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Re: File Shows US Tried to Shoot Down UFO

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:53:01 +0100
Archived: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:42:22 -0400
Subject: Re: File Shows US Tried to Shoot Down UFO

>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:19:16 +0200 (CEST)
>Subject: File Shows US Tried to Shoot Down UFO

>A couple of observations on all this.

>Firstly, the account in the MoD file is not an official USAF
>witness statement. It's a narrative apparently written by Torres
>years after the event and forwarded to the MoD by a ufologist.

Indeed so. About 30 years after, I think. As Dave Clarke
discovered, there is nothing in the MoD papers for 1957 that
sheds any light on it - although there are a number of incidents
in that era that could conceivably be related to it.
Unfortunately, no matter how confident one feels about Torres'
long-term memory - and it appears to be vivid to him, at least -
 that's where the trail stops. There isn't even a reliable date.
By Brad Sparks' criteria, it's an anecdote that should never
make it into the statistics.

>Secondly, various ufologists have suggested the incident was
>triggered by a radar spoofing test. Given the possibility that
>live weapons would be fired, any such tests would almost
>certainly have be conducted in the restricted airspace of one
>of the various ranges over the sea.

I think this is an unlikely hypothesis in any case, but...
Torres does in fact recall that they were vectored out over the
North Sea, off the Norfolk coast. I believe live firing
exercises were regularly done over the North Sea at that time -
most convenient sea area, one supposes, for the QRA and other
fighter squadrons concentrated in the east of England. Do you
happen to know where the ranges were in 1957?

Martin Shough

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