Sunday, 19 October 2008

UFO Images & Phantom Planes

Paranormal photographs and UFO Images

Seeing as Halloween is almost upon us I thought I'd share some stories that lean more towards ‘paranormal' than 'Ufological' as well of course as the usual UFO related fodder. Anyway, I happened across a classic TV programme recently and one which I remember watching in my youth. It's a UK production called, “Strange But True – Encounters” and was fronted by Michael Aspel. This particular episode looked at the problems that trick photography, misperception and hoax images facing UFO & paranormal researchers face as well as several genuinely unexplained anomalies and photographs which still resist an defy any explanation.

Including a brief look at ghost images, UFO images, Bigfoot video, NASA footage, Manhattan UFO and a remarkable image of a squadron with the ghostly apparition of a their Naval mechanic who had died three days previous to the image being taken. Also shows a 'classic' UFO video taken at Nellis test range footage including an audio snippet of pilots discussing it. Includes Robert Irving, a Fortean Times writer and the landed UFO image he created for an article he'd wrote which was later claimed to be a genuine photograph.

The Phantom Planes Of The Derbyshire Dales

The second half of the episode goes on to discuss, “Phantom Planes” and airs an interview with Tony Ingle. Tony, who when walking his golden retriever saw a (silent) wartime aircraft pass about 50 feet above him, it appeared to be experiencing difficulties and also looked as if it came down in a nearby field, this was in April 1995!!

“It was very eerie...I could see the propellers going round but there was no sound…..It was getting lower and lower and I thought, this thing's going to crash.....It was bizarre...I could see it was banking as if trying to turn, and then it seemed to go down just over a hedge. I ran up the lane to see if I could see anything. I expected a plane to be in the field but there was nothing...just lambs and sheep. Everything was silent, you could hear a pin drop...”

The B-29 Bomber and its distinctive four propellors.

Includes footage of Tony Ingle returning to Aston Lane as he does frequently and his golden retriever (Ben) refusing to go anywhere near the field where they saw the plane and where it appeared to crash.

Phantom Airmen

The show also features rare interview footage with a Mr. Gerald Scarratt, whom originally witnessed the aftermath of the B-29 crash as a Glossop schoolboy in 1948. Gerald returned to the wreck with his son a quarter of a century later and discovered a gold ring engraved with the name of the plane's captain, Langdon P. Tanner. After the discovery was publicised, a group of aircraft enthusiasts asked Scarratt to show them the place where he found the ring, and he agreed to take them up to the crash site on Bleaklow, but when he bent down to show them where he had found the ring and looked up they had ‘scarpered' and were ten or fifteen yards away.

When he caught up with them they were ashen-faced. They said they had seen someone standing behind him, looking down and dressed in full flying uniform. Gerald told them he had seen nothing, but they said: "We've all seen him, thanks for taking us up, but we are going ."

Gerald has never seen or heard from any of them again!!

UK UFO researcher, Dr. David Clarke wrote about these and other incidents for his 1999 book, “Supernatural Peak District” in a chapter titled, “Ghost Fliers”. David has also made this particular chapter available at his website under the, “Supernatural Folklore” section which also includes photographs of the area and of the aeroplane in question.

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