I've found so little English references to this case that I thought that I would be interesting to do an in-depth Internet investigation about it.
Indeed, there are only two sources that discuss the case in a serious way:
1- A well-written article on this
with some good illustration refer to ATS as for the primary English-speaking source for the case and to the
Brazilian INPU UFO site
for the main primary source, that is only a reprinted and translated
version of the original CISU Italian article.
2- The great article that was written here
, on ATS, two years and half ago by member
"Imagir", with lots of photos and comments as well.
You may ask me now: "Why the need to take again this old case?"
In fact, it begins by the read of a recent issue of the UFOCasebook Magazine
that picked up my interest
recently, as it shows this stunning photo:
... with, at first glance, all the needed characteristics for a "perfect" UFO case:
- More than 80 photos (82 to be precise!!)
- Radar recordings
- Visual confirmation by airport ground staff
- Behavior of the UFO that made up and down movements at 1,000 feet at a time, climbing up to 13,000 feet.
So, I thought that it worth a new investigation to try to separate the wheat from the chaff, at least from a photo analyst POV.
As usual, the first step for me was to try to find any original source for both investigations and photos.
I have to say that, while it was easy to find the original Italian CISU report
written by Italian
investigator Marco Orlandi, the search for the photos was a true assault course...
Indeed, and unfortunately, the original CISU report do not have anymore the photos attached to it (but the INPU paper still have, but with a BIG
"INPU" logo on it), so I had to search all over the Net to try to find them, with the best resolution if possible.
To complicate things, our fellow ATS member "Imagir" that wrote this great article in 2010 forgot to gave the sources for the photos!
All the other investigative sources, whether they are written in Portuguese (INPU
), in English or
in Italian have for solely main source the CISU article. You'll find the complete list at the end of this presentation.
I have translated in English the full original CISU article, but in order not to make this article heavy, the whole translation can be found and
(translation in progress, I'll give the link later)
Now, the photos. The investigation states that that was no less than 82 photos that were taken by Cecconi, but only four of them were released. Yes,
you read it well, only four!!
I'll not discuss what could be the reasons of what appears to be at least some cover-up, mistake, lie, or whatever as it was already extensively
discussed everywhere, especially here, on ATS.
My goal is to try to determine whether there's any original photos or not, and if so, what and where they are.
- The first one
was the most famous and have so much versions that it's hard to define which one is the original. Let's see the various
versions and try anyway to back up the source.
This one is taken from the UCB site and is, without any doubt, only a cropped version of the original.
This version came from source  and source  (ATS Imagir's thread) and is another copied version of n°3 below, without the caption.
This other version with the caption "la foto "originale" scattata dall' ex maresciallo Cecconi
" translated as "the "original" photo taken
from former Marshal Cecconi
" is seen originally in source  with the following comments from forum member "Ufologo 555" (alias "Massimo
Staccioli", see its bio in Italian here
Note that I followed this real case for a long time. And I saw this same photo on the desk of the office of the former Wing Commander 3 rd Wing in
Villafranca (VR). Because there were photo-interpretation ... And I heard from some officials some "start again'' stuff, fortunately, that happens
sometimes ... (They were referring to different recurrent flights ...) If it was a joke, those photos would not be on that table...
The only real available photo is this one. The others were taken by the ministry of defense and, after several years, they have released some, but
other various released Cecconi "UFO" photos are not the same that those made by Cecconi, but rather modified pictures to make them look as a simple
In spite of what was said in this forum by Mr Staccioli, I tend to believe that this photo wasn't the original at all. I'll explained why later.
This version is quite different from the other in the sense that it does not have neither the same hue nor the same size. It can be seen in source
, but a larger version with a caption exist in source :
Like for the photo n°3, I have some good reasons to believe that this version is not the original one as well, but.....
This B&W version can be found in various Spanish and Italian-speaking blogs in 2011, but the larger and older version came from another Italian forum
(source ) with the caption "www.jjona.it" which is an Italian photos storage site, now closed.
Like the other above, this photo is very likely only a cropped version of the original.
Now, it begins to be interesting with this photo, as it is only available from a primary source (see source [b ]). It wasn't reproduce anywhere and,
like I already said, is even not anymore visible on the main source [a] (CISU). It is supposed to be an original.
, a problem remains between photos n°4 and n°6 above, let's see it details.
At first glance, we could say that the photo n°4 is only a cropped version of the n°6, as it missed the rightmost portion and the lowest and highest
portions as well (noted "1" in my drawing below).
But there's something wrong with the leftmost side (noted "2")
The red straight line is my reference (joining two landscape reference points in both photos) for properly rotating and resizing the photo n°4 to to
fit onto the photo n°6 (52% smaller and 1% rotated to the left)
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