381. Chris Lambright, Mysteries of the US Navy & UFOs

Guest Chris Lambright discusses his research into the US Navy, and its relation to UFOs, which includes the USS Nimitz UFO Encounter, also Bigelow Aerospace as well as connections between the US government & TTSA and more. FULL SHOWS, EVERY WEEK,  PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON

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UFOs Over Scotland

by Charles Lear

In listings of top UFO hot spots around the world, the small town of Bonnybridge, Scotland is frequently included.  Bonnybridge lies within an area known as “The Falkirk Triangle” which is described variously from being a large area defined by lines drawn between Edinbugh in the east, Glasgow in the west and Stirling in the north to a smaller triangle formed by three roads: the M8, the M9 and the M80.  The area has a history of many sightings and episodes that were exceedingly strange and the citizenry of the town of Bonnybridge has petitioned a succession of British Prime Ministers for an explanation.

Notoriety first came to the area in 1979 with the November 9, encounter in Dechmont Woods in Livingston, West Lothian by Robert Taylor.  Taylor was a forester and was on his rounds at 10:30 AM in the company truck with Lara, his Irish Setter.  According to him, he went into a section just south of the M8, got out of his truck and walked down a path with the dog for about 700 yards.  In a clearing, he came upon an object hovering around 50 feet in the air that was dome-shaped with a flange around its base that had cross-shaped objects projecting from it.  As he watched it, with his dog barking excitedly, different sections would fade out, revealing the trees behind them, and then fade back in.  Then, two objects that looked like WWII sea mines with about six spikes sticking out of them fell from the bottom of the craft and hit the ground with a thud.  They then rolled towards Taylor and each object used a projectile to grab him at the hips and pulled him.  Taylor described an acrid smell and then losing consciousness.  When he came to, the objects were gone but there were indentations in the ground and marks similar to caterpillar tracks.  He had a grazed forehead and chin and his heavy-duty work pants were ripped at each hip.  He went to his truck to radio back to the office but found he couldn’t speak.  Taylor then started the truck and ended up backing into a ditch, which forced him to walk the quarter mile to his house in the town of Deans. His wife was alarmed by his muddy and disheveled appearance and he told her he was “attacked by a spaceship” which she, naturally, didn’t believe.  Mrs. Taylor phoned a doctor who examined Mr. Taylor and found nothing wrong with him as far as any kind of brain or sensory issues.  The doctor suggested he go to a hospital for further tests and Taylor did so but left after becoming impatient while waiting to be seen.  Mrs. Taylor had also called Robert’s boss, Malcolm Drummond, who came to the house and listened to Taylor’s story.  Drummond knew Taylor to be an honest man and making up such a strange tale would have been quite out of character for him.  The case was reported to the police who investigated it as an assault case.  The “crime-scene” was cordoned off and evidence was recorded.  Significantly, the tracks that looked like caterpillar tracks showed no signs of an entrance or an exit.  There were also drag marks that supported the story of Taylor being grabbed and pulled. Taylor’s pants were subjected to forensic analysis in Edinburgh and the examiner determined that they were torn by something mechanical.  The dog, meanwhile, would never leave the house, even to relieve itself, for months afterwards.  In 2018, the West Lothian Council created a UFO trail in the woods to commemorate the event.

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UFOs and Astronauts

by Charles Lear

From the very beginning of the U.S. space program, astronauts have reportedly seen UFOs.  For those who subscribe to the extraterrestrial hypothesis, it makes sense that space faring beings from other planets would take an interest.  But, whatever they are, astronauts have not only reported seeing UFOs, but some, most notably Gordon Cooper and Dr. Edgar Mitchell, have gone so far as to publicly advocate for disclosure and an end to secrecy regarding the subject.

