BRAGALIA RESPONDS TO ARGUMENTS AGAINST A SOCORRO UFO HOAX BASED ON “PREVAILING WINDS”
Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.
My colleague on the Roswell research team, Dr. David Rudiak, has been vocal in his disagreement with me about the true nature of the 1964 Socorro UFO sighting by Lonnie Zamora. It is not essential that all members of the team agree with one another at all times about all aspects of Roswell or about all UFO cases. We do not, yet we continue to remain civil and cooperative.
It is not necessary for me to refute all the critics about how the Socorro UFO hoax was done, though, as some demand of me. The ways and means of the hoax are secondary to the fact that it was indeed a hoax. Just as it is not important for me to understand the intricacies of how the Bomb explodes - and it is only needed for me to know that it is massively deadly- so to it is with Socorro. I do not need to solve motion problems or other atmospheric or physics questions about the event.Hoaxers, like magicians, do not always like to reveal their secrets. Some of them adhere to the Magician’s Code: “Oppose the willful exposure to the public of the methods employed in any illusion.”
THE ZAMORA INSIGNIA
That said, I did effectively address the first issue (that ultimately was an irrelevant “non-issue”)brought up by David- that the International Paper (IP) logo as inspiration for the Red Insignia on the craft, as reported by Zamora. Though insisting the inspirative logo was not in use until after the sighting, I effectively disproved David and others about this, by showing that in reality the logo was indeed in use years before the sighting. This came through both the Graphis Annual of 1961 (compiled in 1960) and by the estate of the designer (Bealle) as well as through other sources and early images that were located.
THE WINDS OF SOCCORO
The second issue is that of wind direction, another issue on which David is provably in error. Davidlocated historical wind records for Socorro for that day and reasons that prevailing winds that day would not allow for a large Sky Lantern to go against those winds. Therefore, he definitively reasons, it could not be a hoax. But David is deficient in his overly-lengthy analysis. There is no need to go to such obsessive posts. This is because:
The reported path and distance traveled of a rapidly-moving, aloft object can only be as “accurate” as the observation made by the individual on the ground reporting it:
- - Lonnie was the sole witness to the entire event. Everything about the path of the object and the duration of his sighting of the object (which Lonnie radioed to his police partner looked like a balloon!) is based on one individual and his lone perception.
- - His perception was clouded by being angered at the young speeder who led him to the scene; startled by the explosion he heard that diverted him to the staging area; and frightened by the sight and sounds he experienced. There is also credible testimony from well-placed individuals who knew Lonnie that he drank, including on the job.
- - He had very poor vision and required thick, corrective lenses.
- - He lost his glasses and had to recover his glasses. Lonnie, a large and unfit man, had to hunt for them unaided and place them back on and re-position himself upright to continue to view the event.
Other “wind” considerations include that:
- - Wind data is collected to reflect far larger spans of time that the scant minute or so that Zamora says that he saw the thing.
- - Aloft objects can be taken in different directions (and at fast distances) for brief (and sometimes extended) periods of time. Such objects can ride wind waves or wind eddies that make them appear to do all kinds of things.
- - Crosswinds, sudden wind gusts and momentary changes in wind conditions (such as a sudden stillness of blowing wind) within localized areas are common (especially in April) all over the country. And of course (even today) they go unreported or not detailed in official wind records. Kids go out in March and April to go fly kites know about these real-world wind dynamics this all too well. If one would only get off the chair and away from the computer and actually go outside and see for yourself- one would see that these things are commonplace.
But the two strongest reasons for dismissal of such wind data as presented by David are these:
- - The hoax UFO balloon (with a burning flame beneath it and hot air rising within it) is a Self-Propelled Object in the sky. David wholly ignores this extremely important consideration in his lengthy pieces on Socorro winds. The reality is that such a high burn balloon is an energetic, powered, aloft object. It is “automotive” and thus capable of moving dynamically on its own within wind currents!
- - When it comes to wind and Sky Lanterns, looks are very deceiving. This fact was duly noted by the UK-UFO website on December 23, 2010 when England was in the midst of a Chinese lantern hoax wave. The site warns: “Please note that the wind direction at ground level is not necessarily the same at the height at which the lantern is travelling . This may give the appearance that it is travelling against the wind.” And remember that Lonnie was positioned at odd angles while viewing this object, including admitting to crouching and to be cowered behind a car door.
FILM PROVES HOW A SKY LANTERN UFO “SELF-MANEUVERS” IN WIND AND AIR
I beseech everyone, including David, to go to YouTube and enter “SupermegaKube Sky Lantern or see it here:
View in full–screen and advance to 1:34 for the launch. At 2:31 things get interesting and the Lantern looks like a real spaceship! At 2:41 it makes a spontaneous change in direction. The whole thing shows it moving against and with wind- and it can appear to do other maneuvers- though it is just the angle of the view on the ground filming (and sudden wind shifts!) that creates this effect. If one were to view various YouTube lantern videos done in various wind and environmental conditions, one would see that the way these things look from the ground are often not what they are really doing in the air, simply put.
Such massive balloon lanterns almost take on a life of their own when they are aloft- and they deceive many, like Lonnie.