in diameter. It is greyish green in colour and has no identification markings and no discernable cockpit. The unknown aircraft leaves a contrail
(streak), or something similar coming out of it, and is "a disc of some sort" (page 68) which proceeds to go into a curved trajectory in front of the
executive jet and "disappear in a flash of light leaving a contrail" (page 68-69).
Comms and navigation then returns, and the pilot notifies the nearest airport to file a report with the aviation administration. The rest of the four
hour flight is uneventful, but upon landing the crew is debriefed extensively by airforce personell (from Air Special Investigations Unit) which swear
them to secrecy with reference to the Official Secrets Act (page 70).
According to Wikipedia
only the UK still has this law, whereas Canada had it
until 2001. So this might be Canadians? Or US personell referring to a foreign law? Again a few flags raised?
So this is a curious tale, indeed. But there is more.
The author then claims that he a few years later discovered, in a bookstore in Washington D.C., in a "Conspiracy book" redacted FOIA documents related
to this incident, published in a book and even on the backcover of it (page 71). He finds his own report there, redacted, and also finds out from the
report that the ADVIS system of the corporate jet had estimated the size of the unknown aircraft to be 269,4 feet in length and 58,7 feet in height
(page 72). Naturally, it is remarked that it is pretty large for a stealth plane which was seemingly also very agile.
I don't know what to make of this. Is this fiction, or is there any way to verify this account? Has anybody heard anything about this before?
The source book on google books
The source book on amazon
The authors website
So, what does ATS think about it all? I am posting this in the UFO forum because this is certainly an unknown flying object, but I am secretly hoping
that some of the regulars in the aircraft forum can chip in as well because there really is a lot of strange things here, which I certainly lack the
knowledge to evaluate. If it should properly be moved to another forum, (including I admit possibly the hoax bin), some moderator can move it
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