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Re: Swinging Pendulum Object Reported In

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@proaxis.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 23:51:46 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 18:23:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Swinging Pendulum Object Reported In

>From: Stan Gordon <paufo@westol.com>
>To: UFO Updates -Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>,
>Subject: Swinging Pendulum Object Reported In Pennsylvania
>Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 17:30:16 -0400

>Swinging pendulum object reported in Pennsylvania
>From: UFO researcher Stan Gordon
>PA UFO Hotline (724-838-7768)
>Website: www.westol.com/~paufo

>This incident occurred near Latrobe, PA on the evening of April
>10, 1999.  The witness who is a law enforcement officer for a
>state agency, had taken a walk outside and at about 7:40 P.M.
>noticed a brilliant star-like object very high up in the sky.
>The observer indicated that what he saw looked similar to Venus,
>which he is used to seeing later in the evening, but towards the

>Curious about what he was seeing, the man ran inside and
>obtained his 10x50 binoculars. The object was moving slowly and
>steadily from northwest to southeast.  In the binoculars the
>actual shape of the object itself couldn't be determined, since
>the sun was reflecting off the body and it was extemely bright.
>But what was most interesting, was that hanging from the bottom
>of the brilliant object was a long appendage that "looked like a
>very long pole."  The witness felt that due to the very high
>altitude of the object, this part would have to have been very
>large for him to see it so clearly.

>This straight device gave the man the impression of a pendulum,
>since it was rotating under the object counter clockwise, but at
>times would remain straight down and stop. This mechanism which
>appeared solid, and always remained straight, was silver in
>color. There may have been some bumps or irregularites along the

>The object was observed for about 20 minutes. The witness was
>distracted from the observation for a short time, and when he
>tried to locate the object again, he was unable to locate it.
>This witness has seen NWS weather balloon packages, and is sure
>that this is not what he observed.

>If anyone is aware of any similar recent reports, please contact

Hi Stan,

It might possibly have been a large weather research balloon of
some sort whose top portion only was mostly inflated, the lower
part being uninflated and looking somewhat like a "stem", maybe,
supporting an instrument padkage. This would be in case the
balloon was not yet floating nearly as high as its final design
altitude at which it would then be fully inflated.

You should check out what the winds were between 20,000 and
30,000 ft to see if the winds were from the northwest. If they
were, that wouldn't prove anything, but would raise suspicions



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