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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 523, Issue date, 08-20-12

Close Encounters: Manchester's UFO X-Files Revealed by MoD
UFO Depiction
Published: 6:32 AM 8/18/2012

Paul Taylor and Susannah Wright

Documents released by the Ministry of Defence list a host of sightings of UFOs in the skies above Britain. Paul Taylor and Susannah Wright open Manchester’s X-Files ...

STEPHEN Mera has had more than his share of close encounters, and he did not have to go further than his own back garden in Wythenshawe.

"We were sitting outside, my partner and her children, watching satellites with the naked eye," explains Mera. "All of a sudden a triangular object flew over at reasonably low altitude with no engine sound whatsoever. It was an equilateral triangle with an apex light in each corner and one very dull fixed red strobe in the centre. It traversed across the sky very quietly in a northeasterly direction. We watched it for three or four minutes."

That incident, four years ago, was not the only time Mera has seen something unexplained in the skies. On a November night four years ago, he spotted an object jumping across the sky. In April 2010, on a sunny afternoon, he saw a circular, wingless object at 11,000 feet.

"You don’t have to go to the top of a hill in Wales to see something," he says. "If you keep your eye on the sky long enough, you will see things."

Mera knows just how many of us are ‘seeing things’. He runs Manchester Association of Paranormal Investigation and Training, he is editor of the online magazine Phenomena and, what with lecturing and training, spends his entire working life in the realm of the odd and unexplained.

Shelf upon shelf at his semi-detached home in Baguley groans with files on UFOs and other phenomena.

Mera’s association investigates hundreds of reports of UFOs every year in the north west alone.

The vast majority turn out to be aircraft, balloons, Chinese lanterns, astronomical or meteorological quirks, even a flock of birds or swarm of bees. But in a few dozen instances, there is no obvious explanation.

"There are definitely things flying around which do not have characteristics of known aircraft, such as wing appendages, engines, sound, navigation lights," says Mera. "These things are real. However the big question is whether they are ‘ours’ or not."

Mera – who once worked for NATO as a telecommunications officer, and so signed the Official Secrets Act – firmly believes that the military has incredibly advanced craft which may explain some of those UFO sightings.

That said, he does believe in extra-terrestrial visitation – "There is is so much evidence in old scriptures, paintings from 3BC which clearly show objects in the sky", he says – and is certain the authorities do not tell us everything they know on the matter. Mera is even suspicious of the copious information on UFO sightings released lately by the Ministry of Defence to the National Archives.

"The MoD is releasing this documentation to the public because they want to be seen to be transparent, but they are far from it," says Mera, aged 45. "They are not releasing the good stuff, and I know that because my own documentation that I provided to them has not been released. For example, there was a huge incident which took place in February 1998 involving three police officers who saw this triangular object in the sky over Stretford, and reported it as a UFO.

"The MoD got all that information and tried to make it hush-hush. Agents even visited the police officers to shut them up."

Mera even ponders whether governments may be involved in a long campaign of drip-feeding populations with information about UFOs and extra-terrestrials to ensure there is not mass panic when we do finally come face to face with the aliens.

But he claims to be, by nature, a sceptic.

"I came from a science background. I got interested in psychology and sociology trying to rationalise events and people’s experiences," he says.

"What stopped me being a sceptic was a number of things I’d heard, people I had met, people who assured me there were certain things flying around which were not the normal civil or military aircraft, and then just being in the right place at the right time and seeing something I couldn’t identify."

Local sightings: The strange case of the BA pilots and the ‘mystery’ visitor that flashed past over the Pennines.

IT WAS just before 7pm on a dark January night in 1995 and a British Airways plane was approaching Manchester Airport.

The Boeing 737 was flying from Milan with 60 people on board, and was at 4,000 feet over the Pennines, around nine miles from its destination when a dark object appeared in front and flew down its right side at high speed.

The surprise and closeness of the object led both pilots to duck their heads. The object hadn’t appeared on radar and there was no sound or wake felt. Captain Roger Willis and first officer Mark Stuart were in the cockpit.

This is a transcript of their conversation with Manchester Airport’s air traffic control tower:

Boeing737: "We just had something go down the right hand side above us very fast."

Manchester Airport: "Well there’s nothing seen on radar. Was it an aircraft?"

B737: "It had lights, it went down the starboard side very quick."

MA: "And above you?"

B737: "Just slightly above us, yeah."

