Published: 11:48 AM 2/5/2013
Okay kids, without further ado (whatever that means) here is newly declassified info that we went through hell and high water to get on the famous Helfin UFO photos from 1965.
Pay attention because we’re going to move pretty fast.
The Lowdown: Aug. 3, 1965. Rex Heflin, at that time an Orange County highway inspector was at work one day in his county rig when at 12:37 p.m. he says he sees a kind of “hat shaped” thing flying in the freaking air in Santa Anna, California. Ain’t no plane, he says to himself.
The thing was hovering right above the road right in front of him, he says so he grabs his trusty Polaroid camera (you kids who don’t know anything about film cameras will have to look that one up) that he used during his normal work routine to take photos of highway obstructions, road kills, hot babes hitchhiking, whatever, and snaps three photographs of the “metallic-appearing object” and a fourth photo of a black "smoke ring" he says was left behind by the UFO after it sped away at high speed.
One of the snapshots was published by the Santa Ana Register newspaper on September 20 of that year and then the whole story went major viral (for that era) when the newswire services picked up the story and fed it national.
Here is where it gets interesting (we think).
The Air Force issues a statement saying the photos are a hoax.
But a UFO investigating group called NICAP did this super heavy duty investigation into the case (both Heflin and the newspaper cooperated fully in the investigation) which included, among many things, a detailed background check on Heflin – to make sure he wasn’t a goofball – and a computer photo analysis study done by Robert Nathan at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who worked with first-generation prints and copy negatives made by the newspaper.
That analysis of the photo prints and negs showed that there was some kind of light beam emanating from the underside of the UFO. The analysis also ruled out that the object was something that was dangling in the air from a string or wire.
Years later though some people claimed to have a found a "string like object" in the photos but in 1993 a MUFON photo analyst re-examined all the data and the photos from their initial investigation and rejected the string theory (they said it was an “artifact” generated by the photos being copied and recopied so many times).
TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE & PHONY AIR FORCE GUYS
Then it gets even weirder. Somebody, according to NICAP eventually tries to tamper with evidence and “manipulate information.”
The copy negatives of his famous photos were at some point obtained from Heflin “under false pretenses” by some guys pretending to be from the North American Air Defense Command.
The Air Force said whoever those guys were; they were not from the Air Force.
Uh-oh. The infamous Men in Black?
Anyway, after all these years the conclusion of all the UFO investigators is the case is a very credible, thoroughly investigated case and it meets all the criteria for evidence of a legit UFO -- which means it is simply a legit “unidentified flying object” so we’re back to where we were when Heflin took the photos in 1965. No more, no less.