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Top Five Pilot Encounters With UFOs

by Robbie Graham                   September 27, 2018                (mysteriousuniverse.org)

• Cases of pilot encounters with UFOs stand among the most credible and dramatic ever recorded. Here are five of the most compelling:

1. Japan Airlines – On November 17, 1986, daytime, at 35,000 feet over northeastern Alaska, Japanese Airlines Boeing 747 cargo plane en route from Paris to Tokyo suddenly found itself facing two pairs of squarish arrays of pulsating “amber and whitish” lights each the size of a commercial jet, side-by-side, hovering directly in front of the aircraft. The objects lit up the cockpit where Captain Kenju Terauchi could feel heat on his face. Then the pilot noticed a third much larger “mothership” UFO eight miles away, toward which the two bright UFOs were heading. All of this was confirmed by radar at Anchorage flight control and a nearby Air Force base. After a half hour, the UFOs were gone. Years later, an FAA investigator publicly testified to a CIA cover-up of flight data relating to this event.

2. Frederick Valentich – On October 21, 1978, at 7:12 pm, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich vanished while was flying a Cessna 182L light aircraft over Australia’s Bass Strait. Just before his disappearance, Valentich had advised Melbourne air traffic control that he was being orbited by a large shiny craft with a green light 300 meters above him. Then he made is final statement, “[the] strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.”  This was followed by a metallic scraping sound. No trace of Valentich or his aircraft was ever found.

3. Thomas Mantell – On January 7, 1948, 25 year old WWII vet Captain Thomas Mantell of the Kentucky Air National died while in pursuit of a UFO. The UFO was 300 ft. in diameter, white with a red border at the bottom. Against orders to break off pursuit, Mantell chased the UFO and got close enough to it to radio that the object was “metallic,” and of “tremendous size.” Then he lost consciousness, and his plane spiraled to the ground and crashed.

4. The ‘Tic Tac’ UFO – On November 14, 2004, (over the Pacific Ocean, off of the coast of San Diego), around noon on a clear day, the USS Princeton of the US Navy’s Nimitz carrier battle group instructed a pair of unarmed FA-18F Navy jets to intercept a radar blip. When pilots David Fravor and Jim Slaight reached the position, they noticed a disturbance in the ocean water below them, and then an object hovering 50 feet above the disturbance. The pilots described the UFO as resembling a large bright white “Tic Tac” (the breath mint) between 30 and 46 feet in length, with no visible engine or exhaust. As Fravor descended toward the object, it began to ascend, mirroring the Navy jet’s maneuvers. Then the UFO accelerated and was gone in two seconds.

5. Alderney, England – On 23 April 2007, Captain Ray Bowyer was flying a routine passenger plane from Southampton, England, to Alderney in the Channel Islands. For fifteen minutes, he and his passengers watched two very large, cigar-shaped UFOs, each a mile in length and emitting a brilliant yellow light, hovering stationary about 55 miles away. Peering through binoculars, Bowyer could distinguish their solid form. The plane flew to within 12 miles of the objects before the pilot flew away and landed. Another aircraft also confirmed the sighting.

 

If you’ve never done any research on the UFO topic, you might be forgiven for thinking that the only people who see them are hicks with worrying family trees; certainly this is the stereotype that has been perpetuated by Hollywood. In reality, however, UFOs are reported by men and women from all walks of life, and from all social and economic backgrounds: from burger-flippers to bankers, sex-workers to surgeons, pot-washers to politicians. With this in mind, it should come as little surprise that those who spend their working days in the skies above us also see their fair share of anomalous aerial phenomena. Indeed, cases of pilot encounters with UFOs stand among the most credible and dramatic ever recorded in the history of this enduring enigma.

Here are five of the most compelling…

#5. Alderney Sighting, 2007

Captain Ray Bowyer got the fright of his life on 23 April 2007 while piloting a routine passenger flight from Southampton, England, to Alderney in the Channel Islands. Over a 15 minute period, he and his passengers witnessed two UFOs so large and imposing that Bowyer–a pilot with 18 years of flying experience–wanted nothing more than to land his aircraft as soon as humanly possible “and have a cup of tea.” Typical Brit.

Bowyer’s aircraft gradually converged on two stationary, cigar-shaped craft, each emitting a brilliant yellow light. To the naked eye, the objects appeared unnervingly large, despite initially being some 55 miles away, and Bowyer would later estimate that the two mystery craft were each up to a mile across. Bowyer also viewed the objects through 10X magnification binoculars, through which he could distinguish their seemingly solid form, which grew clearer still as his aircraft drew nearer to them.

