Neal Herbert caught this image over Norwich. Apparently there have been a few sightings recently that way.
Neal Herbert caught this image over Norwich. Apparently there have been a few sightings recently that way.
I have to say, the bird like figure does look like a space ship with aliens on it. More interesting is this seal with a solar system on it.
According to the stories it includes the destroyed planet that became the asteroid belt. I counted, there are 11 in total. Since I’m pretty sure only the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible with the naked eye, that leaves four unaccounted for..
October 25, 2008
STEPHENVILLE — Over a three-month period this summer there were 1,000 UFO sightings filed with the National UFO Reporting Center.
Some 75 of those UFOs were reported over the state of Texas.
Stephenville is one hot spot we’ve shown you before.
Now the small town is getting buzzed by UFOs again and we have the video.
“You could see the oval shape. Got my friend, I said ‘dude, you got to come look at this,'” said Andy Monrreal.
Monrreal was hanging out with his Dublin High School friends when they all saw something they say looked like a UFO.
“You could see a shape. It was like a complete circle,” said Monrreal.
He rolled off a half minute of video on his mom’s digital camera.
His dad saw it too.
“I never seen nothing like that in my life. Big lights and everything,” his father said.
So did mom.
“It was a round thing. You could see lights around it, flickering and changing. It was awesome. Just turning and flickering,” she said.
Back in January, Erath County went UFO crazy after a handful of people reported similar lights over Stephenville.
International press and UFO hunters descended on the town.
This time, many more eye witnesses are phoning the Stephenville Empire Tribune or the ET.
Reporter Whitney Ashley said many people don’t want to talk publicly, like several workers at the paper, who also saw the lights.
“I’ve got at least 10 right now willing to go on record,” Ashley said.
“The sheriff’s department got lots of calls in the southern part of Erath County.”
The Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth confirms seven F-16s training in the area at the time.
Several witnesses told us they saw the fighters, after they saw the mysterious lights.
Why is it no-one ever gets a good shot, and they are always blurred? I have to say, the lower one looks like an air balloon with navigation lights on it.
Some French guy made it as a showcase for his skills for getting an SFX job in the movies.
Barzolff, Sam said, wished to remain anonymous, but he was prepared to share the full story of the videos. I agreed not to reveal his real name. Then I was all ears as Sam began parroting into the phone the words I could hear Barzolff saying in the background.
The 35-year-old Barzolff is a professional animator who attended one of the most prestigious art schools in France and has a decade of experience with computer graphics and commercial animation.
It took Barzolff a total of 17 hours to make both the Haiti and Dominican Republic videos. He did it all by himself using a MacBook Pro and a suite of commercially available 3-D animation programs, including Vue 6. The videos are 100% computer-generated.
The videos, he said, were intended as research for a feature film project he’s been working on with Partizan, the France-based production company responsible for, among others, Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
When contacted to verify the story, “Eternal Sunshine” producer Georges Bermann said it was all true, and that Barzolff was “an absolute genius” who could “make anything look entirely real.”
To prove that he was truly behind the videos, Barzolff agreed to provide the L.A. Times with a new spacecraft video. Called “Proof,” the video depicts a small version of one of the spacecraft floating above a Paris street. As the camera pans over, the viewer sees two elderly women at a cafe, one of whom is holding a remote control device. Humorously, of course, this video makes use of computer graphics as well.
The movie Barzolff is working on for the big screen is about two guys who create a UFO hoax so realistic that it spirals out of their control. “For better or worse,” said Barzolff, who cited being “overwhelmed” by the response to his video as one of the reasons he didn’t want to go public with his name.
Barzolff stressed the videos were not intended as a viral marketing ploy. His movie is still in the idea phase, and he created the hoax strictly as a “sociological experiment” — in other words, just to see what would happen.
What happened far exceeded his expectations.
After he finished producing the videos, he posted them and went to bed. “I thought they would reach perhaps 2,000 people,” he said through Sam.
