posted on Dec, 31 2008 @ 06:53 AM
What converted me was no video or picture. It was film from a test run shot by my father who worked at the HAFB test track facility in the
photo/optical division. He was responsible for setting up all of the cameras along the test track, and was responsible for taking each camera's film
negatives and making prints from them. He worked with both the high speed cameras and the normal 30fps cameras.
When I was very young, I was into photograpy and making 16mm and 8mm home movies. He took me out to the base several times to look at all of the neat
photo gear they had, as well as to watch a few test sleds get fired down the track.
Sometimes my father would bring home a reel or two of 16mm prints and a projector for me to just play around with, show to friends etc over the
weekends. He would always take the reels and projector back with him the following Monday. Since he had a top secret clearance level and was in charge
of the photo/optical labs at the test track at that time, he could bring those home with him if he so desired. Sometimes he would bring home more than
a couple of reels of film with him, he would bring several, completely filled 7 inch reels of stuff he had filmed at the track.
I remember seeing some films when they tested the nose section of the prototype shuttle to test the impact strength of the windows by shooting this
thing down the track and impacting frozen chickens and turkeys from the mess hall by suspending these frozen chickens and turkeys over the track, and
then impacting the window sections at extreme high velocities to test the strenghts of the windows. Its not an unusual technique, the same is done
with jet engines to test the fan blades for withstanding damage from a bird being sucked into the engine.
One weekend he brought 3 reels home with him and the projector, except this time he brought 2 projectors, one of them was the high speed projector. It
was this projector, and one of the reels of film that he told me was interesting. I thought I was just going to see something normal but watching it
from the high speed aspect of a typical test shot.
Nope, it wasnt typical.
This high speed film was shot during a test of a version of the early "bunker buster" missile tips. The high speed camera was placed at the end of
the test track, where a 30 foot thick wall of re-enforced cement was built. When the sled carrying the missile tip to be tested reached a certian
distance from this 30 foot thick wall of re-enforced cement, it released the missle tip and the sled would come to a stop and the missile tip
continued to the wall target. When the missile tip was released, that is when the high speed camera kicked in, filming at 10,000 frames per second.
This allowed them to actually see the impact and the effects on the missile tip as it penetrated the cement wall, and also helped the engineers
improve the tip to penetrate better and further.
This one reel of film contained such a test. And about half way before the missile tip hit the cement wall, there was this round dark shape that came
into frame from the upper left corner and moved at the same speed as the missile tip. I could see it very clearly, very sharp image of this thing and
it followed the missile tip all the way to the wall. Right as the missile tip began to penetrate the wall, this round dark thing just hovered there,
and a few light pulses would come from it as the missile tip was going through the cement wall.
I asked my dad if this was some kind of teathered camera or something to get closer shots of the missile tip hitting the wall. He said it wasnt
anything like that becuase there were 2 more cameras right at the end of the track and one mounted on top of the cement wall looking down at the
impact point. He told me that this was not anything the base had or anything that WSMR had, but was also not the first time something like this has
appeared in test films.
About 3 weeks later he brought a few more of these high speed films home and sure enough, in those too were this unusual round dark shape that would
appear in the films following the sleds or whatever they were testing. Judging by the size of the various sleds shot down the track and the distance
from the sleds to the high speed cameras, this thing must have been about 40 to 60 foot diamater, maybe 10 or 15 feet in hight and did not have any
identifyable markings or any kind of markings.
Sometimes these things would be captured on the films half way down the track, near the begining of the test shot or just before the sleds come to a
But they were also captured on the normal speed films as well. I only got to see about 3 of the normal speed films with these objects in them, but the
ones that turned my interest to UFO's were the ones from the high speed films.
I did manage to make 8mm films of the high speed films being projected on the screen and make a few stills from the footage. I wish I still had them.
Unfortunately,they were destroyed when the shed they were stored in had caught fire and burned everything in the shed. Quite a confusing thing because
there was nothing flamable in the shed, nor was there any electricity in the shed. My father has no idea how it happend. I asked him if he had burned
the shed for any reason and he didnt. Both of my parents had sentimental items in that shed along with other valuables. To this day both me and my
father wonder how that shed just burned down on a clear day with no reason for it to have caught fire.
[edit on 31-12-2008 by RFBurns]