UFO Disclosure: do we really want the truth about what the government knows?

In UFO circles the hot topic that always resurfaces is Disclosure! Disclosure is the idea that governments are suppressing information that they possess about UFO’s and space aliens. But do we really want to know what they know? They definitely know a lot more than they let out. But would Disclosure satisfy the masses? Or would Disclosure scare the holy crap out of an already paranoid public.

Without a doubt something very strange happens in the world’s skies from time to time. There are tens of thousands of unexplained sightings of highly unusual aerial phenomena from all over the planet. Most sightings can be explained away as very anomalous natural phenomena, such a strange cloud formations, bright stars, atmospheric aberrations, misidentified military aircraft and a myriad of other real things, but terrestrial in origin.

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However, there are some compelling cases that boggle the mind. The Belgium UFO wave in 1989 and 1990, the Loring air force base sightings, the Rendlesham forest incident in 1984 where U.S. military personnel observed UFO’s close-up, the Iranian fighter jet encounter in the seventies, other U.S. military base encounters observed by hundreds of service people. Then there was the Phoenix lights in 1997, observed by hundreds of citizens and then Arizona governor Fife Symington.  Symington only came forward years later when he was out of office. Symington stated what he saw was definitely not flares released by fighter jets, as the official explanation said. The Washington D.C. UFO flap in 1952 when unknown objects were not only sighted but picked up on radar, President Truman issued a shoot-down order to the air force. The Washington D.C. incident was eventually explained away by the air force as extremely unusual atmospheric conditions. There are many more cases and examples of very intriguing sightings and reports.

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The government absolutely knows more than it releases. But I am quite sure they don’t have alien spacecraft in secret hangers or bodies of dead Gray aliens. For the hundredth time, UFO’s did not crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. That story came to fruition by some creative con artist authors, most notably Stanton Friedman.  What was discovered at Roswell was fully disclosed by the air force in the 1990’s, it was, without a doubt, the wreckage of a massive super-secret balloon train called Project Mogul. The evidence for Mogul at Roswell is irrefutable. These craft from millions of light years away or from alternate dimensions would not crash when they get hit by lightning on Earth!!  Many people make very big money perpetuating the Roswell myth.  The hell with Roswell, there are many other incidents that are a thousand times more compelling.

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What does the government know? The military in advanced countries have to have evidence gathered from radar, air force pilot sightings (unlike civilian pilots who for the most part do not report sightings because it could ruin their careers, military pilots have to report what they see), satellite sensors and all kinds of other intelligence gathering technology. This information is kept confidential. But why? Because the military and government realize whatever these things are, they are light years more advanced than anything we can imagine. Therefore the military is powerless in trying to confront the phenomena or understand it. Generals and top C.I.A. brass have come to the realization that there is something tangible out there, but they can’t do anything about it.

If the general public was told that the powerful U.S. military was hopelessly inferior to this remarkable phenomena it could create a feeling of angst and panic among the population. So the government always tries to explain it away with illogical stories about bright Venus or a flock of geese reflecting moonlight. They don’t want to panic the masses.

What if the masses starting construing the Aliens as malevolent, or even belligerent. People would start jumping off bridges. Bad Space Aliens that could destroy humankind in seconds! Oh my!

Many abduction cases describe the Aliens as cold creatures that in effect torture captured humans. Not nice guys. I have always perceived the Alien abduction stories as nothing more than sleep paralysis or other hallucinations. But more cases are coming to light where groups of people are being abducted at the same time, and they remember the exact same things. They even remember strangers in the abduction scenario that they come across back in regular life. This abduction situation is very weird.

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Nearly all abduction reports are that the Alien creatures performing the physical inspections do it in a removed and antipathetic manner. These physicals are often very painful and psychologically terrifying according to the abductees.

It is not just humans being abducted. Animals of all sorts are reported to be picked up and inspected. The cattle mutilations , as far as I’m concerned, are full of hyperbole and conjecture. I think this phenomena can be explained as scavengers and other natural occurrences. Not to say that the odd cow isn’t abducted and then returned to its green pasture, this may be possible.

We will never see complete disclosure of what the C.I.A. has on file regarding UFOs. As long as the American public continues to be paranoid and gullible the risks are just too great. 2012 had many Americans spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on underground bunkers and shelters stockpiled with food.  Many fundamental Christians believe the Rapture is around the corner.  The End Days are closing in. The government doesn’t want to add fuel to the hysteria fire already out there by proclaiming that the Space Aliens could swat us like a fly anytime they want to.

