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Alien Contact Came In '52, Author Says

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 12:34:37 -0400
Archived: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 12:34:37 -0400
Subject: Alien Contact Came In '52, Author Says

Source: The Register-Herald - Beckley, West Virginia, USA


July 14, 2007

Alien Contact Came In '52, Author Says
By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald reporter

Sci-fi buffs flocked to a fantasy film in 1984 bearing a title
prediction that 2010 would be the year earthlings make contact
with aliens.

Actually, contact has come, and it was less than friendly, says
one UFO researcher.

Three decades earlier, in fact, back in 1952, just five years
after the famed Roswell incident, the American military engaged
a convoy of alien aircraft with orders to destroy them in a
pitched air battle right off the Atlantic Coast, says Frank
Feschino, author of The Flatwoods Monster, a phenomenon that
rocked a tiny West Virginia hamlet that year.

An illustrator and writer, Feschino has produced a follow-up
book, this one titled Shoot Them Down, an effort produced after
years of painstaking research of the U.S. Air Force's once-
classified files on unidentified flying saucers and digesting
countless magazine articles on the matter.

His years of exhaustive study have convinced Feschino that
American jet fighters did indeed make contact - at the point of
their guns.

Shoot Them Down draws its name from orders Feschino says
President Truman gave military commanders while an American
public was growing increasingly jittery over coast-to-coast UFO

Two years earlier, Truman had remarked at a news conference, "I
can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are
not constructed by any power on earth."

"There are tons of documents right there, intelligence reports,
talking about pilots chasing these things, going after them,"
Feschino said, citing the once-hidden reports on the Air Force's
so-called Project Blue Book.

"That's when it hit the fan, and the government stepped up. That
is when they had to simmer the whole country down. The whole
country was in an uproar. Everybody was panicking. The job of
the government is to keep things under control, and they
couldn't let the country panic."

UFOs were buzzing the entire country that year, "and a good
chunk of them were over military installations, and power
plants, like Oak Ridge," the author says.

Feschino pulls his theory largely from the writings of Air Force
Capt. Edward Ruppelt, a decorated World War II veteran, recalled
to duty when hostilities erupted in Korea.

Roswell might stand out as the mother of all UFO stories, but
1952 was the most prolific year by far for aircraft sightings -
by one account, some 30,000 alone in the United States, many of
them reported in local newspapers around the country.

Craft ranged from discs to round balls to elongated, cigar-
shaped ships, the Port Orange, Fla., resident said.

"Capt. Ruppelt was dropping clues throughout his book," Feschino
said. "And that's the premise of my book. During that time of
1952 we had the highest amount of sightings."

In a book he wrote, Ruppelt said "other assorted historians have
pointed out that normally the UFOs are peaceful," but he alluded
to a chase in which one of two pilots engaging unidentified
aircraft perished.

"They just weren't ready to be observed closely," he wrote.

"If the Air Force hadn't slapped down the security lid, these
writers might not have reached this conclusion (about peaceful
aliens). There have been other and more lurid duels of death.
That's what everybody missed."

Feschino flatly says the Air Force took on alien aircraft just
off the coast with orders to destroy them in a move to pacify a
public growing ever restless over bizarre sightings. In the
battle, apparently one craft hobbled back inland, resting on a
knoll in a West Virginia community known as Flatwoods. And it
was there on Sept. 12 a group of boys, accompanied by some
adults, scampered up the hillside and saw a metallic, 12-foot
object emitting a sulfuric odor. Locals dubbed it "the Flatwoods

"I have no idea who they were," Feschino said.

Based on his interviews with some 200 denizens of Flatwoods,
however, the author believes the aliens remain interested in
rural West Virginia.

"There are people in West Virginia who have been seeing UFOs for
the past 50 years, and there are key locations where they are
being seen - Wheeling, Huntington, and quite a few south of
Charleston, around Cabin Creek, even down in the Beckley area,"
he said.

Feschino is a headliner for a Sept. 7-8 UFO summit in
Charleston, organized by promoter Larry Bailey. Joining him will
be Freddie May, a witness to the Flatwoods incident, and nuclear
physicist Stanton Friedman, considered the leading UFO
researcher in the world. Friedman has appeared on numerous cable
TV shows with his belief that extraterrestrials are frequent
flyers to planet Earth.

At the two-day gathering, Feschino plans to sell his new book,
featuring a special, limited edition cover for West Virginia

At a book-signing in Tamarack, the author was approached by an
aging woman after the crowd of buyers began to disperse.

"She tugged on my shirt and leaned up to my ear and said, ‘We're
still seeing those things up here all the time,'" the author

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