Originally posted by Kandinsky
You might be right Milo. There are huge problems with all the available explanations and hypotheses we have.
In a way, they are like a blanket that is too small...the more it is pulled one way, the more it leaves cold feet.
"The UFO phenomenon signals a domain of nature as unknown to us today as nuclear energy would have been to Galileo."
Originally posted by The Shrike
In April 2007 I was communicating with Jeff Challender (Project P.R.O.V.E., passed away in Oct. '07) via email and phone. He told me that he had videotaped a UFO, at night, that was doing all kinds of strange maneuvers including what you state above. He sent me a copy of the DVD that he dubbed and it, indeed, shows a light doing non-human maneuvers. Of course being at night there is always the doubt that it could have been a high-flying kit with a light and possibly flown by someone who wanted to make viewers think it was a UFO.
But I never doubted Jeff's honesty and sincerity and I accept that the DVD contains a UFO.
Perhaps I should post it on YouTube and wait for someone here to discover it and go bananas and post it.
April 5, 1948: Manila, Philippine Islands
"Saucer Eludes Army Pilot By 90-Degree Turn"
Manila -- Lt. Robert W. Meyers of the 67th Fighter Wing, 18th Fighter Group, Philippine Islands was leading a group of 4 F-47s when he saw an aerial object 3 miles away.
He turned around to check on it and watched it make a 90-degree turn and disappear within 5 seconds. It was silver colored and left no exhaust trails.
Miscellaneous Newspaper Reported UFO sightings in 1947-1950 (PDF File)
Long Beach, California Press Telegram - 14 Oct 52
Beach Combing With Malcolm Epley
... Rose Kissinger, from the ship Pacific Queen anchored in the harbor, writes that on Oct. 4 she and others aboard the craft saw a "flying saucer" over the Palos Verdes Hills. It made a right angle turn and went west...
Mr AE Whiteland described the unusual sight witnessed by his mother around 1916 or 1917, when she lived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. One day she had gone upstairs, looked out the window, when “at a height of about 30ft [9m], eight to twelve men appeared, on what seemed to be a round platform with a handrail around it… They were wearing blue uniforms and little round hats, not unlike sailors’ hats. She heard no sound from the machine as it came off the nearby marshes. It turned a bit, and went over the railway yard, to disappear behind some houses.”
When she first saw the platform, it was about 100 yards away and “came straight along the road, and then when she thought it was going to pass her house (one of a terraced block of six) it suddenly turned away at right angles from her and went between the Railway Hotel and the sheds on either side of the railway yard. The shed opposite the house was maybe 23 to 25ft [7–8m] high; it was two-storeyed, and hay was stored in the upper part, and the thing just cleared its roof, from what Mother said.”
The men were holding tightly on to the handrail, which was “brass, and a second rail, also of brass, was at the height of the men’s knees. As she was trying so hard to take it all in, she cannot say of what material the platform seemed to be made… Mother says that she kept wondering what was making the thing move, and looked up in the sky and then at the men and then in between their legs to see if there was an engine there in the middle, but she could see nothing there. There was nothing in the middle, just a hollow, with the men around the sides.”
The platform was totally silent and moved at about the speed of a running man. It was visible for at least several minutes. Mr Whiteland’s mother never heard of any other witnesses to this strange sight, but she didn’t speak about it much until after the war. Also, the street had been empty of pedestrians at the time of her sighting, which was at midday during the working week.
Researcher Charles Grove wrote to Charles H Gibbs-Smith of the Victoria & Albert Museum asking about the possibility that the platform had been an observation platform hung below a German Zeppelin. Gibbs-Smith replied in the negative, pointing out that such platforms were tiny and carried only one man in a prone position (rather than a group, which would have made an easy target for British troops), were never low to the ground and would have swung out when making a sharp turn – not to mention the fact that the noise of any Zeppelin’s engine’s would have been easily heard.
The abrupt 90-degree turn down another street that was executed by the platform is also particularly puzzling – it’s a manœuvre commonly reported in connection with UFOs, which appear to perform it at high speeds.
Aeronauts from the Future