MA: "Keep an eye out for something. I can’t see anything at all at the moment, so, it must have been very fast or gone down very quickly after it passed you, I think."

Although it was dark, visibility was more than six miles, and there were strong winds.

The crew did not immediately report the near-miss, for fear of being ridiculed by their colleagues. When they did report it, an investigation was held by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Willis and Stuart believed the object was triangular shaped, larger than a light aircraft and may have had a dark stripe down its side. It made no attempt to deviate from its course, despite its closeness to the plane, but the pilots had differing ideas as to how it was lit.

Capt Willis thought it had a number of small lights, like a Christmas tree, while first officer Stuart thought it had been illuminated by the aeroplane’s landing lights.

Both, however, agreed that what they had seen was a solid object and not a balloon, weather phenomenon or stealth aircraft, which they had experience of seeing.

The CAA considered various explanations. There was no military activity in the area at the time, and any other commercially-operated craft or microlight would have been highly unlikely to be airborne given the darkness, the position over the hills and winds.

The CAA concluded that ‘the incident therefore remains unresolved’.

It is one of many to be mentioned in the release of files from the National Archives of reports held by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Thousand of pages of documents detail unexplained sightings across several decades.

Those over Greater Manchester include a bright light and adjacent grey object over Pendleton in 1997, a glowing red ball seen from Oldham in 1996, a round white light which stopped and moved quickly over Longsight in the same year, and an intermittent dark and light phenomenon of up to 15 miles radius above Prestwich, also in 1996.

In 1986, police officers travelling from Greater Manchester to West Yorkshire on a moorland road reported seeing a round object on the horizon emitting an intermittent yellow/red light. It remained clearly visible for 20 minutes.

The MoD began investigating strange airborne sightings in 1950 when the government set up a Flying Saucer Working Party (FSWP).

This was during the Cold War, a time of extreme tension with Russia, and when the UK was developing its radar system.

Even the late Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles’ favourite great uncle, believed Earth was being visited by aliens.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/manchesterukfiles.html

source & references:

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1586150_close-encounters-manchesters-ufo-x-files-revealed-by-ministry-of-defence

Witnesses Watch Star-like Object Rapidly Move Across Sky, then Disappear
UFO Depiction
Published: 12:03 AM 8/14/2012

Rochester, Minnesota - 08-05-12

Shape: Light - Duration: 10 min

A star like object moves across the sky at super speed.

I was outside in my backyard at around 11 pm with my friends. It was a beautiful night. You could see thousands of stars outside.

But as we starred at the sky we saw a red light that didn't move and was just blinking like some of the stars. But it was unusual because it was pretty big.

It didn't move for about 20 minutes, so we thought it was just a star.

We went on with our business; 20 minutes later when I look uped in the sky that blinking light was moving right across the sky.

It wasn't a plane because we didn't hear any jet sounds; plus it was moving too fast to be any plane, and moved too quickly and smoothly to be a plane.

We were trying to not blink because we thought it would disappear.

It looked to us that it was a star instead of a light going about 3,000 miles/mph. But as we looked the light started to fade; like while we were starring at it. It took about 5 seconds to disappear.

I wana tell everyone this; after I saw what I did, I am no longer an ET skeptic. I know what I saw, there is something up there and they have/are visiting us.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/rochestermn080512.html

source & references:

www.nuforc.org

Mysterious Object Witnessed over Fort Washington, Maryland
UFO Depiction
Published: 6:22 AM 8/18/2012

Fort Washington, Maryland - 05-18-12

Over the past several months, I have been witnessing a phenomenon of UFOs appearing in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.

On 18 May 2012, I was at the Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, M.D. and I observed a UFO hovering in the distance. I could not identify the hovering object as a model aircraft and its movements did not dictate that it was a model airplane.

The object is capable of hovering for lengthy periods of time and is engulfed within a light that obscures the actual vessel from ground based observation.

This object has been observed on multiple occasions and mimics the planet Venus position within the sky. After some research, this type of activity has been recorded.

Yemme discussed similar observations made by United States military observers within the book "UFO - Evaluating the Evidence" describing a accident when a military aircraft collided with an unknown object in midair.

"At the time of the sighting, Venus was in a position which coincided with that of the UFO. The planet's angular distance from the sun was rather small, but it was still bright enough to be seen by day. It is possible that Venus was the cause of this sighting and was observed by some of the witnesses on the ground."

The unidentified object will shift its position very slightly and in the background you can hear an airplane flying overhead.

