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Mistaking Military Craft For UFOs?

As someone who investigates a lot of UFO reports, I’m often asked if I think at least some unidentified flying objects are classified technology developed by “the government,” and/or defense contractors? Well, yes I do. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. And I think that as our technology develops, it’s going to become more and more difficult to determine if a UFO is ours or if it is the creation of entities from somewhere else. But, here’s the important issue in this debate: it’s one thing to mistake highly advanced, odd-looking craft of a domestic kind in the 21st century. But, what about almost seventy years ago? This is where I have a problem with the “UFOs are all secret weapons” crowd.

I’ll share with you one case, in particular, to make my point. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has declassified thousands of pages of documents on UFOs, on UFO-related phenomena, and on well-known figures in the subject. One such document, of August 1947, describes an intriguing encounter that occurred on the early evening of August 6.

Myrtle Creek Trail

Myrtle Creek Trail

The Freedom of Information documentation notes that the primary witness was someone with a highly credible background. The man – whose name is deleted from the released files – served with the US Naval Corps for three and a half years, had reached the rank of lieutenant, and had flown on the “Atlantic submarine patrol.” The FBI office at Portland, Oregon recorded that: “The following investigation was conducted at Canyonville and Myrtle Creek, Oregon, on August 2, 1947.”

The FBI said that at “…approximately 6:15 PM while instructing a student in a take off at the airport, he noticed an object east of Myrtle Creek which appeared to be from 5,000 to 8,000 feet in the air. The sky was completely clear and visibility was excellent. He stated that the object glistened and appeared to be of aluminum sheeting. Upon noticing it he had immediately taken over the controls of the plane which at that time was at 400 feet, and proceeded East in an attempt to further observe the object.”

The documentation continues: “He advised that the object appeared to be climbing and traveling East at a high rate of speed which he estimated on a computer in his plane as 1,000 miles per hour. He believed the object to be spherical in shape and recalled a darker object to the right the first time he saw it. He observed no vapor trails nor did he hear any noise from the object. After searching the area for approximately 10 minutes [he] returned to the airport and made another landing and take off.

Watch the Skies!

“In practically the same position at 400 feet altitude, both saw the object in approximately the same position as seen before. He estimated the sphere to be 30 feet in diameter and stated when they first observed it it appeared to be so near he could fly right into it. However, the object sighted the second time disappeared in the same manner as the first had.” The FBI also noted that: “[The pupil] verified the information stating that the first object had been called to his attention when [the pilot] took over the controls of the plane at about 400 feet following his take off, but that they had both sighted the object on the second takeoff at the same time. [The pupil] estimated the sphere as being 50 feet in diameter and stated in his opinion the second object appeared to climb straight up.”

All of this brings us back to my opening paragraph. Yes, in today’s world there are many and varied craft of a very weird nature that might be mistaken for a UFO. But that’s now. What about back then, almost 70 years ago? Was any agency of government or the military – of any nation – flying spherical aircraft of 30-50 feet in diameter, that flew at speeds of around 1,000 miles per hour, and which had the ability to climb vertically? I seriously doubt it. It should be remembered too that, by the pilot’s own admission, he was so close to the UFO that he “could fly right into it.” This, alone, effectively rules out anything so down to earth as a balloon. In fact, it rules out just about anything and everything of a down to earth nature that was in use in 1947.

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Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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