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Behind the Flying Saucers


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Behind the Flying Saucers

Francis Joseph Xavier Scully, better known as Frank Scully, was an American journalist, humorist and regular columnist for the entertainment magazine Variety. Most of all, he is known in the circles of researchers and fans of UFO subjects. He wrote about UFO landings in America, primarily about two such incidents in Arizona and one in New Mexico. It was also about the famousThe Roswell incident is an alleged UFO crash near the city of Roswell (New Mexico, USA) in July 1947.

Rosolska the incident

Rosolska the incident with a UFO (Roswell UFO incident) or just Rosolska the incident (Roswell incident) is called the expected crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell (new Mexico, USA) in July 1947.

Frank Scully published only one book on the subject of UFOs, but it became a bestseller that influenced the development of ideas about flying saucers. It was in this book that Scully was the first to suggest that the wreckage of the UFO that crashed in New Mexico was studied by the government, after which the US military began to use engineering solutions of aliens. In this article we will talk about the content of the book and try to assess its significance, highlighting those ideas of the author that not only became the foundation for the formation of ideas about UFOs, but still have an impact on them.

Readers' opinions about this book are diametrically opposed. Someone considers it the first serious study of UFOs, and someone accuses the author of falsification and falsification of facts (example). Serious perception of the contents of the book is hindered, among other things, by the author's peculiar style, which was probably influenced by his previous works. The author calls sources of information a certain Silas M. Newton and a scientist "Dr. Gee" (Dr. Gee), whose name he probably wanted to hide.

We were unable to find the book in Russian, so we will briefly retell its contents for those who do not know English well. However, we recommend that all fans of the topic of aliens and UFOs familiarize themselves with the original text, since this is one of the first books devoted to this topic.

Of all the books standing at the origins of ufology, this is the strangest. Its author did not see anything with his own eyes and describes the situation from the words of journalists, his acquaintances, geomagnetism experts (Silas Newton and Dr. Gee) and the creators of dubious theories. He does not make any reasoned conclusions, only argues. The information in the book is not based on the author's personal experience, it has not been verified by him, nor has it been verified by the publisher, since the book is not a scientific publication. In fact, the book is more about conspiracy theory than the phenomenon of flying saucers.

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In the book "What's behind the Flying Saucers" (1950), Francis Joseph Xavier Scully (an American journalist, humorist and regular columnist for the entertainment magazine Variety) was the first to suggest that the wreckage of a UFO that crashed in New Mexico was studied by the government, after which the US military began to use engineering solutions of aliens

Chapter 1. The Mystery of the University of Denver. The book begins with a description of the problem: the author mentions the existence of many UFO sightings that were not explained during the project "Project Saucer". He says that on March 8, 1950, at the University of Denver, Colorado, a certain lecturer (the author does not disclose the identity of the speaker at first) spoke with a question about flying saucers. He claimed that one of the alien spaceships landed 80 miles (128.748 km) from the university. He told a lot, but warned that he was hiding places, names and dates because of secrecy and security. Listeners' opinions about the lecturer and his material were divided into "sensational and stunning" and "ridiculous and absurd". About 60% of those present believed him, as the survey showed after the lecture; then the percentage dropped to 50%. Later, the unknown professor was wanted by the military. It turns out that the teacher was Silas Mason Newton, president of Newton Oil Company and a graduate of Baylor and Yale. Next, the author gives a description of several cases of UFO sightings. For example, the Denver Post reports that residents of Farmington, New Mexico, saw a lot of flying saucers in the sky on the afternoon of March 17. After that, the author tells about a certain colleague of his, "Dr. G", working in the public service in the secret defense secret, who told the author about the amazing case of the crash of flying saucers near the city of Aztec, New Mexico.

