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"I observed a glow of light below the horizon about 1,000 to 1,500 feet above the water. We both observed its course and motion for about 4 or 5 minutes before calling it to the attention of the other crew members... Suddenly its angle of attack changed, its altitude and size increased as though its speed was in excess of 1,000 miles per hour.
It closed in so fast that the first feeling was we would collide in midair. At this time its angle changed and the color changed [ETA: color was initally yellow]. It then [appeared] definitely circular and reddish orange on its perimeter. It reversed its course and tripled its speed until it was last seen disappearing over the horizon. Because of our altitude and misleading distance over water it is almost impossible to estimate its size, distance, and speed. A rough estimate would be at least 300 feet in diameter, over 1,000 miles per hour in speed, and approached to within 5 miles of the aircraft."
A man driving west of Levelland very close to the spot of Saucedo's initial sighting, sees a large orange ball approaching in his direction. The man testifies that this unknown craft softly lands on the road about 1/4 mile away. The motorist also related a very interesting fact. He stated that the craft, orange at first, became a bluish-green color upon landing on the road. He also noticed that the craft spanned the width of the road. After the craft landed, his engine also failed, and he sat in the cab of his truck, which was lit up by the glow from the craft. After a time, the craft lifted up and left the area.
The UFO was about fifty feet long and eighteen to twenty feet wide. As it descended to an altitude of fifteen to twenty feet, it wobbled on its own axis. Then it began moving slowly and steadily toward Moody. He jumped into his car but was unable to start it. The UFO came to a stop about seventy feet away. Moody could hear a high-pitched humming sound. He noticed a rectangular window in the craft through which he could see shadows resembling human forms. The noise stopped and he felt a numbness crawling over his body.
As the two [witnesses] steadfastly watched the light, three smaller lights seemed to drop from the larger one, which quickly moved up and disappeared from sight. The three smaller objects began to move over the lake. They were obviously under intelligent control. The objects put on a show for Michael and Janet, doing zigzag maneuvers, loops, and then descended like falling leaves. The three objects now moved even closer to the two baffled teenagers. After forming a triangle, two of the objects pulled back. Michael would later recall a sound "like a thousand tuning forks" when the two left the third craft alone.
The lights were a brilliant red, green, and white, and at first, he thought they could be coming from an airplane in trouble. It was common for him to sit and watch the big jets fly over at night. As the lights became closer, his opinion quickly changed. The lights were moving too slowly to be a plane, and now... they were too low, and there was no noise from an engine. What was the strange craft he was seeing? As the lights came closer, he could hear a humming sound, and now he could see that the lights were arranged in a triangular shape, and there was a solid object of some kind connecting the lights.
Study of Color Changes Related to Motion
A special study was made of cases in which UFOs reportedly changed color during flight. A sample of 82 color change cases was accumulated. In addition, 25 cases of change in luminosity or brightness (some overlapping the color changes) were singled out for examination. Could any pattern be discovered relating these changes to the motion or maneuvers of UFOs? (...)
The colors observed during acceleration were isolated. Shifts of color toward the red and violet ends of the spectrum were studied in relation to hovering, acceleration, etc. Cases in which white, or dark (absence of color) constituted one predominating color were examined as a class. Luminosity changes were similarly analyzed.
Suppose that (...) a UFO delivered a gradually increasing amount of energy to the gases surrounding it. At some point, the atmosphere would absorb enough energy to become luminous and the onset would correspond to the excitation of xenon. Further increases in energy transfer would activate the other gases in inverse order of their thresholds and their light would simply be added to that from xenon. Or if some sort of resonance phenomenon excited the various species individually, the atmosphere would take on a series of colors corresponding to each species. Some complex statistical and quantum mechanical aspects apply here but they need not be taken into account to develop the argument.
A rough scale would relate the colors to motions in this way:
White when hovering or moving at uniform speed.
Red and orange when accelerating.
Blue or blue-white at extremely high speeds.
Green when making right-angle turns or performing other aerial maneuvers
FLIGHT AND PROPULSION
Of course, the fundamental problem in understanding UFOs is that their peculiar flight pattern involves enormous accelerations for which adequate forces are not in evidence. The resolution of this dilemma appears to lie in the physical property of inertia (...) According to the Principle of Equivalence, enunciated by Einstein, it is not possible to distinguish inertial forces from gravitational forces (...) [therefore] a "gravity shield" [which could be assumed for a hypothetical UFO] must also function as an "inertial shield."
A Definition of Ridicule
Ridicule is caricaturing, calling attention to what’s bad or absurd about something or someone, thereby drawing attention away from what’s good or reasonable about it. [To ridicule] is to put someone down while lifting the ridiculer up. Burns demote someone, elevating the burner in the process. Ridicule is a power move.
Surprising as it may seem, astronomical objects are the most common cause of mistaken UFO reports, including close encounters
Many things that are reported as UFOs turn out not to be extraterrestrial at all. The Lockheed F-117 and the SR-71 Blackbird jets both had designs that looked otherworldly. Mundane objects such as paper lanterns and party balloons have been reported as UFOs.
originally posted by: shawmanfromny
a reply to: jeep3r
I agree that there are many skeptics in Ufology, but we need them.
Disinformation agents like Richard Doty or Philip J. Klaas are individual examples while the Condon Committee (and its subsequent report) indicate a more collaborative effort to conceal the reality of UFOs.
originally posted by: mirageman
Every case has to be studied and dealt with based on its own merits.