"On Pilots and UFOs"
by Dr. Willy Smith
Foreword by Richard F. Haines
On November 23, 1953 an F89C of the 433rd Fighter Interceptor
Squadron, Kinross AFB, Michigan was directed by radar controllers
to descend from 25,000 feet to 7000 feet to intercept an unknown
target over Lake Superior. As the two blips merged on the radar
screen both radio and radar contact were lost with the aircraft
and it was never seen again despite extensive searches.
The two interesting aspects of this case are firstly, that
the whole procedure of interception was initiated by the appearance
of an unknown intruder on USAF radar. Secondly that although
the F89C and intruder were obviously in close proximity prior
to being lost on radar, the USAF has never released the extracts
of the taped conversations between pilot and controllers.
This incident and several others described in Dr. Willy Smith's
book provides a representative sample from the UNICAT PROJECT
of interaction over the years between pilots and UFOs. Most
of the related encounters are pilot witness accounts. For me
the book would have been just as interesting if it dealt with
the interaction of ferryboat captains or school teachers and
UFOs. However, I guess the point that most make is that pilots
are more likely to observe aerial phenomena and that because
they are more experienced with airborne visual observations than
most they tend to be credible witnesses.
The UNICAT PROJECT was started in 1984 by J. Allen Hynek and
Willy Smith. The aim of the project is to accurately document,
using specific criteria and tight parameters, high quality UFO
reports. Smith believes that by being selective in his acceptance
of material for cataloguing, his results will be more acceptable
to the scientific community.
There are currently about 825 cases entered on the database
with a second database used to store material that is not of
sufficient standard. This secondary material can be upgraded
with the introduction of new evidence/information.
Those people who met Dr Smith during his Australian visit,
perhaps at the talk he provided for VUFORS members, will realize
he is a man with little tolerance for time wasters and debunkers.
This is reflected in his writing style, which is at times a
little abrasive. However the point must be made that too much
light entertainment for television and print is derived from
the UFO phenomena and Dr Smith's book provides us with the opportunity
to reorientate and escape the frivolous.
To purchase this book, write to :-
THE UNICAT PROJECT
8011 SW 189th Street
Miami, FL 33157
Price: US Dollars $12 95
Last Updated: January,
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