On The UFO Trail
By Paul Norman
© Copyright 1997.
A book on pilots and UFO's has just been published, authored
by Dr. Willy Smith of the Unicat Project. It is entitled ON
PILOTS AND UFOs.
Most of the cases analyzed in this book refer to interaction
of pilots and unidentified flying objects, and all but one are
taken from the Blue Book project MICROFILM. Some of the incidents
have never been published, and the collection provides a good
example of how the UFO phenomenon was handled by the United States
The official files of the Spanish Air Force are the source
for the additional incident, which illustrates that the U.S.
Air Force is not alone in its futile attempts to dismiss the
UFO phenomenon as irrelevant.
After expressing his scepticism because of the prevalence
of hoaxes and frauds, many times sponsored by ufologists, which
today rivet the attention of TV audiences, has made him very
cautious regarding the genuineness of present day
He then begins to take apart the explanations of sceptics
who try to debunk genuine cases from project Blue Book. Willy
Smith has been in possession of the microfilm for many years.
He says the files show him how the initial reports were sent
to the ATIC (Air Technical Intelligence Centre), where the process
of disinformation was initiated. Documents were ordered to be
removed and they are no longer in the files but, fortunately
in many other cases, the letters providing the instructions are
still there. Complete dossiers are missing. All we find now are
CRYPTIC statements -FILE MISSING-!
As an example I have selected the Capt. Killian incident over
Pennsylvania, because it is one of the better known incidents
among ufologists and I was in Tennessee investigating a case
at the same time.
The Killian Case not only received official attention, but
was also extensively discussed by both serious ufologist Hall,
1964; Good in 1987 and the debunker Menzel in 1963.
The encounter occurred on the night of February 24, 1959,
when an American Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey to Detroit,
Michigan reported three lights over Pennsylvania at 8.20 pm for
40 minutes. The lights were also seen from at least two other
flights further to the south, as well as by the tower operators
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The first debunking explanation was that it was a fuelling
operation. Before Capt. Killian was silenced, he provided a lot
of information proving it was not a refuelling exercise as they
were not at the authorised altitude at which these operations
The case made headlines and threw the Air Force into a frenzy
with several accusations including "those who report
flying saucers have had one drink too many"! However,
a scientific and more detailed re-examination of the files revealed
that the Air Force was more eager to produce an excuse rather
than what actually happened. Willy Smith gives many reasons in
his book which proved this encounter was not a fuelling operation.
As a result of this case, a group of Airline pilots held a
meeting in Dayton, Ohio, in protest. The spokesman for the pilots
"we report cases such as these and when we land,
we are interviewed for hours. We are tired and want to get home
to our families. We are threatened not to make statements and
told that the thing that paced our aircraft for fifteen minutes
was a bolt of lightning". He said "nuts
to this big brother attitude, who needs it".
Another said he would not report any if they were flying wing
tip formation. The Capt. Killian encounter occurred during the
time of other reports including a case I was checking in Tennessee.
A motorist and his wife were driving toward Nashville when
the wife noticed a bright speeding light travelling from south
to north in fifteen seconds. When they looked back, another similar
one was hovering to their left about two miles ahead, then a
third identical light sped north, following the same path as
the first. The one that was hovering instantaneously followed
the other two, speeding north.
A few days later. I visited a radar operator at the nearby
Joelton radar station and told him of the couples report. He
replied that the man and his wife were telling the truth because
the Joelton radar station and the radar at Sewart Air Force Base
blacked out as the objects flew about half way between the Station
Some six months later, I met up with a pilot who knew of the
incident and said the sky was full of interceptors that same
night, trying to determine what was going on.
The book is available at book stores in the U.S., but can
be purchased for US $17.00 including postage and handling from:
Dr. Willy Smith,
The UNICAT Project,
8011 S.W. 189th Street,
Miami, Florida, 33157. U.S.A.
Last Updated: March, 1998
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