Gordon Cooper described having encounters with UFOs as an Air Force pilot prior to his involvement in the space program.  In his 2000 memoir, “Leap of Faith: An Astronaut’s Journey Into the Unknown”, Gordon wrote that he chased saucer-shaped craft over Germany in the 1950’s, where he was stationed, and that objects that were faster than known man made machines flew over the base daily.  He also made mention of being given film in 1957 of a saucer that landed at Edwards Air Force Base which he sent off to the Pentagon and never saw again.  In contrast, he claimed that neither he nor any other astronauts had seen UFOs while in space and refutes the report that he saw a green glowing object approach his craft during his final orbit in May 1963 aboard Mercury Faith 7 while over Australia.  Cooper made a similar claim in a March 1980 interview in Omni conducted by long time UFO researcher Lee Spiegel.  In that interview Cooper stated that, of all the astronauts involved in the space program only James McDivitt “might” have seen a UFO.  He also remarked that allegations of astronaut UFO sightings “got so bad that there were deliberately falsified tapes of communications with the astronauts, where UFO material was simply edited in.”  A review of claims of astronaut encounters and statements finds that there is, indeed, a lot of poorly supported information out there.

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379. Jeff Bennett & Deep Prasad

BONUS FULL SHOW, HOUR ONE: Astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett on our solar system, black holes, the big bang, the possibilities of intelligent life in our universe, our bottleneck of technology and much more. HOUR TWO: Deep Prasad, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial artifacts, UFOs and more.  FOR FULL SHOWS, EVERY WEEK,  PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON

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Not So Ancient UFOs

by Charles Lear

The history of UFO sightings and alien encounters as portrayed in the popular media is, mostly, separated into distinct periods: modern, from the late 1890’s airship flap followed by World War II “foo fighters” into post-1947 after the Kenneth Arnold report, and ancient interaction pieced together using “evidence” from the time of cave dwelling humans up to the time of the builders of cities and megalithic structures.  UFOs depicted in Byzantine paintings (misinterpreted conventional symbols) the 1561 report from Nuremburg, Germany and the 1566 report from Basel, Switzerland are often thrown in during reviews of UFO history but what about the time in between then and the 1890’s?  It turns out that there are quite a few reports from the period in question and they read like modern reports although they were written before the modern context of alien visitation.

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378. Preston Dennett, Schoolyard UFOs

 FOR FULL SHOWS, EVERY WEEK,  PLEASE SUPPORT US ON PATREON UFOlogist Sam Maranto joins us to talk UFOs & Mothman in Chicago, then guest Preston Dennett discusses his latest book, Schoolyard UFO Encounters, 100 true accounts, from encounters you often hear about, to lessor known, yet still extremely fascinating. Check out show notes for links to Preston’s website and this book.

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UFOS Over Massachusetts!

by Charles Lear

In last week’s blog a UFO park and marker designating the sight of an encounter in Sheffield, Massachusetts was spotlighted.  Massachusetts holds a special place in UFO history as being the state where this country’s very first recorded encounter occurred.  As of this writing, the state ranks in the top 34% for sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center, which is high for a state of its size.  A classic 1952 UFO photo comes from the state and in March of this year an extraordinary close encounter case there was reported to the operators of the website UFO Giant.  Massachusetts is also home to two paranormal hotspots where activity includes strange creatures and UFOs with one of them being just outside of Boston.

Just about every UFO history review starts with the late 1890’s airship flap and then moves on to World War II foo fighters.  What may surprise many UFOlogists is that there was a 1639 encounter that was recorded by John Winthrop who was Governor at the time.  On page 294 of the 1908 Charles Scribner’s Sons edition of “Winthrop’s Journal:  History of New England 1630-1649 Volume I”, there is this entry which reads very much like a modern case report:

In this year one James Everell, a sober, discreet man, and two others, saw a great light in the night at Muddy River. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three yards square; when it ran, it was contracted into the figure of a swine: it ran as swift as an arrow towards Charlton, and so up and down about two or three hours. They were come down in their lighter about a mile, and, when it was over, they found themselves carried quite back against the tide to the place they came from. Divers other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place. Read more