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  • Jeroen Kumeling
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      Datum: maandag 3 januari 2000 0:32
      Onderwerp: Issue 104 pt 2 - United Kingdom UFO Network


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      | U K / / // ___/ / / / 31st December 1999
      | / / // / / / / N E T W O R K Part 2 Issue 104
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      |
      |
      | The United Kingdom UFO Network - a free electronic magazine with
      | subscribers in 58 countries. This e-zine is published in 3 parts. If
      | you are missing a part or parts e-mail us with the subject 'MISSING
      | PARTS' and we will mail you the whole e-zine.
      |
      |
      | e-mail us: ufo@...
      | fax us: (44) 0870 0883592
      | web site: www.ukufonw.co.uk
      |
      |
      | [W 7]******
      |
      |
      | Source: exoscience
      | www.exosci.com
      | Publish Date: May 1999
      |
      |
      | Multinational spy system ...
      |
      |
      | A report from the European Parliament has surfaced over the existence
      | of a multinational (United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia,
      | and New Zealand) spy system that has been in place for many years
      | which, among other things, tracks and analyzes all data passing
      | through certain communications satellites, transoceanic submarine
      | cables, and internet exchange points. This system, known as
      | "Echelon", is capable of recognizing data of political and/or
      | economic interest.
      |
      |
      | "According to a former employee, NSA had by 1995 installed "sniffer"
      | software to collect traffic at nine major Internet exchange points."
      | -TechWeb
      |
      |
      | The Echelon system has been used both for political and economic
      | means. Industrial espionage against European corporations, whose
      | governments are not involved in the Echelon system, has been
      | reported. Even more staggering is the potential for the invasion of
      | the privacy of ordinary citizens. The data interception systems are
      | obviously in place and are being used on data passing through these
      | systems.
      |
      |
      | Read more & debate this at:
      | http://www.exosci.com/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000001.html
      |
      |
      | Spread the word,
      | Dave Watanabe
      | davew@...
      |
      |
      | "Together with the giant American National Security Agency (NSA) and
      | its Canadian, British, and New Zealand counterparts, DSD operates a
      | network of giant, highly automated tracking stations that illicitly
      | pick up commercial satellite communications and examine every fax,
      | telex, e-mail, phone call, or computer data message that the
      | satellites carry.
      |
      |
      | The five signals intelligence agencies form the UKUSA pact. They are
      | bound together by a secret agreement signed in 1947 or 1948. Although
      | its precise terms have never been revealed, the UKUSA agreement
      | provides for sharing facilities, staff, methods, tasks and product
      | between the participating governments.
      |
      |
      | Now, due to a fast-growing UKUSA system called Echelon, millions of
      | messages are automatically intercepted every hour, and checked
      | according to criteria supplied by intelligence agencies and
      | governments in all five UKUSA countries. The intercepted signals are
      | passed through a computer system called the Dictionary, which checks
      | each new message or call against thousands of ``collection''
      | requirements. The Dictionaries then send the messages into the spy
      | agencies' equivalent of the Internet, making them accessible all over
      | the world. "
      |
      |
      | [W 8]******
      |
      |
      | Source: NewMax.com
      | http://38.201.154.103/articles/?a=3D1999/2/11/00539
      | Publish Date: 11th February 1999
      | From: "David C Place Jr" dplace@...
      |
      |
      | Apollo Astronaut Was Murdered, Son Charges
      |
      |
      | Christopher Ruddy
      |
      |
      | Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, the astronaut slated to be the first man to
      | walk on the moon, was murdered, his son has charged in the Feb. 16
      | edition of Star magazine. In another stunning development, a lead
      | NASA investigator has charged that the agency engaged in a cover-up
      | of the true cause of the catastrophe that killed Grissom and two
      | other astronauts.
      |
      |
      | The tabloid exclusive by Steve Herz reports that Scott Grissom, 48,
      | has gone public with the family's long-held belief that their father
      | was purposefully killed during Apollo I.
      |
      |
      | The Jan. 27, 1967, Apollo I mission was a simulated launch in
      | preparation for an actual lunar flight.
