There then followed a long ‘metallic’ noise before all contact
ceased. The plane never arrived at its destination, nor did a thorough visual
and radio search discover what had actually happened. The plane was equipped
with a standard radio survival beacon, thus the radio search, however no signal
was ever received (24). The following day an oil slick north of King Island was
observed although no connection with Valentich’s plane could be made (either
Former NASA-contracted research scientist, Dr Richard Haines,
concluded that this metallic noise which followed the last transmission
contained "36 separate bursts with fairly constant start and stop pulses
bounding each one; there are no discernible patterns in time or frequency."
Objectors to the idea of UFOs not only claim that
nearly all, if not all sightings are misidentified phenomena, but that any such
sightings are merely figments of over active American minds. Yet the reality is, sightings have been made across the world. Above is an image taken above Argentina in 1977 whilst (right) an article
from a Japanese Magazine.
This huge orb of light (left) was seen by thousands of
people and was photographed at Maspalomas on Gran Canaria
in 1976. The picture was released by the Spanish Air Force who could not explain
This image (below right) was photographed by a US Marine Air group
pilot over the north-east China Sea during the Korean war. Reproduced in Timothy Good’s ‘Beyond Top Secret’ Good
comments "While the sharply delineated straight line in the middle and the black
lower half suggest photographic trickery, similar effects have been noted in
The following image (below left) was taken in 1924 at Tientsien, a town in
the Hopeh Province of North China. Of course visual sighting are always open to interpretation
(and misinterpretation). Sometimes objects seen in the sky are very real, but
also very secret and reports are unlikely to generate a candid response from the
One such secret military project was Project Mogul; a US top
secret project to develop a means of detecting and monitoring Soviet nuclear
weapons which conducted its operations from Alamogordo Army Air Field, New
Mexico in June and July 1947 using high-altitude balloon arrays and
attached instrument packages (26).
It has been claimed that it was the wreckage
from one of these Mogul flights that could account for the debris found at the
infamous Roswell site, of which more later, and also at another crash at nearby
Corona. This is certainly the view of Karl Pflock, a former CIA officer, whose
career included a period as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for
Operational Test and Evaluation (27).
The crash landing of a top-secret
project in open territory would undoubtedly have led to the immediate sealing of
the area and collection of all recoverable remains.
To demonstrate how easily balloons can be mistaken for UFOs, the
photograph (below left) shows a high-level cosmic radiation balloon released by a
British University and spotted over London, only to be reported as a ‘flying
Of course many of the reported sightings of UFOs are hoaxes. This
picture below right shows farmer Richard Jennings examining a ‘flying disk’ that he found on
his farm in Chippenham in Wiltshire, England on 4th September 1967
whilst a policeman looks on.
It was one of six found in a straight line from Somerset to
Kent – all of which proved to be fakes.
In fact such hoaxes accounted for 33% of all
sightings claimed to be UFOs in a formal United States Air Force investigation
of the phenomenon in 1949.
A further 32% could be accounted for
astronomically, 12% were identified as weather balloons, however 23% remained
unaccounted for (28).
It is this 23% that has long interested believers in
extraterrestrial contact, a belief that has widespread support throughout the
As Carl Sagan stated "The earth may have been visited by
various galactic civilisations many times (possibly in the order of 10,000)
during geological times.