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The images were shot on a range that is in restricted air space near Nellis AFB. The tracking cameras got a radar lock on an object that was traveling away from the camera initially, then abruptly changed course when the object detected that it was being tracked. The object appeared to be curious about what was tracking it and came in for a better view. This video was enhanced and viewed by several photoimaging experts, on camera , and they seemed to be baffled about it's origin and properties.
The following are excerpts from the conversation of the contractor's personnel operating the tracking stations. Being good military folks, they do the best they can, which is to simulate an attack and kill the object.
CONTROL: I show an aircraft headed north pretty fast.
OPERATOR 1: I got a helo [slang for helicopter].
FEMALE OP: At eleven?
OPERATOR 1: Yeah, can't figure out where he's at on this thing.
CONTROL: Be advised... We're filled to capacity.
OPERATOR 2: What is that?
OPERATOR 1: I don't know. No idea. A helo?
FEMALE OP: Looks like one. It's way up high no. It's going, like straight up. OPERATOR 1: We acquired this unknown object. Aircraft of some type. We're going to put a launch up on it anyways, see what happens. It seems to be hovering there. [Gives bearing of UFO]. It appears to be going outbound real slow. There's hardly any range velocity. I don't know if this would impact or not....[Simulated launch occurs.] We have impact. We'll call this a kill on this unknown aircraft. T-1 Control doesn't know what type of aircraft this is either...
OPERATOR 2: That's weird.
OPERATOR 1: Strange.
During the Belgian UFO Wave, from 1989 to 1991, the SOBEPS (a Belgian ufology group in favor of the extraterrestrial hypothesis) claims there were around 2000 witnesses in all. Most of them were just phone calls given to the SOBEPS office in Brussels and didn't have any further - and proper - investigations. On top of that, most of the phone calls were not recorded or archived. On the first night of the wave, November 29, 1989, 143 sightings were recorded, according to the SOBEPS. This night was the peak of the Belgian UFO Wave in terms of ground sightings.
On the night of 30/31 March 1990, unknown objects were tracked on radar. Following the incident the Belgian air force released a report detailing the events of that night.
At around 23:00 on 30 March the supervisor for the Control Reporting Center (CRC) at Glons received reports that three unusual lights were seen moving towards Thorembais-Gembloux which lies to the South-East of Brussels. The lights were reported to be brighter than stars, changing color between red, green and yellow, and appeared to be fixed at the vertices of an equilateral triangle. At this point Glons CRC requested the Wavre gendarmerie send a patrol to confirm the sighting.
Approximately 10 minutes later a second set of lights was sighted moving towards the first triangle. By around 23:30 the Wavre gendarmerie had confirmed the initial sightings and Glons CRC had been able to observe the phenomenon on radar. During this time the second set of lights, after some erratic manoeuvres, had also formed themselves into a smaller triangle. After tracking the targets and after receiving a second radar confirmation from the Traffic Center Control at Semmerzake, Glons CRC gave the order to scramble two F-16 fighters from Beauvechain Air Base shortly before midnight. Throughout this time the phenomenon was still clearly visible from the ground, with witnesses describing the whole formation as maintaining their relative positions while moving slowly across the sky. Witnesses also reported two dimmer lights towards the municipality of Eghezee displaying similar erratic movements to the second set of lights.
Over the next hour the two scrambled F-16s attempted nine separate interceptions of the targets. On three occasions they managed to obtain a radar lock for a few seconds but each time the targets changed position and speed so rapidly that the lock was broken. During the first radar lock, the target accelerated from 150mph to over 1,100mph while changing altitude from 9,000ft to 5,000ft, then up to 11,000ft before descending to almost ground level – the first descent of more than 3,000 feet taking less than two seconds. Similar manoeuvres were observed during both subsequent radar locks. On no occasion were the F-16 pilots able to make visual contact with the targets and at no point, despite the speeds involved, was there any indication of a sonic boom.
During this time, ground witnesses broadly corroborate the information obtained by radar. They described seeing the smaller triangle completely disappear from sight at one point, while the larger triangle moved upwards very rapidly as the F-16s flew past. After 00:30 radar contact became much more sporadic and the final confirmed lock took place at 00:40. This final lock was once again broken by an acceleration from around 100mph to 700mph after which the radar of the F-16s and those at Glons and Semmerzake all lost contact. Following several further unconfirmed contacts the F-16s eventually returned to base shortly after 01:00.
The final details of the sighting were provided by the members of the Wavre gendarmerie who had been sent to confirm the original report. They describe four lights now being arranged in a square formation, all making short jerky movements, before gradually losing their luminosity and disappearing in four separate directions at around 01:30.
On April 1990, a picture was taken of the aircraft, and it remains as one of the most famous UFO pictures to date.
After appraising the evidence, the Belgian Air Force found it could offer no explanation for the sighting, but did reject the following possibilities:
Ultralight aircraft (ULM).
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Aircraft (including Stealth).
Laser projections or holograms.
Mirages or other meteorological phenomena.
"He tried everything. He climbed, dived and circled. But the UFO acted like it was glued right behind him. Always the same distance, very close."
For 10 minutes the pilot tried to shake off the object. Those on the ground could "tell from his tonal quality that he was getting worried, excited and also pretty scared."