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Re: ET Hypothesis: Government Concern?

From: Henny van der Pluijm <hvdp@worldonline.nl>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 11:06:57 +0100 (MET)
Fwd Date: Sun, 02 Nov 1997 10:54:25 -0500
Subject: Re: ET Hypothesis: Government Concern?

>Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 11:39:31 -0500
>From: Peregrine Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter Brookesmith]
>Subject: ET Hypothesis: Government Concern? [was: Solved abduction cases?]
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>The Duke of Mendoza presents his compliments to the List.

>>Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 21:13:27 -0500
>>From: James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com>
>>Subject: ET Hypothesis: Government Concern?
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>The following is an expanded version of my treatment of the so-
>called Belgian Triangles in "UFO: The Government Files"
>(ISBN 0-7607-0218-7).

>Case #32

>Brussels--Tienen--Li=E8ge--Eupen Axis, Belgium
>30-31 March, 1990

>The Belgian UFO flap opened on 29 November 1989, when hundreds of
>people in and around Eupen, near the German border, saw a huge
>triangular UFO, showing bright spotlights, pass over the town.
>The prime witesses were two gendarmes. In the following months,
>similar craft were reported from around the country. Many
>skywatches were organized, and many photographs and some 30
>videotapes were taken of the UFOs.

>By March 1990 the Belgian authorities had received over 2500
>reports of triangular UFOs, mostly around Eupen and Li=E8ge, since
>November 1989. The Royal Belgian Air Force (RBAF) agreed that if
>a Brussels-based UFO research group, SOBEPS, would co-ordinate
>reports at ground level, the RBAF would handle tracking and

>On the night of 30/31 March, police patrols and civilian
>witnesses linked to SOBEPS reported from 11:00pm that a UFO - the
>first report, from a gendarme at Ramillies, mentioned three,
>showing red, green and yellow lights - appeared to be flying on a
>consistent course across Belgium. RBAF radars at Glons and
>Semmerzake confirmed the sightings and, at 00:05am, two F-16
>Fighting Falcons were scrambled to intercept. The UFO had been
>flying slowly at 150kt/280kmh at 9000ft/2750m until the F-16s'
>radar locked on to it, when it accelerated at an extraordinary
>rate to 970kt/1800kmh and dived to below 5000ft/1500m. Next it
>flashed up to 11,000ft/3350m and then suddenly dived, and in a
>few seconds was lost to radar amid 'ground clutter'. The chase
>continued, with several brief lock-ons, until 1:02am, when the
>F-16s headed for their base, landing a few minutes later. Ground
>observers reported that around 1:30am four UFOs 'lost their
>luminosity' and 'seemed to disappear in four different
>directions'. Video tapes of the airborne radar read-outs were
>later released to the press.

>The RBAF at first suspected that the USAF was testing the
>effectiveness of their 'stealth' aircraft - the F117A  fighter in
>particular, which has an unusual triangular configuration. The
>USAF denied the charge twice, in December 1989 and again in June
>1990, saying the plane had 'never flown in the European theater'.
>This may have been disingenuous: there were persistent rumors in
>aviation circles in the late 1980s that the F117A was
>occasionally operating at night from USAF bases in eastern
>England, while the equally unorthodox-looking B-2 stealth bomber
>openly visited the UK not long after its unveiling in November
>1988. It also became known in 1992 that, despite previous
>denials, US stealth aircraft had secretly photographed a French
>uranium- enrichment plant at Pierrelatte. However, the F-16 can
>fly twice as fast as either the B-2 or F-117A: so how would they
>have outpaced the Belgian jets?

>Belgian skeptic Wim van Utrecht demolished many of the claims
>surrounding the events of 30/31 March 1990 (see text) but
>conceded that 'some kind of unusual flying machine did manifest
>itself over our country on two or three occasions' in November
>and December 1989. The object 'may have been an experimental,
>self-propelled balloon of triangular configuration. This would
>explain not only the slow and almost silent overflight... but
>also its reason to carry [lights] attuned to standard safety
>regulations. ...[B]limps and new generation airships are now
>advertised in military circles as the best possible solution for
>covert reconnaissance duties.'

I hope I'll be excused for not answering this post
entirely, because I have a life. I just want to relay
that I began to chuckle here at the mere thought of
a triangular balloon that carries three lights and
decides to evade F16's by changing course rapidly
and in doing so passes through the sound barrier.
My God, some balloon!

The chuckle continues almost half an hour after
I read that literally ridiculous explanation
for the first time. By now my face has turned
red and my heartbeat has gone up significantly.
I expect this condition to last all day.
When I go into town in a minute to do
some shopping people strolling over the market
will be wondering whether I am laughing
at them or about them.
Thanks, Duke.

>From time to time I am truly amazed about the
lengths that people go to explain away something
they can't understand. It reminds me of that
anecdote about inhabitants of a Pacific island
who think that aircraft are just big birds that
make noise.

Duke, I'll say one thing for you. You sure know
where to find' em.

           /    Met vriendelijke groet/Best wishes    \
                      Henny van der Pluijm
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