An alert reader (kudos to Keith) brought yet another alternative possibility to mind with respect to how a “shape shifting” UFO need not be alien technology. He cited the following from W. A. Harbinson’s important book, Projekt Saucer:
The fuselage of the experimental craft is covered with a plasma shell. As radar waves track the unknown craft from below, the waves are unable to find its true shape, shimmering and sliding over the plasma surface; and so the screen at the radar station receives indistinct, amorphous (and spectacular) blob-like impressions.
It’s been a while since I read Harbinson, so this was a welcome reminder.
And by the way, I hope I am not the only one who noticed that none of the evidence for fantastic human technology that could mimic the amazing behavior of saucers that Joseph Farrell has brought to light in his series of books on the subject was addressed in the UFO Iconoclasts post that asserted man-made UFOs were a myth. Until I see rebuttals of the documentation and the derivative hypotheses detailed by Dr. Farrell, I’m not going to be persuaded of alien origins. If you have not read his books, you need to, as he is able to document powerful human technologies that, were they applied in the late 1940s, 50s, and 60s, would certainly explain much. And he builds a very good circumstantial case that this application could indeed have been funded and accomplished. Here are the titles to which I refer:
Reich Of The Black Sun: Nazi Secret Weapons & The Cold War Allied Legend
The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: Nasa’s Nazis, JFK, And Majic-12
Roswell and the Reich: The Nazi Connection
As with any other scholar, I can’t endorse everything Dr. Farrell writes or positions he holds. But anyone making any claims thereto who has not read his works and has not refuted his case should politely do both before opining. When combined with things like Harbinson suggests and ghost radar, we may be able to explain all of the fantastic flight phenomena through such works, leaving only the issue of alien bodies as the real point that needs resolution. And of course all we have on those is anecdotal (and some alternative hypotheses that involve humans).
Back to writing Part 2 now!
I read the UFO Iconoclasts post before you started writing on this, and I too felt that a lot of assumptions were being made. I’m glad you’re doing this.
By the way, I remember Harbinsons stuff from way back but never thought to read him as an adult. Do you recommend some of his books to someone interested in serious investigation of man-made UFO’s? Sounds like you do from this post but just wasn’t sure.
read Projekt Saucer — it’s uneven in quality, but the technology parts are worthwhile. I think his work has been superseded by Farrell.