“When I woke up the next morning there were 70,000 views,” on the Haiti video. “Twenty minutes later it was up to 130,000 views. It grew exponentially from there.”
Barzolff called the results of his experiment “entertaining, thrilling, completely addictive, and a little scary.”
The scary part, he said, was that in spite of the evidence, “many people refuse to believe it’s a hoax”.
And here is his quickly knocked together ‘proof video’. And his channel on youtube.
UFO photograph from the black country.
UFOs over Birmingham and the Black Country
A Wednesbury woman who had a close encounter outside her front door and a mysterious orange object which trailed a plane to Birmingham Airport are among the incidents recorded in Ministry of Defence UFO files which have been opened to the public.
The reports were recorded by MoD officials and stored as part of a massive collection of unexplained incidents which is now being published under the Freedom of Information Act. Around 4,500 separate pages of material have been released, most of then reports by civilians which were impossible to verify or disprove.
An MoD report from 1988 records an account by a woman from Wednesbury, who had a close encounter with a UFO outside her house. The object headed straight for her house “as though going to crash” before suddenly stopping and hanging 40 feet in the air. It was square, with a dome on top which had three windows – through which mysterious figures could be seen.
The report said: “There were three people in front, two sitting and one standing, all appeared to be wearing white suits.”
The eyewitness ran inside her house and the vehicle flew off.
Another report in the files records the sighting of a “very bright orange light” which hung above a civilian aircraft for approximately three minutes as it flew to Birmingham Airport. As the plane approached the runway, the light “veered off rapidly” and disappeared.
The archive includes a number of letters from amateur UFO enthusiasts who heard reports of mysterious objects in the sky – and hoped to discover what the authorities really knew about them.
For example, the British UFO Research Association wrote to the Ministry asking about an incident in Rowley Regis, the Black Country, in 1979, when a woman reported “an egg-shaped object about eight feet long” which had flown down and landed in her garden. According to the association, “this object left prominent ground traces which were subsequently photographed and measured.”
But most of those seeking details of the nation’s official UFO studies were disappointed, as the official policy was not to investigate reports unless there appeared to be a threat to Britain’s national security.
Even UFO believers were sometimes convinced the objects had down-to-earth explanations.
In 1998, the Midlands branch of the British UFO Association wrote to the MoD about large, slow-moving triangular objects which had been reported over central and northern England, including Staffordshire.
They complained: “We are all concerned about the use of aircraft (possibly Stealth or its variants) operating under the disguise of UFOs over populated areas, particularly in darkness.”
Either the RAF or the US Air Force was testing “some new form of aircraft”, the correspondent claimed.
Incidents recorded in the files include:
* The British UFO Research Association wrote to the Ministry asking about an incident in Rowley Regis in 1979, when a woman reported “an egg-shaped object about eight feet long” which had flown down and landed in her garden.
According to the association, “this object left prominent ground traces which were subsequently photographed and measured. [She] then found that her eyesight was adversely affected and her general well-being so disturbed that her GP advised her to stay off work for a fortnight.”
Two police stations, Oldbury and West Bromwich, had records of the incident.
* One eye-witness wrote to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street claiming to have seen a UFO in the skies over Shropshire.
The correspondent said: “During early November last year, myself and next door neighbour were standing outside by the stables when I looked up into the sky and did see a round, red circular object travelling at great speed.
“Then again one appeared from west to east.”
The same correspondent reported that their mother had seen “a brilliant shining silver ring” which disappeared into the clouds.
Attempts to report the incident to the police, a university academic and the media had been rebuffed, leading the eye-witness to write directly to the Prime Minister in 1987.
I have to say, I think the UFO in the picture looks a lot like a stealth bomber. I think it’s probably a test run of a new plane.
It was out of the blue on a clear summer’s afternoon when the UFOs came.
Retired RAF air traffic control supervisor Alan Turner, from Shrewsbury, remembers it only too well – it’s a moment he has kept secret for more than 35 years.