Bowyer would later recall: “I found myself astounded but curious, but at 12 miles’ distance these objects were becoming uncomfortably large, and I was glad to descend and land the aircraft. Many of my passengers saw the objects as did the pilots of another aircraft, 25 miles further south [a plane near Sark, which confirmed the presence, general position and altitude of the first object from the opposite direction].”

The encounter was thoroughly investigated but remains unexplained. Bowyer conservatively maintains that what he and his passengers witnessed was “definitely nothing from around these parts.”

#4. USS Nimitz Radar/Visual Encounter, 2004

At around 12:30 EST on November 14, 2004, an operations officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton contacted two airborne US Navy jet fighters from USS Nimitz, instructing the pilots to change their course and investigate an unidentified blip that was showing up on the Princeton’s radar. The first fighter aircraft was piloted by Commander David Fravor, with his weapon systems officer in the back seat. The second jet was piloted by Commander Jim Slaight.

The weather conditions that day were near perfect: blue sky, no cloud cover, calm sea. When the jet fighters–both FA-18F Super Hornets–arrived at the site of the radar blip, the crew of four could see nothing untoward in the air. Below them, however, on the surface of the sea, they noticed an area “the size of a Boeing 737 airplane with a smoother area of lighter color at the center,” as if the waves were breaking over a large object just under the surface. Moments later, the crew noticed a strange object hovering erratically some 50 feet above the disturbance in the water. Both pilots later described the unidentified object as resembling a large bright white “Tic Tac” between 30 and 46 feet in length, with no visible engine or exhaust plume.

As Commander Fravor started a circular descent towards the object, it began ascending along a curved path, keeping a safe distance from the F-18 and mirroring its trajectory. Fravor then attempted to plunge his fighter below the object. No chance. The UFO accelerated “like a bullet from a gun” and was lost from his sight in less than two seconds. The nature and origin of the object remain a mystery (at least officially).

In 2017, Fravor spoke publicly about his “Tic Tac” encounter as part of a broader and ongoing public initiative to draw attention to the Pentagon’s shadowy UFO study program (now allegedly shut down), officially titled the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

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“The Consistency Is Mind Boggling” – University Professor On Alien Abductions

by Arjun Walia                  September 21, 2018                    (collective-evolution.com)

• “Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel” – Roscoe Hiellenkoetter, first CIA director in 1947.

• “Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial (ET) vehicles… actually have ET crews [that] catch and release humans.” — Dr. Don Donderi, retired McGill University Psychology Professor.

• Dr. David M. Jacobs, retired Temple University professor, says that there are millions of people all over the world who share remarkably consistent stories of being abducted by intelligent extraterrestrials. “I’ve worked with people from Africa, and Asia, and Latin-America, and Europe and so forth… the consistency (of abductee stories) is mind-boggling,” says Jacobs. “[W]ithout consistency there is no phenomenon, and it is the consistency that keeps coming back…People come back with unusual scars on their body, fully formed scars that weren’t there before.”

• To distinguish, there are forced abductions we call ‘abductees’. Then there are simply contactees who don’t experience any type of forced abduction or strange procedures that are performed on them. A lot of people have friendly, informative, and mysterious type of contact experiences. And there are a range of beings that have been reported with consistency, including human looking ones.

• Along with these contact experiences come telepathic messages, in many cases to warn of future destruction unless human rapidly evolves and, grows up, so to speak. Many abductees also report a sense of remorse and empathy within some of these forced abductions, others do not.

• Humanity is at a crossroads, and our hesitance to accept certain realities these days is drifting, and acceptance is coming in. Our perception of reality is shifting. The experiences of contactees and abductees could perhaps help us decipher a message for humanity where we can be free from the chains of economic slavery and allowed to grow and advance as a species. Our destiny is no doubt in the stars.

 

“We know that the phenomenon is very, very widespread around the world. People think that this is an American phenomenon, it is not. I’ve worked with people from Africa, and Asia, and Latin-America, and Europe and so forth… All say the same thing all around the world, it does not matter where they’re from. People often ask me whether there’s any consistency in abduction accounts, the consistency is mind-boggling.”

The quote above comes from Dr. David M. Jacobs, a recently retired professor of History at Temple University. He’s one of many academics who’ve been studying the ‘alien abduction’ phenomenon for a long time. We’re talking about full-out investigations and actual case work. Himself and practically every other researcher in this field would tell you that yes, the consistency is indeed jaw-dropping. People who claim to have been abducted by intelligent extraterrestrials, or come in contact with beings, and there are millions of them all over the world, all share remarkably consistent stories.

