Great thread Vrill
Also great to have the opinion from wasco2, who actually went out and personally investigated the case!
I almost did, but had commitments that would not allow.
My armchair quarterback observations on this case at the time were -
If this is a hoax, it sure is a good one!
Point 1 being you can remove --ALL-- Ed Walters related evidence, and still have an amazingly well documented case of an identical craft by multiple
independent witnesses (100+) over several days.
It first came to my attention in 1988 during the nation- wide broadcast of UFO Cover-Up Live!, hosted by actor Mike Farrell. (This show was re-
broadcast continuously for the entire weekend for some reason, never seen that before!!?! At the time, that action alone gave me the creepy feeling
that we were being warmed up for an imminent official disclosure! A follow- up article a few years later in UFO magazine on the production of this
show detailed private office meetings with the producer and 'agency' officials wanting to know exactly what he was planning on showing, and it also
mentions the long promised 'official' wire- frame footage not showing up until the last minute delivered by an anonymous courier on a motorcycle with
blacked out visor who then immediately sped off.)
During this show, what appears to be roughly a hundred residents of Gulf Breeze are shown as audience members and their sightings are discussed.
Unsolved Mysteries also did a nice report on this case. Many independent resident witnesses confirmed the photos as being -exactly- what they saw.
The competition of the local newspaper to first break the story, took the "skeptical" approach and one of it's reporters commissioned a model to be
made, which he then took Polaroid double exposures of against the sky, whilst suspended from fishing line on a pole. And that's exactly what it looks
like! A model hung from a pole!
He was a bit sensitive about this, and remains so, as evidenced by a recent interview I saw with him where he furtively continues to insist they look
just as good as Ed's. (sorry... NOT!)
The model "discovered" after Ed moved out is a joke. Google that thing and have a good laugh. No camera filter in the world could make -that- thing
look even close to what were in Ed's pictures. Also this model was claimed to have been discovered while the new owners were "checking the water pipes
in the ceiling". (?)
Ed also took video of this craft coming through his neighborhood, and another man also managed to get video, both of which show the same craft as
shown in the pictures. It appears to be a few hundred feet up in the air, moving along fairly slowly. Both are night video's.
There is also a row of lights around the bottom edge which appear to be spinning the entire time. Both videos show this.
In Ed's video, the craft is partially obscured from view a couple times as it passes behind trees. Ed can be heard to say "omg, omg, there it is!!" as
he is crashing through brush and climbing over objects trying to keep up with this thing. (I believe his video was shown on the Unsolved Mysteries
segment if memory serves.)
...Was this craft seen by Ed and many others, ET in origin, or perhaps advanced military. Ed and his wife said they saw a little grey peeking in the
I dunno... but...
A few years later, Ed managed to get a daytime video taken on the beach there, of a large silver saucer hovering in the distance (maybe a several
hundred yards or more) silently for several seconds, and then suddenly catapults sideways out of view at about a zillion miles an hour. Slow motion
review reveals a zero to acceleration motion blur frame and a half of the object while the background remains still.
The video starts off very jumpy with him running down the beach holding the camera saying "where'd it go?, where'd it go?"... then he spots it and
gets the cam up on it and holds steady.
There's my 2 cents from the armchair view.
edit on 8-5-2011 by A51Watcher because: the usual