UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to the UFO Future

The “news magazines” of the 1950s [LIFE, LOOK, Colliers, et al.] often provided stories about projects by the United States military to create flying saucers.

For instance, one magazine did a lengthy piece on the Navy’s use of Hiller Helicopters to try and create a one-man-operated flying disk, pictured here:
hiller.jpg
Hiller worked on the project from 1946 through 1948, before moving on to other assigned offerings from the U.S. Navy(!)

Several magazines ran article after article about the A.V. Roe [sic] flying saucer being built out of Canada for the U.S. Army.

Here’s a drawing of how a pilot would man the A.V. Roe “saucer”:
avro.jpg

I also came across, in our batches of old clippings, a number of sighted triangular UFOs in the 1950s. many provided in the  pages of Fate magazine.

Many early flying saucer/UFO sightings were observations of prototypical aircraft, even the Arnold sighting, as we outlined previous here and elsewhere.

The problem for UFO researchers has been their inability to separate the UFO wheat from the prototypical chaff; they (the researchers – and we’re talking about such guys as Kevin Randle, Jerry Clark, et al.) compromised their reportage by being biased toward an ET explanation for UFO sightings.

UFO researchers still, by and large, lean into the ET category, as one can see from their blog or UFO UpDates commentary.

Will we ever escape the ufological mistakes of the past?

RR

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