I have been fortunate to give two UFO lectures recently. They mostly dealt with my work on Dulce.
In those lectures, I assert that about 90% of sightings are explainable as natural phenomena, mistaken identity, etc. Another 5% are from those who have actually witnessed classified aircraft in flight (something incredible in its own right) and the final 5% or so is downright weird and unexplainable. The point is, you'd be surprised how many questions I received about that middle 5%. When asked, I rattled off a few formerly top secret aircraft such as the F-117 and the SR-71 as well as a few that are only rumored to exist. But it all really got me thinking: what are our homegrown UFOs?
Well, one lesser-known candidate might be the Avrocar of the 1950s. It was a Canadian effort to produce a hypersonic fighter-bomber that had vertical take off and landing capabilities. There is no other better phrase to describe it than "flying saucer." It did not have a stable design, it never got that far off the ground, and it might have attained a top speed of 35mph. The Avrocar was scrapped. Doesn't sound likely that the Avrocar was ever mistaken for a UFO, but what if there were other saucer designs that had greater, but perhaps likewise temporary, success? Like I said, a long shot, but worth considering.
Then there is TR-3 Black Manta. I first remembered hearing about this mystery jet in the early 1990s when I saw video of Air Force maneuvers in the skies over New Mexico. As the aerial ballet played out, the military enthusiasts doing the videotaping zoomed in on a black, wing-shaped aircraft making lazy circles in the middle of it all. "That's got to be TR-3 Black Manta," the videographer said. Unfortunately the camera's battery gave out seconds thereafter (natch). The plane was of odd design but still recognizable as a type of stealth, so I'm fairly confident that the tape was authentic (everything else about it was). Word round the campfire is that Black Manta actually flew missions in the first Gulf War, painting targets for the F-117.
One alleged super secret super plane that I have only recently learned of is the TAW 50. The photo at the top of this post is said to be of said aircraft flying over Wisconsin in 2004. I can't find much quality information on the veracity of the TAW 50 but then you wouldn't expect to with a clandestine program now would you? Here's something, anyway, however weak. The TAW 50 is said to be, as you can see, roughly triangular in shape, black in color, and flying at speeds of up to MACH 50. You read that correctly. It is said to be powered by antigravitic drives (a few would say these drives were based on that manna from heaven, the "reverse-engineered, crashed UFOs"), giving it such high speed and maneuverability. Such a craft would no doubt explain many of the "black triangle" sightings such as those in Belgium.
So there's my look at what I call, for lack of any better phrase coming out of my brain right now, the middle 5%. Why are there conspiracy theories? Because out of necessity, there are things being kept secret.
Maybe even things that move 50 times the speed of sound.
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