“The radar room was completely darkened and you had the glow of the radar tubes and there were six people on three consoles, then myself and a duty NCO, plus the co-co-ordination team, so there were ten pairs of eyes in total,” says Alan recalling the scene in the air traffic control operations room at RAF Sopley, Hampshire, in 1971.
“I was sitting at a desk waiting to see if anything might happen when I heard somebody shout ‘What was that?’ I leaned over to the chap who had shouted and he pointed to four blips coming into radar cover east of the Salisbury Plain danger area, an area where the military fire guns.
“We had blips coming into radar cover at 3,000 feet climbing very fast and tracking south east at speed, and you had six or seven of them, all climbing, with one in excess of 60,000 feet. It was constant for about 20 to 25 minutes – that means there would have been 35 to 40 of them.”
Now aged 67, Alan says “UFOs are a fact and I don’t care who knows” and is suspicious of the shroud of secrecy thrown up in the wake of his experience.
He says normally controllers would be told in advance of any aircraft flying in the area that might initially seem to be unexplained and which could cause alarm, but on this occasion there was no word, no explanation from the MoD.
As the supervisor of the control room, he immediately contacted Heathrow Airport to see if they knew anything.
“They could see the same thing,” says Alan. “I contacted fighter control at Suffolk and they could see them as well.”
At his home in Monkmoor, he tells how he scrambled a bomber to fly in and take a closer look. A quarter of a mile from the suspect objects the pilot became concerned, telling Alan over the radio: “I don’t know what that was but it was shifting like the clappers.”
Alan impounded the radar tapes and submitted his operations report to the squadron leader.
Everyone who’d been in the radar room that day was also filed reports on what they had seen and a couple of days later were summoned to an interview with two faced men who did not identify themselves.
“Everybody was interviewed separately and as supervisor I was first and last,” Alan continues. “I was introduced to them as Flight Officer Turner – I had no idea who they were. We were all told later – in no uncertain terms – not to talk about it, so we didn’t.”
Of course, Shropshire has become a hotspot for UFO sightings and groups flock to the county, but on the whole these have been anecdotal and largely explained in some quarters as being aircraft taking part in military operations from one of the nearby RAF airbases.
On the wild side, there have even been reports of people claiming they have been abducted by aliens – not a belief that Alan subscribes, although when he delivers a keynote speech to the International UFO Conference tomorrow in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, he admits that he has been asked to meet one woman who says that just this happened to her.
Other people have reported unidentified lights in the sky that have been verified by independent sightings.
“Shropshire is a major area for aircraft training so you get a lot more activity – I’m sure 99 per cent of sightings can be explained but there’s always that odd blip that can not.”
With any so-called UFO sightings there are sceptics and theorists. Alan was taken to task by a professor at Sheffield University who claimed the ‘blips’ he witnessed were most probably Lightning aircraft.
“I wrote him three sides of A4 as to why they were not aircraft,” he says, explaining that the MoD at the time had a total fleet of only around 40 and there wouldn’t be a commander on earth who would fly the lot at the same time.
“And Lightnings are loud – are you telling me that Joe Public would not have heard something?”
Until recent weeks, Alan, who later rose to the rank of Wing Commander, has only talked about what he saw that day on his radar screen with close pals. He reveals that an RAF colleague from Church Stretton who manned the north of England radar had seen similar unknown objects on their screens – objects that “defied all logic”.
He also knows people in the county “with all their brain cells in the right order” who have seen unexplained objects with the naked eye, and whose reports Alan believes in.
If he never talked about his own mystery sightings, his curiosity about them never waned. Now he wants the public to know that UFOs – whatever they are – quite possibly do exist.
“I had no idea what they were but I do keep an open mind – I tracked something that was unknown. I would like to think they were aircraft but I don’t think it was. You cannot get that many in the same place without somebody knowing about it.
“I did not speak about it until I retired because of professional integrity. People look at you and say ‘you are mad’.
“Well I’m not mad.”
He adds: “I think it’s arrogant to think that we are alone. I don’t think we are but I’ve got no proof.”
