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The sad and awful truth is, they've mostly been blimps.
Yes, blimps: slow, rotund, squishy blimps, and most of those have been WWII Navy surplus. No sex, no sizzle, no ultra-high-tech, no aliens.
On June 24th, Kenneth Arnold, an Idaho businessman flying his person plane around Mt. Ranier, had an encounter with nine unknown aircraft flying in formation across the Cascades. His reports to the media started a UFO "wave" which swept over the entire country within days and added the term "flying saucer" to the vocabulary. There were two collaborating sightings of (apparently) the same formation.
However, it all may have started earlier, on June 21st, in Puget Sound, Washington, where Harold Dahl and several others reported seeing six large silver doughnut-shaped objects near Maury Island. Some recounts have them being pelted with hot slag from the objects, which Dahl supposedly recanted later, and most accounts of the incident tell of clouds of chaff (aluminum foil strips) being released from one of the craft. Dahl and friends did not immediately report the event to authorities.
Both the United States Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency were born together, as part of the same congressional bill, the National Security Act of 1947, the CIA being molded from the post-war Central Intelligence Group (CIG), USAF being forged from the existing Army Air Forces (USAAF). Before that event, the Chief of the Intelligence Division of the General Staff, and later Director of the CIG, was a USAAF officer, Lt. General Hoyt Vandenberg (promoted to full General in 1947). He held that position until USN Captain Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter was named CIA Director on May 1, 1947.
To further demonstrate the close connection between the USAF and the CIA, it is important to note that the Air Force has always flown surveillance missions for the CIA, at first using USAF-owned aircraft, and later operated and maintained the CIA's own U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. USAF has also launched, operated, and, where appropriate, recovered all the CIA's surveillance satellites.
Into this fray steps the CIG/CIA, eager to procure the resources it needs to conduct foreign surveillance and intelligence gathering. Someone, perhaps even Hoyt Vandenberg himself, hears rumors that sound amazing: blimps don't show up on radar.
Partly in response to questioning from Congress and the media, partly out of curiosity, and partly to shut up his own officers, Vandenberg authorized a study of the phenomenon. Project Sign, as it was called, was conducted by the Technical Information Division of the Air Material Command under the command of Lt.General Nathan Twining, who would one day be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sign was organized in December 1947, and published its findings one year later.
The top-secret report, known as the Estimate of the Situation, expressed a guarded opinion that UFOs are real, and that they are probably of extraterrestrial origin. We know that because Gen. Vandenberg (1) rejected the report, thereby relieving the USAF from having to account for its findings or having keep it as an official document (2) declassified the report, ensuring that the conclusions would be widely known outside the project, and (3) ordered all copies of the report destroyed, thus concealing the details of the study, allowing the Air Force to disavow any information that may appeared in the the report, and allowing the Air Force to claim any copies which came to light later to be forgeries. Once again, Vandenberg must have been dumbstruck at the conclusioons his wiz-kids came up with.
Besides Project Sign, there were two other special USAF UFO study programs: Project Grudge and Project Blue Book. Between the three projects, Air Force personnel gathered tens of thousands of UFO reports and interviewed thousands of witnesses. Out of the thousands and thousands of blimp-like objects seen and reported only one was ever identified as a possible blimp (and it was marked "misc (blimp)"). There was never a "blimp" category at all; they did have "known aircraft" and "balloon" categories, but the notes make it clear that "aircraft" referred to fixed-wing craft flying with proper flight plans. "Balloons" clearly meant free balloons (ie, weather balloons), because they were always "released" ; theres not a hint that manned balloons were considered at all, even civilian hot-air balloons. I'm still reading through those awful microfilms that were released; if you find any report in which Blue Book deals with manned airships of any knid, please let me know.
(There were a whole lot of neat links and graphics, but the power hiccupped and all the urls got dumped; I'm too lazy to convert them all back into geekcode from html. Sorry.)
Originally posted by Gazrok
If this assumption is correct, I'd love to know why we aren't using these 1000mph blimps nowadays....
Originally posted by sleeper
There are millions of non-human species on earth, animal, insect and plant life.
All co-existing----all unaware of the other---for the most part
Many humans fall into that category----believing they are king of the hill.
However, humans are only one in billions in a crowded galaxy , and at the lowest level of the food chain concerning intelligence.
Originally posted by the_renegade
I wonder how do you know that humans are only one in billions in a crowded galaxy? And we are the lowest level of intelligence.
Originally posted by rand
Formation Over Santa Clara Valley c. 1943
Originally posted by Gazrok
they FAIL to account for even more sightings. For example, blimps are NOT capable of aerial maneuvers that defy conventional craft. Such movements have been seen and documented by even military observers.
Arnold was a trained and respected pilot, with numerous flight hours logged. He described seeing nine chevron-shaped objects flying at a high rate of speed. This is COMPLETELY inconsistent with the idea of blimps...even super secret CIA ones...
The Maury Island UFO Case is considered a Hoax by most UFOlogists.
Actually, the CIA was largely molded from the OSS (or at least that's what their own history claims in the CIA Entrance Examination Guide). It's interesting to note that the National Security Act was hastily put into place even faster (and seemingly out of nowhere) than the Patriot Act. All of this, RIGHT after Roswell.....
Don't forget the Skyhook Balloons, also commonly mistaken for UFOs...
This has little bearing on the problem of those UFOs that DID show on Radar, and which flew faster than any known craft.
In fact, such sightings prompted projects SIGN, GRUDGE, etc. and later BLUEBOOK. Surely the USAF wouldn't need to investigate something it itself was doing for the CIA????
Wow, and you thing WE are paranoid???
So your assumption is that these projects were simply cover stories....??? Many of those involved in the projects, which later became published UFOlogists, would disagree with that, and it seems they would be in a better position to know than you or I.....
In any case, it appears you're attempting to paint all UFO sightings with a broad brush as blimps....even if the details of the sightings don't even remotely resemble the properties of blimp flight. It is true that many UFO sightings are planes, helicopters, blimps, misidentified planets or stars, falling satellites, etc., etc., but the idea of simply labelling ALL UFO sightings as secret blimps seems a bit ludicrous in the extreme....
Remember also... Even if ONE in a thousand UFO sightings are genuine, it STILL means we're being visited by beings from another world....
I'd like to see more evidence to support blimps in cases where such craft simply don't appear to fit the facts of the case.
Originally posted by UnBreakable
So what about "blimps" that exceed 1,000 mph? That's harder to fathom than the ufo phenomenon. Sorry, I don't buy the "blimp" explanation for all the reported ufo cases.
Originally posted by the_renegade
Why would there be a cover up into blimp manufacturing?
I rather it be aliens then to find out the grimm truth that all this information and UFO culture is really a facade of BLIMP manufacturings.