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Sometimes Pilots Actually Get It Right - Cox

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


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

"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

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]

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