From: Tim Matthews <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 20:38:02 -0000 Fwd Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 07:39:01 -0500 Subject: Re: Open Letter To IUR Readers >From: Wendy Connors <ProjectSign@email.msn.com> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: Open Letter To IUR Readers >Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 12:46:47 -0700 >>From: Tim Matthews <email@example.com> >>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>Subject: Open Letter To Iur Readers >>Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 21:32:25 -0000 >>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. >Thank you Tim for your illuminating look into your research. It >was very interesting. >However, I would like to address your concerns regarding our >article on Alfred Loedding. The IUR article was intended to >introduce Alfred Loedding to the ufological community and >outline, briefly, his contributions to the first official >investigation of unidentified flying objects under the auspices >of Project SIGN. Unfortunately, the article, as to your view, >did not go far enough. It was never meant too for several >reasons. First, space in CUFOS' fine publication (IUR) is >limited and necessitates editing. Secondly, Mr. Hall and myself >will be writing a complete and factual book detailing Alfred >Loedding's life and the development of low aspect ratio, VTOL, >etc. aircraft. This endeavor takes a great deal of time and not >all family members have been interviewed as yet, but we are >working on this aspect as quickly as possible. To date, new >information has been obtained and is being reviewed and >discussed between Mike and myself. This information will be >released to our peers as soon as practical. This is very vital and I totally support what you're doing. I do realise the slow pace of research! >Interviews with surviving members of the Project SIGN team >continue at this time. New information has been obtained as to >how the AAF/USAF operated during this time frame and takes time >to assess. This information, in an synopsis form, is contantly >shared with several Lists and are available to anyone who asks. >Mike and I do keep several items confidential until such time as >secondary confirmation can be obtained. >As to your work in research regarding low aspect ratio work >involving the development of flying disc-type aircraft under the >aegis of the U.S. military, you are correct in your assumption >that some work was being done during this time frame >(1947/48/49). Alfred Loedding had prepared actual working models >of disc-type aircraft that were tested at Wright Field. However, >the entire story as to whether these type aircraft went beyond >models and a singular flying model, is still open to >interpretation. We feel that to speculate that the military had >functioning disc-type aircraft in abundance to account for all >sightings, is just not true. Albeit, even today, if the military >had disc-type aircraft in development there is no documentation, >etc. that shows such craft were in sufficient numbers to account >for all such sightings of UFOs today. Mike and I are extremely >cautious in our research. Absolutely and I'm sure we both agree on that. Of course we still have this most unfortunate situation whereby both the USAF and US Navy, to name but two, have adopted an obstreperous attitude in regard to the release of information on their projects. We know that Dr. Richard Miethe was at Wright-Patt from the late 1940s and that he was involved in discussions relating specifically to USAF discs with representatives of the AVRO company in 1951 and 1952 but try getting official documentation on that! We know that it exists having asked some specific questions via FOIA - but still they hide behind their classifications and 'National Security'..... >We, of course, are not above making a >few errors as we go along, however, you will not find in our >work sheer speculation, but speculation that is based upon >enough documentation, etc. to warrant a best-guess scenario. As >our research progresses we find that we have to adjust our >previous views and are sure that this will continue well into >the future. I well understand this. I have to say that when I read articles like yours, Michaels' and Jans' it makes me annoyed to see all the usual rubbish put out by British documentary teams of the UFO subject. The work you are collectively doing is most important and shows that Ufologists can adopt an academic approach to these difficult questions. >If you, or anyone on the Lists wish to know more about Alfred >Loedding and the 1947 Flying Disc Wave, our general book >entitiled: Alfred Loedding and the Great Flying Saucer Wave is >available. Cost is $21.95 post paid domestically and $27.00 >Foreign orders from: Wendy Connors, P.O. Box 8552, Albuquerque, >New Mexico 87198. We are almost out of copies, so orders should >be sent asap. We have not made a decision on whether to reprint >at this time. I shall order a copy when I've been paid!
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