     Dr. David M. Jacobs

“I work with people who have MD’s, or psychiatrists, psychologists… people who are university professors, and people who have never been able to hold a job…and everybody in-between. The vast material that they talk about has never been in the public domain, without consistency there is no phenomenon, and it is the consistency that keeps coming back…People are physically missing from their normal environments when they are abducted, people come back with unusual scars on their body, fully formed scars that weren’t there before.”

It’s important to make a distinction here. There are all sorts of contacts happening. There are forced abductions, we call these people abductees, then there are simply contactees. Contactees don’t experience any type of forced abduction or strange procedures that are performed on them like abductees, there is also a wealth of data showing that a lot of people have friendly, informative, and mysterious type of contact experiences as well, and there are a range of beings (which also show up with consistency in multiple experiencer accounts) that have also been reported with consistency, including human looking ones. Along with these experiences come telepathic messages, in many cases appear to warn of future destruction unless human rapidly evolves and, grows up, so to speak.

Many abductees also report a sense of remorse and empathy within some of these forced abductions, others do not.

Dr. Jacobs goes on to state, regarding abductions, a very interesting point, “Now, let us suppose it is not happening, all those things still remain, and yet it’s not happening, there is no such thing as the abduction phenomenon. If that is the case, we have found the most important thing ever in the history of neurology, brain function, cognition… All these people are saying the same thing at their risk, this is not going to bring applause to them, that they say they’ve been abducted by aliens from outer space. High functioning people say this knowing full well it could destroy their careers, and they say this around the world…And it’s not happening, then what?”

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What Are The Odds Of Seeing A UFO In The US? It Depends On Where You Live

by Mark Lugris                     September 24. 2018                        (thethings.com)

• The National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) has cataloged almost 90,000 reported UFO sightings since it was founded in 1974. However, some are actual UFOs of extraterrestrial origin, and some are not. Casino.org has launched a webpage where visitors can find the probability of seeing a UFO in their state, as well as learn about notable UFO sightings throughout history.

• In the United States, the highest probability of seeing a UFO is in Wyoming, where your odds are one in 20,500. In Florida the odds drop to one in 348,500. Meanwhile, in Missouri, which only has a population of 6,113,532, there have been 7,467 UFO sightings, yet in New York, with a population of 19,849,399, there have been a scant 7,641 sightings.

• On January 13, 2018, a witness in Pasadena, California saw five “circular UFOs” at 12:45 pm. A second witness 90 miles away in Carlsbad, California saw the five circular objects at 2:30 pm. Two and a half hours later in Hollywood, Florida, a police officer reported seeing “numerous orange lights above the coastline”.

• In addition to UFO sightings, a sociological research poll revealed that nearly four million Americans have been abducted by aliens. Consequently, 40,000 Americans have purchased alien abduction insurance.

 

Despite that the fact that aliens are usually seen as a futuristic lifeform, UFO sightings date back thousands of years. In 1440 BC, the scribes of Pharaoh Thutmose III reportedly saw “fiery disks” floating over the skies. And in 74 BC, a Roman army under the command of Lucullus was engaged in battle with Mithridates VI of Pontus when “all on a sudden, the sky burst asunder, and a huge, flame-like body was seen to fall between the two armies. In shape, it was almost like a wine-jar, and in color, like molten silver,” according to Plutarch, a Greek biographer. The UFO was reportedly seen by both armies.

Nowadays, the odds of seeing a UFO depend mostly on where you live. In the US, you are most likely to see a UFO in Wyoming, where your odds are one in 20,500. However, if you live in Florida, your odds drop to one in 348,500. Meanwhile, in Missouri, which only has a population of 6,113,532, there have been 7,467 UFO sightings, yet in New York, which has a population of 19,849,399, there have been a scant 7,641 sightings.

Casino.org has launched a site that explores UFO sighting odds where users can check the probability of seeing a UFO in their state, as well as learn about notable UFO sightings throughout history.

This year in California and Florida, three different residents in three different cities reported seeing UFOs on the same day. On January 13, a witness in Pasadena, California said they had seen at least five “circular UFOs” at 12:45 pm. The second sighting took place at 2:30 pm about 90 miles away in Carlsbad, California when five circular objects were seen. Two and a half hours later in Hollywood, Florida, there was another sighting of “numerous orange lights above the coastline,” by a police officer.

Sightings can be reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), an organization that investigates UFO sightings and/or alien contacts. NUFORC, which has operated continuously since it was founded in 1974 by Robert J. Gribble, has cataloged almost 90,000 reported UFO sightings. However, it is estimated that 90-95% of sightings are not UFOs. They can be weather events, military tests or other incidents. Still, there are many sightings that cannot be explained.

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