Sunday, 28 March 2010

Photographs of Black Triangle UFO - Greenville, South Carolina - March 2010

Black Triangle UFO - (March 2010) Greenville, South Carolina [Original Report]

PLEASE NOTE: This is the first of two Blog posts with the second part to follow shortly, this is due to several factors with the main one being the space constraints when posting information such as this to a Blog, however I am alsocurrently waiting for replies to emails I sent out a couple of days ago, and whilst the replies are not really essential to posting further research they would be a great help in being able to state definitively the correlations between these recent images and much, much earlier ones which were alleged to be of a suspect nature.



A little over a week ago back on the 18th March (2010) UFOCasebook (as well as apparently a couple of other websites) published two images of a black triangle captured with an unusually high quality and claimed to have been photographed two days earlier on the 16th March.

It would seem that the ‘witness' emailed several UFO-related websites (I am still awaiting a definite confirmation for this) but it first came to my attention when UFOCasebook published the witness account & images in their entirety:



Compelling Photographs of Triangle Taken over Greenville, South Carolina

Published: 8:55 AM 3/18/2010

Greenville, SC - 03-16-10

On March 16, 2010... I saw a bright red light coming from a distance. I thought that maybe an airline plane was on fire, and grabbed my camera. Instead, it was a large triangle plane with a very bright, red strobe in the center of it, (almost like it was on fire). It seemed to be climbing in altitude. By the time I went to the backyard, it already entered the clouds and was gone!

This happened in Greenville, South Carolina at 8:03 PM.

Thank you,

Mr. H

Source: UFOCasebook.com



Here are the two images greatly reduced in size so click on the respective mage to see the original size photographs as posted by UFOCasebook.com:


Click image to enlarge


Click image to enlarge

Image/s source: UFOCasebook.com



Upon request the images were quickly supplied as received by B.J. Booth at UFOCasebook complete with metadata intact, and as you can see from the EXIF data there was a time lapse of 13 seconds in between capturing them:




In the following images I've left the pole just in shot so you can differentiate between the two images (i.e. one on the right and one on the left side of the pole/support which is centred in the image) and I tried to clean them up a little and here they are lightly filtered and enlarged:

Greenville - Black Triangle UFO zoom



Greenville - Black Triangle UFO zoom



And a couple of quick animations to give an idea of the distance the object travelled (as stated by the witness) which are unfortunately too large to post so:



And finally after a cursory check with a more powerful EXIF tool (snoop) it would appear that the image if tampered with (post-processing) was then subsequently edited to remove any trace of this as there doesn't seem to be any (obvious) digital remnants which would indeed suggest the image had been modified:

Greenville - Black Triangle UFO EXIF



Greenville - Black Triangle UFO EXIF

ASSESSMENT: Class 3 - Image has high probability of being original



However and for all there was no conflicting evidence contained within the embedded data when I looked at the original images they screamed fake to me, but I fear I am not really proficient enough when it comes to CG to say definitively or specifically if or why that's what they are. This is partly why I resorted to analysing the data that accompanied the image (although this is usually first on my ‘to do' list anyway) a task which I pursued to see if there were any discrepancies between this image and other known images from the same camera/settings, be that in the actual image or the hidden data that accompanies it. I do appreciate and understand that it is possible (although more difficult than people may realise) to manually edit the EXIF and then remove all traces of the process. By this I mean edit the image in such a fashion that when finished the jpeg compression tables as well as chrominance and several other tables all of which are embedded in the image by default (when first digitized) appear exactly as they do in images known not to have been altered.

I have come across the data being removed to further a deception prior to this but not in the same way as those images were suspected of being hoaxes because the embedded was stripped of a couple of fields that would have betrayed any manipulation, but to date and after having checked several images from the same camera model there have been no discrepancies at all contained within the embedded metadata.

So, back to the images and when I looked at them the circular flame section just looks unreal, artificial, almost as if superimposed onto the triangular objects:

Greenville - Black Triangle UFO

Actually it instantly reminded me of the devil/hell scenes in SouthPark where they (intentionally!!) have a similar kind of cheap-looking computer generated flame effect:

UFO - South-Park flame effect

So in short while the actual photographs while decent are not really exceptional and don't have *that* much realism about them, a prime example of which being the synthetic-looking flame effect, but also just how the object/s appear against the sky or more specifically it doesn't appear to sit right in neither the sky or the photograph.

So this is what really got me interested in the first place, i.e. that there seems to be an inconsistency between what the evidence shows and what the embedded data in the image tells us and it piqued my interest enough to research the background of the images a little further.

And after researching the images/witness account or more importantly contrasting and comparing with several earlier reports (from a couple of years ago) some interesting and arguably quite damning similarities regarding certain aspects of this report (& witness) turned up.



However, as explained at the top of this post due to waiting for more information (via email) and because of the inevitable space constraints when posting information such as this to a Blog, I will post the second part of any relevant research and/or information within the next couple of days…..

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Lens Flare - UFO ‘fleet' Photographed in Annapolis (March 2010)

UFO ‘fleet' Photographed in Annapolis, Maryland (March 19th 2010)

There has been a set of images doing the rounds lately that seem to be gathering some momentum. I was aware of these images when they were originally posted to Mufon Case Management System (CMS).

The images were captured on March 19th and submitted on March 24th , there were three images in total, the second and third images were original size and the first one was a cropped/zoomed image which showed blue translucent lights in the sky (LITS) the witness states he enhanced the dark areas on the images.

The CMS submission contained the following witness account:



UFO fleet of blue translucent discs over St. John's College in Annapolis Maryland

Annapolis Mufon CMS report - Click to enlarge

I am a local photographer in Annapolis, Md. I was doing a night shoot on the practice fields of St. John's College at 21:16:54 on 3/19/10. I was using a nikon D 700 with a 70-200 mm 2.8 professional lens mounted on a tripod. I didn't open the files to edit the images until Sunday 3/21/10. When I enhanced the dark areas around the buildings on campus I noticed approximately 9 light blue orbs with a corona like halo around them. The orbs were positioned in front and back of the end of the roof line. This was image #1. Image # 2 revealed approximately 9 light blue translucent discs each with a bright light blue beacon on top. They appeared to be in a loose formation, banking to the right and departing the area. Image # 3 revealed the formation in the open night sky over Annapolis at a slightly higher altitude. The objects were now in the shape of a of a slightly flattened bell with a bright light blue beacon on top. Several of the objects had a slight maroon hue to them.



Unfortunately there is no way to link directly to the Mufon CMS report page containing the witness account & images and as I don't want to leech their bandwidth if you wish to view/download them the full size images are easily retrieved via the search function which can be found on the tool bar to the left of the main page on the Mufon CMS page (here).

However *Mufon Of N.J.* website posted the account along with one of the full-sized images, both of which can be viewed here.




And to view the images at a more manageable size of 800px then use the following links:

  1. 22466_submitter_file1__UFO1CloseCrop.jpg
  2. 22466_submitter_file2__UFO2.jpg
  3. 22466_submitter_file3__UFO3.jpg

Here are the three images on top of each other in chronological order (as pre-numbered & submitted):

They are of course massively reduced in size but it makes no difference to the point I wish to draw your attention to, namely how the angle of the camera changes (pans up) from one image to the next then you can clearly see that this causes the LITS to appear incrementally higher with each sequential image.