      |
      |
      | NASA concluded that the Apollo I deaths of Grissom, as well as
      | astronauts Edward H. White and Roger Chafee, were the result of an
      | explosive fire that burst from the pure oxygen atmosphere of the
      | space capsule. NASA investigators could not identify what caused the
      | spark, but wrote the catastrophe off as an accident.
      |
      |
      | "My father's death was no accident. He was murdered," Grissom, a
      | commercial pilot, told Star.
      |
      |
      | Grissom said he recently was granted access to the charred capsule
      | and discovered a "fabricated" metal plate located behind a control
      | panel switch. The switch controlled the capsules' electrical power
      | source from an outside source to the ship's batteries. Grissom argues
      | that the placement of the metal plate was an act of sabotage. When
      | one of the astronauts toggled the switch to transfer power to the
      | ship's batteries, a spark was created that ignited a fireball.
      |
      |
      | Clark Mac Donald, a McDonnell-Douglas engineer hired by NASA to
      | investigate the fire, offered corroborating evidence. Breaking more
      | than three decades of silence, Mac Donald says he determined that an
      | electrical short caused by the changeover to battery power had
      | sparked the fire.
      |
      |
      | He says that NASA destroyed his report and interview tapes in an
      | effort to stem public criticism of the space program.
      |
      |
      | "I have agonized for 31 years about revealing the truth, but I didn't
      | want to hurt NASA's image or cause trouble," Mac Donald told the
      | paper. "But I can't let one more day go by without the truth being
      | known."
      |
      |
      | Grissom's widow, Betty, now 71, told Star she agrees with her son's
      | claim that her husband had been murdered.
      |
      |
      | "I believe Scott has found the key piece of evidence to prove NASA
      | knew all along what really happened but covered up to protect funding
      | for the race to the moon."
      |
      |
      | Scott Grissom told Star that the motive for his father's killing may
      | have been related to NASA's desire not have his father be the first
      | man to walk on the moon because of criticism leveled at Grissom in
      | 1961 after his Mercury capsule, Liberty 7, sunk in the Atlantic.
      |
      |
      | Critics of Grissom, including novelist Tom Wolfe, have claimed the
      | astronaut panicked when his space capsule landed in the ocean, and he
      | prematurely pulled an explosive charge to open the ship's hatch,
      | causing it to sink.
      |
      |
      | Fellow astronauts, however, gave Grissom the benefit of the doubt for
      | several reasons. Grissom was a decorated Korean War pilot who had
      | flown nearly 100 combat missions. He was a courageous man not known
      | to panic.
      |
      |
      | There was also evidence that the explosive device on the hatch could
      | accidentally blow without being pulled -- a fact that led NASA to
      | remove such devices from future spacecraft.
      |
      |
      | Also, had Grissom pulled the explosive release on the hatch, his hand
      | or arm should have had powder and bruise marks. Neither were found.
      |
      |
      | Grissom, one of the original Mercury seven, was the senior astronaut
      | when the Apollo missions began.
      |
      |
      | Among the astronauts, Grissom was the most critical of the
      | problem-plagued Apollo program, and the main Apollo contractor, North
      | American Aviation.
      |
      |
      | Shortly before his death, Grissom had taken a large lemon and hung it
      | around the space capsule as the press looked on. He had suggested
      | publicly that the project could never be accomplished on time.
      |
      |
      | The Associated Press reported, "`Pretty slim' was the way [Grissom]
      | put his Apollo's chances of meeting its mission requirements."
      |
      |
      | The Grissom family had reason to doubt the official NASA ruling from
      | the beginning. Even before Apollo I, Grissom had received death
      | threats which his family believed emanated from within the space
      | program.
      |
      |
      | The threats were serious enough that he was put under Secret Service
      | protection and had been moved from his home to a secure safehouse.
      |
      |
      | According to his wife, Grissom had warned her that "if there is ever
      | a serious accident in the space program, it's likely to be me."
      |
      |
      | The Apollo I disaster led to a series of congressional hearings into
      | the incident and NASA. During the hearings, one launch pad inspector,
      | Thomas Baron, sharply criticized NASA's handling of the incident and
      | testified that the astronauts attempted to escape the capsule earlier
      | than officially claimed.