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World’s Largest Miniature Airport in Hamburg, Germany

 

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The world’s largest model airport has opened at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, which is also home to the world’s largest model railway landscape.

The model airport is based off of Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel International airport.

 

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In the past years, embedded between Knuffingen and Switzerland, Miniatur Wunderland’s latest layout arose – our passenger airport. After more than 6 years of construction, it was inaugurated on May 4th 2011, at last. The development of the Airport began in June 2005, already. In 2008 the planning phase was finalized, and the final building plans were worked out.
Since the 22nd of August 2008 the plan was lying on the layout base, initiating the construction phase, officially. The layout arose right in front of our visitor’s eyes. Not only for aviation and technology fans, the impressive Airport is the new Wunderland highlight. Up to 40 different aircraft (from Cessna to Airbus A 380) are taxiing independently on this Airport to the gates. They are also being moved back from the gates by push-back vehicles in order to taxi to the runway. There they are accelerating and taking off or landing respectively. Each aircraft is equipped with original lights and original, realistic turbine sounds at least in the take-off phase (otherwise the noise level would be unbearable).

 

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The Mail Must Get Delivered

The Grumman C-2 Greyhound is a twin-engine, high-wing cargo aircraft, designed to carry supplies and mail to and from aircraft carriers of the United States Navy. Its primary mission is carrier onboard delivery (COD). The aircraft provides critical logistics support to carrier strike groups. The aircraft is mainly used to transport high-priority cargo, mail and passengers between carriers and shore bases, and can also deliver cargo like jet engines and special stores.

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Role Carrier-capable transport / Carrier onboard delivery
National origin United States
Manufacturer Grumman Northrop Grumman
First flight 18 November 1964
Introduction 1966
Retired 1987, C-2A
Status 39 C-2(R) in service
Primary user United States Navy
Produced C-2A: 1965-1968 C-2A(R): 1985-1989
Number built 58
Unit cost
US$38.96 million
Developed from Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye

Some very big little airplanes

Model aircraft have gotten very big. Big enough that they have to be powered by miniature jet engines.

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A major development is the use of small jet turbine engines in hobbyist models, both surface and air. Model-scale turbines resemble simplified versions of turbojet engines found on commercial aircraft, but are in fact new designs (not based upon scaled-down commercial jet engines.)

The first hobbyist-developed turbine was developed and flown in the 1980s by Gerald Jackman in England, but only recently has commercial production (from companies such as Evojet in Germany) made turbines readily available for purchase. Turbines require specialized design and precision-manufacturing techniques (some designs for model aircraft have been built from recycled turbocharger units from car engines), and consume a mixture of A1 jet fuel and synthetic turbine engine or motorcycle-engine oil.

These qualities, and the turbine’s high-thrust output, makes owning and operating a turbine-powered aircraft prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists, as well as many nations’ national aeromodeling clubs (as with the USA’s AMA) requiring their users to be certified to know how to safely and properly operate the engines they intend to use for such a model. Jet-powered models attract large crowds at organized events; their authentic sound and high speed make for excellent crowd pleasers.

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SR-71 Blackbird

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U.S. Coast Guard C-130J Hercules, this monster does get airborne.

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Airbus A-380

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B-52 Stratofortress bomber

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C-17 Globemaster

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British Vulcan bomber. Fire extinguisher? Oh oh.

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Israeli F-16 Fighting Falcon

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Boeing 747-400. See vid below.

Unique Airports

Courchevel International Airport (Courchevel, France)

Background:
Getting to the iconic ski resort of Courchevel requires navigating the formidable French Alps before making a hair-raising landing at Courchevel International Airport. The runway is about 1700 feet long, but the real surprise is the large hill toward the middle of the strip.
Why It’s Unique:
“You take off downhill and you land going uphill,” Schreckengast says. He adds that the hill, which has an 18.5 percent grade, is so steep that small planes could probably gain enough momentum rolling down it with no engines to safely glide off the edge. Landing at Courchevel is obviously no easy task, so pilots are required to obtain certification before attempting to conquer the dangerous runway.