And now have another look at the following image which is the second of the set (submitted at original size) and which I've cropped:

Maryland UFO/Lens Flare - Click to enlarge

Now have a look at the same image with guide-lines I've added from the lights on the ground to the LITS:

Maryland UFO/Lens Flare - Click to enlarge

And the following image was the first one of the set (cropped by witness) again with guide-lines I've added:

Maryland UFO/Lens Flare - Click to enlarge

Due to the obvious correlation between the two sets of lights (ground & sky) and the fact that all of the guide-lines I added intersect at a fixed point and are of an equal distance from the intersect leaves me in no doubt whatsoever that what we are looking at is lens flare caused by the fixed lighting which is located at the bottom of the images.

When multiple lens flares are present such as in these images the shape and size of the reflection depends on both the nature of the light source and the specifications of the camera which is used (curvature of the lens & type of aperture). And as in the above example both the light source and the flare are generally located on a line that crosses the centre of the photograph (between the light source and corresponding flare) as well as being located at an equal distance on either side of the centre (again which is evidenced above by where the multiple guide-lines intersect).

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Thursday, 18 February 2010

UK UFO – South Shields, 2010 Valentines Day UFO Report (Crowned with circular array)

I was recently contacted by South Shields resident, Rick Frame, who wanted to share the details of his recent UFO sighting. It hasn't been reported anywhere else and from our brief correspondence the witness (Rick) appears genuine, hasn't contacted the media and so has nothing to gain by sharing his experience. (And of course permission was granted to share his report).



14th February at 5.30 (p.m) in the South Shields area.

The object was a vertical cylinder with arms jutting out at the top of the cylinder. At the bottom was a bright orange light.

This was not a Chinese lantern and it moved very slowly but very accurately to the north. My wife and several other people in my street saw the object but didn't really pay it much attention. By the time I had ran into the house to get my SLR camera the object had disappeared.

However when I went to look from my bedroom window the object was now far north and slowly rising toward the cloud ceiling (I could no longer make out the object just the distinctive bright orange light). The object would have had to have moved very quickly in the 4 minute or so this sighting occurred.


I replied with a couple of questions which were as follows:

Regarding your recent account, firstly I won't insult your intelligence but it would be negligent not to mention the fact that South Shields experiences quite a bit of air traffic due to the direction/distance it is located in relation to Newcastle airport. But the fact that you can instantly dismiss Chinese lanterns as a possibility (a possibility due to, I suspect, the orange light) then I also suspect that the air traffic isn't unfamiliar to you?

I wanted to ask what you meant by, “jutting out at the top of the cylinder”?

Did the protrusions appear parallel to each other (exactly opposite?) also how large were the protrusions in relation to the object (e.g. same size, half etc.) and were they in the top quarter, top third, etc.?

Did the object remain vertical as it was travelling in the Northerly direction you described?

And finally have you or anyone you know of reported this sighting?



And Rick swiftly replied with the following information:

The protrusions were protruding at the top of the cylinder in a circular array as a crown if you will. I didn't see how many protrusions as the fading light and distance of the object at my very inexact estimates around a few hundred feet meant it was hard to resolve (I was also in a hurry to get my dslr with zoom lens on it.) I live right over the flight path into Newcastle airport and this was no conventional aircraft.

It made no sound and just seemed to move I would say drift but there was no chaotic momentum to it I would argue that it's propulsion was not inertia based, but that would make me sound like an expert, which I am not.

I have not reported it to the police or the local newspaper as I am very sceptical of their reporting style and do not want to be labelled as a nutter.

I would be happy for you to post it on your blog and you can use my name.

Source: Private correspondence.



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Saturday, 13 February 2010

UK UFO Report - Wigan (Shevington) Feb 2010

I'll admit it's something of a pleasant surprise to happen upon UK UFO reports where Chinese Lanterns aren't the 'obvious' explanation!!

The following was originally posted on the 12th February 2010.



UFO Stuns Early Risers

Wigan today's very own X-Files have been opened again after an odd UFO sighting. Tony Whittle from Standish Lower Ground emailed us with this:

Wigan 2010 UFO Report"Has anyone reported a strange object to you at around 5am on Thursday morning? My wife and I were sat in bed discussing our new bathroom, only just installed yesterday.....I decided to open the curtains and went to the kitchen to make us a cup of tea. When I got back in bed my wife said she had been watching an object acting very oddly in the direction of Shevington.....We live in Standish Lower Ground. At first I thought she was dreaming or something, but sure enough a couple of minutes later the thing rose up from behind the house opposite us across the road.....It was difficult to estimate how far away it was but looked about the size of a five pence piece to me.....

It rose at about 45 degrees and then levelled out only going slow for about five seconds and then just started moving in different directions for roughly two or three minutes before going down again out of our sight.....It was a yellowy pulsating object with what looked like a small blob on top of it. One thing is certain, it was no ordinary object like a helicopter or aircraft - nothing known to man could operate something like that in a million years.....I got out my camcorder and waited until it was starting to come light but it never came back. We have hardly stopped talking about it all day."

Wigan 2010 UFO Report

Source: Wigan Today


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UK UFO - CE3 - Phear Park, Exmouth (Feb 2010)

The following was originally posted on the 12th February 2010, and is the first such case reported in the UK for quite a while.



UFO seen in Phear Park, Exmouth

EXMOUTH man Roy Shaw has exclusively spoken about the moment he came face-to-face with what UFO experts are calling a Close Encounter of the Third Kind, writes Becca Gliddon.

UFO sceptic Mr Shaw, of Withycombe Village Road, is the latest resident to report seeing strange coloured lights - and says he spotted what he can only describe as a spaceship landing in Phear Park. The retired engineer and his dog ran for home when a white 'shimmering' shape began walking towards them

MR SHAW'S drawing of the UFO that he encountered in Phear Park

ROY Shaw does not believe in aliens, ghosts, flying saucers or anything he cannot physically touch or explain.

But recently Mr Shaw, a retired engineer, saw something unusual in Phear Park that frightened him so much, it caused him to run home so fast he twisted his ankle in the process.

Mr Shaw described a white, translucent shape, similar to what he has drawn here.

Mr Shaw believes he saw a UFO land in Phear Park and witnessed a 'white shape' come towards him.

The Withycombe Raleigh resident calls the experience 'weird' and is at a loss to explain what he saw. An Exmouth UFO boffin believes Mr Shaw had a brush with alien life, and calls the 'rare' event a Close Encounter of the Third Kind. Mr Shaw is worried people will think he is a crank after reading his account of the strange occurrence. But he is keen to point out that, far from believing in little green men, he remains a sceptic and still cannot give an explanation of what he saw that night.

Mr Shaw said: "The object was round in shape and about 30-feet in diameter and 100-foot long, with blue and red flashing lights on its perimeter, and it appeared to land at the top end of the park by the bowling green.....My dog started to growl when, what I can only describe as a white shape, came towards us.....It was about four-feet high and seemed to be translucent, and moved very slowly towards us.....I was transfixed because it made a droning noise which sounded like 'my my,' over and over again, which I could not understand.....I didn't know where the sound was coming from but it was coming straight towards me.....I immediately ran back down through the park."