      |
      |
      | Baron was fired soon after giving the testimony, and died, along with
      | his wife, when his car was struck by a train. Authorities ruled the
      | deaths as suicide.
      |
      |
      | During the congressional hearings, Sen. Walter Mondale questioned the
      | efficacy of manned space programs. Manned space flights were opposed
      | by many of the leading space scientists at the time, including Drs.
      | James Van Allen and Thomas Gold.
      |
      |
      | [W 9]******
      |
      |
      | uk.ufo.nw takes a look at SETI@home web information.
      |
      |
      | I thought that we would take a look at the SETI@home site this issue.
      | For the purposes of this report the date I visited their site was
      | Sunday 26th December 1999. Things may have changed between now and
      | then.
      |
      |
      | One of the first things that caught my eye was a link taking me to
      | the 'Distant Suns - The SETI at Home Version'
      |
      |
      | Here is the text from this page.
      |
      |
      | ---=3D=3D=3D^=3D=3D=3D---
      |
      |
      | Distant Suns - The SETI at Home Version
      |
      |
      | "I'm really boggled - [Distant Suns] is beautiful... I am totally
      | awed by what you've done!" - Arthur C. Clarke
      |
      |
      | author :
      |
      |
      | 2001 - A Space Odyssey
      | Childhood's End
      | Rendezvous with Rama
      |
      |
      | Distant Suns is one of the premier desktop astronomy packages of all
      | time. For both casual skywatchers to seasoned amateur astronomers,
      | Distant Suns will take you from your home to the outer reaches of the
      | Universe and back. For more details about the software, click here.
      |
      |
      | In cooperation with the SETI@Home group, I am proud to offer a
      | special version of my software, Distant Suns. Not only are you able
      | to process SETI data, but now you can see exactly what part of the
      | sky your data belongs to, and when it will be visible each night.
      |
      |
      | Distant Suns is an award winning leader in astronomy software for
      | both the PC and Macintosh (only the PC version currently works with
      | the SETI files however).
      |
      |
      | To get your free copy of Distant Suns/The SETI version, click here.
      | The download is about 4.7 Megs in size.
      |
      |
      | To use, simply extract and install the file in typical fashion, start
      | it up, and if the SETI software was installed in the standard
      | location Distant Suns will immediately take you directly to "your
      | place in the sky".
      |
      |
      | If Distant Suns 4 does all you want it to do, please enjoy it and
      | share it with your friends and family. However you may purchase the
      | most recent version, Distant Suns 5.1, on CD for $34.95. To do so,
      | click here. (Note that the current shipping version of Distant Suns
      | does not yet have the SETI extentions. Those will be available for
      | download in the next few weeks).
      |
      |
      | Attention Mac users :
      |
      |
      | The SETI version for the Mac is not yet ready, but a Mac demo of the
      | current CD version is available here.
      |
      |
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      |
      |
      | Next the totals.
      |
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      |
      |
      | Totals
      |
      |
      | Last updated: Sun Dec 26 14:00:46 1999 UTC
      |
      |
      | Total Last 24 Hours
      |
      |
      | Users 1545031 | 1941
      | Results received 53508731 | 367583
      | Total CPU time 142990.24 years | 746.67 years
      | Floating Point Operations 1.070175e+20 | 7.351660e+17
      | (8.51 TeraFLOPs/sec)
      |
      | Average CPU time per work unit 23hr 24min 33.0sec |
      | 17hr 47min 39.1sec
      |
      |
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      |
      |
      | Here are the news summaries from SETI@home which otherwise some
      | people may never get to read.
      |
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      |
      |
      | SETI@home News Summaries
      |
      |
      | We're grateful to everyone who has participated in SETI@home. The
      | response to SETI@home has been overwhelming. Whether or not we detect
      | ETI, SETI@home users have confirmed the viability of an entirely new
      | way of doing science using Internet computing.
      |
      |
      | At its core, the SETI@home project is tiny: four part-time employees
      | and two volunteers (Dan Werthimer and myself). We're trying to do
      | something new, complex and difficult. We've had a few growing pains
      | and our server computers are still struggling to handle the
      | tremendous load. We apologize and ask for your understanding if there
      | are glitches in the system or if our news updates are infrequent -
      | we're all doing our best!
