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    As I stated earlier I like to keep an open mind (.05%) for the possibility of alien craft. But there's one thing that has bothered me for quite awhile. Let's say that what crashed at Roswell wasn't a spy craft (highly doubtful) from another government and is wasn't alien (highly doubtful) so it must have been a balloon like the Air Force said. Reports of alien bodies recovered at the Roswell site have surfaced and been around for years. So the official Air Force explanation was another test project (the name escapes me) this one involving high altitude parachute drops using dummies. This explains the bodies that were seen. Of course that project took place a few years after Roswell. Then a balloon with an Air Force pilot came down rapidly and he was thrown out and his head was pinned under the gondola, which caused his head to swell to twice its normal size. A good explanation for aliens with large heads when this poor guy was seen at the base hospital. Of course that event took place in 1956 so the time frame doesn't fit. If the crash at Roswell was a balloon (Project Mogal) as the official Air Force explanation says it was, then there could not have been occupants, Soviet air crew or Alien crew. If there were no bodies, then why was it necessary to even come up with a plausible explanation for the presence of bodies in the first place. Just a little food for thought.
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    dragon - your comments are hysterically funny. :blink: ;) Sadly, I can honestly see that taking place with certain segments of our society, which would be a terrible commentary on our society for a first contact. Since our solar system apparently does not have any other life with the exception of the possibility of microbes or bacteria it is self evident that any other intelligent life would have to originate from another star system. The biggest problem is the vast distance. I personally believe that the universe is swarming with life, animal, plant and intelligent. Again the biggest problem is the incredible distance, almost beyond human comprehension. Light speed ain't gonna cut it. However, if a distant civilization has overcome the light speed barrier, like we did with the sound barrier, then the possibilty of contact exists. Engineers once believed the sound barrier was an absolute and couldn't be broken. One can only speculate what an advanced civilization has achieved, warp drive, short cuts through Black Holes or worm holes, time warp distortions and so on. We've just started to understand the mysteries of stealth technology. I've always had a sneaky feeling that any civilization that has overcome and mastered the time-distance problem could most likely enter our air space totally undetected, unless they wanted us to know they're here. For all we know they might be looking over our shoulder and reading this. "What was that! Did you hear anything?" :D dragon, thanks for the laugh. It'll get my holiday weekend off to a plesant start. Have a pleasent and safe 4th of July. Gunner
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    I don't know why but some of the best pilosophical observations I've heard come from Sci-Fi movies. In the 2nd Star Trek flick (The Wrath of Kahn) Mr. Spock says "the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few." How true. In the movie "Contact" with Jody Foster (based on Carl Sagan's book) her character as a little girl asks her father "do you think there's life out there?" Her father replies "if there isn't, then its a terrible waste of space." My screen saver at home is a program from the University of Calif. at Berkley - S.E.T.I. Every 40 hours I get a block recorded from the Aracebo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico and my PC (SETI progran) analyzes it. Its really sophiscated with oscilloscope and 3 dimentional graphs. When NASA pulled funding for SETI - Berkley continued by connecting to 1.3 million home computers and downloads a block of information previously recorded at Aracebo, along with the coodinates and azimuth. They only have a limited amount of time to use the facility so they record millions of band widths and use a network of home PC's for analysis. There's a protocol to follow if my assigned block picks up any transmission that isn't background noise or natural. If someday, somewhere, someone's, PC picks up any artificial transmissions from out there - they get co-credit for the discovery. If anyone wants to give it a shot just plug in keywords SETI - Berkley and you'll link right up. I figure since my computer is idle while I'm at work, what the heck. Its fun
