This book has been mentioned quite a lot on these boards but I don't think anyone has really expressed why it's so good. This book is so important
to the whole UFO subject, even more so today.
Absolutely fascinating read and if you haven't read this book, then read it: exopoliticshongkong.com...
This book is the first in-depth, authoritative look at the flying saucer phenomenon and is considered to this day to be one of the best books on the
subject ever written. Extremely well researched work with facts that were documented, containing none of the disinformation and hype that has crept
into the field over time. The author was a retired Marine Corps Major who became an aviation writer, and was therefore perfect for the job of
researching and writing this book. Using his own knowledge and information from friends in the military, Keyhoe came to the conclusion that UFOs
originate from outer space and the U.S. military was engaged in a cover-up. He includes a number of documented cases whereby thousands of people
witnessed strange objects in the sky all at the same time, in various parts of the country. Eyewitnesses are interviewed and much is done to show how
and why the veil of government secrecy was enforced.
As soon as I started reading this, it kind of wrenched me in:
On February 22, 1950, the Air Force again denied the existence of flying saucers. On this same date, two saucers reported above Key West Naval Air
Station were tracked by radar; they were described as maneuvering at high speed fifty miles above the earth. The Air Force refused to comment. On
March 9, 1950, a large metallic disk was pursued by F-51 and jet fighters and observed by scores of Air Force officers at Wright Field, Ohio. On March
18, an Air Force spokesman again denied that saucers exist and specifically stated that they were not American guided missiles or space-exploration
devices. I have carefully examined all Air Force saucer reports made in the last three years. For the past year, I have taken part in a special
investigation of the flying-saucer riddle. I believe that the Air Force statements, contradictory as they appear, are part of an intricate program to
prepare America--and the world--for the secret of the disks.
I have changed my views on various things within the UFO subject a few times, as anyone in the field should know, this subject is vast and mysterious
with many obstacles (some deliberately planted) in the way. I used to think the Airforce were always liars but I tend to believe that they tried to do
the "right" thing about this subject from the start... it just kind of went astray.
April 27th, 1949, USAF:
"The mere existence of some yet unidentified flying objects necessitates a constant vigilance on the part of Project 'Saucer' personnel, and on the
part of the civilian population. "Answers have been--and will be--drawn from such factors as guided missile research activity, balloons, astronomical
phenomena. . . . But there are still question marks. "Possibilities that the saucers are foreign aircraft have also been considered. . . . But
observations based on nuclear power plant research in this country label as 'highly improbable' the existence on Earth of engines small enough to have
Powered the saucers. "Intelligent life on Mars . . . is not impossible but is completely unproven. The possibility of intelligent life on the Planet
Venus is not considered completely unreasonable by astronomers. "The saucers are not jokes. Neither are they cause for alarm."[
December of 1949 would then begin 63 years of denial, contradictions and misinformation, nothing has changed much since. This book pushes some of the
best cases from 47-50 and to be honest, how anyone can deny the existence of interplanetary craft after reading these cases is beyond me. Keyhoe was
sceptical when writing this book as Hynekk after him during Project Bluebook, both of these guys seem pretty smart to me and at the very least, you
have to ask yourself, why go from sceptic to believer?
Simple answer is all the reports that have been recieved, then and now, thousands and thousands of witnesses reporting the same objects with the same
performance. Such cases as the Mantell and the Gorman incidents are fascinating, as is the Eastern Airlines incident:
It was 8:30 P.M., July 23, 1948, when an Eastern Airlines DC-3 took off from Houston, Texas, on a flight to Atlanta and Boston. The airliner captain
was Clarence S. Chiles. During the war, he had been in the Air Transport Command, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He had 8,500 flying hours. His
first officer was John B. Whitted, a wartime pilot on B-29's. Both men were known in Eastern as careful, conservative pilots. It was a bright, moonlit
night, with scattered clouds overhead. The DC-3 was twenty miles west of Montgomery, at 2:45 A.M., when a brilliant projectile-like craft came
hurtling along the airway.
"The thing was about one hundred feet long, cigar-shaped, and wingless," he described it. "It was about twice the diameter of a B-twenty-nine, with no
These UFOs have been around for a while and there are hundreds of reports of these craft from before the above incident, even from before the turn of
The Mantell case also says a lot about the Airforce mentality on the subject:
FOR MORE than two weeks, I checked on the Godman Field tragedy. One fact stood out at the start: The death of Mantell had had a profound effect on
many in the Air Force. A dozen times I was told: "I thought the saucers were a joke-until Mantell was killed chasing that thing at Fort Knox." Many
ranking officers who had laughed at the saucer scare stopped scoffing. One of these was General Sory Smith, now Deputy Director of Air Force Public
Relations. Later in my investigation, General Smith told me: "It was the Mantell case that got me. I knew Tommy Mantell. very well--also Colonel Hix,
the C.O. at Godman. I knew they were both intelligent men--not the kind to be imagining things." For fifteen months, the Air Force kept a tight-lipped
silence. Meantime, rumors began to spread. One report said that Mantell had been shot, his body riddled with bullets; his P-51, also riddled, had
simply disintegrated. Another rumor reported Mantell as having been killed by some mysterious force; this same force had also destroyed his fighter.
The Air Force, the rumors said, had covered up the truth by telling Mantell's family he had blacked out from lack of oxygen.
Although we all have our opinions on the state of things now, I personally believe the USAF defintely have some form of UFO investigation team and
have had for over 50 years. We can probably assume that they know a way lot more than what joe public does, how much more is open to debate. Going on
the reports and alleged pictures they have, it's certainly substantial.
Being sceptical in this field is a good thing but seriously, you already know the answer as to what some UFO sightings truly are.
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