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Westmoreland had always been a relatively peaceful town until July 2, 1954 when a UFO shot down an Air Force jet and made it crash into Walesville corners.
In an article for the online publication called The Windswept Press, entitled “Walesville: A true story of the July 2, 1954 tragedy,” researcher David Griffin points out that “all through that year there had been news reports of flying disks, cigar shaped tubes, and a variety of saucers in the skies over the United States. They were calling it the ‘Great UFO Wave of 1954’.”
...the jet was ordered to check on an “unidentified plane” that had suddenly appeared in the area guarded by air defense operations. After doing that “a fire developed in the forward section of the aircraft in flight and the heat in the cockpit became so intense the pilot and radar observer were forced to leave the aircraft.”
Even the New York Times quotes an unnamed Mohawk Airlines pilot as having seen “a light apparently shining” from whatever object the Air Force jet was chasing. The paper of record also reported that in the moments immediately before the crash thousands of people across the state were clogging phonelines to the police with reports of an unidentified flying object in the skies over their heads.
a reply to: shawmanfromny
...the jet was ordered to check on an “unidentified plane” that had suddenly appeared in the area guarded by air defense operations. After doing that “a fire developed in the forward section of the aircraft in flight and
the heat in the cockpit became so intense the pilot and radar observer were forced to leave the aircraft.”
The first maser was built by Charles H. Townes, James P. Gordon, and Herbert J. Zeiger at Columbia University in 1953. Townes, Nikolay Basov and Alexander Prokhorov were awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical work leading to the maser. Masers are used as the timekeeping device in atomic clocks, and as extremely low-noise microwave amplifiers in radio telescopes and deep space spacecraft communication ground stations.
Modern masers can be designed to generate electromagnetic waves at not only microwave frequencies but also radio and infrared frequencies. For this reason Charles Townes suggested replacing "microwave" with the word "molecular" as the first word in the acronym maser. The laser works by the same principle as the maser, but produces higher frequency coherent radiation at visible wavelengths.
The maser was the forerunner of the laser, inspiring theoretical work by Townes and Arthur Leonard Schawlow that led to the invention of the laser in 1960 by Theodore Maiman. When the coherent optical oscillator was first imagined in 1957, it was originally called the "optical maser".
This was ultimately changed to laser for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation". Gordon Gould is credited with creating this acronym in 1957.
There is no doubt jamming is a real thing, you can buy jammers or make jammers that will interfere with communications. But in so many UFO cases, the electromagnetic interference claims strain credulity, and as you point out, this is such a case. There were even electromagnetic interference claim in the Yukon UFO case, which was later found to just be a satellite re-entry, which in reality had nothing to do with the car not starting. It gets cold in Yukon and cars can have trouble starting there if the battery isn't strong even when there's no UFO.
originally posted by: Deetermined
a reply to: shawmanfromny
Electromagnetic interference wouldn't explain why the pilot said the cockpit got hot and felt like "a blast from a furnace" resulting in his decision to eject from the aircraft. Many of these incidents will never be explained or are capable of being explained.