Mr Shaw said the UFO appeared to hover over the hedge of the bowling green, then flew horizontally from left to right, before immediately shooting off at high speed, back to the left at a 45-degree angle. He said the UFO appeared from nowhere. He did not see it fly overhead, or land. Mr Shaw said his normally-placid border collie dog, Sydney, ran away from the object after baring his teeth at the approaching figure:

Roy Shaw and his dog Sydney"I twisted my ankle when I ran like hell......My dog Syd kept whimpering and kept looking out of the bedroom window towards the park until at least two in the morning…..I had problems sleeping because I just kept going over in my mind what I had seen…..I still can't believe what I saw and I am still in a state of shock…..Syd doesn't like going back up there now. Something put him off…..Everybody thinks you are crank when you report something like this…..I am an engineer. I like to touch and feel things. If I can touch it, it exists, but there's no way I can explain this."

Exmouth UFO expert Nigel Wright said: "This is a close encounter of the third kind....The definition of a third kind is having encountered an occupant of a UFO in close proximity to the craft itself…..This is a really important sighting."

Source: Exmouth Herald


And the following was posted to the Metro website, similar account with better quality pictures (so I assume were part of a 'press-pack'?)


"The object was round, about 30ft in diameter and 100ft long,
with blue and red flashing lights on its perimeter"

"It appeared to land at the top end of the park by the bowling green. My dog started to growl when what I can only describe as a white shape came towards us.....It was about 4ft high and seemed to be translucent and moved very slowly towards us."


I was transfixed because it made a droning noise,
which sounded like, 'my, my'".

Source: Metro


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Saturday, 30 January 2010

The Sun UFO Deception Goes Global (You Heard It Here First!!)

As I was writing my last Blog post about this exact situation I received a Google alert regarding a FOX News story which yet again echoes earlier calls which directly bring the Suns jounalistic integrity(?) into question. The article is regarding the Dublin/Sun article which was posted on the 22nd Jan (2010) and references a PeopleMagazineDaily article. PeopleMagazineDaily actually posted an article titled, "UFO with Triangular Formation of Lights Filmed in Dublin, Ireland" which was a faithful reproduction of the original Sun article, this was posted on the 25th January.

THEN on the 26th January they ran a ‘correction' with the headline of, “Dublin UFO Actually from Iraq or California: British Press Deception,” this was four days after the Sun article which I covered (on this Blog) back on the 23rd (one day after the original article).

And as it has now gone mainstream (globally) I thought I'd highlight the timeline (a small indulgence I'm sure you'll forgive…..) And also worth noting is that the FOX News article actually specified the same motivations as I did when they wrote, “The real reason behind the UFO story and video? The Sun is taking on the task of running the U.K.'s UFO-report bureau after Ministry of Defense closed it down last year.”

Hopefully the message won't be buried amongst the hype that is sure to ensue now that the Sun have taken up the (UK) UFO mantle, well, at least for the minute.

Anyhoo, here's the FOX News article which was posted on the 29th January under the, “Air & Space” section of the website:



UFO Caught Over Ireland -- or California

A video purporting to show a UFO drifting over Ireland is making the rounds in British tablets. But what does it really show? A video purporting to show a UFO drifting over Ireland is making the rounds in British tablets. But what does it really show?

The video, showing a triangular formation of lights ostensibly invisible to the naked eye, was posted to the Web site of British tabloid The Sun. The paper reports that experts reckon the sighting near Dublin could be a secret aircraft -- or a spacecraft.

Nick Pope, who probed mystery sightings for the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense, told the paper that "the video seems to have been taken through a night scope and presumably shows things not visible to the naked eye."

"It appears to show a structured craft moving at incredible speed. The configuration of the lights is unlike any aircraft I've ever seen. It's either some secret prototype aircraft or drone, or something considerably more exotic."

The Web site People's Daily Magazine pointed out that the video in question was posted to video-sharing Web site YouTube in December of 2008 -- where it is listed as having been filmed in Fremont, California.

The real reason behind the UFO story and video? The Sun is taking on the task of running the U.K.'s UFO-report bureau after Ministry of Defense closed it down last year. A spokesman for the Ministry told The Sun, "We do not feel there is any military value in reviewing the public's sightings. "

Source: Fox News



(And I promise this is the LAST time I'll mention this particular incident!!)

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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Are Newfoundland UFO Reports French Missile? (M51)

CBC News recently (January 27th, 2010) ran the following story:



UFO sighting puzzles N.L. residents


Residents of Harbour Mille, on Newfoundland's south coast, reported seeing this object fly over their community Monday night. (Courtesy: Darlene Stewart)

Residents in Harbour Mille, a tiny community on Newfoundland's south coast, want to know what they saw in the sky Monday night. Darlene Stewart said she was outside taking pictures of the sunset when she saw something fly overhead. She snapped a picture of the object in an attempt to zoom in on it to see what it was:

"Even with the camera, I couldn't make it out until I put it on the computer…..I knew then it wasn't an airplane. It was something different."

Stewart's picture shows a blurry image of what appears to be some kind of missile-like object emitting either flames or heavy smoke.

Emmy Pardy also saw the object:

"It appeared to come out of the ocean…..It was like it was in the middle of the bay…. It's kind of scary because you don't know if something is being set off out in the bay, [or] if someone is doing experiments."

An RCMP officer was in the community Tuesday to investigate the reports. The residents plan to be outdoors again Tuesday evening to see if there is a similar sight in the sky.

Source: CBC News



The following is form a French speaking website:

"Hervé Morin, Minister of Defense, expressed his great satisfaction at the success so far in the fourth experimental flight of the M51 strategic missile carried out, as always, without nuclear charge. He extends his warmest congratulations to all women and men of the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), the Navy, the Energy Commission and Atomic Energy Alternatives (CEA) and companies worked to its success.

The shooting was conducted by the DGA, January 27, 2010 at 9:25 am from the Bay of Audierne (Finistère), from the submarine "Le Terrible". The launch of the missile took place as planned. The missile was tracked during its flight phase by means of the center DGA testing missiles Biscarrosse and Quimper and the building of tests and measures "Monge".

This trial marks an important step in modernizing and adapting the device for deterring France in strict compliance with its international commitments. The M51 is designed to equip from 2010 the nuclear submarine ballistic missile next generation (SSBN) of the strategic oceanic force."

Source: Defense.gouv.fr



The following is as reported at the French *secretdefense* Blog on the January 27th, 2010 (via a ‘tweaked' Google translate):

An M-51 missile was fired from a submarine diving this morning

A strategic missile M-51 was fired this morning at 9:25 from the submarine Le Terrible, which was submerged in southern Finistère, in Bay Audierne. This is the time this new missile has been launched form the sea. It ran "successfully" says one military source. This is the fourth test firing of the M-51, the first three having been made from dry land. The tests obviously didn't use a nuclear warhead.

Here's evidence that C. Gildas, whom I thank, send us:

"This morning while walking my dog around 9 am 30, I, I believe, witnessed the departure of the M51 missile. Indeed, I saw what initially looked like an airplane flying in the sky, but this gear was far too rapid to be an airplane. I have deduced that it was a rocket. Remaining in Finistere and following your blog I immediately thought of the M51 missile. the weather was fine, there had a white trail that followed the shooting likely. That is my testimony. I was surprised by the speed climb of this gear. "

Source: Secret Defense

Here's a crop which the same article posted, following image captured in the UK.


(Image Source)



And this image which was shot by fishermen along the coast Finistère.


Lionel Pennarun, the boss of Narwhal took this picture of the missile at launch.

