posted on Mar, 5 2011 @ 11:43 AM
reply to post by XtraTL
As a field grade regular officer on flying duty in muti-engine jet aircraft about the same time as Dr Alexander began
looking into UFO I can attest to the wisdom of his observation that elevated interest in UFO's is not a carrier enhancing activity. The key
attribute for promotion to major and above was demonstrating the likelyhood you could be relied upon in the stress of combat. Star Trek, the first
version was all the rage in the 1960's. The rated crew members who were non pilots talked about the show frequently, some even carried the stuffed
toy called a tribble with them on duty. I noticed they were sure to end any conversation about the subject with a joke to establish they did not
really believe in UFO's
Okay, if you have read this far here is an actual event to ponder. In 1968 on a flight north of the State of Maine flying
straight and level at about 35000 feet at night in a B-52 we were approached by an unknown nose to nose and experienced a high speed fly by. The
traffic moved more than two times our speed and was tracked by two separate radar systems on board our aircraft. The event lasted about 20 seconds,
15 second approaching tracked
on the very powerful radar in the nose followed by about five seconds going away by the tail gunners separate radar.
The crew decided that reporting what we experienced was not part of our training assignment and generally would be unwelcome and lead only to tiresome
reporting and ridicule. This was about the time the Condon Report was being talked about and everyone knew reporting seeing things would only cause
your fitness to be questioned.