On The UFO
By Paul Norman
© Copyright 1997.
Nearly 700 Roswell Declarations collected by VUFORS and over
20,000 from American UFO groups were submitted to the U.S. President
and Congress, by Kent Jeffrey, author of the declaration.
In his letter to Judith Magee, he states,
"Thank you very much for the printout of the declaration
signatories from Australia. Unfortunately, Roswell did not turn
out to be what we thought it might be or hoped it would be. Nonetheless,
our efforts might still not end up to be in vain. Perhaps we
may still see legislation to mandate a more open policy on the
part of the U.S. Government in this area.
Again your efforts are greatly appreciated. Recording all
those names and addresses must have been a great deal of work.
I will keep you posted on any developments."
I personally, have been "on the fence" with regards
to the "humanoids" but have noted the dummies dropped
by the Air Force "explanation", took place in 1959,
years after the Roswell incident which appears to be a major
effort to shift attention away from the 50th anniversary publicity
when in the past they have stressed there were no records of
details. This could be an out of the frying pan into the fire
situation because 1959 is the year that the Inspector General
of the U.S. Air Force issued instructions to the pilots in December
of that year stating, 'Unidentified flying objects treated lightly
by the press and referred to as flying saucers are serious business.'
That was also the year of the Captain Killian encounter.(see
ON THE UFO TRAIL June, 1997 edition")
Serious business indeed, because pilots and other people have
lost their lives in the pursuit of, and investigations of UFOs.
Another serious encounter occurred on 23 November 1953 when a
UFO was detected by radar at Kinross Air Force Base, in Michigan.
An F89c jet was scrambled from the base to intercept the unknown
object. The pilot was First Lt. Felix Moncla jr and radar observer
Robert Wilson. They were vectored to the proximity of the UFO.
As they drew near the object there was a lot of static then radio
communication failed altogether. However the blips of the UFO
and that of the interceptor merged on the radarscope for twenty
seconds before speeding away. The area was searched under the
direction of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Air Force.
No trace of aircraft and airmen were ever found.
Another serious encounter occurred in March. 1967 when radar
in Cuba detected a UFO flying toward their air space. Two MIG
jets were scrambled and vectored to the vicinity. Radio communications
were monitored between the pilots and Cuban Base. Conversation
was heard at the Key West Naval listening station in Florida.
The leading pilot reported that he had sighted the UFO. His first
instruction was to challenge for identification. There was no
reply. He was then directed to fire on the object which he did.
The second pilot started shouting that the UFO flew alongside
of the leading jet which disintegrated. The second jet disappeared
Although the incident occurred in 1967, I had the opportunity
to visit Key West in 1994, where it was confirmed to me that
the encounter had indeed occurred.
One of the earlier serious encounters was that of Captain
Thomas Mantell over the state of Kentucky, 7 January, 1948 when
scores of witnesses observed a 'flying disc' near Godman Air
Force Base. There were four Air National Guard P51 mustang aircraft
flying nearby, that were directed to investigate. Three of the
pilots turned back but Captain Mantell kept on in pursuit. His
last words were it was a large flying disc and he was flying
closer to get a better look. Years later I interviewed the foreman
of the power line maintenance crew who witnessed the crash. He
confirmed that the aircraft was in pieces before it hit the ground.
I also checked with the Editor of the local newspaper in Franklin,
Kentucky, near where the encounter took place. He said the first
he knew of the incident when a contingent from the military came
to his Office looking for witnesses who had seen the flying disc.
The first explanation was that Captain Mantell was chasing
the Planet Venus. But if true that planet was out of orbit flying
below the clouds of Earth. The explanation was quickly changed
to a balloon. But to Captain Mantell and investigators actually
involved, the object was not referred to anything other than
a flying disc.
The above examples are only a few to illustrate the motive
behind the instructions to pilots.
The most recent "final" explanation is that the
U.S. Airforce admitted lying to the public because during the
cold war the aircraft were of high technology to be kept secret
from the enemy. If that were true, Air Force investigators would
not have been investigating the reports as they were doing at
Finally, the type of reports of interest to me were occurring
before the days of the aircraft manufactured on Earth and the
same type of manoeuvres being reported are identical to the "flying
shields" reported to have panicked ancient armies centuries
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