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1969 - Bristol Freighter Aircraft / Visual / Radar UFO Case

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posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 06:22 PM
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Came across this and wanted to share. I found it very interesting. Am sure you will too.


Date: September 4 1969
Time: 1930 hours (7.30 pm)
Location: Wellington to Blenheim, across Cook Strait
Aircraft: Bristol Freighter, of Straits Air Freight Express
Witness/es: Capt. R. Cullum, First Officer Faircloth



‘The time was shortly before 1930 hours on September 4, 1969. It was a dark night, with no moon. Capt Cullum and First Officer Faircloth, the crew of a Bristol freighter of Straits Air Freight Express, had just taken off on a routine run from Wellington to Blenheim across Cook Strait. This turbulent piece of water separates the North and South Island of New Zealand.

The crew noted that apart from four to five-eighths scattered cloud, visibility was some 20 miles. As they were climbing steadily towards 3,000 feet, Wellington radar suddenly came in on the intercom. The airport terminal radar was tracking an unknown which was four miles dead ahead. The freighter at this time was flying north into wind, and started then to swing around to the west, heading for the coast, where it turned again to south south-west on course for Blenheim.

The aircraft had overflown the coastline and turned for the southerly heading when F/O Faircloth, who was piloting the plane from the Captain's seat, spotted a bright blue, pulsating, fluorescent light. The blinking blue light was below them, and to the right. It was an estimated two miles from their aircraft. The pilots informed Wellington radar of their visual sighting and their position fix was confirmed. Radar was tracking the object the pilots were watching.

It was noted with some surprise that the object was ‘flying’ very slowly at an estimated 50-60 knots (some 70 mph). There was a northerly wind of 30-35 knots, which meant the UFO was only moving at an air speed of 25 knots. The pilots noted that the blue light flashed every two to three seconds and was as bright as a first magnitude star at its brightest. The UFO maintained a steady southerly course.

The pilots watched the unknown for approximately two minutes. They made no attempt to close with it, and the aircraft soon left it behind. Meanwhile Wellington radar continued to track it.

Some 90 minutes later, F/O Faircloth was making a return flight to Wellington and again spotted the mystery light. This time it appeared as a cluster of lights, some 15 miles distant, off the coast of the South Island in the vicinity of Cape Campbell beacon. F/O Faircloth contacted Wellington Radar and told them of his further observation and the position. Wellington confirmed that this was the same object and that they were still tracking it. Immediately following the first public disclosure of this interesting incident by the Wellington Evening Post in its September 23 issue, I wrote to Captain Ridgwell Cullum asking him for his first-hand account and also for that of F/O Faircloth. The Captain's report was back within ten days, and fully confirmed the press account. There were no contradictions or inaccuracies. Although Captain Callum promised that F/O Faircloth's report would be forthcoming, it has not yet been received.

Captain Cullum provided a detailed sketch, showing plottings, which is included with this report.


Read full article here:
www.ufocusnz.org.nz...

A bright blue, pulsating, fluorescent light? I wonder what this could have been. And please note this was tracked on radar.

I'd never seen this case before and found it very interesting. Thought I would share just in case you hadn't heard of this one either!

Thoughts/comments?




posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 07:11 PM
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Nice find.

I hadn't heard about this case before.

Do you know of any skeptical explanations for the case?



posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 07:53 PM
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Originally posted by thesearchfortruth
Do you know of any skeptical explanations for the case?

It was actually in the article, I wonder why the OP didn't post this snippet...


A number of other possible explanations of this radar/pilot-confirmed sighting were also made in the September 24th follow-up press report. It was suggested that the object was an unscheduled private aircraft, or a helicopter, but the object’s slow speed and its pulsating blue fluorescent light made these explanations very weak. There has been no further public comment about this incident.’


Why slow speed makes the helicopter argument weak is beyond me, but keep in mind that this article is coming from a website that is promoting the "UFOs are Alien" idea, sourced from a book pushing the same idea. The blue light was strange, but nothing that would be impossible to attach to anything that flies, powered or otherwise.

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posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 09:04 PM
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I suppose the helicopter explanation is more likely then ET spaceships, but I'm still not convinced that this light was a helicopter.

Wouldn't trained military pilots be able to identify a helicopter? And what would be the purpose of taking an unscheduled flight in a helicopter, going 25 knots, with a big bright pulsating blue light attached to your vehicle?



posted on Aug, 29 2011 @ 09:22 PM
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Originally posted by thesearchfortruth
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Wouldn't trained military pilots be able to identify a helicopter? And what would be the purpose of taking an unscheduled flight in a helicopter, going 25 knots, with a big bright pulsating blue light attached to your vehicle?


You would think that folk should understand that these guys ARE trained. So, of course, they would know the difference. It seems a lot of folk just do not give the mil credit in their training anymore nor do they seem to consider experience as accounting for anything these days.



posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 12:00 AM
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The reason they couldn't identify it was because of the unusual blue light, a helicopter would normally have the standard navigation lights.

Seeing as how it didn't really do anything anomalous, I would definitely lean toward the helicopter theory. Helicopter pilot playing a prank, or super advanced beings flying 70 mph while flashing a blue light every 2-3 seconds. I'll let you be the judge.



Originally posted by SeekerLou
You would think that folk should understand that these guys ARE trained. So, of course, they would know the difference. It seems a lot of folk just do not give the mil credit in their training anymore nor do they seem to consider experience as accounting for anything these days.

All they saw was the blue light. A trained observer wouldn't be able to see a helicopter any better than a non-trained one, they would both be looking for the standard navigation lights!
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posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 02:52 PM
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Hi adeclerk,

Please note that the second time around spotting this unidentified was a ''cluster of lights'', This was the same object still being tracked according to the report.

Can you imagine this trained man reporting a sighting of a helicopter to the MOD. I can't. I just think they would know a helicopter when seeing one: It had to be really something for the Capt.to go to the MOD...but that's my opinion and everybody's got one


Appreciate your replies...
Everyone.



posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 11:12 PM
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My mind is open to other options, but I have to agree with the 'unidentified' theory.
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Any chance it could be a lighter than air aircraft?
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posted on Sep, 3 2011 @ 11:20 PM
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Originally posted by adeclerk

Any chance it could be a lighter than air aircraft


??? There is no telling what it could have been...Wish I could answer that. How we need Scooby and the gang here to help solve this mystery!


Appreciate your reply. It was definitely something! Looks like we'll just have to keep guessing for now, sad to say.



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