Bizarre Details About UFO Sightings That Don’t Add Up

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 Bizarre Details About UFO Sightings That Don’t Add Up

Thomas Mantell, a 25-year-old Kentucky Air National Guard pilot with more than 2,000 hours in the air, has the dubious distinction of being the first person killed by a UFO on January 7, 1948, according to We Are the Mighty.

Colonel Guy Hix, the base commander, described the object as “about one fourth the size of the full moon” and said it hovered, still, for over an hour. Another observer stated that it came near the ground before climbing quickly back to 10,000 feet, and it flew at more than 500 mph. Mantell and two others chased the UFO. His wingmen gave up at 22,500 feet, but, over the objections of the other pilots, Mantell kept climbing in pursuit. Once he passed 25,000 feet, he blacked out, and the plane spiraled. Bass Fishing Vids – Top Videos for bass fishing, lures and gear from YouTube today. Tiny boat nation

The Voice Before the Void states that historian David M. Jacobs marked this as the turning point: “[T]he fact that a person had died in an encounter with an alleged flying saucer dramatically increased public concern about the phenomenon.”

Theories were that it was a Soviet missile or that an alien craft had shot Mantell down when he got too close. People variously claimed that his body was bullet-riddled or missing and that what was left of his plane was radioactive. Project Sign at first suggested that he pursued Venus and then said that Mantell had died chasing an object that would have been unknown to him: a Skyhook balloon, then top-secret.

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