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Para-Talk: Episode 81

February 6th, 2014

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The Incident at Exeter

A strange UFO case from the mid 1960's that was apparently solved.

But Was it?

Multiple UFO sightings, multiple witnesses including law enforcement.

Could they all be wrong?

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  1. February 9, 2014

    Sirs,
    As the individual who offered the hypothesis that the Exeter incident involved strobe lights on a kiteline,(1) I would like to make some comments about the discussion between Davis and Cook. If you wish to regard the event as wholly mysterious and unsolved, that is your prerogative, but on the matter of what is the best explanation of those that have been presented to date, I submit that the hypothesis of some sort of military craft is less likely than a kite-borne light display. Beyond the noise issue mentioned in the discussion, I would emphasize the last line in Eugene Bertrand’s statement: “When the object moved, the lower lights were always forward of the others.”(2) A refueling boom necessarily would have the upper lights forward of the others. Fuel descends to the trailing craft. I would also point out that an article in Bent Spoon magazine suggested that the lights on a refueling boom flash in a sequence different from that reported in Muscarello’s statement. (2)
    More recently Eddie Bullard has indicated in the January issue of Paranthropology a slight preference for Martin Shough’s suggestion that rotating lights on a formation of a formation of B-47s might explain things.(4) The main problems is that beyond the element of coincidence granted by Shough, rotation implies equal separation of intervals. The best match you could hope for be 1-2-3-4-5-1-2-3-4-5 not 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1. The actual reported sequence implies the intervals between the 4s and 3s and 2s would be different.
    I take care to add, since I have heard the objection before and I failed to mention it in the original article, that Fuller was wrong about there being no wind. The investigation report in Hynek’s book (5) indicates there was a west wind. This tallies with Hunt’s report the lights moved off in a southeasterly direction as a kite would be pulled eastward in a west wind. Military craft, as general rule, do not behave “like a leaf fluttering from a tree, wobbling and yawing as it moved”(6) and I am doubtful B-47 formations would create a sense of making a diving motion such as to cause a police officer to draw his gun. A relatively near diving kite, on the other hand, I think is believable.
    Before ending, I would like to point out that the first part of my Exeter article presented arguments why Exeter was unlikely to be an extraterrestrial craft and why it seems doubtful it could serve any useful function like surveillance. It behaves like something a prankster would play with. Call it a mystery if you like, but it strikes me as a sublimely silly and singular one. Thank you.
    1. http://www.reall.org/newsletter/v04/n09/exeter.html & http://www.reall.org/newsletter/v04/n10/exeter2.html
    2. Hynek Ufo Report, p. 159.
    3. http://thebentspoonmag.com/2013/03/24/erroneous-at-exeter/
    4. http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/uploads/7/7/5/3/7753171/vol5no1.pdf — go to pages 9-11.
    5. Hynek Ufo Report, p. 157.
    6. Fuller, Incident at Exeter, p. 12.

  2. Nick Karras #
    February 21, 2014

    Mr. Kottmeyer,

    Thank you for the information and insight. I’m sure Gareth’s audience will find it to be of interest, I certainly have.

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