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Re: McGaha Or Magoo

From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO<aj.nul>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 09:59:04 -0300
Archived: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 09:39:10 -0500
Subject: Re: McGaha Or Magoo

>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 09:39:09 -0500
>Subject: McGaha Or Magoo


Dear Listers:

Skeptics never change and they are all alike anywhere in the

Mr. Magoo (very well said, Bruce!) or Mr. McGaha reminded me of
the most stuburn skeptic we have in Brazil for decades, who
happens to be one of our most distinguished and awarded
astronomers, a guy with dozens of books published and a
celebrirty in his field. Dr. Ronaldo Rogerio de Freitas
Mourao, used to be the director of the National Observatory,
in Valongo, Rio de Janeiro.

Mourao has been a skeptic all his life and was the guy that
the press would call and have in newspapers and TV programs any
time we had a big case in Brazil (and other countries as well).
Many, many times, and always giving the most silly and absurd

An example is the case of the pursuit of a 727 Boeing by a UFO
in February 8th, 1982. That was a night time flight of VASP 169
(an extinct company), from Fortaleza to Sao Paulo with stops.
The Captain of that flight had accumulated over 26,000 hours
of flight at that time and was regarded one of the most
experienced commercial pilots in the country. Gerson Maciel de
Britto was instructor to pilots at AA and Canadian.

About one hour after take-off Fortaleza, Britto and his crew
spoted and the in-flight radar detected a UFO just over
Petrolina, Pernambuco, on the left side of the plane. The object
as later confrmed by the Air Traffic Control System (Cindacta)
in Brasilia and pursued the plane for hours, interrupting the
pursue only when the Beoing had to make stops in Belo Horizonte
and Rio. In Rio, it was seen also by people on the ground in
places as the Baia da Guanabra Bridge.

During the flight, the UFO made several soft and extreme
manouvers, sometimes going to positions in front and at the
right side of the plane. It repeated that many times, and some
manouvers where confirmed by the Air Traffic Control System
(Cindacta) in Brasilia and regions. Particularly interesting was
the revelation by Britto, done in 1986 in an interview to the
Brazilian UFO Magazine, that he tried telephatic contact with
possible occupants of the objects, and they responded to the
attempts by making more manouvers.

During the flight, after having the detection of the object
confirmed by the Air Traffic Control System (Cindacta), while
the plane was still over Petrolina, Britto woke up all
passangers on board and invited them to see the UFO and take
pictures etc. That was very unique. All of them could see
clearly the bright object doing its show of the left side of the
plane. All except a Catholict Bishop, who refused to "waiste
time with nonsense", and his secretary, forbidden by the Bishop
to look through the window.

When the plane landed at its final destination, Sao Paulo, some
7 am, the pilot, crew and passangers where extensively
interviewed by the press. And so was Mourao. The case is famous
and was a big thing here. Even after all details given by
Britto, his crew and many passangers, Mourao insisted, on TV,
that the UFO was... Venus. He was invited to do the same flight
later, and he did to "prove to everyone that the UFO was Venus".
It wasn't! Venus could be seen on both flights, both days, clear
in the sky. And in that February 8th flight sometimes it was
visible just next to the UFO .

Mourao kept his opinion for decades, and last year I interviewed
him for the Brazilian UFO Magazine for many hours. The interview
resulted in two parts of 12 pages each. During the interview, I
cross-questioned him as far as I could, to check out for a
possible shift in his mind. But even after 25 years have passed
since the VASP 169 incident and many other pilots have had the
same stories to tell, Mourao still would insist that "the UFO
was nothing but Venus".

A. J.

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