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Re: Michael Wolf's Samples

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 14:31:03 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 18:07:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Michael Wolf's Samples


>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 20:10:51 -0700
>From: Bob Thrift - Institute for UFO Research <iufor@frii.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Michael Wolf's Samples

>One of the mysteries about UFOs is the way they have always
>appeared to have technology that is just barely ahead of our
>own, and seemingly of a nature that is straight ahead on the
>path that our own development will take us in a few years.
>Airships in the 1800's before we had 'em -- but not long before.
>When we had propeller driven airplanes, UFOs could manage a few
>hundred miles an hour; enough to keep out of the way, but not
>blindingly fast. When we got jets, UFOs got faster too. When we
>went supersonic, UFOs started flying like a streak of sh**. So
>what is their level of technology, really? Are they just barely
>keeping ahead of us? Hardly seems likely to most people. But why
>hold back to match the current level of human development? No
>good reason for that either, unless they're trying to teach us
>something.

I can't say that the data supports this. UFOs have travelled at
a variety of measured or estimated speeds throughout history,
and with no special relation to human technology.

Here are some older high speed cases which contradict the quoted
assertion:

9
Nov. 12, 1887 2400
A huge sphere of fire was observed rising out of
the ocean by witnesses aboard the "Siberian. " It
rose to an altitude of 16 m, flew against the wind,
and came close to the ship, then "dashed oft"
toward the southeast. Duration:5 min.
Cape Race (Atlantic Ocean).

(LDLN 48; Anatomy 14).


13
Apr. 01, 1897 2100
The whole town saw an object fly under the cloud
ceiling. It came down slowly, then flew away very
fast to the southeast. When directly over the town
it swept the ground with its powerful light. It was
seen to rise up at fantastic speed until barely
discernible, then to come down again and sweep
low over the witnesses. At one point it remained
stationary for 5 min at the edge of a low cloud,
which it illuminated. All could clearly see the
silhouette of the craft.
Everest (Kansas).
(FSR 66, 4).


53
Mar. , 1945
A man out hunting observed an elongated object
flying very slowly, tilted toward the earth. It
crashed into some trees at the end of a clearing.
The enormous craft seemed undamaged as it
rested briefly on the ground, then lifted again with
a humming sound, started to spin, released a
shower of fine silvery threads, and rose straight
up, disappearing in seconds.
Belfast (Maine).

(FS May. , 59).


Then, of course, there are cases of several thousand mph radar
tracks from UFOs, including

1952 http://www.temporaldoorway.com/ufo/report/520716.htm

Also, one can hardly miss the presence of massive slow flying
cloud cigars in that same period. And now, we have the huge,
mostly slow moving, "wings" and "triangles" exemplified by the
events in the 1980 in the Hudson Valley.

It is essential to back up trend analyses such as the one quoted
with an actual statistical study of a reliable and available
sighting database.

Obviously, these issues are complicated by the absence of
reference points and real speed estimation techniques in most
reports, but even so, just the cases above suggest that there is
not much of a case for the "technology just ahead of ours"
hypothesis (often used as a justification for paranormal
theories).

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