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Was Strange Light Explanation For The Birds?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 06:36:17 -0400
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Subject: Was Strange Light Explanation For The Birds?

Source: The McDowell News -  Marion, North Carolina, USA


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mike Conley: Was Strange Light Explanation For The Birds?

By Mike Conley

During a two-week period in August and September 1951, hundreds
of people in Lubbock, Texas watched the night skies for strange
lights that no one could explain. The weird phenomenon would
become known everywhere as the Lubbock Lights.

The whole thing started at around 9 p.m. on Aug. 25 when a man
and his wife were startled by what looked like a huge, wing-
shaped flying object passing over the outskirts of Albuquerque,
N.M. The object, flying at an altitude of 1,000 feet, looked
like it had blue lights on its trailing edge, according to the
book "The UFO Phenomenon" by Time-Life.

About 20 minutes later, three college professors in Lubbock,
Texas were relaxing on the front porch of a house when they saw
a semicircular formation of lights fly overhead at a high speed.
Because the lights flew by so quickly, none of the professors
could get a good look at them.

The three men were Dr. W.I. Robinson, professor of geology at
Texas Technological College, Dr. A.G. Oberg, professor of
chemical engineering, and Dr. W.L. Ducker, head of the
Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech. Obviously,
all of them were accomplished scholars and scientists who could
not be easily fooled, according to a Web site.

A few moments later, another similar formation flashed across
the clear night sky. This time the professors were able to get a
better look at the lights. They described them as softly glowing
bluish objects flying in a loose formation.

The next day, a nearby Air Defense Command radar station
reported that its equipment detected an unidentified object at
13,000 feet traveling at 900 miles per hour. Dozens of people in
and around Lubbock came forward to report that they too had seen
the lights. One woman drew a picture of a wing-shaped craft that
looked just like the one seen in Albuquerque.

Five days later, the lights came back. Carl Hart Jr., an 18-
year-old freshman at Texas Tech, managed to snap five
photographs with his 35 mm Kodak camera. The pictures showed a V
formation of lights in the night sky. Some of them showed a
large glowing object off to the right that looked like a mother
ship hovering near the others. The photos would appear in
newspapers across the nation and even Life magazine, according
to a Web site.

The three Texas Tech professors examined Hartís photographs but
could find no explanation for them. In late September, a report
on the Lubbock Lights reached the Air Force, which examined the
pictures in great detail and found no evidence that they had
been faked. But the Air Force didnít say that they were photos
of alien spacecraft either.

Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt, the Air Force officer who later became
the first director of Project Blue Book, traveled to Lubbock to
investigate the case. Project Blue Book was the Air Forceís
official, in-depth investigation into the UFO phenomenon.

Ruppelt interviewed the professors, Hart and others who claimed
to have witnessed the lights. He concluded that what the
professors saw was a type of bird called a plover. The city of
Lubbock had installed new street lights in 1951 and Ruppelt
believed that the plovers, flying over the city in their annual
migration, were reflecting the new lights off their bodies. Some
witnesses said they heard the sound that these birds make when
the strange lights appeared in the night sky.

But not everyone agreed with this explanation. A photographer
for the local newspaper took several nighttime pictures of birds
flying over the cityís street lights and found that he could not
duplicate Hartís photos. A game warden stated that the sightings
could not have been caused by plovers, due to their slow speed
and tendency to fly in small groups.

Fifty-six years later, the Lubbock Lights are still an unsolved
mystery. Some believe that they were visitors from outer space
while others insist that they were a natural phenomenon.

Contact Mike Conley at 652-3313, ext. 3422
or e-mail nconley.nul

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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