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So, The UFOs Issue comes into Breaking News.... Hmmmm...
Something is changing...
I have to ask, is ducking part of the official manual on how to avoid oncoming objects when piloting a large aircraft?
Just goes to show that all the training in the world can't trump natural reactions.
I'm not a drone expert, but I do know that 34,000 feet is above the ceiling for at least some of them:
I wonder if this could've been a drone?
Predator Drone Specifications...
Speed: Cruise speed around 84 mph (70 knots), up to 135 mph
Range: Up to 770 miles (675 nautical miles)
Ceiling: Up to 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)...
The stratosphere lies roughly between 40,000 and 150,000 feet in altitude. Commercial airliners often ply its lower reaches, but above about 55,000 feet the traffic is limited to a few military reconnaissance planes, unmanned weather and scientific balloons, and at rare intervals, a rocket arcing upward on its way to orbit. The stratosphere is mostly empty, cold, and quiet, closer to the blackness of outer space than to the din of human commerce.
Like so much in aviation, that is about to change. The technology to turn the stratosphere into the domain of the drones is already well under development. The Zephyr, a high-altitude, solar-powered drone designed by British company QinetiQ and weighing under 120 pounds despite having a 74-foot wingspan, stayed aloft for two continuous weeks in a summer 2010 test in Arizona. In September 2010, Boeing announced that it had been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop the Solar Eagle, a craft that will eventually be able to fly above 60,000 feet for five continuous years. And many of the information technologies needed perform detailed surveillance from these platforms are already found in common consumer electronics devices.
And he calls himself a man.
If it wasn't a ufo... I'd get it... But a real man will keep watching what the hell the hell the thing is that might kill him...
As if ducking would save him...
Some people let go of their stirring wheel, when something happens on the road... It will cause casualties when you let go your only way of control... In a plane this isn't any different, is it ?
If I was that guy, I would definitely mess with the one that made the chicken move public...
Pilots have an image to up hold.
Great post S&F
I remember a time in the late 90s I was doing a large theatrical production, filming in an independent film and going to my regular place of employment. Rinse and repeat for about a week. I was getting maybe half an hour of sleep in a 24 period.
Driving home one night from the film. I see a huge pile of dirt in my lane, I fully swerve out of my lane into the oncoming and of course there was no pile of dirt in the first place.
Not saying this is the case here but sleep deprivation can really mess with your head.
the airlines have a history of not over working their crews.