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Originally posted by sequoyah
I was a witness to the "Stephenville Lights" I thought this was a poor name also
The one in Illinois was so obvious it's apparent they weren't trying to keep it a complete secret, if that's what it was. You assume that if it's secret they don't want anyone to know about it. That may not be a valid assumption. If you have some kind of secret craft with hovering capabilities that can secretly deliver a huge payload of troops and gear in complete silence to a battle location, they might actually want some awareness of this capability to leak out as a deterrent.
Originally posted by fleabit
..It's about as ludicrous as people claiming we are flying these in foreign countries! Testing them over other nations? Are you kidding me? Let's risk giving them superior technology, AND starting an international incident at the same time, kill two birds with one stone.
"We were asking the Americans, 'Are you operating a prototype aircraft in our airspace?' That, of course, was nonsense. You simply would not do that from a diplomatic and political point of view. It would undermine the entire structure of NATO if you were putting things through someone else's airspace, particularly a close ally, without seeking the proper diplomatic clearance. But we had to ask. And the Americans, having had similar reports, I guess, since the Hudson Valley wave [New York state, mid-1980s], had been quietly asking us if we had some large, triangular shaped object that could go from 0 to Mach 5 in a second. Our response was that we wished we did. This was the bizarre situation: that we were chasing the Americans, and the Americans were chasing us."
Nick Pope - Head of the "UFO desk" at Air Secretariat 2-A, British Ministry of Defence from 1991-1994