(Image source)



Given the various comments on the original article and the available evidence this was almost certainly the result of the French Navy's final preparations of the M51 SLBM, specifically a submarine launched ballistic missile. And in the following image the, "Bay of Audierne" (out of shot) is where the M51 was launched, the yellow triangle is where the 'UFO' was captured and the red triangle was its destination.

UFO or IFO?

(Filtered)

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Sun Volunteers To Collect UK-UFO Data!!

As highlighted on this Blog several times (amongst many other sites) the Sun newspaper (UK) has constantly exploited UFO reports, sacrificing common-sense and facts in an effort to establish themselves as the ‘go to' people for UFO reports in the UK. With the recent announcement by the MoD that they weren't intending to collect any further UFO reports from the general public it seems that the Sun have now decided to ramp up their campaign by recently (22nd January 2010) announcing that:

AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland…..
The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files
"
The SUN UFO
The Sun will pick up the baton,
and release a rundown of your sightings, like the MoD used to.
EXPERT Nick Pope says it's vital for our security to log sightings
and he will review yours.

Here's an excerpt from the article:



Liffey on Mars

AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland - as The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files.


A triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at night at "incredible speed".


Experts reckon the sighting near the River Liffey in Dublin could be a secret aircraft - or spacecraft.


Nick Pope, who probed mystery sightings for the MoD for three years, said:

"The video seems to have been taken through a night scope and presumably shows things not visible to the naked eye…..It appears to show a structured craft moving at incredible speed. The configuration of the lights is unlike any aircraft I've ever seen….It's either some secret prototype aircraft or drone, or something considerably more exotic."


Dublin ... UFO was spotted near the River Liffey

Source: The Sun



Liffey on Mars” But Sun (Still) Devoid Of Intelligent Life

A couple of points worth noting is the limited information made available, i.e.:

AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland - as The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files…..A triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at night at "incredible speed…..Experts reckon the sighting near the River Liffey in Dublin could be a secret aircraft - or spacecraft.

Or more importantly when was this footage taken and who filmed it?

The reason I ask is that the footage has been around for well over a year and actually orignated from the US!!

Here's a screen-shot of the footage posted to YouTube in December 2008:



Now compare and contrast to the recent Sun video:



And to further demonstrate the extent of the rigorous research they are prepared to undertake in their search for the truth they have reposted a low quality video that first appeared on YouTube in December 2008, but as it was (allegedly) filmed in Fremont California it's obviously not much use for this particular self-promotion, well, unless of course they just ignore this and claim it was actually filmed in Dublin, Ireland (Liffey to be exact).

Never one to let facts get in the way of a story this is exactly what they decided to do!!

Anyway, here's the original footage as posted to YouTube:






No doubt a major influential fact in this decision was solely so they could run with the pathetic (even by their standards) headline of, “Liffey On Mars”. And their ‘alliance' with Nick Pope is a long-standing agreement and it appears this was before he was established as the official in-house expert last year because as far back as late 2007 they published what was obviously a gull (Blurfo) with a direct quote from Nick Pope saying it was the best UFO photograph he had personally seen:



Nick Pope, one of Britain 's foremost UFO experts, said the photo was one of the best he had seen, Nick, formerly the official Ministry of Defence UFO analyst, said: “If I was still there I'd be looking at this very closely. The object looks structured, symmetrical and metallic. This man has caught something very interesting indeed."




And as I wrote at the time:

To be honest, I find its strange that this image is being touted as, “One of the best” as even if you squint and tilt your head slightly it appears to show a gull, and regarding, “The object looks structured, symmetrical and metallic” perhaps this was a quick glance that the former MOD, “Analyst” Nick Pope cast over the image as I personally fail to see any of the features described.




Then a couple of months later in February 2008 the Sun recently ran another, “Exclusive” story of what was again (in my opinion) obviously not a UFO but rather a reflection on the windscreen of something inside the vehicle. I noted at the time that:



The Sun also likes to quote, “UFO experts” that further advance their suppositions that the photographs they print actually depict an intelligently controlled alien spacecraft.

I partly agree in that they haven't been, “Digitally manipulated or hoaxed” indeed it's very likely that the photographer was as puzzled by the anomaly as the head-scratching UFO expert was. I do however differ from the opinion that it's a real (as in physically in the sky) object and as for how any control can be ascertained from two still images, let alone control of an intelligent nature.....

London Eye UFO - Thames UFO



Of course all of this is common knowledge and has long been known by the core of UK researchers as well as inevitably the general public which can be evidenced by the readers comments on practically all of the UFO related articles posted online. I feel it's fair to say that the Sun is obstinate to the point of ignorance towards any theory that doesn't agree with one of their ten-a-penny experts who regularly & proudly proclaim that yet again the Sun has absolute proof, in fact to such an extent that not only do they NOT print testimony from any of the true UK UFO experts who they approach but they fail to even acknowledge the existence of any opposing theory that they themselves originally requested!!


This is even common knowledge amongst other mainstream media outlets as can be witnessed in the following More4 report in which it is mentioned that the Sun sought out a respected UFO expert and asked for her assistance. But after the expert told them it was Jupiter that the witness had seen they promptly ignored it and told her that they would mislead their readers and the reason for this?

Apparently they were just having a little fun with them!!!



The Sun & The UK UFO Wave (Summer 2008)

More4 takes a look at the recent UK UFO reports and also at *The Sun* newspapers role in the making of a myth.



"Experts are divided over how to explain the more...recent surge in sightings of unidentified flying objects in the night sky over Britain, as More4 News reports. But some allege that when it comes to UFO-mania, tabloid editors are reluctant to let the truth get in the way of a good story."



And I noticed that they are STILL banging on about the UFO/turbine incident touting it as unexplained:

Among the most mysterious include a UFO over Parliament in 2008 and fast-moving lights before a wind turbine blade was sheared off last January at Conisholme, Lincs.

And this is despite the best efforts of Jenny Randles who followed, reported and conclusively explained this event within the context of the several witness reports, writing the following:


THE ANSWER: Finally, on Monday 9 February, Enercon – the turbine manufacturer – released the results of their month-long “forensic analysis” of the Fen Farm debris. The results (to which I was given early access) are conclusive and vindicate the stance we have taken at FT rather than that of the tabloid press or more excitable researchers.

The bottom line – as stated – is that “It wasn't E.T.,”
and Enercon could categorically state:
“UFOs [are] ruled out.”

In fact, they add, after “several weeks of forensic examination of the turbine compon­ents, Enercon has ruled out collision as a possible cause.” What they did find was that: “Bolts securing the blade to the hub of the turbine fractured due to material fatigue.” There were “classic signs” in the debris of this “fatigue failure”. The bolts themselves were not found to be defective, but supporting components are suspected as a factor in the problem and further tests are being carried out to find exactly why this failure occurred. However, all concerned, including the Health and Safety Executive and local council, were satisfied with the continuing investigation. They also believe that the remaining turbines onsite and similar ones elsewhere pose “no concerns with ongoing safety”.

Source: Jenny Randles/FT



I guess what I'm really trying to say is does this strike you as the type of organisation that should be in charge of collecting and publishing UFO reports of ANY description?

No, me neither.....

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Friday, 8 January 2010

UK UFO - New Years Orange Orbs

As expected the recent holiday period was littered with reports of ‘orange orbs' and lights in the sky (LITS) and from what I can gather this was due to no more than the proliferation of Chinese Lanterns and their many derivatives. Indeed many of the online media sites that covered the reports tended to follow up with an explanatory article several days later, it would of course be futile to mention all of these but as usual I will repost the ones that were located in the North-East of England, namely Sunderland.

