Origin of the “Foo” Fighter

One of the most baffling mysteries of World War II was the strange aerial apparitions in the shape of blazing balls which were encountered over Truk Lagoon, in the skies of Japan, the West Rhine area of Alsace-Lorraine and over the Bavarian Palatinate. They were met by U.S. night fighter pilots, by U.S. day bomber squadrons and by some Royal Air Force pilots.

These weird balls of fantastic and variable speeds, glowed from orange to red and white and back to orange, and appear to have been sighted first at 10 p.m. on November 23, 1944, by a U.S. pilot in the area north of Strasbourg in Alsace-Lorraine.

Three nights later they were again seen by a U.S. pilot flying in the same area. They were seen for a third time on the night of December 22-23, 1994, by a U.S. pilot flying a mission over the same area. Just before the Allies overran and captured the secret German experimental bases east of the Rhine these balls vanished. After these bases were overrun by the Allies, not even the slightest clue was ever discovered hinting that the Nazi technicians had invented and flown these mysterious blazing balls.

Over Japan, their pilots met the blazing balls and took them to be secret and mysterious aerial devices of the Americans or the Russians. On the other hand, equally mystified U.S. pilots supposed that the balls were a curious device thought up by Japan as a last-ditch expedient to stave off mass-bombing raids.

One pilot, chatting in the mess with others who had seen these light balls on night flights and had been “ribbed” by intelligence officers who heard their reports, had an idea. “Let’s call the so and so’s foo fighters,” he said. The name stuck. It seems to have been suggested by a comic strip in which one “Smokey Stover” said: “Yeah, if there’s foo, there’s fire.” Probably the slang word foo is a corruption of the French word feu, or fire.

John Kilgallon
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Frank Feschino’s “Shoot Them Down”

Frank’s site. Please listen to Stanton’s video about Frank’s research.

UFOs! Flying Saucers! Interdimensional Craft!

Look up in the sky! Is that a bird? No, it’s a plane. It’s a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object)? For many years, people have seen strange and unfamiliar things in the sky. These contraptions don’t have wings or tails and appear to be faster than any known jet powered aircraft.

The numerous sightings began in the early 20th Century, but really took off in 1947 with Ken Arnold’s sightings near Mount Ranier.  Numerous investigations and the interest of millions of people has since brought another science forth.  Ufology–the study of unidentified flying objects. A lot of work has gone into sightings cases and investigations which has resulted in researchers classifying something seen in the air into certain categories.

UFOs are often associated with the term flying saucer, but UFO is actually quite factual in its meaning. Unidentified.  Flying. Object.  With the mere mention of the acronym UFO in public one is often subjected to scoff or at the very least mild kidding from peers and co-workers.  The “leap” is to extraterrestrial, but my conjecture is if you can identify it as a “flying saucer” then it is no longer “UFO.” UFO by definition must remain an unknown object.

UFO does not automatically imply extraterrestrial or interdimensional so should not be the subject of ridicule as it has been in days past.  Popular media is just now giving the phenomena more exposure, often with less ridicule than past reports.  Are we being “prepared” for disclosure? I for one am ready for the governements of the world to put all the cards on the table.

John Kilgallon
Flying Saucer News!

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Caught on camera: Mysterious speeding object leaves UFO experts puzzled | Mail Online

Caught on camera: Mysterious speeding object leaves UFO experts puzzled | Mail Online

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From the Mutual UFO Network

Breaking UFO News! – Stephenville, Texas Radar Report!

Download the full MUFON Stephenville Radar Report .

MUFON will also provide an indepth review of the RADAR report at the MUFON 39th Annual UFO Symposium in San Jose, California, July 24 – 27, 2008. Don’t miss this important event!

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Saucer Project – TIME

Saucer Project – TIME

(from Time Magazine, May 31,1954)

The U.S. Air Force, which has batted
down many a flying-saucer report, has long wished (in private) that it
could build one. By last week, the Air Force was prepared to invest
heavily to make hallucination come true. Air Force men have inspected a
Canadian mockup saucer, approved a more advanced design, and hope
within three years to have a prototype that can take off straight up,
hover in midair, and fly at mach 2.5 [nearly 2,000 m.p.h. at sea
level]. Its designer: John C. M. Frost, 35, a tall, shy Briton with
a passion for flowers and flying saucers.

The Coanda Effect. Frost, who lives in Toronto with his wife and son,
helped to design wartime gliders, later the Vampire jet and DH-108
tailless jet. As chief design engineer for special projects at A.V. Roe
Canada. Ltd. (part of Britain’s famed Hawker-Siddeley aircraft group),
he worked on Canada’s first home-built jet fighter, the CF-100.
Meanwhile, in a top-secret screened area at Avro’s Maiton plant, he
designed flying saucers—at least one 40-ft. mockup, with a flattened
end and spindly undercarriage. This model, quickly nicknamed he
“Praying Mantis,” was designed to take off at a 40° angle
after a short run.

But Frost wanted a vertical take-off—which is quite a trick. Even such
a powerful jet engine as Pratt & Whitney’s J-57, with about 10,000
Ibs. of thrust, can barely lift its own weight vertically. After
countless wind-tunnel tests, Frost finally found what he thinks is a
solution in an aerodynamic principle known as “the Coanda
effect.”

Rumanian-born Henri Coanda, 68, a successful inventor who
lives in Paris, designed a primitive turbine-engine plane in 1909 and a
scale-model saucer in 1947.
But his great contribution to the art of making flying saucers was the
principle he discovered in 1937: curving one side of a nozzle will
deflect a jet blast to follow the curved side.

The Russians Ahead? Around the Coanda effect, Avro’s Frost created a
startling design shaped like a saucer, 40 ft.
in diameter, with a squat jet engine in the middle and a bubble cockpit
perched above. From the engine’s 35 burner tubes blasts would radiate
to 180 exhaust ports all around the saucer’s edge. To apply the Coanda
effect the pilot needs some kind of movable control over one lip of
each exhaust. To take off he would set these controls to deflect the
blasts downward. The downblasts
carry along with them more air from above the plane than
from below it. This decreases air pressure on the top, causing the
saucer to rise.

If he rises as he is supposed to, the pilot would then reset the exhaust
controls for normal jet flight. He could fly in any direction by
choosing the appropriate set of burners in his circular power plant.
So that he would always be facing forward, the cockpit would rotate
automatically as the craft changed direction.

Fantastic as Frost’s saucer sounds, it may not be the first. The USAF’s
willingness to spend money on saucer-plane experiments results from a
growing belief that the Soviet Air Force may be ahead of the U.S. in
this field.

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HOLY FRAK! Moon transits Earth!

HOLY FRAK! Moon transits Earth!

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