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Re: Ask The Pilot

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos.nul>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 15:05:41 -0400
Archived: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 17:24:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Ask The Pilot


>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To:  ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 21:54:20 -0300
>Subject: Re: Ask The Pilot

>>Source: Salon Internet - San Francisco, California

>>http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2007/10/19/askthepilot250/

>>Oct. 19, 2007

>>Ask The Pilot

>>Looking out the window on a flight from Helsinki, Finland, to
>>New York's JFK, I noticed a long, dark streak trailing across
>>the surface of the cloud bank below - the shadow of the jet's
>>contrail. But there was no shadow of the plane itself. Instead,
>>a giant optical bloom appeared where the shadow should have
>>been. It was a circular halo with two concentric colored rings,
>>like a lens flare.

>>(Special thanks to Gregory Dicum's enjoyable book Window Seat
>>for help with this one.) The phenomenon described is called a
>>"glory." As those (few) passengers who still look out the window
>>have probably noticed, glories are quite common under the right
>>conditions of cloud cover and sunlight angle. The aura of
>>colored bands is caused by sunlight diffracted and reflected
>>back toward its source by water droplets inside a cloud.
>>Sometimes you do see the airplane's shadow directly in the
>>halo's center; other times, as seemed to be the case during your
>>flight from Helsinki, one sees only the rings.

>I have a shot of one of these 'Glories' forwarded by another
>pilot. If anyone wants to see it, email me offline and I'll send
>an attachment - unless Errol can think of another way that's
>more accessible.

>Pilots have seen them or are aware of them and they are not
>likely to be reported by pilots as a UFO. They are nothing new.



Hi Don!

The few times I get to fly these days is as a passenger in a
commercial airliner. When I do fly, I always ask for a window
seat on the side opposite the Sun since I like to take pictures
of things on the ground and in the sky. I have many pictures of
glories taken from airplanes such as the one in the URL below
found on Google Images.

http://www.thephysicsguy.com/pixfolder/HomePage/757glory3X.jpg

Of course, glories are not only seen from the air but also from
the ground. Here is another example, also found on Google
Images, of an eerie glory in a misty forest produced by rays of
sunlight passing through the trees directly behind the person
who took the photo.

http://tinyurl.com/2jno67

One of my own favourite personal sightings from the air was when
I got to see the thin crescent Sun projected inside the darkened
airplane cabin during my flight to Cuba during a solar eclipse.
The passengers sitting by the windows on the side with the Sun
had pulled down their window covers so as not to be blinded by
the direct rays of the setting Sun. The sunlight that passed
through a pinhole opening in one of the closed window covers
projected an image of the eclipsed Sun on my side of the cabin.
I don't think any other passengers noticed this amazing image of
the eclipsed Sun inside the darkened cabin, and if they did,
they did would not appreciate what this cresecent shaped sliver
of light represented.

Later in that same flight I saw the projected image of the
eclipsed Sun, our pilot made a rapid change in the airplane's
descent as he aborted our landing approach in Cuba. Speaking
with witnesses on the ground after we landed, they told me of
seeing a mysterious red light moving over the runway at the same
time they saw our plane abort its landing. When I reboarded my
flight after our brief stopover I mentioned about this UFO
sighting to some fellow passengers, including a flight attendent
standing next to the opened entrance to the cockpit where the
flight crew were seated and looking my way. I am sure the flight
crew heard my loud comments about our near collision we had with
a UFO but they said nothing. The flight crew stuck to their
story that the sudden and unexpected g forces the passengers and
I experienced was their immediate response to a false signal
from faulty equipment in the cockpit.

Don, did you ever get a chance to "Ask The Pilot" about just
what that mysterious red light over the runway in Cuba was?


Nick Balaskas


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