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The lights (UFO's) shown in the video of march 05, 2004 provided
by the Mexican Air Force could be the heat source produced by
the flames of the oil wells located in the Oil field Cantarell
between 50 km to 90 km in the Gulf of Mexico, very close to the
shores of Ciudad del Carmen city in the Campeche's State and
within the range of the C26A FLIR camera at the moment of the
I remember one crew member, I don't recall who he was but in
some part of the in-flight communications tells the others that
the "object" is two miles and then one mile ahead (one o'clock)
the airplane and then he said it was over the city ofr Ciudad
del Carmen. By that the airplane was heading to the Northwest
where at the bottom this Oil Wells are located.
There are in the Cantarell Oil Field 214 oil wells in 9
platforms from 184 that PEMEX (Mexican Oil Company) has in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Tim Wescott worked on the control algorithms concerning the gyroscopes, the lenses and the
optical dither stages as well as the FOV/focus mechanism. If anyone knows all there is to know
about the SAFIRE-II is Tim Wescott.
Information regarding the Mexican Air Force FLIR video from march 05, 2004:
Tim Wescott estimates, that the oil flares in question (AKAL-J, AKAL-C and NOHOCH-A)
is detectable by the SAFIRE II on the given distance, due to the size of the flares if the weather
conditions is good. He adds; that the conditions in the FLIR video appeared to be good.
Another thing which is equally interesting is that of the FLIR elevation problems. Gyroscopes
are stabilized with respect to the inertial frame of reference. In this case, we can assume
that it is fixed to the Earth.
However the SAFIRE II has two modes:
One is a hybrid mode where the camera is stabilized against image vibration by the gyros,
but more or less fixed to the aircraft attitude for lower-speed motion. That this is the mode
which is active while these images is shot, is documented in the top-center of the images
where you can see it says "INRPT", this 'hybrid mode'.
The second mode is denoted as "HDHLD", and this denotes inertially stabilized position
servo mode. In the video, the images in question are shot with respect to the aircraft's
attitude since it is in hybrid mode, but the camera is still stabilized against image vibration
by the gyros.
So the assumptions concerning that the camera must have been relative to the mounting
point on the fuselage, is hereby documented to be correct.
It is common practice for pilots to crank a few degrees of flap so they can cruise a little
slower while keeping the airplane leveled.
why would the Mexican gov't and the Mexican air force go around pushing a hoax as a real sighting?
Originally posted by Deimos
Hmmm I agree it does look like oil rigs, but the pilots did say the objects were following them and surrouding them? how can that be explained
While I do agree, it might be flames from the oil rigs, it doesn't explain the whole surrouding us comments the pilots made, nor the bit where one pilot said they chased one of the objects, then turned around and the object stopped and followed them