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From: modernherbal@[address known]
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 13:14:45 -0400
Subject: The Truth About the Heflin Photos
The 'UFO' in the Rex Heflin photos is in fact a toy train wheel.
One of your Listers had it correct in a post recently.
May I suggest you contact the folks at Model Railroader or at
Classic Toy Trains? A good site is www.trainsmag.com Pay
special attention to model trains from the 1950s.
Another lister had it correct about the less-shown fourth photo.
Check out airshow photobooks from the 60's for donut holes ring
Put it this way- Rex enjoyed trains, models, and airplanes. He
also enjoyed having a little fun.
The truth has been known by a few folks in Santa Ana since it
all started. There are still a few old-timers left who could
still tell the whole story... but then again, there are those who
never want to "spoil a good story".
(You may post this to the List as Anonymous)
Originally posted by rand
longhaircowboy (or anyone), do you know what kind of van Heflin was driving? I've been following the current debates, but have yet to see this piece of the puzzle mentioned.
It may have been a Ford,
The truth was posted on UFO UpDates a very long time ago - on
September 5, 1997! In a post by Stig Agermose entitled "Heflin's
Photos Draw Fresh Fire From Skeptics" he includes the text of a
July 22, 1997 article in the Orange County Register by reporter
In this article, people who know it is a toy train part relate
that they have known this for a very long time, and that it was a
joke gone out of control. Unlike Anonymous me, one of these
people, a retiree in Menlo Park, is named and interviewed.
It amazes me that no one else on the List picked up on this at
the time and responded to Stig's post and that no one mentioned
the article in this latest discussion on Heflin.
Tim Shell is brilliant and resourceful. The black donut hole
formation speaks volumes that I speak the truth.
There have to be model train hobbyists on this List who can now
find the exact part that Rex used to create the 'craft'.
Originally posted by IsaacKoi
Yes, it was a Ford.
The Condon Report states that Heflin was driving a "Ford van bus"...
Originally posted by longhaircowboy
There's a guy here in St. Pete who has one [Ford van].
I'll see if I can have talk with him. What info should I get?