My feeling is that when you have mystery, or a rumor or story, or whatever you want to call it... There will typically be bad info, but also shreds of
correct info mixed in... and that is where the core of the truth is. Reading all the things that the women said, I have to say that I just don't think
they were very good witnesses. If you read the AF transcript carefully, you will find many comments that don't make sense, are just not correct, or
embellished. This may not be deliberate, but it just tells me they could be mistaken about many things.
One interesting point... She says they went farther (south) and stopped at 2100 and 1960 to turn towards Dayton... and at that point, she claims she
saw the copters moving off towards the AP to the west, but also claims they were heading towards Crosby. Which doesn't make sense because Crosby would
have been to the south of where they were stopped. Unless they first went west then south. Which in a way sort of makes sense, because over the scene
of the event, the airspace for the AP is controlled 10k to 2k. If you go west from there, on the other side of the lake is where the 10k to surface
control area starts for the AP. So a VFR flight would typically avoid that space. So you could turn south and avoid that. But you would definitely
still be on their radar, and that many copters would definitely get their attention on the radar. She also says that at that point, she saw more
copters coming, but didn't wait to find out what they were doing. Unfortunately she doesn't state from what direction. But this might lend credibility
to the idea of a multi section flight package.
BTW... On the most recent sectionals, the power lines are marked... however, there is an area right around the spot of the alleged event that is
colored in as urban area, and it does not show the lines there. They start and stop at the edges of the urban area marked.
Also... Keep in mind that the cop claimed he saw helos, but not this alleged object with them. I think there's a possibility that the helicopters may
not have been directly involved at all. Perhaps something happening with the power lines alone, that caused the injuries, and the helicopters just
happen to be coming through and came over to investigate... perhaps thinking that another one of their flight or another aircraft HAD hit the lines.
What would actually cause the malfunctioning lines or what the object they claim to have seen could be, I do not know. But the intent of the
helicopters to me, one way or another... seems most likely to be the scenario I described in terms of the training route and flight package sections.
I have found info claiming that this could have been done off ships, just off shore during this time, for this training... but I have not found
They also state that they had photos of the road taken a while after, and they show the AF people those. That would clear up the resurfaced road
story, as it would be clear to tell from that. But I have never seen those photos anywhere.
I do not go by anything in the Wiki on this, or websites, because just like most of these stories, people have added a bunch of stuff to it that was
never mentioned by the original people involved.
BTW... I have contacted power companies and orgs and got nowhere.
At any rate... There's a whole lot of confusing info about the story.
edit on 1-9-2011 by dpd11 because: added something