      |
      |
      | David P. Anderson
      | Project Director
      |
      |
      | November 12, 1999 SETI@home has been honored by Popular Science as
      | one of the 100 of the year's best achievements in science and
      | technology. Please vote for us in their Reader's Choice poll (in the
      | Computers and Software category).
      |
      |
      | October 22, 1999 SETI@home has now accumulated more than 100,000
      | years of computer time, more than any other computing project in
      | history! We have recorded over 85 million "candidate signals" (spikes
      | and Gaussians) in our database, and we're preparing to start the
      | second phase of analysis, which will search these candidates looking
      | for "repeat events".
      |
      |
      | August 18, 1999 SETI@home has been named as one of Popular Science's
      | "50 Best Of The Web." This annual award recognizes the site for "its
      | excellent science and technology content". Thanks! August 14, 1999
      | SETI@home eclipses one million user mark. Early this morning
      | (Berkeley time) Ed Bradburn from England became the millionth
      | SETI@home user. Mr. Bradburn writes: "The excellent film of Sagan's
      | 'Contact' really got me interested in the concept of reaching out to
      | search the stars (something I've been intrigued by ever since reading
      | Asimov's 'The Gods Themselves' and Sagan and Shklovskii's
      | 'Intelligent Life in the Universe'). I'm proud to be the 1,000,000
      | participant in the SETI@Home project and hope that there'll be many
      | more!"
      |
      |
      | Congratulations to Mr. Bradburn and our other million users, to our
      | software and web site volunteers, and to the SETI@home team. In less
      | than three months, SETI@home has significantly expanded the SETI
      | search, has increased awareness of SETI in homes and classrooms, and
      | has become the largest computing project in history.
      |
      |
      | August 11, 1999 Go here to read the transcript of the Yahoo! Chat
      | Event on July 30.
      |
      |
      | July 28, 1999 There will be a Yahoo! Chat Event devoted to SETI@home
      | from 5 to 7 PM (PST) this Friday 7/30/1999.
      |
      |
      | June 12, 1999 The response to SETI@home has been wonderful. It's been
      | four weeks since launch and already there are 600,000 participants!
      | SETI@home is now our planet's largest supercomputer -- spread out
      | over 205 countries. We are extremely grateful to all the SETI@home
      | participants.
      |
      |
      | May 17, 1999. Launch! The SETI@home project is successfully underway.
      |
      |
      |
      | May 13, 1999. The Windows and Mac versions of SETI@home are now
      | available for download. We are upgrading our FTP server performance
      | in preparation for the final launch on May 17. We made a snapshot of
      | statistics from the beta-testing period, and reset all totals to
      | zero.
      |
      |
      |
      | Congratulations to Kyle Granger, Charlie Fenton, and Brad Silen, who
      | did a fantastic job on the Windows and Mac versions.
      |
      |
      | May 4, 1999. The Windows and Mac versions of SETI@home are now in the
      | hands of 7,000 beta testers. Problems involving firewalls and proxies
      | are being fixed. We're on schedule for the May 17 launch.
      |
      |
      | April 6, 1999. We released the UNIX version of the SETI@home client.
      | Within a few hours, a couple of thousand people were using the
      | program. As expected, this created a heavy load on the server for the
      | first time, and we hastily fixed a number of problems.
      |
      |
      | March 28, 1999. We are continuing beta-testing and debugging of the
      | Windows and UNIX versions of the client. The Macintosh version is
      | nearing completion. We're still on schedule for an April launch,
      | though it may be towards the end of the month.
      |
      |
      | February 22, 1999. Our server-side software has been modified to use
      | an Informix relational database for all storage.
      |
      |
      | January 20, 1999. The University of California Digital Media
      | Innovation Program has awarded SETI@home a grant to match funding
      | from our sponsors.
      |
      |
      | January 20, 1999. The Windows version of the client now seems to be
      | stable, and we have expanded testing to about 50 users. We have
      | started porting the client to Macintosh, and are also rewriting the
      | server-side software to allow it to handle 100,000+ users.
      |
      |
      | November 20, 1998. Today we began testing the SETI@home screensaver
      | with real users. Our first distribution was to 3 users, and over the
      | next few months we will ramp up to 100 or so.