  4. Awesome photography. Thank you for sharing.
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    Randy - I agree with you, I don't believe anything "alien" happened at Roswell. However when it comes to UFO's, I keep an open mind (.05%) just in case. I completely eliminate all reported sightings made by the speculation freaks. Its the people with impeccable credentials filing reports that I question. Airline pilots, military pilots, scientists, police officers, etc. To what end? What could they possibly gain. They know that the minute they make a report, they open themselves up to ridicule and evaluation. I've logged over ten thousand hours after 25 years of flying and have seen many strange things. However I've never seen anything that I would classify as a machine. Yet these people have seen something that made enough of an impression to risk their careers, especially pilots who on a daily basis identifiy airborne objects and note flight characteristics of aircraft in near proximity to their own. Even if I saw a saucer a 100 feet away from my plane and could see the pilot wave at me and then it shot forward at 2000 knots and made a 90 degree turn, I seriously doubt if I would report it or tell anyone.
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    At long last! The mystery is finally solved. (LOL, that was funny B) ) On the other hand, your theory is a plausible as any I've ever heard. As much as I would like hard evidence that would prove extra terrestial visitation at some point in our planet's history. I am more willing to accept your explanation.
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    Ken Lim - very insightful comments. We've both seen circular test AC, colloquially known as flying pancakes. Of course back then thrust vectoring wasn't even an idea yet. I wonder if that would have made a difference?
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    The other night I watched a program on the History Channel called “Roswell, The day After.†Every time I see a program about Roswell I always ponder the same question. 1947 was a very unusual year. The Air Force was about to go autonomous as a separate service. The Navy and the Army Air Force were involved in a huge congressional battle over funding. The Navy had demonstrated that the Battleship was history. Hence, from now on, Battle Groups and Task Forces would be formed around the aircraft carrier. The planet is 7/10’s water and the Navy could deliver an airborne force anywhere. The Army Air Force had become a strategic force and was charged with defense of U.S. airspace. It could also deliver a payload anywhere in the world. ITEM 1: In 1947 the only nuclear equipped squadron on the planet was the 509th Bomb Group based at Roswell Army Air Force Base. The 509th was the same bomb group that delivered the atomic bombs over Japan. In 1947 it was commanded by a Colonel named Blanchard. Keeping in mind that he was in command of the most formidable weapons systems ever developed, it is highly doubtful that that command would be given to an idiot. ITEM 2: As is the case with the commanding officer, the 509th’s Intelligence Officer could have not have been an idiot either. Its not like they scraped the bottom of the barrel to find an Intelligence Officer for the only nuclear squadron ever. Major Jessie Marcel was that officer. He also happened to be an expert in aircraft identification. You all know the “Story†– Radar stations in West Texas began tracking a bogey as well as did the radar station at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico until the target dropped off the scope. Several eye witnesses reported seeing the object descend and to most it appeared like a plane on fire. Two days later a Ranch foreman found a debris field which he thought was a plane crash. He gathered up some of the unusual crash material and took it home. Six days later he delivered it to the Sheriff in Roswell. The Sheriff notified the Air base and Marcel examined the material and notified Col. Blanchard. Blanchard ordered Marcel to accompany the foreman, Max Brazel (sp), back to the crash site. Marcel was also instructed to pick-up a civilian intel officer. ITEM 3: Col. Blanchard after examining the material ordered a press release that the AAF had captured a flying saucer. Why? He wasn’t stupid and was surely security conscious. I think his motive was to give the AAF a boost. “Sleep tight tonight, your soon to be Air Force is at work protecting you, just look at what we did.