 

Congonhas Airport (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Background:
Most major cities have an airport, but rarely are they built just 5 miles from the city center, especially in metropolises like Sao Paulo. Congonhas’ close proximity to downtown can be attributed in part to the fact that it was completed in 1936, with the city experiencing rapid development in the following decades.
Why It’s Unique:
While having an airport only 5 miles from the city center may be a convenience for commuters, it places a strain on both pilots and air traffic control crews. “It becomes a challenge in terms of safety to just get the plane in there,” Schreckengast says. “Then you throw on noise restrictions and these terribly awkward arrival and departure routes that are needed to minimize your noise-print and it becomes quite challenging for pilots.” Fortunately, Sao Paulo’s many high-rise buildings are far enough away from the airport that they aren’t an immediate obstacle for pilots landing or taking off.

 

Don Mueang International Airport (Bangkok, Thailand)

Background:
From a distance Don Mueang International looks like any other midsize airport. However, smack-dab in the middle of the two runways is an 18-hole golf course.
Why It’s Unique:
Schreckengast, who has worked on consulting projects at this airport, says one of the major problems is that the only taxiways were located at the end of the runways. “We recommended that they build an additional taxiway in the middle, from side to side, and they said ‘absolutely not, that will take out a green and one fairway.’” The airport and the course were originally an all-military operation, but have since opened up to commercial traffic. Security threats, however, have limited the public’s access to the greens.

 

Madeira International Airport (Madeira, Portugal)

Background:
Madeira is a small island far off the coast of Portugal, which makes an airport that is capable of landing commercial-size aircraft vital to its development. This airport’s original runway was only about 5000 feet long, posing a huge risk to even the most experienced pilots and limiting imports and tourism.
Why It’s Unique:
Engineers extended the runway to more than 9000 feet by building a massive girder bridge atop about 200 pillars. The bridge, which itself is over 3000 feet long and 590 feet wide, is strong enough to handle the weight of 747s and similar jets. In 2004, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering selected the expansion project for its Outstanding Structure Award, noting that the design and construction was both “sensitive to environmental and aesthetic considerations.”

 

Gibraltar Airport (Gibraltar)

Background:
Between Morocco and Spain sits the tiny British territory of Gibraltar. Construction of the airport dates back to World War II, and it continues to serve as a base for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, though commercial flights land on a daily basis.
Why It’s Unique:
Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar’s busiest road, cuts directly across the runway. Railroad-style crossing gates hold cars back every time a plane lands or departs. “There’s essentially a mountain on one side of the island and a town on the other,” Schreckengast says. “The runway goes from side to side on the island because it’s the only flat space there, so it’s the best they can do. It’s a fairly safe operation as far as keeping people away,” he says, “It just happens to be the best place to land, so sometimes it’s a road and sometimes it’s a runway.”

 

Kansai International Airport (Osaka, Japan)

Background:
Land is a scarce resource in Japan, so engineers headed roughly 3 miles offshore into Osaka Bay to build this colossal structure. Work on the manmade island started in 1987, and by 1994 jumbo jets were touching down. Travelers can get from the airport to the main island of Honshu via car, railroad or even a high-speed ferry.
Why It’s Unique:
Kansai’s artificial island is 2.5 miles long and 1.6 miles wide—so large that it’s visible from space. Earthquakes, dangerous cyclones, an unstable seabed, and sabotage attempts from protestors are just some of the variables engineers were forced to account for. As impressive as the airport is, Stewart Schreckengast, a professor of aviation technology at Purdue University and a former aviation consultant with MITRE, cautions that climate change and rising sea levels pose a very real threat to the airport’s existence. “When this was built, [engineers] probably didn’t account for global warming,” he says. “In 50 years or so, this might be underwater.”

Hare-Force One: Boarding the Playboy plane

 

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From ferrying a prized ape to a widowed mate, to rescuing refugees from Vietnam in Operation Babylift, Big Bunny – or Hare-Force One as it was otherwise known – served Hugh Hefner and the Playboy family for five years. No doubt it had its fair share of ‘mile-high’ flying exploits…

At its peak, over a quarter of all male American college-goers picked up Playboy magazine every single month. And what does the patriarch of this booming empire, idolised and hated in equal measures by both men and women the world over, do to cement his status as the kingpin of the media world? He buys a private plane; and we’re not talking about a Cessna 172. Nope – in the birth of the hugely exciting jet age, Hugh Hefner bought an airliner for use at his (and several significant others’) convenience.

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In February 1970, Hugh Hefner took his maiden flight aboard the Playboy plane – a brand-new McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32, bought for an alleged USD 9m (a simply colossal sum at the time). This particular DC-9, though, was worlds away from its commercial brethren. In typical Playboy fashion, it was packed to the rafters with flamboyance and excess. Painted jet-black with Playboy rabbits adorning the tail fin, it was crammed with lavish décor and then-state-of-the-art technology. Those wanting to rest and relax could do so in the 12 folding sleeper chairs, while those in the mood could choose from several recreational activities – dancing in the discotheque or catching a film in the onboard cinema, for example.