      |
      |
      | November 20, 1998. The data recording system is completed and
      | operational at Arecibo. We have begun recording and collecting tapes
      | (35 Gigabytes each) of the data the will eventually be distributed to
      | SETI@home users.
      |
      |
      | October 7 1998. We have received some funding commitments
      | (announcements forthcoming). We have begun development of the data
      | recorder and the data-handling software, and are continuing
      | development of the client software.
      |
      |
      | July 30 1998. Several dozen volunteer programmers have contributed to
      | the development of the client program, and volunteers from around the
      | world have translated the web page into several languages.
      | Engineering Design Team Inc. (EDT) has donated analog-to-digital
      | interfaces for the data collection system.
      |
      |
      | We continue to seek the funding that we need to complete the
      | science-only version of the system. We have some good possibilities,
      | but nothing definite so far. Because of this, the schedule for the
      | science-only version has slipped at least a couple of months.
      |
      |
      | June 10 1998. The UC Berkeley SETI program received the Smithsonian
      | Institute medal for first place in 1998 science and technology
      | innovation. More....
      |
      |
      | June 1998. Sun Microsystems has agreed to make a donation of computer
      | hardware to SETI@home. This donation is of major importance, as the
      | computers will form the backbone of our data recording and
      | distribution systems.
      |
      |
      | May 1998. The Center for Electronic Art in San Francisco is running a
      | workshop to design an enhanced Web site and other graphical elements
      | for SETI@home.
      |
      |
      | March 1998. The Planetary Society has offered its support to the
      | project as a co-sponsor, and will be assisting us in recruiting other
      | sponsors.
      |
      |
      | September 1997. More than 35,000 people have joined the SETI@home
      | mailing list, many after seeing Dan Werthimer discuss the project on
      | the Discovery Channel. Also during September -- the first magnetic
      | tape of test data from Arecibo was returned to Berkeley. This will be
      | used to test the analysis algorithms, and get an initial sense of the
      | terrestrial interference characteristics.
      |
      |
      | August 1997. Dan Werthimer was interviewed on NPR's All Things
      | Considered. Other stories this month included one by PC World. The
      | SETI@home mailing list grew to 10,000 people. Senior members of the
      | SETI Institute accepted invitations to sit on our advisory board.
      |
      |
      | June 1997. The SETI@home web site was established, and David Gedye
      | was interviewed by the New York Times.
      |
      |
      | [W 10]******
      |
      |
      | New Mexico UFO Sighting Caught On Video
      | December 1999
      |
      |
      | uk.ufo.nw - This interesting sighting was reported on the Jeff Rense
      | Sightings Home Page at: www.jeffrense.com Here you will find the
      | photographs mentioned in the report.
      |
      |
      | Dear Jeff,
      |
      |
      | A new UFO sighting took place in Mexico city last December 8th with
      | many witnesses and was fortunately videotaped by a local resident.
      | This is the report:
      |
      |
      | Last Wednesday, December 8th, was not an ordinary day for Jos=E9
      | Gerstl, an executive from Mexico city. He witnessed, for the first
      | time in his life, one of the so-called OVNIs (UFOs) in the sky on a
      | clear morning and only a very short distance away. This is his
      | testimony:
      |
      |
      | "That morning, as usual, I woke up and turned the TV on to watch the
      | news before going to work. I looked to my left side and saw through
      | the window a strange object at certain distance floating at low
      | altitude. It was 7:20 AM and I live in Tecamachalco, Colonia Bosques
      | de las Lomas, a district of Huixquilucan in Mexico City.
      |
      |
      | At first sighting, the object looked like a small ball and was still
      | in the air. I presumed that it could be a ballon so my first
      | impression didn't disturbed me. But in a few seconds, it began moving
      | forward and backwards slowly and I realized that something was wrong.
      | I took a more careful look and it was then that it emitted the first
      | beam of light among the reflection of the sunlight on the left side.
      |
      |
      |
      | At this moment, I realized it was not a ballon. It must be an OVNI
      | was my thought, and I quickly ran for my videocamera thinking that
      | this could my chance to tape one of that strange objects so many
      | reported here in Mexico city.