Chapter 2. What the Scientist Said. In this chapter, the author tells in detail about the contents of a lecture by a mysterious scientist who spoke at the University of Denver (at the same time, he relies on reports from the Denver correspondent of the Summerside Journal, published on Prince Edward Island in Canada). So, four flying saucers landed on Earth, three of which were examined by people. 34 dead humanoid creatures were found in them (the bodies were charred to dark brown) with a height of thirty-six to forty inches (91.4-101.6 cm). The lecturer assumed that their home was Venus. Instruments measuring the strength of the magnetic field were also found there. The lecturer suggested that these ships could travel at the speed of light. The disk that landed first had a diameter of 99.9 feet (30.44952 m) and a cabin height of 72 inches (182.88 cm). The second is 72 feet (21.95 m) in diameter, the third is 36 feet (10.9728 m). The dimensions of all ships are divided into nine, which may be a sign of the use of the Earth measurement system. The ships looked like all-metal (without rivets, screws and joints). There were no weapons on the ships. The flying saucers that the lecturer drew on the blackboard were very similar to the objects in the photographs takenBy Paul Trent from McMinnville (Oregon). The following is a description of the possible mechanism of operation of these plates. As already mentioned, the principle of their movement is based on the use of a magnetic field. The lecturer claimed that there were 1,257 magnetic lines of force per square centimeter of the ship's surface. He said that work on reproducing the principles of the plates is already underway. In the last sentence of the chapter, the author says that Dr. Ji has a story that he would like to convey to the reader.

Chapter 3. Some personal stories (Some Personal History). In this chapter, Scully talks about Silas Newton, who was a mysterious Denver lecturer. Newton was one of the great geophysicists of the oil industry, owning mysterious super-devices, the principle of operation of which was based (according to him) on the collection of data on magnetic emissions of oil. These devices were very effective in the search for oil fields. In the summer of 1949, he met Dr. Ji, a magnetic engineer, a specialist in magnetic fields working for the government. The author describes him as a genius who was far ahead of the rest of the world in the study of magnetic fields. Then there is a discussion of flying disks that crashed in the Mojave Desert, as well as a story about a trip to this desert to the site of oil developments.

Chapter 4. The clash of theories (Theories in Collision). In this chapter, the author cites the ideas of scientists (Willy Ley, Johannes Kepler and for some reason Lukian Samosatsky) regarding space flights. He compares them with the ideas of magnetic engineers who believe that "anyone who has mastered magnetic motion can move on a flying saucer from the moon to the earth in two seconds." He also cites the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky (for example, based on the ancient myths of India, China, Greece, Rome, Assyria and Sumer, he draws conclusions about another course of history, in particular, about the appearance of Venus from a fragment of Jupiter only about 3,500 years ago) and Bellamy, which, according to the author, are completely undeservedly not recognized by the official scientific community. The author finds these ideas true and based on them confirms his thoughts about flying saucers.

Chapter 5. The Lunar Fringe. In this chapter, the author claims that "the angels the prophets spoke about were actually flying saucers." He also tells about a certain photographer who took several photos of flying saucers, the speed of which was supposed to be 372,400 miles per second (598,676 km/sec), which is significantly higher than the speed of light, which is 300,000 km/sec. Then the author tells about the cases of observation of plates described in ancient texts. He mentions St. Joseph Cupertino, who had the gift of levitation and who, according to the author, could be an alien. He also cites other data that he has gleaned, probably from the above or similar sources.

Chapter 6. Hoaxes and Saucers. This chapter describes some interesting historical hoaxes. For example, how in the 20s of the XIX century the German astronomer Franz von Paula Gruituizen reported that he noticed whole cities on the Moon with a telescope; or the case of a UFO landing on the streets of Shreveport, Louisiana, when it turned out that this was the work of a certain joker who launched a homemade disk from the top of an office building.

Chapter 7. Reports of The Air Force (The Air Force Reports). In this chapter, the author talks about the project of the American Air Force "Saucer" ("Saucer"), in which various UFO incidents were investigated. The project was opened on January 22, 1948 and officially closed on December 27, 1949. The author gives examples of inconsistencies in official information, as well as a description of some cases investigated within the framework of the project. In particular, he mentions a famous case in the Cascade Mountains.

Chapter 8. From Fort to "Fate" (From Fort to Fate). At the beginning of the chapter, the author tells about Charles Fort (1874-1932. American researcher, compiler of reference books on unexplained cases). He mentions that Fort has recorded in his reference books a lot of cases that in modern ideas can be attributed to UFOs. The author dwells on the biography and ideas of Fort, as well as his attitude to mysterious cases. Scully claims that a lot of stories about flying saucers appeared in the Fate magazine. He examines these evidences through the prism of ideas about the case of Kenneth Arnold mentioned earlier, and also compares the observed apparatuses with experimental aircraft known at that time. At the end of the chapter, the author summarizes that, apparently, those who worked on the investigation of these cases still knew about the origin of the plates (this assumption was put forward in the 1948 issue of the magazine "Fate").