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Mere mortals (playmates and celebrities) entered the jet through the front staircase, while Hugh’s personal boudoir – complete with Tasmanian opossum-fur-covered elliptical waterbed – was entered via a private folding staircase at the rear of the fuselage. There’s no doubt that here is where the proverbial magic happened. It wasn’t all fun and games aboard Big Bunny, though, and with air travel comes serious risk and responsibility, hence Hugh took the liberty of officially training several playmates as air-stewardesses; though the rabbit ears and bushy tails were dispensed with, in favour of knee-high boots and white aviator scarves.

Aside from shuttling Hefner and world-famous celebrities (Elvis, and Sonny and Cher, to name but three) from city to city, Big Bunny took some unusual excursions in the name of publicity. She not only rescued Vietnamese babies following the fall of Saigon, but also ferried a gorilla named Baltimore Jack across America to meet a recently widowed mate. Jack reportedly took a liking to Hefner’s waterbed; make of that what you will. But all good things must come to an end and, in 1975, Big Bunny was gutted and sold to a Venezuelan airline. Of the thousands of passengers who subsequently flew on her, we wonder how many knew of the earlier goings-on aboard Hare-Force One.

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The Doomsday Jet

The Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post, with the project name “Nightwatch”, is a strategic command and control military aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The E-4 series was specially modified from the Boeing 747-200B. The E-4 serves as a survivable mobile command post for the National Command Authority, namely the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and successors. The four E-4Bs are operated by the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron of the 55th Wing located at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska. An E-4B is denoted a “National Airborne Operations Center” when in action, it is to be a command platform in the event of nuclear war.

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 The E-4B is designed to survive an EMP with systems intact and has state-of-the-art direct fire countermeasures. Although many older aircraft have been upgraded with glass cockpits, the E-4B still uses traditional analog flight instruments, as they are less susceptible to damage from an EMP blast.[

The E-4B is capable of operating with a crew up to 112 people including flight and mission personnel, the largest crew of any aircraft in US Air Force history. With in-flight aerial refueling it is capable of remaining airborne for a considerable period (limited only by consumption of the engines’ lubricants and food supplies). In a test flight for endurance, the aircraft remained airborne and fully operational for 35.4 hours, however it was designed to remain airborne for a full week in the event of an emergency. It takes two fully loaded KC-135 tankers to fully refuel an E-4B. The E-4B has three operational decks: upper, middle, and lower.

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In January 2006, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced a plan to retire the entire E-4B fleet starting in 2009. This was reduced to retiring one of the aircraft in February 2007. The next Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates reversed this decision in May 2007. This is due to the unique capabilities of the E-4B, which cannot be duplicated by any other single aircraft in Air Force service, and the cancellation in 2007 of the E-10 MC2A, which was considered as a successor to the EC-135 and E-8 aircraft, and could also perform many of the same tasks of the E-4B. As of the 2015 federal budget there were no plans for retiring the E-4B. The E-4B airframe has a usable life of 115K hours and 30K cycles, which would be reached in 2039; the maintenance limiting point would occur some time in the 2020s.

All four produced are operated by the U.S. Air Force, and are assigned to the 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron (1ACCS) of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Maintenance and crews are provided by Air Combat Command. Operations are coordinated by the United States Strategic Command.

When the President travels outside of North America using a VC-25A as Air Force One, an E-4B will deploy to a second airport in the vicinity of the President’s destination, to be readily available in the event of a world crisis or an emergency that renders the VC-25A unusable. When the President visits Honolulu, Hawaii, an E-4B has often been stationed 200 miles away at Hilo International Airport on Hawaii Island.

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A right front view of an E-4 advanced airborne command post (AABNCP) on the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) simulator for testing.

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An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy. Such a pulse’s origination may be a natural occurrence or man-made and can occur as a radiated, electric or magnetic field or a conducted electric current, depending on the source.

EMP interference is generally disruptive or damaging to electronic equipment, and at higher energy levels a powerful EMP event such as a lightning strike can damage physical objects such as buildings and aircraft structures. The management of EMP effects is an important branch of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) engineering.

Weapons have been developed to create the damaging effects of high-energy EMP. These are typically divided into nuclear and non-nuclear devices. Such weapons, both real and fictional, have become known to the public by means of popular culture.