UFO Conjectures

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 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”:

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?


Bigfooter killed for playing joke

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(The gods will not be mocked)

Two UFO tales (of innocent human duplicity)

One of our favorite UFO encounter stories is the Dainelli (Lotti) account of November Ist, 1954, in Cennina, Italy, pictured here:
Artist Walter Molino's impression of the incident, from the cover of the Nov. 14, 1954 issue of "La Domenica del Corriere," an illustrated Sunday supplement to the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera."

While the woman who reported the encounter is listed by UFO sites as Rosa Lotti, LIFE magazine provided her real identity as Signora Rosa Dainelli, along with this photo of her with her husband and family.

(Note the face of the husband.)
Signora Dainelli told that she was assaulted by two dwarf-like creatures that emerged from a cylindrical craft (as pictured above).

They took one of her stockings and some flowers she had gathered.

The encounter is intriguing and bizarre. No other encounter duplicates this one.

But let us suggest an alternative explanation…

Perhaps Signora Dainelli had a dalliance with a neighbor or local she liked. Her nylon stocking got torn during her escapade and she had to make up an excuse to keep her husband from finding out about her “affair.”

The story is so egregiously bizarre that news media took an interest and Signora Dainelli’s husband, while suspicious of her account, accepted it, hesitantly it seems from the LIFE photo.

Also, in that issue of LIFE is a story about an Italian shepherd, Giuseppe Milia, who claimed he saw a stranger dropping pamphlets from a balloon.

The pamphlet, LIFE reported, was an anti-communist tract from Hungary.

What’s my point here?

It’s that some UFO encounters and reports are botched accounts from troubled humans; humans who in a momentary panic either confabulate a tale or extrapolate a tale from something unusual but which is, in essence, prosaic.

UFO researchers need to gather information forensically from UFO witnesses and use a Sherlock Holmes mentality to arrive at the real truth behind UFO accounts.

Up to now that has rarely been done.