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A new French report released on May 31, 2010 concluded that UFOs are definitely real and possibly of extraterrestrial origin. While not an official government study, the Progress Report of the Sigma/3AF Commission comes from a highly credible source, the Aeronautical & Astronomical Association of France, known as the 3AF, which established a Commission on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena back in May 2008. The Commission’s President is Alain Boudier, a former French Defense attaché, and one of its key members is Jean-Gabriel Greslé, a former fighter pilot who studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and later became an airliner pilot with Air France, where he experienced a couple of UFO sightings. Greslé has published three UFO books in France, including Unidentified Flying Objects: An Airline Pilot Talks (Guy Trédaniel, 1993).
The Sigma/3AF is not a final report but just a work in progress document; nevertheless, it provides good background material on the history of official UFO research in France, a balance of Sigma’s work during the last two years, a brief description of the most significant French cases, and some comments and conclusions. The report begins with a brief history of French official UFO research, which is quite extensive: “France is the only country where the collection of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (PAN in French) and its scientific study have been assigned since 1977 to a civilian official organization, the CNES (National Center for Space Studies, the French space agency) through the GEPAN study group.” After a short description of this unit, now known as GEIPAN (Study and Information Group on Aerospace Unidentified Phenomena), the report outlines other official or quasi-official French studies, including the famous COMETA (Committee for In-Depth
Studies) Report of 1999, issued by a group of high-ranking retired French military and intelligence officers, which concluded that UFOs were real and probably extraterrestrial.
"A speed of 2300 km/h in horizontal flight was reported by radar in Finland in 1946. Speeds of about Mach 5 at relatively low altitude – 9 to 10000 meters – were measured by an airliner in 1966, southwest of Buenos Aires. In July 1994, air traffic radar on the Detroit vertical, measured the same speed at a slightly higher altitude. This last observation was confirmed by three airliner crews of Air France, Lufthansa and Olympic Airways.
Because of kinetic heating leading edges and a high-drag, these performances are virtually out of reach of current military aircraft… which was even more true in 1966."
A particular form of stealth has been verified with regards to the simultaneous observation of a very large aerial disc by CDB Duboc and his crew, as well as by an air defense radar station. While the disc observed visually disappeared for the crew of Air France, it continued to be detected by the military radars. In other cases, the craft remained clearly visible to the observers but without appearing on the radar screens. It seems that this was the case for some of the observations made on November 5, 1990."
"The above features suggest that in many cases the devices detected, far from being unidentified, are easily recognizable by the aerial defense agencies as part of a technology far ahead of ours."
"We feel that we must reject the thesis of a terrestrial origin for all the observations made since World War Two."
- A speed of 2300 km/h in horizontal flight was reported by radar in Finland in 1946. Speeds of about Mach 5 at relatively low altitude – 9 to 10000 meters – were measured by an airliner in 1966, southwest of Buenos Aires. In July 1994, air traffic radar on the Detroit vertical, measured the same speed at a slightly higher altitude. This last observation was confirmed by three airliner crews of Air France, Lufthansa and Olympic Airways. 10 Because of kinetic heating leading edges and a high-drag, these performances are virtually out of reach of current military aircraft… which was even more true in 1966
In the Comments section, the Sigma/3AF report uses unambiguous language, for instance: “No natural phenomenon can account for the majority of observation reports accompanied by electromagnetic detections made by one or several radars. Both the defense services and air traffic control have been confronted a number of times around the world with unknown aerial intrusions or artificially induced phenomena.” Later on, the report goes on to say, “The behavior of these devices during encounters with fighter jets or interceptors – some have participated in real swirling battles in the U.S. – suggests they are controlled, guided or led by particularly sophisticated automation.” And then again, “the air superiority of the craft concerned, if they are indeed crafts, is such that none of the many interceptions which have been made against them, in the United States for example, have been able to overcome one of these devices.”