From: Tim Matthews <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 21:32:25 -0000 Fwd Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 11:35:35 -0500 Subject: Open Letter To Iur Readers Dear All, This is an important response to an article that recently appeared in the IUR journal entitled "Alfred Loedding; New Insight On The Man Behind Project Sign" (IUR Winter 1998 Volume 23, Number 4, pp.3 - 28). I read with interest the recent article featured in this excellent and improving journal. The article in question, written by Wendy Connors and Michael David Hall, is of a particularly high standard but totally fails to mention certain points of importance. (The section of the article below is taken from the forthcoming "UFO NEWS" Number #3, a joint Lancashire UFO Society, British UFO Studies Centre effort available for just =A32.50 (or magazine exchange) from: The Secretary, P.O. Box 15, Southport PR8 1GR.) The latest and important news (Jan. 1999) is that the US Navy has refused to declassify documentation relating to its' advanced pancake saucer programme citing "National Security" as an excuse. The USAF is releasing hundreds of pages of documents on its' own Project Y and WS606A/B and we'll have to evaluate these first. The bottom line; flying discs were terrestrial in origin. Nevertheless, the UFO community, and we, need to decide exactly how many of the early "disc" sightings can be taken seriously...... Read the information below and if you require a full copy of my article with references then I can it email it to you in MS Word 7.0 upon request....... ............................ "Forces of Darkness. As we have seen through declassified Counter Intelligence Corps documents from 1947 and through the recently-released previously TOP SECRET Air Intelligence Report (AIR 100-203-79) the story was perhaps more complex than admitted to in the Air Intelligence Digest; the US Navy clearly had developed a jet-powered flying disc based upon the work of Charles Horton Zimmerman. A 'Project Sign' document dated 23rd June 1948 written by Colonel RD Wentworth, Acting Chief of USAF Intelligence, noted the existence of an "X-plane" built by Chance-Vought. It also referred to experiments underway within the Navy Engineering Division into low aspect ratio aircraft and what was described as 'boundary layer control'. The obvious point to make is that the sleek, metallic design of most reported discs is good evidence of low aspect ratio design. Chance-Vought, initially based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, developed a circular wing aircraft of low aspect ratio during the Second World War for the US Navy. This was the V-173 and became better known as the XF5U-1 'flying flapjack'. A more advanced version, known as the 'pancake' was built but, according to official sources, never flew and only underwent taxiing tests. The official story has recently been thrown into serious doubt through the release of these previously classified documents and through interviews conducted with personnel involved in the development of jet-powered 'pancakes' and through information received by former combat veteran and USAF journalist Jack Pickett. In early 1998 I spoke with Thomas C. Smith, who graduated in Engineering from Penn State University during the Second World War and later worked upon the more advanced XF5U-1 for Chance-Vought at the Bridgeport facility in 1945/46. Working with a Top Secret clearance he recalls seeing test flights of the circular aircraft where STOL characteristics were clearly demonstrated. In addition he worked upon the skins for the jet-powered version. (At that time, the immediate postwar years, aircraft were changing from propellers to jet engines; in terms of more advanced designs and example of this might be said to be the XB-35 Northrop flying wing. It used props but these were soon replaced by jets and the aircraft was re-designated the YB-49.) Smith, a lucid and successful man who became President of the Woodstream Corporation before his retirement, was absolutely clear that the discplane flew on numerous occasions and he noted that locals who saw the aircraft were impressed by its' ability to fly at very low speeds. This gave the impression of a 'hovering disc' to many witnesses. The STOL (short take-off and landing) requirement is important and there may be little difference between STOL and proposed VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft in practice. We are now sure that the jet-powered version existed. The evidence, from official sources is clear on this point: "Domestic flying wing type aircraft observed in various aspects of flight might be responsible for some of the reported flying objects, particularly those described as disks and rough cigar shapes. (See Appendices "C" and "D".) Among those which have been operational in recent years are the XF5U-1 ("Flying Flapjack") developed by Chance-Vought, the Northrop B-35, and the turbo-jet powered Northrop YB-49." In addition to this: "The above tends to indicate that some type object has been seen and the possibility exists that the object or objects seen are conventional domestic devices, such as weather balloons, test rockets, or jet-equipped aircraft with pancake or flying wing configurations." Information presented in "The Aeroplane" magazine - dated March 19th 1948 - makes a number of remarkable statements. The article, one of a three part series entitled "The Biology of the Flying Saucer", deals with the subject from an entirely technical point of view and its' author, A.S Weyl, is clearly an expert in his field. He states, on page 338; "The Real Flying Saucer? Since this experimental type was produced [XF5U-1, TM], further progress has been made in the development. It seems that axial-flow gas turbines have been installed, and it is quite possible that a combined propulsion with thermal jet and airscrew rotor is already under test. With this, for slow flight (take-off, climb and landing), the rotors are driven by the gas turbines, while at high speed the rotors are declutched and feathered and pure jet propulsion is used. This would, incidentally, explain the extraordinary ability of the reported 'Flying Saucers' to be able to fly very high and fast, and also to hover, ascend and descend with practically no forward speed." Despite raising doubts about 'squadrons' of these aircraft in operation (!), he makes a further important point; "For operation with gas turbines a speed range from zero (i.e. hovering flight) to more than 500mph has been claimed for the Chance-Vought-Zimmerman helicopter aeroplane. Technically, there is little reason to doubt that such an amazing speed range can be attained with the combination power plant mentioned." A clear picture is therefore emerging even if this type of evidence is leading to a hysterical response from elements of the UFO