Sunday, 8 February 2009

(UK North) Sellafield UFOs? (Feb 8th 2009)

A local online newspaper article and yet another –imminent- ‘hotspot'. To be honest an wholly unremarkable article apart from the parallels drawn between the proximity of one of the sightings to the Sellafield power plant.



UFOs Take a Shine To Us (Feb 8th 2009)

UFO hunters have claimed the North is becoming a hotspot of extraterrestrial activity.

Ufologists across the region have reported what they believe is an unprecedented rise in the number of unexplained events in the night sky. Strange shapes and lights have been reported in several areas including locations near to sensitive military sites and nuclear power stations. The most recent sighting came in Cumbria when there were reports of orange lights above the Irish Sea off the coast of Ravenglass, just a few miles from the Sellafield power plant.

According to UFO investigator Pat Regan the lights are unlikely to have been maritime flares:

The report was submitted by a man who has extensive knowledge of the area and is familiar with flares. He reported that what he saw were definitely not flares and that the lights moved without making any noise.

Unlike flares or other possible sources such as Chinese lanterns Pat, a 51-year- old father of two, says the man, who does not want to be named, reported the lights changing direction a number of times on Saturday, January 24. Explaining that:

There were two lights together then one veered off to the north. He kept watching this light which dipped to sea level then up again before heading off at speed.”

Whitehaven-based UFO investigator Sharon Larkin, 37, said she was aware of a recent increase in activity and claims Cumbria, especially the Lake District, is becoming a UFO hotspot.

There has been a lot of activity lately. Some theories suggest the large amount of water in the lakes is useful to craft which may need it for propulsion systems. Another theory is that they are monitoring our use of nuclear power.”

Claims that visitors from outer space are monitoring our use of nuclear power and military bases also strike a chord with North Yorkshire-based UFO hunter Russ Kellett, Russ, 46, of Filey, claims a huge hot air balloon-type object was spotted in the skies over York at the beginning of the year.

We had reports from a number of people that a hot air balloon-type object was seen in the skies around York on New Year's Day…..It really interests me because although they describe it as being like a hot air balloon they insist there was no basket underneath it and it moved too quickly and changed direction.”

Source: Sunday Sun


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Sunday, 19 October 2008

UFO Images & Phantom Planes

Paranormal photographs and UFO Images

Seeing as Halloween is almost upon us I thought I'd share some stories that lean more towards ‘paranormal' than 'Ufological' as well of course as the usual UFO related fodder. Anyway, I happened across a classic TV programme recently and one which I remember watching in my youth. It's a UK production called, “Strange But True – Encounters” and was fronted by Michael Aspel. This particular episode looked at the problems that trick photography, misperception and hoax images facing UFO & paranormal researchers face as well as several genuinely unexplained anomalies and photographs which still resist an defy any explanation.

Including a brief look at ghost images, UFO images, Bigfoot video, NASA footage, Manhattan UFO and a remarkable image of a squadron with the ghostly apparition of a their Naval mechanic who had died three days previous to the image being taken. Also shows a 'classic' UFO video taken at Nellis test range footage including an audio snippet of pilots discussing it. Includes Robert Irving, a Fortean Times writer and the landed UFO image he created for an article he'd wrote which was later claimed to be a genuine photograph.



The Phantom Planes Of The Derbyshire Dales

The second half of the episode goes on to discuss, “Phantom Planes” and airs an interview with Tony Ingle. Tony, who when walking his golden retriever saw a (silent) wartime aircraft pass about 50 feet above him, it appeared to be experiencing difficulties and also looked as if it came down in a nearby field, this was in April 1995!!

“It was very eerie...I could see the propellers going round but there was no sound…..It was getting lower and lower and I thought, this thing's going to crash.....It was bizarre...I could see it was banking as if trying to turn, and then it seemed to go down just over a hedge. I ran up the lane to see if I could see anything. I expected a plane to be in the field but there was nothing...just lambs and sheep. Everything was silent, you could hear a pin drop...”

The B-29 Bomber and its distinctive four propellors.

Includes footage of Tony Ingle returning to Aston Lane as he does frequently and his golden retriever (Ben) refusing to go anywhere near the field where they saw the plane and where it appeared to crash.

Phantom Airmen

The show also features rare interview footage with a Mr. Gerald Scarratt, whom originally witnessed the aftermath of the B-29 crash as a Glossop schoolboy in 1948. Gerald returned to the wreck with his son a quarter of a century later and discovered a gold ring engraved with the name of the plane's captain, Langdon P. Tanner. After the discovery was publicised, a group of aircraft enthusiasts asked Scarratt to show them the place where he found the ring, and he agreed to take them up to the crash site on Bleaklow, but when he bent down to show them where he had found the ring and looked up they had ‘scarpered' and were ten or fifteen yards away.

When he caught up with them they were ashen-faced. They said they had seen someone standing behind him, looking down and dressed in full flying uniform. Gerald told them he had seen nothing, but they said: "We've all seen him, thanks for taking us up, but we are going ."

Gerald has never seen or heard from any of them again!!





UK UFO researcher, Dr. David Clarke wrote about these and other incidents for his 1999 book, “Supernatural Peak District” in a chapter titled, “Ghost Fliers”. David has also made this particular chapter available at his website under the, “Supernatural Folklore” section which also includes photographs of the area and of the aeroplane in question.

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