Was there a measurable amount of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) ping-ponging across the North American skies during the period of the 1950s?
The start of the 1950s witnessed Americans in a postwar era of uncertainty, yet with twinges of hope that resonated from a country moving forward after the end of the Second World War. The threat of conflict with the Soviet Union and the Red Scare continued to reside in dark concealed shadows, but Americans generally trusted in their government to keep them safe from all threats. After all, prosperity lay just on the horizon.
Suburbs became the place for young families to invest in and live. Mortgage rates were inviting, blue-jean pants made a social entrance, comic books took off, and hot-rodding became a pleasurable past-time for the youth. And as the years passed the 1950s blossomed with entertainment for the masses:
Television airwaves carried I Love Lucy, Have Gun Will Travel, The Jack Benny Show, and the Ed Sullivan Show. Movies excited with The Ten Commandments, Singin’ in the Rain, On the Waterfront, and Rear Window. Music seemed to define a new generation moving beyond the confinements of a previous generation, Fats Domino’s Aint That a Shame, Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock, Hank William’s Your Cheatin Heart, Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog, The Chordettes’ Mr. Sandman, and The Champ’s Tequila played across tinny speakers as these automobiles rolled forward into the future.
From all appearances America was in the process of rebuilding, and any type of threat assumed a position on the back burner. America was a power that refused to be intimidated by any natural entity. But what about the unnatural? During the summer of 1952, Americans reported a record amount of UFO sightings….
Project Blue Book (the studies and conclusions of the United States Air Force (USAF) concerning UFOs) is a familiar term to most, yet many don’t know this was actually the third of two prior studies dating back to the late 1940s. The USAF recognized the legitimacy of strange craft hovering in American skies and attempted to address it. However, I feel they were out of their league and they knew it! The ‘actual’ conclusions turned out to be not for public consumption and only then reserved for a select few. Project Blue Book was officially decommissioned and put out to pasture in January of 1970. Or was it?
In the intervening years had UFOs taken a sabbatical, or more likely, had the government taken a silent stand on the whole matter? When you don’t know exactly what you are dealing with, then mum is the best recourse.
During this period of the 50s there were numerous tales of aerial encounters between fighter planes and UFOs, with reported “shoot down” orders if they refused to land. Apparently the extraterrestrial visitors to our airspace were not playing nice. The stories seem to indicate that these skirmishes resulted in a rash of either destruction or the complete disappearance of military aircraft during interception.
General Benjamin Chidlaw, former commanding general of Air Defense Command, was not only vocal on the subject of UFOs (in a restrained form of military protocol), but was reported to have stated in 1953:
“We have stacks of reports of flying saucers. We take them seriously, when you consider we have lost many men and planes trying to intercept them.”
Just how many?
On the average, in those hazy days of the 1950s, the USAF was losing a plane a day to UFO encounters! According to the U.S. Defense Department figures from 1952 until 1956 there were 18,662 major ‘accidents’ of military aircraft. Of course not all can be attributed to dog-fighting in the sky with UFO craft, yet 9.5 % (1,773) were due to “unknown’ factors.
Were these losses of aircraft due to engaging with crafts of highly advanced technology? Well…I would think so! George A. Filer, the New Jersey State Director for Mufon (the Mutual UFO Network) and former military pilot comments:
“When I chased a UFO we exceeded the red lined aircraft speed by 20 knots. In the excitement of the chase it is easy to exceed aircraft capabilities and often some part of the aircraft may fail. Many stories are told of firing missiles and making direct hits on the UFOs that were unharmed, only to have them return fire and destroy the interceptor.”
Of course these encounters were nothing the military would ever readily share with the general public. Pilots, however, do talk amongst themselves.
It has now been decades since the 1950s. UFOs seemed to have had a high military concentration back in those days. Did they also in the following decades? Do they now? Or has the government and military wrapped the whole matter in a heavier cloak of secrecy? It would not be good business to alarm the public. If only we knew what was really going on behind the scenes then life as we know it would take a drastically different slant. It’s better to just keep quiet about it and move on with life. And…other priorities arise to the forefront and need to be dealt with….
At this writing (September of 2014) the United States, along with a coalition of other countries, are conducting bombing raids on ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) interests and strongholds in those countries. It started just a few days ago. And priorities have shifted, as they should. To be on high alert against this dangerous and radical threat should have all of our attention. It’s not such a nice world anymore. ISIS has grown in the numbers of those supporting their cause—from 5000 to over 30,000 in a relatively short amount of time. Europeans and Americans alike are traveling to the Middle East to join this demented cause. And it’s easy to put two and two together. ISIS has made no bones about the outcome of this migration: they state that they WILL attack European and American interests, and will do so by using these recruits returning to their native western countries!
And on the UFO front…there are already reports of the sightings of UFOs in the skies over these bombing raids. It would seem they are very much intrigued about the outcome. And if reports are to be believed, they have always been in the background of every major military confrontation throughout the ages. I believe it is called—Observation.
I was reminded of our military airpower as I flew into Elgin Air Force Base in the panhandle of Florida and watched the F-35 Lightning II, a stealth multirole fighter in its current test phase, rolling along a runway outside my window; or during that week watching two EV-22 Osprey tiltrotar aircraft circle lazily over a Wal-Mart parking lot on a cloudy afternoon; or driving past Hulburt Field, a USAF installation and home to the Airforce Special Operations Command; or gazing at the afternoon sunlight reflecting off of the metal of fighter jets arching over Pensacola Bay and disappearing into the haze of the horizon, while the thrust of their engines remained long after they were gone.
It gives me a sense of confidence in America’s strength, abilities, and resolve against ISIS or whatever comes our way into the future. UFOs that have traveled the length of the galaxy and can disappear with the flick of a finger however is another matter entirely. How do you arm against this technology?
The government then (the 1950s) and the government now will not hold a news conference to let the general public in on what mysterious realities are going on in the skies over the United States. We will only receive the information they want to give us and in small measured doses. Meetings will continue behind closed doors, conclusions drawn and filed away for future reference. Pilots will continue to be silenced and have to live quietly with encounter experiences many miles above the earth. They can tell no one.
Yet…occasionally these stories have a way of slipping out….
A special thanks goes out to George Filer and The Filer Files # 39-2014 for information contained in this article.
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