†ITEM 4: Everyone knows that all of a sudden everything was ordered quashed by the Regional Commander, one General Ramy (sp). Why? The next thing is an official denial and a photograph of Marcel holding a portion of a weather balloon. Marcel knew what a plane crash site looks like. He knew what a weather balloon looked like. Was he that stupid to misidentify a balloon for a plane? I think not, especially since your average eight year old Cub Scout could tell the difference between a plane crash and a balloon made out of film and balsa. So why the denial? SCENARIO 1: Both Blanchard and Marcel were total idiots and dropped the ball. The next two involve National Security. There are times when the public cannot be told the truth. An example would be after Pearl Harbor there were five separate commissions held before the war ended. Admiral Kimmel and General Short were blamed, even though they had not been sent copies the “Purple†intercepts. Purple was the code name for the Japanese most secret diplomatic code which we had broken. Had that fact been made public it would have let the Japanese know that we had broken their code and they would have changed it. It was vital to the war effort to keep that fact classified. SCENARIO 2: Blanchard and Marcel were made to look like idiots in the best interests of National Security. Something had crashed (man made or alien made) and we didn’t want the Russians to know about it. Remember the dust from WWII wasn’t even settled before the Cold War was being waged. When Yeager broke the sound barrier (also 1947) we clamped down on the news. We didn’t want the Russians to know that we could fly faster that sound. SCENARIO 3: Blanchard and Marcel were made to look like idiots in the best interests of the Air Force. Something unusual happened in the New Mexico Desert. Two different radar installations tracked it. The unidentified was over flying the most sensitive area in North America. Roswell AAF Base (Nuclear equipped squadron), within 100 miles of White Sands Proving Grounds, where a new delivery system was being developed (rockets), and within a 100 miles of Los Alamos where the atomic bomb was developed and new nuclear weapons were being developed. The AAF didn’t even investigate it and it wasn’t even brought to the AAF’s attention until a week later. To add injury to insult, a civilian discovered the crash. How would that look to the public, especially when the top brass was expounding on the virtues of having a new service, the Air Force, a state of the art force charged with the security of U.S. air space and something managed to penetrate our air space and they didn’t even look for it. Blanchard and Marcel, you have just volunteered to become the Kimmel and Short of 1947. Things have been a little slow on the board lately and I though this would liven things up a bit. I picked the Sci-Fi forum because this is where most Sci-Fi buffs hang out and I felt there would be more interest in this subject. Although I’m sure not if Roswell is Sci-Fi or fact, I do think something happened, I’m just not sure of what it was. Sorry this post is so long. I would pick scenario 3. How about you and why? ;)
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    Aviator Watches

    "All my ex's wear Rolex's" (ain't alimony grand?) :huh:
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    Aviator Watches

    Hi DUX - Please pay attention to Mister Sander. He is intelligent, at the top of his game, witty, philosophical at times, but most important Kolja always speaks truth in these type of matters. I concur with everone's assessment, as long as it keeps accurate time, the el cheapo is the way to go. Especially with the sophisticated avionics today. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't have a working knowledge of the basics and know how to compute time, distance, speed the old fashion way. It could save your bacon someday. I used to wear a timex ($6.95 at the BX back then) and I was quite fond of a two inch wide nylon band that secured with vel-cro. It also had a flap that covered the watch face. I wiped a few out, but replacement cost wasn't a big deal. Today I work full time as does my wife and uncle sugar sends me a check. Meaning I can indulge myself in a few things. I have a Breitling Aviator (I dig the little trademark wings in the dial) with all the bells and whistles, dials, bezels and it even has another watch built into the band (the face is about the size of a woman's watch) that I keep that set to Zulu. Although I never have need to know Zulu anymore. Ironically now that I have the super delux aviator watch I haven't logged a single hour of stick time in over two years. Karl, it is not my intention to stroke or embarrass you. I am so pleased that today's Navy still attracts fine young men like you and Spongebob as does the Air Force with men like Waco. I'd like to thank you guys for serving our country as well as all the other members of ARC that are active duty or active reserves.
  11. Chris - In that case check my post on Best Girl in Test Club. I think females are certainly capable to act in a combat role, I just think its much worse on them if captured.
  12. Not shabby - reminds me a little of Dana Delaney from China Beach.
  13. I'll apologize in advance if I hurt anyone's feelings, but that thing looks like Zsa Zsa Gabor's Christmas Tree.
  14. Certainly a good thing, something that has come of age and one doesn't get an assignment like that as a PR move. I commend the Air Force. (betcha didn't think you'd hear that out of me) I wonder how long it will take Navy to follow? The Blue Angels do have some female ground crew.
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