      |
      |
      | I went back to my window and began filming...and the object seemed to
      | have gotten closer. It was a clear morning with a bright sun at 7:45
      | AM, so I had a good view and with my camera's zoom lens I made some
      | closeups of the OVNI.
      |
      |
      | It had a oval shape at first, and a slight movement from right to
      | left and backwards. Then the sunlight reflected in some way on the
      | left side of the object.
      |
      |
      | About 4 minutes passed when suddenly it emitted some kind of beam of
      | bright light from the center and then the light turned from yellowish
      | to reddish in sequence and then returned to white again.
      |
      |
      | The sighting lasted almost 8 minutes and I had to run to the roof of
      | the building since the OVNI moved out of my sight range from the
      | window. On the roof, I was able to film the last two minutes of the
      | sightings and then the OVNI suddenly disappeared very quickly to my
      | right side.
      |
      |
      | I was very excited and by this time my wife was also. I returned to
      | my apartament to watch the video but before that I waited another15
      | minutes on the roof waiting for the OVNI to appear again, but it
      | did'nt. I noticed that some neighbors also witnessed the OVNI and
      | were excited as well. Now I don't know what I've got on tape but I'm
      | sure it was not a ballon nor a plane or a bird, it had to be
      | something else. " _____
      |
      |
      | I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Jose Gerstl for sending me his
      | ufo sighting video and to agree to be interviewed. His valuable
      | testimony is another evidence of the amazing ufo wave that is
      | happening here in Mexico, something that should be investigated more
      | seriously.
      |
      |
      | Santiago Yturria
      |
      |
      | OVNI Investigaciones
      | Mexico.
      |
      |
      | ---
      |
      |
      | Dear Jeff:
      |
      |
      | These are some additional stills from the amazing ufo footage taken
      | by Jose Gerstl in Mexico City on December 8, 1999.
      |
      |
      | These stills were captured during our computer analysis of the
      | footage and we discovered interesting things related with the
      | behavior of the ufo.
      |
      |
      | It was emiting spinning beams of white light in a random sequence and
      | later it changed to yellow and red colors as you can notice on still
      | # 5. We also discovered with the computer a certain flashing light on
      | the top...also in a random sequence and visible in several stills.
      |
      |
      | I'm going to send you a copy of the original video so you and your
      | team can see for yourselves all the details of this fortunate
      | daylight footage taken by Mr. Gerstl.
      |
      |
      | Merry Christmas to you all.
      |
      |
      | Santiago Yturria,
      | Mexico
      |
      |
      |
      | Letters
      | -------
      |
      |
      | From: Paul <paulw@...
      | Subject: Lights over Dorset???
      |
      |
      | Hi
      |
      |
      | I live in Dorset and have read since Christmas 1998 newspaper reports
      | (Bournemouth Daily Evening Echo) about unknown lights in the skies
      | above Dorset.
      |
      |
      | If there is any 'light' that you could shead on this I would
      | appreciate it as I think it would be wonderful if it could be
      | concluded that we have our own UFOs in or over Dorset.
      |
      |
      | Please note the email is coming to you via a cybercafe so will appear
      | as unvevirifed, this is not so. I don't access the net at home but
      | this is my genunine account.
      |
      |
      | Thanks
      |
      |
      | Regards
      |
      |
      | Paul Weaver
      |
      |
      | ---
      |
      |
      | From: ElPatricio@...
      | Subject: Jerry Hartsell's book
      |
      |
      | Dear Sir or Madam,
      |
      |
      | I am a writer who has come across the reference to a book published
      | by
      |
      |
      | former IBM chairman Jerry Hartsell, that purportedly included a
      | reference to the roots of microelectronics. So far, I have been
      | unable to locate information about a book by Jerry Hartsell from
      | online booksellers, nor locate the address of the magazine, "Outlook:
      | Tomorrow's Technology Today," that the review appeared in.
      |
      |
      | Can you help me in either quest? Considering the similar claims made
      | by the late Col. Philip Corso and computer manufacturer Jack Shulman,
      | there are many here in the States who would like to acquire
      | Hartsell's book.
      |
      |
      | Thanks for any help you can provide.
      |
      |
      | Pat McCartney
      | Auburn Journal
      |
      |
      |
      | Serialisation
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      |
      | Part three of three...
