UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Devolution of UFOs

Disregarding the mysterious airships of the 1890s, the World War II “foo fighters” and the 1946 Ghost Rockets over Scandinavia, the “flying saucers” that Kenneth Arnold reported (in 1947) didn’t exhibit any extraordinary characteristics, as he himself thought, initially, that they might be jet aircraft. (See the Project 1947 Arnold statement.)


George Gorman’s 1948 encounter was with a light similar to the earlier foo fighters.

The 1950 Great Falls. Montana UFOs and Tremonton UFOs (1952) showed nothing out of the ordinary.


But flying disks immediately thereafter displayed flying traits that seemed a bit beyond what Earth aircraft had developed….seemed to.

The Washington D.C. incidents of 1952 indicated that “flying saucers” were able to out-maneuver whatever airplanes (jets) were extant at the time.


The various craft of the 1950s reported to land and debark entities didn’t portray any technology considered to be highly advanced, and the abductee reports of the 1960s only identified interior designs that ere Sci-Fi-like; the actually flying of the disks that kidnapped the Hills and others was not particular to the events described.


The Rendlesham UFO, the RB47 UFO (touted by a few as significant), were prosaic, however the 1976 Tehran disk seemed to flout aerodynamics beyond the Earth airplanes of the time, but that UFO and later sightings stopped short of the right-angle maneuvers and abrupt stops and starts that Donald Keyhoe found interesting.


In the current time-frame of sightings – the Belgian delta disks, the Phoenix lights, and the O-Hare “cloud” – all operated within the parameters of known aircraft.


And the panoply of Mexican UFOs display balloon-like traits.


So UFOs, once thought to represent alien craft with superior technologies have devolved into flying triangles, floating lights, and slow-moving anomalies that wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) concern Earth’s militaries and shouldn’t make ufologists re-gaga themselves as they once did when flying saucers had a curious, other-worldly panache.