By Ben Bentley
Seems like a reliable witness to me.
Was a hoax. Well, technically it’s an advert called ‘the blimp’ for the Sci fi channel. The ‘tourist is an actress (Barbara Sicuranza) and the UFO is a computer inserted effect.
See link. Some people will believe anything.
So, I had a look at at this and I have a few comments to make..
IT’S NOT REAL would be the first comment. I’ve watched it through a few times, and here’s my reasons…
There is way to much sharp definition on it if it is meant to be a large, distant object. Okay, you’d get that kind of wobbling trying to focus on a small distant object too; but a large poorly lit object wouldn’t give the sharpness of detail you see on the top. Also I have an issue with the light source (yellow, from above, at night?), and the total lack of background/context the footage has. Not a skyline or star in sight. If it showed a long shot and zoomed in, that might give it a sense of scale, but it looks like a small model filmed against a black cloth to me.
Probablility 1% (about as likely as ancient Pakistan being nuked).
By Nicholas Spangler ,The Miami Herald
— If you believe former fighter pilot Milton Torres’ story — and news organizations are running with it — the Air Force was seconds from attacking an alien aircraft over England late one cloudy night in 1957.
Possible interstellar war was averted when the unidentified flying object sped away.
“It was not made of this Earth,” said Torres, 77, a retired Florida International University engineering professor. “I’d love to take a tour of that … UFO, whatever it was.”
The account was included in thousands of pages of UFO-related documents recently declassified by the British Ministry of Defense and posted online. To everyone’s surprise, the truth was not just out there, but in Florida, where Torres lives with his wife, Dorothy.
By midweek, he’d done a television interview with Great Britain’s Sky News and been featured on “Good Morning America.” “Nightline” had panned across pictures of him as a young lieutenant. Reporters were calling hourly, and Dorothy was leaving the phone off the hook at night.
Torres’ account begins with him scrambling his F-86D Sabre jet from an airfield in Kent, near the southeast coast, to intercept what he has since called a UFO circling East Anglia.
Ground control vectored him in at top speed, around 700 mph, and gave the order to “fire a full salvo of rockets at the UFO.”
From 15 miles away, he locked on to a target as big as an aircraft carrier, according to his radar screen. He was on course to intercept in 10 seconds but still hadn’t seen the thing when it started to move away. Within seconds, the UFO was off lock; it soon vanished.
Back at the airfield, Torres was told the mission would be considered classified. The next day, an American who looked “like a well-dressed IBM salesman, with a dark-blue trench coat,” debriefed him and warned he would be breaching national security if he talked about what had happened.
Looking back, Torres said he’s glad he never got a shot off that night; surely a craft capable of moving as that one did would have had weapons systems to match. “I would have been vaporized,” he said.
“Just a dumb little kid going to slaughter.”
He’s angry, convinced that the British and U.S. governments have information they’re not sharing; and wistful, because he believes he’ll never know the truth. “We can’t be alone out here,” he said.
The phone then rang, CNN on the line
In a a word, NO.
It was a low budget docu-drama made in 1988 by film-maker Dean Alioto on a budget of $6,500. Here is what he had to say about it…
In 1988 I was headed for my 25th birthday and I had not yet made my first feature film — this 25th year mark is crucial for most filmmakers as it was the age that, Orson Wells, Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg all had made their first films by. Unlike them, I had a budget that equaled the size of craft service for a day on a studio feature film. One night after reading the latest books on the UFO phenomenon (Communion, Missing Time, and the books of Jacques Vale), I came up with the idea of making the most realistic movie on UFO abduction ever made. The best part of the idea was that it could be done for my miniscule budget. I wrote an outline of twenty action beats based on the claimed abduction experience. I hired a group of skilled improve actors, except for myself who played the 16 year old shooting the video, and shot the direct-to-video movie in one night, in one continuous take, on 8mm video. The guy who created the UFO craft and aliens has since gone on to be the production designer for the recent live-action Scooby-Doo films — Bill Boes.