Difficult To Explain UFO Sightings

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US military pilots and satellites have recorded “a lot more” sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, than have been made public, Donald Trump’s former intelligence director John Ratcliffe said.

Asked on Fox News about a forthcoming government report on “unidentified aerial phenomena”, Ratcliffe said the report would document previously unknown sightings from “all over the world”.

“Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” he said.

“Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by navy or air force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for.


I wonder if some of them are caused by U.S. technology that is so secret that even he doesn't know about it.
 

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It might be someone's terrestrial technology.
As much as I love the idea of "The Truth is Out There". I feel it is much more likely that the Truth is somewhere more mundane.
And i think a lot is kept secret from people with power and responsibility...
'Two words Mr President, "Plausible Deniability"'
 

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Many years ago I was sleeping out on the Sussex Downs when I was awakened by a bright light directly overhead. It didn't seem that high. It moved east along the ridge of the Downs flashing on and off, more off than on, completely silent. At the time this felt like an intense, even privileged, experience and there seemed no explanation that fitted, certainly not weather balloons or helicopters. I didn't think of it as a UFO but thought it was some kind of energy movement along something like a ley line. It remained unexplained. Then a few years ago I read something in the papers about how they'd been testing stealth aircraft and put flashing lights on them as a disguise (seems daft, but there you go). It all made sense then.
 

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Or just possibly a night glider... Yes a real thing.
Many years ago when I was doing the South Downs Way I saw a glider using the downs' ridge [in Sussex as it happens] to slope soar. It was about nine or ten in the evening and starting to get dark. It was eerie to see a small silver white shape occasionally flashing blue and red lights move noiselessly and seemingly at random against the wind we could feel when walking. The top of the ridge was still fairly light [we didn't need a torch], but half way down the sides were black. We lost it in the gloom and always wondered what happened to it.
 

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Or just possibly a night glider... Yes a real thing.
Night glider would fit better. I hadn't thought of that. Mind you this happened in 1981, so memory has got unreliable. What I think is certain is that I misinterpreted the experience, fuelled by darkness and the unexpected.
 

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Night glider would fit better. I hadn't thought of that. Mind you this happened in 1981, so memory has got unreliable. What I think is certain is that I misinterpreted the experience, fuelled by darkness and the unexpected.
Well... It might have been many things. Our sighting was a couple of years after yours, maybe as later as 84 and it may have helped that we were all Air Cadets practicing for our DoE. And one of us had just completed his first solo daylight glider flight.
 

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As part of a street survey in Reading I was once asked if I believed in aliens.

"Where?" I asked.

"Pardon?"

"Do you mean here or generally?"

"I don't understand."

"I suspect you mean 'do I believe in alien manned UFOs?' to which the answer is 'no'. However, I think aliens do exist elsewhere in the galaxy."

"So do you believe in aliens?"

"I suspect if I answer yes then I'm going just to be added to a 'count of weirdos', so the answer is no."

She looked confused.
 

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As part of a street survey in Reading I was once asked if I believed in aliens.

"Where?" I asked.

"Pardon?"

"Do you mean here or generally?"

"I don't understand."

"I suspect you mean 'do I believe in alien manned UFOs?' to which the answer is 'no'. However, I think aliens do exist elsewhere in the galaxy."

"So do you believe in aliens?"

"I suspect if I answer yes then I'm going just to be added to a 'count of weirdos', so the answer is no."

She looked confused.


It always amuses me in Star Trek, when the crew (of whichever ship) discover a planet , land on the surface, encounter the inhabitants - and then refer to them as 'aliens' Sorry Starfleet , you're the aliens.
 
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It might be someone's terrestrial technology.
As much as I love the idea of "The Truth is Out There". I feel it is much more likely that the Truth is somewhere more mundane.
And i think a lot is kept secret from people with power and responsibility...
'Two words Mr President, "Plausible Deniability"'


I think where UFOs are concerned it's less 'The Truth is out there' and more 'I want to believe'.

I simply don't buy the notion of alien spacecraft 'buzzing' the Earth, but never landing and attempting contact , or having a more visible presence.

I believe for sure that there is life on other planets, but I don't believe that lights in the sky are alien spaceships flying around. It's likely some weird natural phenomenon or it's man-made, but definitely not from another planet.
 

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It always amuses me in Star Trek, when the crew (of whichever ship) discover a planet , land on the surface, encounter the inhabitants - and then refer to them as 'aliens' Sorry Starfleet , you're the aliens.

When Bush and Blair invaded Iraq the first military news conference referred to the opposing forces as insurgents. :(
 

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US military pilots and satellites have recorded “a lot more” sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, than have been made public, Donald Trump’s former intelligence director John Ratcliffe said.

Asked on Fox News about a forthcoming government report on “unidentified aerial phenomena”, Ratcliffe said the report would document previously unknown sightings from “all over the world”.

“Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” he said.

“Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by navy or air force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for.


I wonder if some of them are caused by U.S. technology that is so secret that even he doesn't know about it.

The Val Johnson Incident 1979 .
 

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As part of a street survey in Reading I was once asked if I believed in aliens.

"Where?" I asked.

"Pardon?"

"Do you mean here or generally?"

"I don't understand."

"I suspect you mean 'do I believe in alien manned UFOs?' to which the answer is 'no'. However, I think aliens do exist elsewhere in the galaxy."

"So do you believe in aliens?"

"I suspect if I answer yes then I'm going just to be added to a 'count of weirdos', so the answer is no."

She looked confused.
Very good! :ROFLMAO:
 

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Isn't the very nature of a UFO sighting that it's difficult to explain?:unsure:
Well, technically, it doesn't have to be DIFFICULT to explain, it's just that the explanation isn't 100% certainty. Something that is probably a plane can still be technically a UFO if you don't KNOW that it's a plane.


I think where UFOs are concerned it's less 'The Truth is out there' and more 'I want to believe'.

I simply don't buy the notion of alien spacecraft 'buzzing' the Earth, but never landing and attempting contact , or having a more visible presence.

I believe for sure that there is life on other planets, but I don't believe that lights in the sky are alien spaceships flying around. It's likely some weird natural phenomenon or it's man-made, but definitely not from another planet.

Basically my beliefs on the subject.
 

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I've always considered Earth to be a uniquely interesting place. Why wouldn't aliens travel tens of light-years to our little planet in order to spend seconds flitting across barren locales?
 

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I've always considered Earth to be a uniquely interesting place. Why wouldn't aliens travel tens of light-years to our little planet in order to spend seconds flitting across barren locales?
They need to cover a lot of ground to find the right candidates for abduction ;)
 

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