UFO Casebook headgraphic


UFO Casebook
Powered by Conduit Mobile

History Channel Show to Give Greensburg UFO Believer New Platform
UFO Depiction
Published: 3:38 AM 2/18/2014

By The Tribune-Review

Sean Stipp

John Ventre, state director of MUFON, poses for a portrait in his Hempfield Twp. home on February 17, 2014. Ventre will be starring in a new History Channel series.

“Hangar 1” will debut Feb. 28 at 10 p.m. after “Ancient Aliens” on History Channel's H2 station.

In addition to Ventre, the cast includes John Harzan and Jeremy Ray, of MUFON; and Jason McClellan of Open Minds magazine.

John Ventre had no interest in unidentified flying objects until he decided to write a science fiction book about 17 years ago.

The deeper he went in his research, the more evidence of UFOs he found.

“I am 100 percent convinced it is a real phenomenon,” said Ventre, Pennsylvania director for the Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON, and one of the stars of “Hangar 1,” a new History Channel series about UFOs.

Each week, the show will piece together three MUFON cases and try to show what the alien agenda might be. Actual footage, recreations and narratives will be used along with expert testimony.

For the most part, aliens come here to watch what we do, said Ventre, 56, of Hempfield.

“I think they observe us... we're like a science project for them,” he said.

Lou Coban has been watching the skies for 20 years at the Allegheny Observatory and has seen a laundry list of unusual things through its telescopes — but never a UFO.

“I've see all kinds of strange things, but I've never seen anything I couldn't explain,” he said. “There's all sorts of things flying around the sky... from satellites to pieces of rockets... ”

“A high percentage of cases are explainable,” said UFO investigator Stan Gordon, who has been tracking sightings “on a very frequent basis” since 1965.

Chinese lanterns and remote control helicopters can spur reports of UFOs these days, he said.

Ventre said he, too, has never seen a UFO, but plenty of others have. MUFON has about 70,000 cases nationwide, including many from Pennsylvania, which ranks third in the nation in UFO sightings, Ventre said. “We get a little over 300 (sightings) a year, about six a week,” he said. “Westmoreland County ranks No.1 for counties that don't have a major city.”

Last year, for instance, UFO sightings were reported in Murrsyville, Latrobe, Ligonier, Belle Vernon, Delmont, Jeannette, Greensburg, Irwin and Apollo, according to MUFON reports.

Ventre and others are convinced the key may be Lake Erie. About half of all UFO sightings are around bodies of water, he said.

Lake Erie, the accepted thinking goes, could be a base camp for UFOs that hide submerged beneath the surface, Ventre said. During their submerged state, they are referred to as USOs, or Unidentified Submerged Objects.

USOs been seen throughout history, Ventre said.

“In 1492, Columbus and his navigator saw a glowing object moving under their ship and turned the ship toward it,” he said.

Ventre said his curiosity was piqued when he learned of the Feb. 25, 1942, Battle of Los Angeles. When nine UFOs were seen over L.A. months after the Dec. 7, 1941, invasion of Pearl Harbor that launched World War II, they were fired upon by a jittery Army.

“The government said they were weather balloons,” Ventre said.

People soon started asking how the U.S. would turn back a Japanese invasion when “we fired 1,433 rounds at weather balloons and didn't hit them,” he said.

The Air Force gave up chasing UFOs in 1969, saying there was no evidence that the more than 12,000 “unidentified” sightings it received from 1947 were extraterrestrial vehicles.

About 701 of the sightings still carry the unidentified designation, records show.

Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or csmith@tribweb.com.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2014/tv-show-hangar-1.html

source & references:


Connect with the UFO Casebook...

UFO Casebook on Youtube Google+ UFO Casebook News Feed UFO Casebook on Facebook Forum Recent Comments mobile device


Fair Use Notice: This web site contains some copyrighted material whose use has not been authorized by the copyright owners. We believe that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.)

If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

We will immediately comply with any copyright owner who wants their material removed or modified. All articles and images contained on the UFO Casebook which are not created by the UFO Casebook are attributed to the original owner/creator.

The opinions and viewpoints expressed on the UFO Casebook articles are not necessarily those of the UFO Casebook owner, webmaster, or staff members.
Each article is attributed to its originator, which is listed at the bottom of each entry, when available.

Archived UFO Articles and News Items

UFO Casebook Home Page