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UFOs Are No Joke Group Says

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 07:13:27 -0500
Archived: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 07:13:27 -0500
Subject: UFOs Are No Joke Group Says




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November 12 2007


UFOs Are No Joke Group Says

WASHINGTON (AFP) =97 UFOs may be fodder for comedians but there
was no joking Monday when a group of former pilots recounted
seeing strange phenomena in the sky and demanded the US
government reopen an investigation into unidentified flying
objects.

Several pilots offered dramatic accounts of witnessing UFOs -
including a transparent flying disc and a triangular craft with
mysterious markings - as they insisted their questions needed
to be taken seriously more than 30 years after the US file was
closed.

"We want the US government to stop perpetuating the myth that
all UFOs can be explained away in down-to-earth, conventional
terms," said Fife Symington, former governor of Arizona and air
force pilot who says he saw a UFO in 1997.

"Instead our country needs to reopen its official investigation
that it shut down in 1969," Symington told a news conference.

"We believe that for reasons of both national security and
flight safety, every country should make an effort to identify
any object in its airspace," said a statement from the 19 former
pilots and government officials from around the world.

The subject of UFOs came up in a recent debate among US
presidential candidates, with Democrat Dennis Kucinich saying he
once saw a UFO - making him the object of ridicule and jokes by
late night television comedians.

Skeptics say UFO sightings are merely aircraft, satellites or
meteors re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.

But the retired pilots spoke to a sympathetic audience of UFO
"believers" who heard them recall their encounters with
seemingly other-worldly objects appearing out of the sky.

"Nothing in my training prepared me for what we were
witnessing," said James Penniston, a retired US Air Force pilot,
as he described seeing and touching a UFO when he was stationed
at a British air base in Woodbridge.

He said he saw an inexplicable triangular craft in a clearing in
the woods with "blue and yellow lights swirling around the
exterior."

The UFO was "warm to the touch and felt like metal," Penniston
said. One side of the craft had pictorial symbols and "the
largest symbol was a triangle, which was centered in the middle
of the others," he said.

Then after 45 minutes the light from the object "began to
intensify" and it then "shot off at an unbelievable speed"
before 80 Air Force personnel, he said. "In my logbook, I wrote
'speed: impossible.'"

Rodrigo Bravo from Chile's air force said UFOs needed to be
studied but lamented that the media often belittle the
sightings.

"Sadly the UFO subject has been contaminated with false
information, out of touch with reality, provided by unqualified
people to the media," Bravo said.

"One of our most important civil aviation cases occurred in
1988, showing that unidentified flying objects can be a danger
for air operations," he said.

"A Boeing 737 pilot on a final approach to the runway at the
Puerto Montt airport suddenly encountered a large white light
surrounded by green and red."

The pilot took a sharp turn to avoid a collision, according to
Bravo.

The panel included a former Iranian fighter pilot, Parviz
Jafari, who said in 1976 he tried in vain to fire from his jet
at an "object which was flashing with intense red, green, orange
and blue light" over Tehran.

But when he approached, "my weapons jammed and my radio
communications garbled."

A former Air France captain, Jean-Charles Duboc, said in 1994 he
and his crew saw "a huge flying disc" near Paris with a diameter
of about 300 meters (1,000 feet) that left no sign on radar.

The disc "became transparent and disappeared in about 10 to 20
seconds," Duboc said.

The former pilot said like other major airlines Air France was
mindful of its image and it was difficult to raise the subject
of UFOs.

A former official with the Federal Aviation Administration, John
Callahan, said government agencies discourage inquiries into
UFOs.

"'Who believes in UFOs?' is the kind of attitude of the FAA all
the time," he said.

"However, when I asked the CIA person: 'What do you think it
was,' he responded 'a UFO.'"

When Callahan suggested the government tell Americans about a
UFO, the CIA official allegedly told him: "'No way, if we were
to tell the American public there are UFOs they would panic.'"



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