Monday, January 17, 2005
Zemblan patriot J.D. forwards an item from Popular Mechanics, in which a historian who has studied secret CIA files reveals that "over half of all UFO reports from the late 1950s through the 1960s were accounted for by manned reconnaissance flights":
POPULAR MECHANICS has learned from nonclassified sources that the United States had a serious reason for wanting the public to keep believing that the strange lights in the sky were of unearthly origin. The government kept the UFO myth alive to disguise the embarrassing fact that during the hottest days of the Cold War, America's two most secret intelligence gathering assets–the A-12 and SR-71 spyplanes–flew toward hostile terrain with the equivalent of cow bells dangling from their necks.Fine, but if the fiction of aliens is so darned compelling, we'd like to know why the government doesn't use it more often. Why insult the intelligence of the American public with all that transparent hooey about the coming Social Security "crisis"? Wouldn't it be simpler, not to mention more persuasive, to have Gort and Klaatu land their saucer in the U.N. plaza and threaten the immediate annihilation of humankind unless Congress agrees to partial privatization?
The deception of the public began in the early 1950s. It involved the then highly secret, and to this day little-known, A-12. If you think you saw an SR-71 Blackbird at an air and space museum, the odds are you were actually looking at an A-12. The idea for the plane was conceived in 1954 by CIA director Allen Dulles. The objective of this secret program, according to aviation historian Paul F. Crickmore, was to build a spyplane capable of flying higher and faster than the U-2.
One of the features about UFO sightings that has consistently baffled the experts is their apparent ability to swoop downward, hover and then soar into the sky at impossible speeds. Viewed head on, this is exactly how an A-12 or an SR-71–its J58-powered successor–appears to move at times during a normal flight. The maneuver is called a "dipsy doodle" . . . .
There is one more very UFO-like characteristic of the SR-71: The glow of its exhaust periodically turns green . . . . The green flash and distinctive dipsy doodle can be spotted from miles away. Observing the pattern created by these strange sights provides a map to the SR-71's target area, giving those on the ground enough time to hide whatever the spyplane has been sent to photograph.
What better way to hide extraordinary aircraft than to wrap them in the compelling fiction of aliens?