      |
      |
      | Foo Fighters, Fireballs and "Project Saucer."
      | Copyright: Jim Morris. 1996/97/98
      |
      |
      | Jim Morris <dx394@...
      |
      |
      |
      | Barely a year after the end of WW2, _Ghost Rockets_ appeared
      | principally over Scandinavia, and fuelled speculation that the
      | Soviets were testing captured V-2's, or worse, an improved weapon of
      | their own manufacture. In October 1946, the Swedish defence ministry
      | later issued a communique stating that radar had detected around two
      | hundred objects _which cannot be the phenomena of nature or products
      | of imagination, nor can they be referred to as Swedish airplanes._
      | The following year saw the arrival of the _saucers_, and again the
      | Soviets were the prime suspects. As the reports increased throughout
      | 1947, many by military personnel, a similarity with these reports
      | and those of a phenomena encountered by allied pilots during the War
      | was noted.
      |
      |
      | In some of the wartime incidents, pilots reported that despite taking
      | violent evasive action, they were unable to shake off the
      | phenomenon. In these cases the object was of the small ball of light
      | variety, described as being 8 too 10 inches in diameter. There is a
      | similarity here with the 1948 incident at Fargo, North Dakota.
      | Ground observers of this incident confirmed the bright light which
      | the pilot (Gorman) was attempting to intercept., and his evasive
      | manoeuvres. They did not see the light perform the actions the pilot
      | claimed. The pilot (Gorman) at his debriefing, was questioned at
      | some length as to the objects size in relation to its relative
      | position from the aircraft as viewed through the canopy. Gorman was
      | of the opinion that the objects size and distance did not change. The
      | Project Sign report of the incident leaves the reader with the
      | impression that there was a light source present during the incident,
      | but the manuevers claimed by the pilot were due to spatial
      | disorientation caused by light reflections from the canopy. The
      | aircraft involved in this incident the P-51 Mustang, figures in two
      | other UFO reports, Laredo and the Mantel incident.
      |
      |
      | The outstanding allied fighter of the War, the Mustang was fitted
      | with a _Bubble_ canopy, which gave excellent all round vision. A
      | similar type of canopy was fitted to the P-47 Thunderbolt, one of
      | which encountered a UFO in the Oak Ridge incident of the same year.
      | (1948) This might explain the incidents quoted. The reports made by
      | Night fighter and bomber crews are harder to explain, and the
      | _hallucination theory_ becomes untenable when photographs of the
      | objects exist. Gorman's encounter is referred to in Project Sign (Feb
      | 1949) pg 9, under Balls Of Light and states _No reasonable hypothesis
      | of the true nature of balls of light, such as that reported by Lt.
      | Gorman at Fargo, North Dakota, has been developed that explains the
      | behaviour reported. The most reasonable explanation is that the
      | lights were suspended from balloons, or other means of support, not
      | visible at night, and the violent maneuvers reported are due to
      | illusion ."
      |
      |
      |
      | The lack of information on Foo Fighter_s from official British
      | sources is strange, and makes you wonder if the some of the Foo
      | Fighter's were Allied secret weapons, or a phenomenon produced by the
      | H2S radar. The APC press release of November 44, said "newfangled
      | gadgets against Allied night fighters. The New York Times of January
      | 2, 1945, had banner headlines "Balls of fire stalk US fighters in
      | night assaults over Germany" and continues "balls of fire that race
      | alongside the wings of American Beaufighter's." After the War,
      | Hulsmeyer_s daughter wrote to Churchill asking him to acknowledge
      | the fact that her father was the true inventor of radar, not
      | Wattson-Watt. ( In reality, British radar was developed by two of
      | Wattson-Watt_s staff, H.Windpress and A. Wilkins.) Churchill refused
      | her request, and the British public believed what can only be
      | describe as a lie. This incident shows that Britain can, and does,
      | distort the truth and put a wall of secrecy around whatever the
      | Government of the day considers to sensitive for the tax payers
      | ear_s. Perhaps the technology behind the Christmas Tree Lights" Foo
      | Fighter_s is still in use today.
      |
      | -[continued in part 3]-
      |
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