posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 01:24 AM
The Lubbock Lights
Lets look back to a great case in ufology.
For those of you who do not know what "the Lubbock Lights" incident actually was I'll briefly explain. This is a old case but still a good one hope
you enjoy the read.
At 9:10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 1951, Dr. W. I. Robinson, professor of geology at the Texas technological College, stood in the back yard of his home in
Lubbock, Texas and chatted with two colleagues. The other men were Dr. A. G. Oberg, a professor of chemical engineering, and Professor W. L. Ducker,
head of the department of petroleum engineering. All three members of the group seen the lights, They said there are about 30 lights in a arc
formation (or a "V" shape as we would call it now). They manged to provide some input as far as photos go.
The three professors became determined to view the objects again and perhaps discover their identity. On September 5, 1951, all three men, along
with two other professors from Texas Tech, were sitting in Dr. Robinson's frontyard when the lights flew overhead.
According to Dr. Grayson Mead the lights "appeared to be about the size of a dinner plate and they were greenish-blue, slightly fluorescent in color.
They were smaller than the full moon at the horizon. There were about a dozen to fifteen of these lights...they were absolutely circular...it gave all
of us...an extremely eerie feeling." Mead claimed that the lights could not have been birds, but he also stated that they "went over so fast...that we
wished we could have had a better look."
The professors observed one formation of lights flying above a thin cloud at about 2,000 feet (610 m); this allowed them to calculate that the lights
were traveling at over 600 miles per hour (970 km/h).
While investigating the Lubbock Lights, Ruppelt also learned that several people in and around Lubbock claimed to have seen a "flying wing"
moving over the city. Among the witnesses was the wife of Dr. Ducker, who reported that in August 1951 she had observed a "huge, soundless flying
wing" pass over her house. Ruppelt knew that the US Air Force did possess a "flying wing" jet bomber, and he felt that at least some of the sightings
had been caused by the bomber, although he could not explain why, according to the witnesses, the wing made no sound as it flew overhead.
What was concluded by the Air Force investigation. (Sorry if it's a long snippet)
In late September 1951, Lieutenant Ruppelt read about the Lubbock Lights and decided to investigate them (Ruppelt, 98). Project Blue Book, founded
in 1948 as Project Sign, was the Air Force's official research group assigned to investigate UFO sightings. Ruppelt traveled to Lubbock and
interviewed the professors, Carl Hart, and others who claimed to have witnessed the lights. Ruppelt's conclusion at the time was that
the professors had seen a type of bird called a plover (Ruppelt, 110). The city of Lubbock had installed new vapor street lights in 1951, and Ruppelt
believed that the plovers, flying over Lubbock in their annual migration, were reflecting the new street lights at night. Witnesses who
supported this assertion were T.E. Snider, a local farmer who on August 31, 1951 had observed some birds flying over a drive-in movie theater; the
bird's undersides were reflected in the light (Clark, 345). Another witness, Joe Bryant, had been sitting outside his home with his wife on August 25
- the same night on which the three professors had first seen the lights. According to Bryant, he and his wife had seen a group of lights fly
overhead, and then two other flights. Like the professors, they were at first baffled by the objects, but when the third group of lights passed
overhead they began to circle the Bryant's home. Mr. Bryant and his wife then noticed that the lights were actually plovers, and could hear them as
well (Ruppelt, 101-102). In addition, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a professor of astronomy and one of Project Blue Book's scientific consultants, contacted
one of the Texas Tech professors in 1959 and learned that the professor, after careful research, had concluded that he had actually been observing the
plovers (Clark, 349).
However, not everyone agreed with this explanation. William Hams, the chief photographer for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, took several
nighttime photos of birds flying over Lubbock's vapor street lights and found that he could not duplicate Hart's photos - the images were too dim to
be developed (Clark, 346). Dr. J.C. Cross, the head of Texas Tech's biology department, ruled out the possibility that birds could have
caused the sightings (Clark, 346). A game warden Ruppelt interviewed felt that the sightings could not have been caused by plovers, due to their slow
speed (50 miles per hour, 80 km/h) and tendency to fly in groups much smaller than the number of objects reported by eyewitnesses (Ruppelt, 102). The
warden did admit that an unusually large number of plovers had been seen in the fall of 1951. Dr. Mead, who had observed the lights, strongly disputed
the plover explanation: "these objects were too large for any bird...I have had enough experience hunting and I don't know of any bird that could go
this fast we would not be able to hear...to have gone as fast as this, to be birds, they would have to have been exceedingly low to disappear quite so
quickly" (Clark, 344). Curiously, in his bestselling 1956 book The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, Ruppelt himself would come to reject the
plover hypothesis, but frustratingly refrained from explaining what the lights in fact were:
"They weren't birds, they weren't refracted light, but they weren't spaceships. The lights ... have been positively identified as a very
commonplace and easily explainable natural phenomenon. It is very unfortunate that I can't divulge ... the way the answer was found.... Telling the
story would lead to [the identity of the scientist who "finally hit upon the answer"] and ... I promised the man complete anonymity" (Ruppelt,
The bolded text at the end seems a little fishy for me as his personal opinion. I guess "they found" out what it was but promised not to divuldge the
info. Just seems odd me to me.
The Lubbock Lights is a great story in UFO culture and ufology in general. The 50s-60s there were waves of sightings in those times. In my opinion
this is a great one.
I do not fully agree with the conclusion but I also wasn't there and didn't do the investigation. Still a great story and I
believe is was somekind of craft. Not saying alien, but could have been some advance air plane. Who knows? Still a great story.
The Lubbock Lights
ETA: Just now realizing there is a thread done on this by Karl12 (Should have figured
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