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Re: Randle's Analysis Of The Mantell Case

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 14:21:00 -0300
Archived: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 11:05:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Randle's Analysis Of The Mantell Case

>From: Tim Donovan <uwtd.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 05:32:50 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: Randle's Analysis Of The Mantell Case

>An Analysis Of The Thomas Mantell UFO Case:


>So what comments were received? It's been five years, but I
>didn't come across the paper until now. Is Randle's view widely
>accepted by Ufologists?

Hi Tim,

Kevin Randle posted that some years ago and since then there has
been further information gathered by the NICAP team. I had some
modest input myself re. the technical details of aviation.

It appears that there might have been more than one object
involved on that fateful afternoon and it can't be definitively
proved that a Skyhook balloon was actually in the area during
the critical period.

Whatever Mantell went after that day, the result was the same.
He flew well above safe limits without oxygen and passed out as
a result, due to anoxia. He might have come around briefly
during his descent while his aircraft was spiralling down which
overstressed the F-51s wing - there were F-51s prone to wing
separation due to excessive twisting and by-product of a spiral,
not to be confused with a spin - which then separated putting
his aircraft into a flat spin. The aircraft pancaked into the
ground in a flat upright position.

Whatever he was chasing was going only a bit faster than his
aircraft which was in a climb at about 145 mph. That doesn't
eliminate a balloon however that might have been in the
jetstream at between 29,500 feet and 31,000 feet and moving
quite fast. Howeversaid balloon would not then have been in the
area the many hours over which this scenario unfolded from
witness reports just before noon to past mid-afternoon.

NICAP should have a report out on this soon.

Don Ledger

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