I attempted to zoom in with my camcorder but was not able to obtain a clear view of the object emanating the light.

I am always in awe to observe these objects. After observing the object, I departed the location for home.

I seek assistance to document other UFO activity within the area.

KEN PFEIFER WORLD UFO PHOTOS.ORG

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/ftwashingtonmd051812.html

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Family: Festival Validates UFO Witness
Thomas Muscarello talks about his brother Norman, the subject of
Published: 1:19 PM 8/14/2012

By KATHLEEN D. BAILEY, newsletter@seacoastonline.com

Government tried to cover up Norman Muscarello's claims, says brother. Norman Muscarello was the first inductee into the Exeter UFO Hall of Fame.

EXETER — Thomas Muscarello's older brother Norman traveled the world with the U.S. Navy, including three tours of duty in Vietnam. But he couldn't escape his past. "He'd meet guys all over the world, and they'd know who he was. They'd say, 'You're crazy,'" Tom Muscarello said.

It was a heavy burden for a teenage sailor to carry. Norman Muscarello was the principal in an alleged 1965 UFO sighting, one which fueled a best-selling book and changed one family forever.

Though he was often ridiculed and never made any money off the claim, Norman Muscarello has been validated in recent years, especially by his home town of Exeter. His remaining family members will be on hand the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, to help with the fourth annual Exeter UFO Festival and to keep his memory alive.

Norman Muscarello was on his way home from visiting friends in Amesbury, Mass., shortly before leaving for the U.S. Navy. Tom Muscarello disputes the legend that has Norman visiting a girlfriend.

"They were all friends," he said, relaxing in his Exeter kitchen. "Maybe he dated one of them a couple of times." Norman was hitchhiking home to Exeter when he allegedly saw a large craft with red lights hovering in the sky over Kensington.

He told two Exeter police officers, who confirmed that there was something in the Kensington sky. Others in the area claimed to see a similar vessel in the sky.

The government stepped in, with its own explanation and efforts to hush Norman's claim, according to his brother. Writer John Fuller wrote the best-selling "Incident At Exeter," though Norman never made any money off the book.

Tom Muscarello was only 13 at the time, and was visiting in Maine on the night that changed their lives forever. But he heard about it, and had no reason not to believe his brother.

Norman, he said, was a "straight-up guy." When Norman entered the Navy, he wanted to put the UFO business behind him, Thomas said. "He wanted to serve his country."

The reporters and TV cameras followed him to boot camp, and the base CO told him, "Get rid of them."

The family's life changed, too, Thomas said. For a while, TV crews set up across the street from their home, and "we had to have someone walk us to school."

His mother dealt with representatives of the Air Force, and would never talk about what transpired.

Norman signed off on the rights to use his name, although Universal Studios paid him $250 at one point, Muscarello said. The young sailor went on to do three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was "fine" after the first two tours, but came home a different man from the third, Tom Muscarello said.

The equipment on his ship was outdated, and the computers didn't work right. "They found their own missiles coming back at them," Thomas Muscarello said. Norman was bitter and tired. Tom tried to get him interested in music again — he had a band before the service — but Norman didn't want to. A girlfriend broke up with him, and he spent the rest of his life working in a shoe shop.

For Thomas, the UFO Festival is validation of his brother's life. He was thrilled at the first festival, when Norman was inducted into the Exeter UFO Hall of Fame. Tom and his family continue to work on the festival, helping organizer Dean Merchant. Tom's wife, Bonnie, their 11-year-old son, Tom Jr., and Bonnie's sister, Sue Brackett, run the Debris Field, a make-your-own-spacecraft recycling project at Founders Park.

On Sept. 1, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, Tom Muscarello will be "everywhere" downtown, listening to experts in the old Town Hall, admiring the pet and human costumes, seeing if Merchant needs any help. The festival, which draws 500 people to Town Hall, shows that Norman was not alone.

"A lot more people are getting their eyes opened," Tom said. "It's like my brother said, 'With all the galaxies, how can we be so naive to believe we're alone?'"

Though Tom knows other people who believe they've "seen something," especially several friends in Exeter, he's never had the privilege himself. "But I'd like to," he said with a smile. "If I hear of one, I'm going to jump in the car and go."

For more information, visit the Festival Facebook page or its Web site, www.exeterufofestival.com.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/muscarello.html

source & references:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120814-NEWS-208140341

Unknown Object Captured over East London on Video
UFO Image
Published: 4:09 PM 7/31/2012

East London - 07-29-12

Originally published on Jul 29, 2012 by gambier25

The submitter states: I looked out my window and I couldn't work out what it was I was seeing. So, I filmed it for a brief period of time until it vanished from sight.