community - given over as it is to tales about aliens and abductions. The discs came from planet earth! The development of the flying pancake continued well into the 1960s and Jack Pickett was able to confirm to Bill Rose and David Windle that the four discs that he saw at MacDill Air Force Base in 1967 had the markings "X" (experimental) and "UL". The UL indicates construction by a joint team of Bell and Vought before 1962. Pickett, having seen the discs at MacDill by accident was taken aside by USAF Intelligence personnel and debriefed by a senior officer. He was further tasked to reveal the true nature and identity of the discs in his own USAF publication (Pickett worked on USAF periodicals after retirement from active service). The story was killed at the last minute after an advanced disc crashed at Avon Park Air Force Base in Florida that year. The desire to 'come clean' after 30 years was not popular at the highest levels and it is clear that the order to continue the cover-up came from the Pentagon. We are now convinced that the early Pancakes had something approaching a heel-shaped planform and it is interesting to note how early saucer reports relate to such an aircraft. In addition, the McMinnville, Oregon, photographic case of 1950 - said by even some skeptics to be impossible to dismiss - seems to indicate the activity of a jet-powered aircraft similar to the 'Pancake'. The protuberance at the back would appear to be a tailfin. Given the clear involvement of the US Navy the UFO reports resulting from the 'Operation Mainbrace' joint military exercise of September 1952 can also now be explained. We might expect to see advanced, classified and experimental aircraft during such a major exercise and not only could an X-plane be tested. The response of fairly reliable military witnesses would also have been of interest, especially in light of the CIA's desire to use flying saucers for 'psychological warfare' - evidence for which emerged that year (see appendix). CIA documents made available via the Freedom of Information Act in 1978 and subsequently make it quite clear that there was something real behind reports from the USSR regarding Soviet aims and intentions in the field of advanced aircraft. Beyond the speculation and paranoia of US military reports it seems that German scientists captured by the Soviet Union and materiel recovered by 'Operation Osvakim' led to the development of various advanced technology projects. Several CIA documents relating to Soviet 'unconventional aircraft' are reprinted in the Appendices. Given the levels of concern about developments within the Eastern bloc (a memorandum to the Director of the CIA dated 4th October 1955 notes a detailed report of a discplane in Czechoslovakia) then the Air Intelligence Digest report takes on a greater significance. AID relates to 'Project Y' - a USAF requirement for a VTOL discplane utilizing no runway and able to operate from 'dispersed' (and hidden) bases. The design work was undertaken by the AVRO Special Projects Group at the company factory at Malton, Ontario, a state-of-the-art facility. The SPG was headed up by John C Frost, an eccentric Englishman noted for this remarkable aircraft designs. Having worked for De Havilland after the war Frost was said to be a visionary. He did, however, get his ideas for flying disc aircraft from "a group of Germans" after their transportation to the USA under the terms of 'Operation Paperclip', the more successful counterpart to 'Ovaskim'. Frosts' counterparts were Jim Chamberlain and Dr. Richard Miethe - a German aviation expert and former colleague of rocket pioneer Werner von Braun from Kummersdorf days. Miethe has become a legendary and near mythical figure within Ufological circles - partly because so little is known about him. Recent years - our investigations and the technical research of aviation and photographic expert Bill Rose - have allowed us to get a better idea of Miethe's work. Despite admissions by none other than Dr. Alexander Flax (former secretary to the US Air Force) on American TV that Miethe had worked for the USAF in the postwar period skeptics still claim that German circular wing technologies, demonstrated at their most basic by the Messerschmidt AS6, are a 'Nazi UFO myth'. Nevertheless, our investigations have uncovered the following information made public by reporters working on an article for "France Soir"; On 7th June 1952 the 'Dusseldorfer Nachrichten' carried an article entitled "Flying Saucers - German V-7". The Dusseldorfer borrowed it directly from the French paper. Part of the article quoted a German engineer, Dr Richard Miethe; "I dare to state that flying saucers which appear in the sky were constructed in Germany according to my own specifications..." So two separate strands of highly classified Research and Development appear to have been underway within the US during the 1950s. The Air Intelligence Digest appears to have been examining the lesser known and more radical discplane=85. This introduction and reprint is the second in a series of reports into flying disc technologies. The big 'UFO' lie is that 'we' did not have the capability to build such vehicles. Perhaps this taste of the truth will encourage you to come to different conclusions. Finally, consider this; The 'Project Silver Bug' technical report released to elements of the Defence technical and intelligence community in February 1955 can be seen as a natural follow on from the AID report reprinted below. The role of ATIC - Air Technical Intelligence Centre at Wright-Patterson AFB, focal point for so many 'UFO' myths - was pivotal. From the earliest days of official USAF interest in collecting and analysing flying saucer and 'UFO' reports there were constant denials of knowledge from ATIC regarding either the nature or origin of the objects reported. It was ATIC who were involved in 'Silver Bug' - the project which we now believe led to the development of a classified operational discplane tested at Papoose Lake, Nevada from 1955-6 onwards with the possible designation D-5A. This fact has led many us to conclude that the ATIC official studies ending with 'Blue Book' were little more than; 1) a front for the development and operation of a small number of secret discplanes tasked to assist in the defence of both the US Distant Early Warning (DEW) systems and the Northern NATO borders from the late 1940s. 2) A US anti-Soviet counter-intelligence operation. The reliable testimony of Jack Pickett, and others who choose to remain in the shadows, indicates at least a thirty year line of development relating to US discplanes. So far we have scratched only the surface of this cover-up=85=85 Tim Matthews - January 27th 1999" Tim Matthews - author of "UFO Revelation - The Secret Technology Exposed?", out on February 18th!!
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