posted on May, 3 2010 @ 09:14 PM
During the search for Challenger debris in 1986, a Flight 19 aircraft had been found , with an intact Avenger airframe, but no pilot remains. The
primary support base for Cape Canaveral AFS and Kennedy Space Center is Patrick AFB. The main Flight Operations for Patrick AFB's aircrews is the
same Flight Ops used by the aircrew of the PBM Mariner that disappeared shortyly after taking off from what was the Banana River Air Station.
I was able to meet some of the men who had worked at Flight Ops back in December, 1945. They were actually present during the day the Flight 19 crews
and the PBM disappeared. They listened to the radio transmissions themselves, paying attention as the event occurred.
While there will be people on this site that automatically presume that they were hypnotized to tell a false story, the gentlemen impressed me as
totally believable. This was because of their backgrounds, and their general attitudes toward authorities. They absolutely believed the flight
leader of Flight 19 was confused, and disregarding instructions that would have led the flight back to the Florida coastline. They told of the
specific conversations, and the tones of voices by various members of the different aircraft in Flight 19. Some of the other pilots specifically told
the flight leader that he was leading them to nowhere. Still, because of the military discipline, they followed their leader into history.
As for the PBM, several members of the crew that disappeared were known smokers. This was important because these aircraft were notorious for fuel
leaks, so the aircrews were told not to smoke in or around these aircraft. However, many aircrew members smoked anyway. There were previous lost
aircraft that were believed to victims of cigarette-induced explosions in flight. These guys had immediately believed this was what happened when the
There are many events that cannot be fully explained in the Bermuda Triangle, but I truly feel this is not one of them.
One interesting thing about the area, though, is that there are significant regions of magnetic anomalies. There were areas where compasses were not
reliable, and other types of navigational aides were required. There were areas where we would have to use electronic and radio beam land-based
navigational assistance to accurately pass through those areas without being significantly off-course when we reached safer areas. I fully believe
that these types of problems could easily be responsible for many types of disappearances, especially in days gone by.