They come via & courtesy of the Sunderland Echo who you may remember have a bit of past ‘form' for this as back in 2006 they covered quite extensively one of the earliest such IFO's, further information available here. As well of course as one or two more recent incidents.

And refreshingly it seems that the majority of the public who witnessed the LITS recognised them for what they were (see comments at foot of post).

Anyhoo, on to the 2010 reports and on the 5th January 2010 the Echo ran the following story.



Sunderland Echo UFO

Mystery of the orange light in the night sky

STRANGE sightings have caused a stir in a Sunderland street after lighting up the night sky. The Tokes family were astonished when they saw three unusual objects float across the sky, one after the other. Dad Les was parking the car next to his home in Hepburn Grove, Hylton Castle, when he noticed the first strange light at about 8.15pm on Saturday.

Les Tokes - Sunderland UFOThe 52-year-old said:

"As I looked across, I could see this orange light in the sky between the two houses. At first, I thought it could be a plane, but as is started to get nearer it looked the wrong shape…..It wasn't very big and was a strange oblong shape. It was pulsating red and orange and was completely silent as it passed over the house."

By the time he called his wife, Anne, 40, and children, Stefan, 12 and Robyn, nine, it had gone. However, as the family, watched just about seven minutes later another one exactly the same appeared travelling in the same direction as the first over towards the Nissan factory.

"We watched it right the way across as far as we could. Then when I went back to the front of the house a third light, exactly the same, appeared."

This time Les alerted his neighbours to the strange sighting and they all watched as it travelled slowly over their homes.

"We couldn't believe what we were seeing, for three to follow each other like that was strange. We get a lot of aircraft going over our houses towards the airport, but these lights were totally different and were going in the wrong direction for the airport. Also, they went right over our houses and we couldn't hear any noise whatsoever."

Source: Sunderland Echo (04 January 2010)



Followed by this story on the 7th January 2010.



Sunderland Echo UFO

Sunderland UFO sightings: The truth

Little Layla Wood may hold the key to the mystery of the strange lights that have been spotted in the Sunderland sky. The Echo has been inundated with calls and emails from readers after we reported on sightings of objects floating above Hylton Castle during the festive period. But it seems the unidentified lights, which have also been spotted elsewhere across Wearside and East Durham, may be Chinese sky lanterns. Three of the hot air balloons were set off on New Year's Day and the following day to celebrate Bexhill School pupil Layla's fifth birthday.

Stepdad Mark Bulmer, of Baltimore Square, said:

"We bought them for Layla's birthday celebrations. We've never used them before and we were surprised at how high they go…..We set them off in Town End Farm but they floated off over Hylton Castle, which is what we think people have seen…..They are made of tissue paper and are three to four feet high, from underneath they look like orange circles. Layla loved them."

On Tuesday, the Echo reported on the Tokes family who had spotted three unidentified lights in the sky above their home in Hepburn Grove, Castletown. Les Tokes, 52, said:

"They were pulsating red and orange and were completely silent as they passed over the house. We couldn't believe what we were seeing."

Since then, dozens of readers have been contacting the Echo saying they too have seen them. Many people appear to have spotted the lights floating in the night sky throughout the festive period. But, several people are saying there is no mystery to the lights and claim they are in fact the new craze of Chinese lanterns, which are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to fireworks. Kathleen Taylor, 65, from The Avenue in Hetton, said she saw a strange orange light just minutes after midnight on New Year's Eve.

She said:
"I couldn't take my eyes off it, I was really fascinated by it. It was like a small ball of fire in the sky…..I thought it was a plane on fire, but then realised it was rising up. I didn't know what it was, but I don't believe in UFOs."

Anne Laing was celebrating New Year's Eve at her home in Moorside when just after the stroke of midnight she and a friend saw three of the strange lights hovering in the sky.

She said:
"At first, we thought we were seeing things, but there was three of them together just still in the sky and they lasted ages."

Lyndsey Fox, 21, from Seaham, who saw 20 lights fly over her home, said:
"I believe that these mysterious orange lights are nothing but Chinese lanterns that are used for celebrations."

Paula Weston said:
"I live in Coventry but was visiting relations in Sunderland for Christmas (Bede Street, Roker)…..Early evening on Christmas Day, me and my brother-in-law went outside for a cigarette and saw a strange orange light in the sky."


Jacqueline Watson, of Harraton, Washington, said:
"I too saw the orange lights on Saturday…..I was looking out over the back garden at the snow when I noticed two lights following a parallel course coming from the south-east towards Harraton in Washington…..They approached quite steadily, then simply disappeared into thin air.”

Anthony Cuthbert said:
"I saw the orange light next to the Alexandra Bridge."

David Young from Washington said:
"It wasn't a UFO…..They are called Chinese lanterns…..They are available in different shapes, cost £2-£3 each, and are basically a paper hot air balloon with a special candle at the bottom to provide hot air and make them light up and float up into the sky."

Source: Sunderland Echo (07 January 2010)


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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Dragonfly Drone UFO Report - Ohio (2nd August 2009)

I'll admit I was hesitant in posting this firstly because the witness sounds overly familiar with the debacle that was the California Drones (2007), what with phrases like, “winged object like a dragonfly drone” & “holographic image being projected” and secondly after watching the video and looking at the image I can't for the life of me see what the witness is referring to!!

However due to the inexorable allegations of, “HOAX!!” which were justifiably levelled at the original Drone reports and as this witness drew the correlation between their report and the original Drone hoax themselves I thought what the hell as if nothing else -and as I've said several times previously- it shows the lingering appeal that the original Drone reports/images had and the dogged determination with which the (original) Drones themselves seem to exude whilst they strive for myth-status.

A status which will never be achieved due in no small part to the anonymous witnesses, their CGI images, their self-evident & outright deceptive statements in which they apparently lied about everything, from their names to their email addresses. And of course more telling was the fact that *every* location discovered to date has been coupled with the discovery that the original witness statement was inexcusably blatant lies, and not just about the physical location but the entire back-story was exposed as no more than fantasy.

The Rajman1977 report is a prime example of this as it showed undeniably that the timeframe in which the Drone was alleged to have been captured was a physical impossibility!! This of course being due to the distance between the locations where it was claimed the images were captured being impossible to traverse in the allotted time dictated by the time-stamp on the images, which in turn directly condemned the entire witness statement as a fabrication.

Anyway the following was submitted to Mufon on the 5th December 2009 and was accompanied by an mpeg video and an image (which as I mention above is entirely inconclusive), links to these are located below the following report:



California Drone Hoax

Attached Media:

  1. Stealth Drone Video (.mpg) file.
  2. Stealth Drone Image (.jpeg) file.

Source: Mufon CMS



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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

UK UFO Report South Shields – Halloween ‘09

To be honest the following report sounds remarkably like yet another Chinese lantern but I always try and Blog about sightings in and around the North East of England regardless of what I personally believe they are, mainly as it's my local area and as such I try to keep an informal record of sorts…..

Anyway the following was originally posted in the Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette who -by the sounds of it- scavenged the report up from an undisclosed website where the UFO sighting was originally reported.



Did you see a UFO over Shields?