This video was taken over one of the host boroughs for the Olympics: Barking & Dagenham.

(Editor's Note: This video was very difficult to work with. The object in question and the cameraman jump around a bit and it is difficult to get a good look at it.

We slowed down some of it and zoomed in, which helps some.)

UFO Casebook Splash

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/eastlondonjuly2012.html

source & references:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uimn1rd65R4

Archived Case of the Week

The Loring AFB UFO Episode
Loring, 1970

Published: 10/03/09

By Kent Ward

Thirty-four years ago this month, at the height of a glorious 41-year run that ended in 1994, the former Loring Air Force Base, off to my northwest, was in an uproar about several close encounters of the weird kind.

On Oct. 27 and 28, 1975, unidentified aircraft that buzzed the base, taking particular interest in the weapons storage area of the Strategic Air Command installation, had the base on high-alert status.

With a reporter’s appreciation for the offbeat news story, I cannot help but think of the incident each time I drive through the East Gate entrance to the old base that now is a civilian commerce center.

The story, well-chronicled by former BDN Presque Isle Bureau Chief Dean Rhodes in articles archived in the newspaper’s morgue, also can be found on several Web sites. I Googled “Loring AFB UFO sightings” and found a bunch of them.

Shortly before 8 PM, on Oct. 27, an airman patrolling the Loring weapons dump area saw an unidentified aircraft nearing the north perimeter of the base at an altitude of about 300 feet, its red navigational light and a white strobe light in operation.

At the same time, the Loring control tower got a radar hit from an unknown aircraft 10 to 13 miles east-northeast of the base. Numerous attempts were made to contact the aircraft, but there was no response.

The circling aircraft, described as having “helicopter-like” characteristics, came within 300 yards of the base nuclear weapons area. Loring went into alert mode and an intense ground sweep was conducted by security personnel.

The intruder circled for about 40 minutes before heading toward Grand Falls, N.B., some 12 miles away, where it dropped from the radar screen.

The next night featured a repeat performance. This time, airmen reported seeing a silent orange-and-red object shaped like an elongated football hovering over the runway. It was described as being about four car lengths long, solid, with no doors or windows, and with no visible propellers or engines. It eventually departed in the direction of Grand Falls.

A Maine Army National Guard helicopter out of Bangor was deployed to Loring to assist in the hunt for the interloper. Several years later, UFO investigators Larry Fawcett and Barry Greenwood interviewed witnesses, including CWO Bernard Poulin, a helicopter crew member.

Poulin said radar “was not painting the object that was being reported” by ground troops who had directed his chopper to locations where they were seeing the unauthorized aircraft. Observers aboard the helicopter never could spot the intruder.

Questions and speculation abound to this day. Was it an unannounced test of base security by SAC headquarters? A probe by an unfriendly force? Or (cue the ominous background music) was it a bona fide Unidentified Flying Object of the extraterrestrial upper-case kind, rather than a more earthly unidentified flying object, lower-case version?

Three decades after the event and 15 years after Loring was shuttered, is the incident still considered by the government to be too hot for the public to handle? If so, why?

On the Web site www.rense.com, the son of a former security policeman on duty at the weapons storage area the night of the first sighting wrote that his father, mesmerized, had been watching the hovering aircraft as 42nd Bomb Wing commander, Col. Robert E. Chapman, arrived on the scene.

“He asked my father what the hell was going on, and why he hadn’t called this in to the tower,” the son wrote. “My father’s response was that he had called the tower and they had told him he was full of [bleep], and they wouldn’t [alert] the wing commander because, as they saw it, there was nothing there.”

The colonel contacted the tower and asked the noncommissioned officer on duty to verify the light that the colonel was seeing. The NCO insisted he could see nothing out of the ordinary.

The commander then reportedly told the man, “If the eagle on my shoulder sees that light, then those stripes on your damned sleeve better see it, as well.”

The tower guy quickly replied that he could now clearly see the light.

The answer, authentic or not, endures. So, too, the questions.

Note: Loring Air Force Base (AFB) was a United States Air Force base in the town of Limestone, Aroostook County, in the state of Maine. Loring AFB was the largest base of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command during its existence, until it was transferred to the newly-created Air Combat Command in 1992. (wikipedia)

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/Loring.html

source & references:

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/123531.html

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