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Originally posted by internos 12.10.09
reply to post by deejayiwan
Mysterious Winged UFO
Around mid-day on April 27, 1961, Bruno Ghibaudi, a scientific journalist, was driving the highway paralleling the beach at Montesilvano (Pescara), felt a flat tire and pulled his car over and stopped. As he began changing the bad tire, and as he was working at that task, he noticed an unusual metallic-looking disc- shaped flying objectcoming in at a low level over the ocean. It passed overhead, slowed, made a sharp turn towards the north and flew away. (Case 16, Project Blue Book)
Above is the only known photo of the strange, almost organic multi-winged craft Bruno photographed.
Above, the craft as depicted in the artwork from La Domenica del Corriere, April 15 1962.
During these years, many possible explanations were provided, including grasshopper and a Lockheed L133. But only recently i stumbled upon this article by Romano Di Bernardo:
Marshal Di Francesco, of Carabinieri Command Group (at that time located in the central Nicola Fabrizi street) with whom I had good relations within the framework of my activities reporter, called me by phone to the office in Pescara on the same day that saw the article regarding the alleged sighting by Ghibaudi, and asked to me to go to his office.
He showed me the article and asked to me for an opinion on the veracity of the article and photographs published showing objects flying above the beach in Pescara. My answer was not a conclusive "NO", even though my gut told me that this was some badly done orchestrated BS. Anyway i expressed my doubts about the reliability of the sighting. Di Francesco, however, had already decided the news was false and could create issues to public order. Then the author was charged for generating panic on the population. The marshal told me that the "flying saucer" was nothing but a model that in those days was for sale in the toy area of Standa in Corso Vittorio Emanuele. (NOTE: Standa is an italian Supermatrket Chain)
The marshal had already compared the object in the picture with the model and had no doubts it was the same.
I went immediately to Standa in order to make my own comparisons and actually the toy was exactly the same as the photo published.
Then i wrote an article regarding the hoax, but strangely enough it was NEVER published. Days after the Marshall called me back and told me that "we never talked about the case". I've decided to come clean because i've learned that a book claiming the autenticity of the photo is to be published....
Actually, the article is longer, but this is the relevant part.
Notice that Ghibaudi, the author of the photo, wrote also two books about "flying models":
Modelli Volanti (Il libro completo dell'Aeromodellismo)
Edizioni Mursia - 1965 Milano (prima edizione)
and Modelli Volanti (Enciclopedia dell'Aeromodellismo)
Edizioni Mursia - 1973 Milano (quarta edizione)
Romano Di Bernardo, the author of the article, mentioned a Marshal of Carabinieri, italian local police: for his efforts and his achievements in his investigations on Pescara sightings, he was also awarded by National Ufo Center
We can consider him very serious and reliable, he also would have no reasons to discredit a sighting so many years after it took place: still, a photo showing the model is still missing. The purpose of his article was just to avoid to one of his friends who was going to publish a book, to publish some chapters based on some hoax.
Basically, we miss the very smoking gun, but given the circumstances, it's
extremely likely that the whole story is an hoax.