Published Date : Wednesday, 11th November 2009
Location: South Shields

SOMETHING strange was flying about on Halloween according to a South Tyneside man – and it wasn't a witch. Gary Sinclair said he saw a bright orange light hovering in the sky as he peered out of his sitting room window in Bluebell Way, South Shields, at 5.30pm. The 34–year–old said:

"It was very strange, it was almost slow at approaching and then it just vanished. I thought it was a plane on fire. It just seem [sic] to shoot off in a northern direction. It's something I'm certainly not going to forget in a hurry."

Mr Sinclair reported his sighting online where other people – as far away as Merseyside and Northampton – claim they had a similar experience. There was speculation the light could have been a Chinese lantern - often mistaken as UFOs – but Mr Sinclair is adamant this was not the case.

The article also states that anyone with any information should contact them at:

mailto:verity.ward@northeast-press.co.uk

Source: Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette

UK UFO Reports 2009



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Sunday, 17 May 2009

Bristol UFO Video (May 2009) Delta/Triangle

A video alleged to have been taken in Bristol recently of a Delta/Triangular shaped UFO, the video was picked up by the local and national media (Telegraph).

A quick look at the video instantly struck me as a computer generated object although I haven't studied the video to any extent but let me explain why, if you follow the YouTube link it takes you to a user called *ikkleh* who is also known as Andrew Hadlington, he has a link to his website posted and it leads to ‘DigitalOranges.com' a quick visit shows the following image and nothing else (I've highlighted what I believe to be relevant). Also a quick look at the source code lists the keywords, “game, viral, viral marketing” amongst others and the title text reads:

“Digital Oranges Interactive - Specialists in Flash game development for the Online, Viral Marketing, and the Leisure and Gambling Industry.”

Hadlington also states he is a computer programmer (Flash game development) and a senior artist for Rage software (source), the Youtube video is accompanied with the following description:

"This UFO (or whatever it is) buzzed us twice - managed to get it the second time around. Freakiest thing I have ever seen in my life. Source."

And here's the original video first, then brightened a little and then slowed down…..






UFO over Bristol - 10 May 2009

The Telegraph article stated:

Computer game writer Andy, 36, said:

"It was the freakiest thing I have ever seen in my life. I was sitting in my office and saw it out of the corner of my eye….We're not far from the airport so I thought it could even have been a low-flying plane, so I was quite alarmed…..It was quite exciting – it sort of hovered past the houses. There was no sound. I ran downstairs and out of the garden to see where it went but I couldn't see anything…..My fiancée was out at the time but I'm sure other people must have seen it. It was so clear."

Now while I appreciate that the media often misrepresent people in their stories the above excerpt seems like a direct quote and more importantly a quote which seemingly contradicts the description that accompanied the original video.

But apart from this, the fact that the witness is well placed within the gaming industry to construct such a video and because he also appears to promote himself as a ‘viral marketer' alarm bells instantly were instantly ringing, especially when considered along with the facts that this object was apparently circling (due to the fact it passed the witness more than once) and was allegedly sighted at 5:30pm over a residential area (Sunday teatime), well, surely more than one witness would have seen such a phenomenon?

All in my humble opinion of course…..

Anyway here's the original Telegraph article (there was a related article suggesting that the object was a piece of cardboard but to be honest that's more unbelievable than the fact that it was a ‘nuts & bolts' physical object, hence its omission):



Andy Hadlington saw the mysterious blob silently hovering around and filmed it from the window of his office. The mysterious grey object glided around the residential area of Knowle, Bristol, at 5.30pm on Sunday without making a sound. UFO experts have been trying to verify the sighting and are hoping to speak to more witnesses and views of the eerie episode.

Computer game writer Andy, 36, said:

"It was the freakiest thing I have ever seen in my life. I was sitting in my office and saw it out of the corner of my eye…..We're not far from the airport so I thought it could even have been a low-flying plane, so I was quite alarmed…..It was quite exciting – it sort of hovered past the houses. There was no sound. I ran downstairs and out of the garden to see where it went but I couldn't see anything…..My fiancée was out at the time but I'm sure other people must have seen it. It was so clear…..


Denis Plunkett, of the British Flying Saucer Bureau, based in Winterbourne, near Bristol, was unable to comment on the video but said there were ways to verify its authenticity, saying:

"There are ways to sort out good from bad. Firstly they are silent, there will be no noise…They can also become invisible. They can go in and out of MoD radar. They can change speed, direction and height in seconds…..The best thing is if there are multiple witnesses to the sighting. If more people saw this I'd be very interested.”


Source: The Telegraph


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Sunday, 10 May 2009

UK- UFO Over Glastonbury Tor (May 2009)

05-02-09 - Great Britain - Pulsating Light Show

I have just arrived home from a camping holiday in Glastonbury, Somerset, England. With me were my wife Fran, and our friend Julie. It was our last night and we were at our campsite in the larger of the two tents we had taken. I looked out of the doorway and noticed a bright reddish orange light above Glastonbury Tor. I mentioned this immediately to the others because it was an unusual colour for an aeroplane.

I must mention that there was cloud cover and no stars were visible. However, ground level visibility was good. The light ascended and started to pulsate - I suspect the pulsation was as it got nearer to and started entering the clouds, all of a sudden two more lights the same ascended and as they did the first one disappeared into the clouds. We were all amazed at this fantastic light show and it still hadn't ended because as the two lights reached the clouds another one appeared and this followed the same course.

All of this occurred at approx 23.25 - 23.40 BST on 2nd May, 2009. I had 2 mini-DV camcorders with me, but both had been used and due to us camping we never had a way of powering them, therefore no film. I had used all the batteries filming Mayday events.

Regards, Maurice Voice from Wirral, Merseyside, England

Source: UFOCasebook



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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

UK - South Wales UFO Reported (May 2009)

(For all this particular account sounds like yet another case of Chinese Lanterns the witness seems well-versed in astronomy and the night sky in general).



UFO sighting shock

A head teacher from Ammanford has told how she was left “spooked” by a mysterious formation of bright lights she spotted above the town on Saturday night, Rhian Thomas, a self-confessed UFO sceptic, admits she is struggling to find an explanation to what she and her husband Alan witnessed above their home in Heol Ddu. Mrs Thomas, head teacher of Clydach junior school:

“I was leaving my home to take my dog for a walk…..The sky was very clear and my attention was seized by some extremely large and bright lights in the sky towards the north west…..Right across the skyline there were seven ‘stars' in a formation very similar to that of the constellation The Plough…..Each ‘star' had a reddish light and, as I looked, I could see they were all moving very slowly and silently towards the north. There was no vapour trail either…..The lights spanned the width of the sky and were brighter than Venus. It was a lovely clear night and I'll be very surprised if no-one else saw something ….We live on top of a hill overlooking Ammanford and occasionally see shooting stars, but never something like this…..Can anyone give me a rational explanation? It spooked me a bit to be quite honest – and I've always been a bit of a UFO sceptic.”

Mrs Thomas's husband dashed outside just in time to catch a glimpse of three of the lights before they disappeared from sight:

“Living where we do we are used to seeing transatlantic flights on a regular basis…..This was not a high-flying jet. It was lower, made no sound and was just, well, different.”

A spokesman for Ammanford police said they had not received any reports.

Source: South Wales Guardian



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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

(UK) Peterborough UFO, Appeal For Witnesses (May 2009)

(To be honest the main report sounds like Chinese Lanterns but as the article includes several other sightings I thought it warranted a mention.)



