posted on Dec, 28 2006 @ 05:29 AM
The article about the "incident at RAF Binbrook" is a rather distasteful and inaccurate portrayal of the death of Captain William Schaffner when his
Lightning jet crashed into the North Sea during September 1970.
I hope that the members of the "Fair Skeptic" Registry being discussed in a separate thread do not wait to be invited to criticize such offensive
material. They need to be proactive in commenting upon such material.
Nick Pope has written about the distress expressed by Captain Schaffner's sons about the UFO rumours concerning their father's death. Nick has
written: "The aircraft had crashed during a tactical evaluation exercise. Schaffner's aircraft was vectored onto a Shackleton, with a view to
practising low speed shadowing and shepherding. During the course of this difficult task, Schaffner flew his aircraft into the sea. There was no hint
of any UFO connection."
Various other British researchers (including Dave Clarke) have made similar comments following their research into the death of Captain Schaffner.
For discussion of this incident in various UFO books, see also:
Clarke, David and Roberts, Andy in their “Out of the Shadows” (2002) at pages 211-213 (in Chapter 11) of the Piatkus hardback edition.
Dodd, Tony in his “Alien Investigator” (1999) at pages 233-252 (in Chapter 8) of the Headline paperback edition.
Downes, Jonathan in his “The Blackdown Mystery” (2000) at pages 23-25 (in Chapter 3) of the CFZ spiralbound edition.
Druffel, Ann in her “Firestorm : Dr James E McDonald’s Fight for UFO Science” (2003) at pages 358-360 (in Chapter 13) of the Wild Flower Press
Pope, Nick in his “Open Skies, Closed Minds” (1996) at pages 194-195 (in Chapter 11) of the Simon and Schuster hardback edition, with the same
page numbering in the Pocket Books paperback edition.
Redfern, Nick in his “Cosmic Crashes” (1999) at pages 101-106 (in Chapter 5), 206 (in Chapter 10) of the Simon & Schuster hardback edition.