Chapter 9. Additional source data (Added Starters). In this chapter, the author provides information about UFOs from newspapers and magazines, as well as the opinions of various famous people about this problem (in particular, a discussion on whether UFOs are the latest government developments). In particular, he talks about the classification of Keyho, which he later mentioned in his book. The author again describes a number of UFO sightings by military and civilian.

Chapter 10. How astronomers see them (As Astronomers View them). The author begins the chapter with the statement that no eminent astronomer or astrophysicist has ever witnessed the appearance of UFOs, although they have spoken out on this topic and confirmed the possibility of space travel. In this connection, he mentions Dr. Donald Menzel of Harvard, Dr. Gerard P. Kuiper of Chicago, and Dr. Joseph A. Heineck of Ohio State. He contrasts them with a certain "astronomer from the University of Louisville, Dr. Walter Lee Moore" and the more famous "Professor George Adamski" (he calls him a professor, but Adamski was not a scientist: he owned the Palomar Gardens Cafe restaurant, was fond of astronomy and philosophy, and also wrote several books about UFOs), who witnessed UFOs, and Adamski was even abducted by one of them. Then he talks about the possibility of life on other planets (starting with Mars and Venus and ending with distant star systems), giving real scientific data relevant to the date of writing the book.

Chapter 11. Aerodynamic correction (An Aerodynamic Correction). The author begins the chapter with a story about Leo Bentz, an automobile designer who claimed that in 1928 he saw a confidential demonstration of a flying saucer designed by George de Bay in Griffith Park (California). Then Scully turns to the personality of aircraft designer Jacques Fresco, who designed a flying saucer back in 1938, but aviation companies said that the model was too revolutionary, and the idea was shelved. Later in this chapter, some discussions are described between the author of the book and the aircraft designer Jacques Fresco himself. In particular, they discussed the principles of motion based on the action of a magnetic field.

Chapter 12. Inside a flying saucer (Inside Flying Saucers). The author returns to the topic of the UFO crash victims again. He gives additional details about the ships and the principles of their operation. According to him, UFOs consisted of segments held together in the center. The UFO's engine was supposedly magnetic. He also mentions that the crew had a watch that probably showed the time according to the "magnetic day", the duration of which is 23 hours and 58 minutes, as well as a plain blue uniform with shiny buttons. Food was found in the plate that looked like small waffles. There was no toilet on the smallest ship – based on this information, Dr. Ji concluded that the flights were so short that the crew did not need a toilet. In this chapter we will learn more about the pilots of the ships: they looked like people, perfectly proportioned, despite their small stature. The author discusses with Dr. Ji the possible principle of movement of these ships, based on the use of magnetic field lines of force.

Chapter 13. From magnetite to Einstein (From Lodestone to Einstein). In this chapter, the author talks about the nature of magnets, the history of their study and the modern understanding of the principles of their functioning.

Chapter 14. Some definitions of magnetism (Some Magnetic Definitions). The author continues the topic of magnets and magnetism, talking about such terms and phenomena as magnetic flux, magnetic field, hysteresis and many others.

Chapter 15. Why plates land here (Why Saucers Landed Here). The author discusses the conspiracy of the government, hiding information not only about UFOs, but also about the prospects of technologies based on the use of magnets. He suggests that aliens have been using these technologies for a long time, and that is why they are able to develop the enormous speeds necessary for interplanetary travel, and white, blue, yellow, green and red UFO lights can be obtained even in the laboratory by acting on a magnetic field.

Chapter 16. The box with questions (The Question Box). On January 11, 1950, the author sent twenty questions about UFOs to the Pentagon, but no one answered them. Here are these questions:

  1. Do you think it's a good idea to close the Saucer project while there were more UFOs observed between December 21 and March 15 than at any other time of the year?
  2. Why do pilots who have been trained to identify aircraft of all manufacturers, models and nationalities describe the spaceships they have seen. how "saucer-shaped"?
  3. Did the Air Force really shoot down one of these ships instead of handing it over to magnetic engineers in order to figure out how this ship, if it was not assembled on Earth, was able to move from the magnetic force lines of another planet? In other words, how were they able to leave their force fields and move to ours?
  4. Will the Air Force ever publish what kind of "explosives", similar in appearance to disassembled flying saucers, they transported in army trucks from the Western research Base to Dayton, Ohio?
  5. Weren't all the dishes found in the western hemisphere magnetic, not reactive?
  6. Wasn't there a small plate, the one that is only 36 feet in diameter, equipped with a chassis on which steel-looking balls were installed instead of wheels, which in motion could not push 10 people away, while at rest one person was enough to move them?
  7. Considering how many of our planes crash on landing, wouldn't it be more correct to study the principle of operation of these magnetic landing gear balls instead of handing out their pieces to souvenir hunters?
  8. Why don't you post an entry with comments and answers to questions asked at a public demonstration of one of the people picked up dead from a flying saucer, placed in a preservative solution and positioned in a row between an embryo and an adult at an exhibition in Chicago?
  9. What happened to the remains of 16 people found in one of the large flying saucers and two more found in a small one?
  10. Have you revealed the secret of how these flying saucers close the door so that even the slightest crack cannot be found in their body?
  11. How can you assume that flying saucers were created by a foreign government, if back in the 1930s the most developed of them were happy to purchase Liberty engines from us (worth $100, with improvements - $1100) for $3000 apiece, and since then they have not had some genius capable of creating such devices to conquer airspace?
  12. Have you analyzed what our own factories are capable of producing, with or without your consent?
  13. Have you ever seen a radio station like the one found on a flying saucer landing on a ranch in New Mexico?
  14. Why did the Air Force in its report indicate Wolf 359 as an ideal habitable planet outside the solar system?
  15. What happened to the 3.2-foot-tall man's body that was found in a dish that landed in New Mexico and was on display in Chicago? Was it at the Rosenwald Institute?
  16. What do you know about magnetic fault zones in certain areas of the Earth, especially in Oregon?
  17. Do you know how magnetic waves are emitted by the Sun, go around the Earth, continue on the Moon, return to the earth and from there back to the Sun? Did you know that magnetic waves travel in a similar way between the Sun and Venus? If you don't know about this, then why did you insist on closing all the works that could help researchers of magnetism determine whether a plate with magnetic control can move from one magnetic zone to another?
  18. Scientists who studied flying saucers could not find on Earth two of the metals from which the saucers are made. How close were the Air Force researchers able to get to the solution from the start of the project to its expected closure?
  19. Don't you think that Donald E. Keyhole, a former balloon pilot and Navy pilot, had a good enough reason to admit the reality of flying saucers on the record and start denying it right after his story surfaced in True magazine?
  20. And finally, do you really believe that we were all fooled by the studio "Film Classics Inc." and their film "Flying saucer"?

Chapter 17. Some conclusions (Some Air-Conditioned Conclusions). The author begins the chapter with the statement that everything in the world is cyclical, and that the cycle of UFO sightings has ended. On June 25, 1947, Kenneth Arnold reported nine objects. On April 30, 1950, Mrs. Albert Golitzer saw eight cylindrical objects fly over the city of Centralia, Washington. It is not known whether these were the same objects that were looking for their crashed in New Mexico. The author claims that the Air Force is deceiving ordinary people, claiming that these are not aliens, and urges them to believe his words.

In the appendix, the author gives a small list of cases of observation of flying saucers (only the date, place, surname of the eyewitness, without much detail) in the period from 1947 to 1950, as well as a list of articles, reports and other publications on this topic.

Phenomena in artwork: UFO

Described in the book flying saucers represented the three disks of different sizes. The first disc had a diameter of 99.9 feet (30,45 m) and a cabin height of 72 inches (182,88 cm). The second was 72 feet (21,95 m) in diameter, and the third 36 feet (10,97 m). The size of all ships (in inches) is divided into nine, which in the opinion of the author may be a symptom use of the earth's system of measurement. Externally, the plates are very similar to objects depicted in photographs taken by Paul Trent of Mcminnville (Oregon).

The ships seemed to be all-metal (no rivets, screws and joints). However, they allegedly consisted of segments bonded at the center. Weapons they found.

The engine of a UFO supposedly magnetic. The little ship was not equipped with a toilet.

Translated by «Yandex.Translator»

Phenomena in artwork: The Alien

The aliens in the book is the pilots of three crashed flying saucers. Total found 34 dead humanoid creatures, rising from thirty-six to forty inches (91.44 - 101.6 cm). They looked like people completely proportional, despite the growth. Their bodies were charred to a dark brown color. The lecturer assumed that they came from Venus.

Translated by «Yandex.Translator»

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