Mystery surrounds the appearance of eight eerie orange lights which lit up Peterborough's skyline on Sunday evening and left star gazers in awe. The bright circular lights, which were spotted around the city by Evening Telegraph readers on Sunday (3 May), have re-ignited the great Peterborough UFO mystery.

Peterborough UFOLocal people have reported between eight and 10 lights seen floating around Whittlesey, Coates, the Ortons and Hampton – the latest in a long line of mysterious heavenly sightings in and around the city in recent months – only some of which have been explained. Stacie Dunn, of Belton Road, Stanground, Peterborough, was driving along Fletton Parkway with her family at about 10.10pm when she noticed the bright lights. The family pulled over to take a closer look when they noticed there were eight glowing orange lights.

Stacie (18) said: “We all got out to look but there was no noise, a clear sky and these objects seemed to be heading towards Whittlesey”.


More sightings in Peterborough

A mysterious aircraft was seen circling the city on April 8 by eagle-eyed residents in Werrington. However , it was later revealed to be a aeroplane with thermal imaging equipment, which shows up heat use, carrying out a night-time mission over Peterborough to map out the energy use of city homes.

In January The Evening Telegraph reported other unexplained lights at about midnight on New Year's Day. While some thought aliens may have landed, it was revealed a city family had lit half a dozen Chinese lanterns and released them as part of their new years celebrations.


There was another sighting above the city in October last year, when residents in Werrington reported seeing a fireball streaking across the night sky. It turned out to be an "unusually large" meteor.


Other strange lights were spotted in Wisbech in November and above Peterborough in August – the latter of which was said to have been a recently- restored Vulcan bomber in flight:

"It was amazing. They were perfect circular objects, but we have no idea what they were. They seemed to be overtaking each other and as they moved along, their glow started to fade….."I tried to take a picture with my phone, but it didn't come out. We are just baffled and amazed as to what they may have been. I searched the internet the next day but I can't see anything that looks like they did."


Another reader, Laura Saidler, from Orton Longueville, wrote in to say she also saw about 10 lights floating in the sky:

"They were quite low down and all floating together. They were an orange and yellow colour and looked like candles floating…..There was no noise coming from them…..We tried to take pictures but nothing came out on the camera and the lights floated towards Orton Hall Hotel."


However, Mike Dunne, from Castor, near Peterborough, believes the lights were a result of someone shining a very strong light on to the low cloud base:

"My daughter spotted these strange lights in the sky and phoned me…..I had a look and, although faint, a beam of light could be seen coming from the Peterborough area. It was obviously someone shining a very strong light on to the low cloud base. UFOs – rubbish."

Source: Peterborough ET


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Monday, 4 May 2009

Firefighters Investigate ‘Burning object’ UFO alert - Shadsworth UK (May 2009)

‘Burning object’ UFO Alert

AN unidentified flying object was seen over the skies of Blackburn.

A ‘burning’ object which then shot through the sky at speed was witnessed by a 15-year-old boy and a resident in Arran Avenue on Friday night.

Firefighters were alerted around 9.30pm to the unusual goings on over Shadsworth.

Crew manager Paul Jennings said:

Lancashire Telegraph UFO“We were called to reports of a UFO around 9.30pm in Arran Avenue.....A 15-year-old lad and one of the neighbours said they had seen a burning objects in the sky. They said it was almost like a hot air balloon but it was moving too fast....It had disappeared by the time we got there. We spoke to the lad but we would not have been able to do anything had we seen it.”

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Did you see these UFOs? (Isle Of Wight April 2009)

A RYDE woman who said she saw a late night UFO ‘near miss' has appealed for other witnesses to come forward. She said at 11.10pm on Saturday the police spotter plane, circling the south of the town, was involved in a low-altitude ‘ near miss' with three other craft. Police, who confirmed their spotter plane was in the area and that three officers were on the ground searching for occupants of a stolen car, who ran off after a crash, said none of the officers reported seeing any unusual activity.

A police statement said:

“The pilot, observers and police officers on the ground did not see, hear or come into contact with any other aircraft while flying over the Island at this time…We are satisfied that Hampshire Police Air Support Unit was not involved in an air near-miss incident.”

But the woman maintained:

“I was watching from the bedroom window, which faces east, at 11.10pm…What appeared to be three jets came very fast from the west and flew even lower towards the plane…f these had collided, half the houses in Ashey Road would have been wiped out…The strange thing is, the three craft didn't make any noise…I do not want publicity, do not drink and have never taken drugs. Somebody must have a record of what these craft were up to?

“The spotter plane had lights under each wing and one on the nose. The three, that appeared as fast as the Red Arrows, had only one light…Surely someone else must have been watching at the same time?”

This report follows a Sandown woman describing a bright orange circular object making its way silently across the sky on Wednesday last week. Meanwhile, on Bank Holiday Monday, a Bonchurch resident reported seeing a luminous ball of light in the sky. Again, it made no noise.

Source: IWCP.com


(The scourge of UK UFOlogy?)

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Friday, 24 April 2009

When is a Drone Not a Drone? (Petten, Holland, 2007)

PLEASE NOTE : For reasons which will quickly become apparent I refer to the Petten, Holland object as a, “Drone” purely because this is how it is being referred to in the course of being perpetuated across the internet and will ultimately enable ease of access for SE's/reference purposes.

I personally do NOT believe this object is related to the 2007 Californian Drone Hoax in any way shape or form (and I am apparently in the minority) but for what it's worth I believe that the witness of this recent (Petten, Holland) object is sincere and has shared the circumstances surrounding the sighting to the best of his recollection.



It was first reported by BJ Booth at the UFO Casebook on 12th April (2009) with the following title and message:

Drone-Like UFO Photographed in Holland, 2007

Petten, Holland, September, 2007

I was fishing with my wife, when I noticed something in the sky. I could not see what it was, because off in the distance we saw it as a black spot.

Altitude was about 300 meters. I took my camera, Nikon D50 and had a 300 mm lens on it. I just shot some pics (about 12), so I could see it on the computer.

It stayed for about half an hour, and then it disappeared (we didn't see it flying away). Photograph was taken in Holland, near Petten, on September 8, 2007.

regards,

Source: UFOCasebook Front Page



This was then followed up on the 14th April (2009) with another two photographs then after further contact with the witness the full thirteen images were released at UFOCasebook as a zip file.

It was in this third posting that BJ Booth also wrote:

I had a phone conversation with Linda Moulton Howe this afternoon, and we are collaborating on the research and information gathering aspect of the Holland drone-like photographs... more info will be coming soon. thanks again.



To be honest my (and many others) initial thought was that it was a kite of some description, this was just from the first release which contained just the one image, this seemed to be further confirmed by the second release of two images. And when the full sequence of (13) images were all released in their entirety this further confirmed that we were indeed looking at the motion very similar to that of a kite:

Animation Of Petten UFO Sequence
Animation Of Petten UFO



Where's Waldof?!

The witness joined the UFOCasebook forum after the first image was released (April 13 th 2009) and was a willing participant in the discussion elaborating and answering more questions regarding his experience, his user name was/is *Ruud*.

Below are some of the kites located which were of a similar structure to the object that was photographed in Petten, Holland.

Here's an overlay courtesy of UFOCasebook forum member Marvin.

All of the above were posted to the Casebook thread on or before the 16th April (2009).

Most are from the following link which also describes how you can even construct your own Waldof kite!! (Source)

Also, as well as a multitude of similar kites being found a couple of kite forums were contacted in the process of trying to positively identify the object as a kite, here's the first reply to the question on the kitebuilder.com forum.


