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comment by mk

I don’t suspect alien craft, but maybe not all glitches either. Some have been seen, not just detected:

    The pilot and his wingman were flying in tandem about 100 feet apart over the Atlantic east of Virginia Beach when something flew between them, right past the cockpit. It looked to the pilot, Lieutenant Graves said, like a sphere encasing a cube.

And the tic-tac:

    But I saw something. And it was also seen, via eyeballs, by both my commanding officer, Dave Fravor, and the Marine Corps Hornet squadron commanding officer who was out there as well.

Maybe the cube thing was a drone? The tic-tac a secret project fucking with the pilots on purpose?

I keep meaning to tie glowsticks to some helium balloons and launch them at night.





Devac  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I keep meaning to tie glowsticks to some helium balloons and launch them at night.

Instead of tying them, put the glowsticks inside balloons. It'll make the entire surface seem to glow, possibly with some odd colour combinations, and you might even get an effect of 'something inside of a sphere'. ;)

mk  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ooh, that's good. I should float them over a university football game.

kleinbl00  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dude this whole ridiculous affair is so deliciously tongue-in-cheek it's like an Area 51 patch made real.

An F-18 has a 37 foot wingspan. It's 52 feet long. We're talking about the aviation equivalent of "I was tailgating my buddy when suddenly a car swooped in between the two of us - it looked like a sphere encasing a cube."

There is ample evidence that the CIA played up the whole UFO craze because it's an excellent distraction. Read your quote again:

    There would be associations. I would be sitting at lunch five years later with some of my colleagues. Rumors tend to have legs. “Hey, you were out on the Nimitz in ’04. Someone told me about some alien spacecraft.” And I’m like, “Well, (1) the video that you see is my video. And no, I’ve never said that this is what I think it was or speculate as to what I think it was. That’s not my job. But I saw something. And it was also seen, via eyeballs, by both my commanding officer, Dave Fravor, and the Marine Corps Hornet squadron commanding officer who was out there as well.

The quote is that the video was seen by "eyeballs." Yet here we are, speculating about magical drone technology fifteen years ago.

    I keep meaning to tie glowsticks to some helium balloons and launch them at night.

Glowsticks aren't nearly bright enough. The trick my uncle pulled was you get a roll of dry cleaners bags, which are essentially a single long tube of very lightweight plastic. You roll out 50 feet or so and heat seal one end, then fill the other with propane. You then tie off the other end with a good long length of cannon fuse.

Hold balloon upright. Light fuse. Release balloon. As soon as cannon fuse burns down to balloon, balloon will ignite in a spooky, soundless bluish-orange flame, leaving no evidence that it was ever there.

goobster  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Your Uncle = My Dad? (Because he kinda is, right? In a way...)

Because yeah: He did that. Still has the newspaper article from the LA Times(?) the next day saying a UFO flew over LA. When I was all about UFOs back in the late 80's or early 90's, I discovered that Times article is referenced in the UFO lexicon as on of the "mass sightings" of reported UFOs.

kleinbl00  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As told to me, they were both there. It would not surprise me in the slightest if my uncle added himself vicariously to a tale after the fact.

goobster  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They were involved in quite a number of ... escapades ...