From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:38:48 -0400 Archived: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 06:38:48 -0400 Subject: Sometimes Pilots Actually Get It Right - Cox Source: Billy Cox's Blog De Void http://tinyurl.com/6qz6myn Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Sometimes Pilots Actually Get It Right by Billy Cox There's an illuminating NASA recap, posted online, on the history behind the verification of electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere, activity known broadly as sprites. Though these weird and transient optical flashes had been seen for decades by pilots, mainstream science was unmoved until 1989, when space shuttle cameras began documenting this worldwide phenomenon. "Although these were credible eyewitnesses with a professional interest in severe weather phenomena, their accounts did not inspire a general search for hard evidence of such phenomena," states the NASA report. In fact, it adds, "A number of the pilots were reluctant to officially report the things they had seen, because the scientific community, the Air Force and the airlines were skeptical of ‘upward lightning.'" In other words, notes NASA, pilot testimonies weren't sufficient to warrant official curiosity, even though their sightings were validated ex post facto. Consensus reality "would instead depend on other serendipitous observations to move the leading edge of this science forward." Today, the study of the weather anomalies that account for sprites, blue jets, and other forms of Emissions of Light and Very Low Frequency Perturbations From Electromagnetic Pulse Sources (ELVES) is just another facet of meteorology. Ted Roe, executive director of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, urges readers to keep the analogy in mind as they review a study of military and civilian pilot reports from NARCAP's latest data-crunch of unknown aerial phenomena, the organization's less-loaded term for UFOs. [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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