Hate to disappoint anyone but .....

I got no hesitation, that is a kite

Moves like a kite, looks like a kite..it's a kite.

I reckon you even named it. A Waldorf [*Edit: SP – Waldof] Box (or Variant)


pic courtesy of Kite plan base

Any of our guys want to own up

BTW, some of your guys saying about reported lack of wind.

Bare[sic] in mind, skies like that, on a beach, very unlikely to be zero wind.

May have been light, witness/photographer may have been in wind shadow from dunes or the like but I wouldn't belive[sic] zero wind.

Also, most non kite flyers underestimated the amount of wind needed to fly a well built and suitable kite. The Waldorf will fly in 10mph winds happily..... and stronger winds would be likely at 300m

Most people reckon 10mph is nothing, especially if they are sheltered.

It's also quite normal for wind to be selective, stronger in one place then another close by...ask any sailor or kite flyer

Source: Kitebuilder.com



DroneHoax.comI expressed my concern and disappointment at the time that this particular sighting was being associated with the Drones at all, irrespective of whether this was merely an aesthetic similarity or not. Mainly because I suspected it would (and now has) become inextricably linked to the original California Drones of 2007 which are widely recognised and accepted as an internet hoax, I also suspected that as a result of this vague marrying of rings and appendages the recent Petten image would be classified as ‘ guilty by association ' and wouldn't receive a fraction of the attention and analysis that the original Drone images had.

Well, I was also apprehensive of myself and others being too eager at drawing parallels with the Drones as I can still remember –with some clarity- the circus atmosphere that surrounded the Drone debacle once a couple of Ufology's ‘bigger' and more media-friendly players caught scent of a story. It was an atmosphere reminiscent of ‘old –school' Ufology with the one-upmanship mentality, ad-hominem attacks and refusal to co-operate. As a matter of fact Linda Moulton Howe (LMH) of the Earthfiles website still believes that she is perfectly justified in withholding vital evidence in the form of eleven high-resolution photographs (part of a set of twelve) which she was trusted to share in their entirety from one of the original five Drone witnesses, but I've wrote about this a couple of times prior so rather than rehash it again it can still be viewed online by visiting here.



Regarding the Drone association BJ Booth has since stated (April 15th 2009) that:

I never asked him [the witness] about the drones. It was I who first used the phrase, "drone-like" simply because that was the first thing that came to mind. What should I have called it?

(snip)

I do not know what it [Petten object] is, and I have never said what it is.”

Source: BJ Booth - UFOCasebook Forum



So it's clear to see that this link to the Drones was nothing more than a familiar phrase used to describe an otherwise difficult to explain shape and the heading of the UFOCasebook page in question even states that the object was “Drone- like” rather than a Drone.

Then in the early hours of the 17th April the witness (Ruud) wrote the following (please bear in mind that English is his second language and I've posted the comment exactly as it was originally posted):


Personaly I didn't made a link to a drone. I thougt drones were much bigger and much more suffisticated.

More alien so to speak. (fake or not)

I never heard about woldof kites, now I know there is a variaty of kites in al kind of shapes (impressive).

I have no benefit what so ever of posting those pics, (only that my English is updated).

I like to watch the sky, especially at night.

I don't believe in god, I have seen lots of meteorites, sattelites speeding through the space. I have seen UFO balloons. (Thai balloons). I have seen Skylab and the ISS.

I have also seen the Hayley comet (with the tail).

I am just a sober guy from Holland wich could not explain something I took pictures of.



LMH Strikes Again

And later on the 17th April and Earthfiles (after gaining access to the witness) writes a piece with the headline of:

Spider-Like “Drone” Photographed Over Petten, Holland.

Did you notice the less-than subtle difference between UFOCasebook's title?

UFOCasebook called it a “Drone-like UFO” while LMH (Earthfiles.com) removed the possibility of a UFO completely and called it a “Spider-like Drone”.

Then LMH writes:

“No other 2007 photographs of the mysterious “drones” emerged - until now…..So now, I am adding another line to the chronological list of eyewitnesses:”

This should surely raise questions about the investigative prowess of LMH in all persons, from the casual reader to the hardened ‘nuts & bolts' Ufologist.

As apart from the fact that the witness has stated prior that it in no way reminded him of a Drone LMH steamrollers over his opinion and classifies it 100% as a “Drone,” still, no real surprises there as “Drones” with a great deal worse defining criteria have qualified for LMH's –already laughable- list of “Drone-witnesses”.

When actually asked about the Drones by LMH Ruud stated that he wasn't really aware of them prior but was surprised that while his report was classed as a “Drone” people believed he was being less than truthful, this was due solely to the fact that everyone except LMH and a couple of hardcore Drone believers now accept that the 2007 California Drones were a deliberate internet hoax.




When Is A Kite Not A Kite?

In a thinly veiled attempting to justify this she states that:

“THAT WAS APPARENTLY PROVOKED BY SOME CALCULATED MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN BY PEOPLE UNKNOWN IN 2007 TRYING TO PAINT THE PHOTOS THAT EMERGED AS BEING HOAXED.”

I had to re-read it a couple of times!!

Firstly, apart from the fact that LMH completely ignored the fact that 2007 Drones were analysed and found to be CGI by every single specialist who took the time, some of whom are industry recognised professionals and I hasten to add these are not ‘debunkers' by any stretch of the imagination as they are also believers and/or have first hand experience of the nuts & bolts UFO phenomenon.

Secondly the entire Petten Drone/kite are and the full article by LMH is basically turning a kite into a Drone and then it climaxes with unknown persons waging a “MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN ”!!

Still, I suppose she is the expert…..

Anyway, after the interview was published with Ruud, he wrote:



“I have no intention my pictures going around knowing as an hoax.

I hate hoaxes.

I have seen pics of that phony thing you are calling a drone all speaking about that it is an hoax.

It never had my interest because it looked so unreal.

Also there is no resemblence with the pics I took.”



And for what it's worth here was my reply (to Ruud):

Regarding the Drones I agree with you and this is why I was keen to disassociate your report from them by posting to another board and when that failed by creating a new thread in the Drone section. However your report is destined to eternally be labelled as a “Drone” due almost exclusively to the portrayal of you and your account at Earthfiles.

I'm sure you can appreciate it's now a ‘done-deal' and you're a “Drone-witness” as far as LMH is concerned and what's good enough for her is good enough for die-hard Dronies the world over, as they all seem to classify and claim LMH's word as beyond reproach. But take heart because at least after this latest debacle a few more people have had their eyes opened to the media entrepreneur that is LMH, and hopefully also to her subscriber/ratings orientated method of investigative ‘scientific' reporting…..



I am however still pleased that LMH conducted the interview in her usual manner. I say this because as this time she wasn't the first port-of-call for the witness, it meant that she wasn't reporting on a sighting, witness & images that only she had exclusive access to (which was often the case with the original Drone reports).

So in my humble opinion and albeit inadvertently she's done us all a favour by once again reminding us of why the moniker of ‘story-teller' is infinitely more applicable than that of ‘investigative reporter' or a ‘scientific consultant' (which C2C touts her as when she appears on their show).

In short I believe that the 'kite' possibility at least warranted a mention, and certainly more than the inclusion of the report in the "Original Drone Timeline" did, but hey, what do I know.....

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