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1960 IA BB/NICAP Report Solved

From: Herb Taylor <herbufo.nul>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:19:20 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:15:31 -0400
Subject: 1960 IA BB/NICAP Report Solved


To all,

One of the more interesting UFO reports for 1960 occurred on
March 4th at Dubuque, IA. 5:55 P.M. Multiple witnesses in
various locations, including flight instructor Charles R.
Morris, sighted three elliptical objects flying in an in-line
formation. Duration of four minutes. This report was a Blue Book
"UNIDENTIFIED", and is also cited in "THE UFO EVIDENCE" (notably
on p. 40).

I brought this seemingly puzzling report to the attention of UFO
researcher Tim Printy, and we both took a close look at it,
which included going through the lengthy BB file on the matter.
Much to our surprise (and to some extent, our consternation as
well), we found that the apparent explanation for this report
was to actually be found in these files, hidden in plain sight
for all these years. It turns out that the purported "UFOs" in
this report were almost certainly a flight of three B-52
bombers!

The evidence in the BB file supporting this probable answer is
both compelling and persuasive. Both BB and NICAP failed to
grasp the true nature of this report, and let the real answer
slip through their fingers. This is a classic example of how a
seemingly puzzling report, when subjected to a careful and
comprehensive review (even many years later), can be found to
have been caused by something conventional. Another Cautionary
Tale, and a particularly notable one at that.

The whole story is dealt with at length in SUNlite 5-3, pp.
18-22. There's no good reason why this long-ago event shouldn't
be removed from the listing of still unexplained UFO reports.


Herb Taylor



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