HARVARD ASTRONOMER CHASTISES USAF OVER STUDY OF UFO SIGHTINGS

UFO News Today: One of the strongest radar-visual confirmations of a UFO Sighting occurred on August 13-14 1956 and the resultant AF investigation led to stern chastising by Dr. F. L. Whipple of Harvard University. The case to be described was identified by the Condon Report from the University of Colorado as mostly likely a mechanical device of unknown origin. They stated: "In summary, this is the most puzzling and unusual case in the radar-visual files. The apparently rational, intelligent behavior of the UFO suggests a mechanical device of unknown origin as the most probable explanation of this sighting. However, in view of the inevitable fallibility of witnesses, more conventional explanations of this report cannot be entirely ruled out." Project Blue Book contains 44 pages on this UFO Sighting incident. The event began with multiple U.S. and U.K. radar detecting several objects approaching from the ocean at speeds up to 4000 mph. One target in particular had come to a stationary position near Lackenheath, a USAF base in England. Radar showed the object stationary for periods of 3-6 minutes followed by apparent instantaneous acceleration to 600 mph as the radar could not detect any gradual increase in speed; it was at zero and then 600 mph at the next radar detection point. This pattern continued for over 30 minutes until two RAF Venom interceptors were launched from a British base. The first interceptor approached Lackenheath from the southwest. As the jet came within 1/2 mile of the UFO Lackenheath asked the pilot if he could see the object. His reply was, "Roger, Lakenheath. I've to my guns locked on him." Then there is a short pause followed by, Where did he go? Do you still have him, Lackenheath? Lackenheath replied in the affirmative but the UFO Sighting was now behind the British Venom fighter. The pilot tried to shake the UFO for ten minutes but it remained a few hundred feet behind his tail. The jet began to run low on fuel, so it headed to Lackenheath to land. The UFO followed a short distance and then went back to its stationary position. The second interceptor did not reach the UFO due to an engine malfunction. The Air Force turned to their Project Blue Book scientist, J. Allen Hynek and asked him to contact Harvard professor Dr. F.L. Whipple, the director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Whipple was considered the world's premier scientist on radar at the time. He reviewed the information and did not believe that what was seen were due to anomalous radar returns. They appeared to be valid. But Dr. Whipple went on to chastise the quality of the investigation conducted by the Air Force. From the Project Blue Book files: "He Dr. Whipple deplored the inadequacy of the typical UFO report as a scientific document... and urged that if the Air Force was serious in their attempts to resolve this problem, both scientifically and in the public mind, that the Air Force do more than continue its passive investigating attitudes." Dr. Whipple's view can be corroborated by reading through any number of Project Blue Book reports which are poorly investigated with data missing and often ridiculous explanations based on the facts at hand. {Credit. K.E.Gauthier}

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