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UFO Crash Film Footage Of Weapons Testing?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 10:16:18 -0400
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Subject: UFO Crash Film Footage Of Weapons Testing?

Source: UNM Daily Lobo - Albuquerque, NM, USA



Supposed UFO Crash Film May Have Been Footage Of Weapons Testing
Mike Smith

On a rolling desert plain, shabby with yellow grass and
sagebrush, a large, white, oval-shaped object falls through the
sky at an estimated speed of 200 to 300 mph - bouncing and
skidding across the desert before exploding into a shower of
fiery debris. As if expecting it, a camera captures the entire
event - panning smoothly to the left along the course of the
crashing object, carefully framing its every motion - and the
footage sweeps across the Internet.

The majority of people familiar with this video believe it to
have been filmed around southern New Mexico's White Sands
Missile Range in early 1997, and many believe it to be the first
recorded footage of an extraterrestrial UFO crash.

In this column's previous installment, it was learned that
perhaps one of the first people to show this video to the public
was a well-known UFO enthusiast and TV personality named Ted
Loman. A friend of Loman, Peter Gersten, claimed Loman may have
manufactured the video to aid a documentary. At the time, Loman
was unavailable for comment, but an online video clip showed him
saying that he had gotten the clip from Mexican UFOlogist Jaime

Recently, I spoke with Loman from his home in northern Idaho.

"Peter G. is a close friend, and not knowing where I got the
infamous lead-in video, thought I had (created it using)
computer graphics," Loman said. "Not true. At first, I thought
it was a flying saucer... but now I think it isn't of a UFO.
It's a missile being tested. It was almost as if it was staged.
Someone had to know where to put the camera at the right time
... But I don't even care if it was a missile. It looked

Loman recalls that even the copy of the video he first saw
almost 10 years ago seemed to have been a copy of a copy of
something that had originally been shot on film.

"I got it from Jaime (Maussan) in the late 1990s," Loman said.

"I don't even remember where he said he got it from. He was kind
of secretive about where he got it. Very hush-hush."

More than one UFO Web site has said this video first premiered
at the Australian International UFO Symposium of 1997. Glennys
MacKay, the organizer of the symposium, confirmed this and said
the film was submitted to them by author Jonathan Eisen of
Auckland, New Zealand. Eisen recalled first showing the video to
keynote a UFO symposium that he held in Auckland in 1997. He
took the video to the Australian UFO Symposium, and later that
year it was shown on television in Australia, England and New

"I received the crash video from Jaime upon his arrival in New
Zealand," Eisen said. "(Maussan) said at the time that it
arrived anonymously at his desk in Mexico City, and he never
found out who did it."

And then there's Monte Marlin. Marlin represents White Sands
Missile Range's Public Affairs Office, and recently said, "Our
optics branch identifies (this video) as an infrared shot of a
Navy missile test... I do not have any specific information on
this test or its date. I am fairly confident that it is from
White Sands."

At this point, it seems safe to conclude that this video shows
something being officially tested at White Sands - maybe some
sort of top-secret missile - but certainly something that was
expected, something that eventually made its way to Maussan, who
then began promoting it, perhaps a bit dishonestly, perhaps just
prematurely, as the crash of an extraterrestrial craft. Maussan
has remained unavailable for comment, but no matter what he
might have to say on the matter, far too much contradictory
information exists surrounding this enigmatic video to draw any
final conclusions. And maybe that's all right. Maybe the mystery
is more interesting than the truth. Maybe we should just enjoy
this video for all the possibilities it implies.

Mike Smith is a UNM history student and the author of Towns of
the Sandia Mountains. Suggest ideas for future My Strange New
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