Alien Conspiracy Podcast
E8 Lakenheath Bentwaters 1956

E8 Lakenheath Bentwaters 1956

November 4, 2019

One of history's most interesting cases! What happened that night, so long ago, in 1956? Was it a bird, a meteor? Or perhaps something out of this world. Other strange things have happened in the area, for example Britain's most famous case in 1980, the Rendlesham forest incident. Is this in any way related? Probably not.

 

A summary from Wikipedia:

 

The commonly cited sequence of events is recorded in the original Project Blue Book file by the USAF, subsequently analysed by the Condon Committee's report and by atmospheric physicist James E. McDonald.

The incident began at the USAF-tenanted RAF BentwatersSuffolk, on the evening of 13 August 1956. This was a dry, largely clear night with, observers noted, an unusually large number of shooting stars, associated with the Perseid meteor shower.

At 21:30, radar operators at the base tracked a target, appearing similar to a normal aircraft return, approaching the base from the sea at an apparent speed of several thousand miles per hour. They also tracked a group of targets moving slowly to the north-east which merged into a single very large return (several times the strength of that from a B-36) before moving off the scope to the north, as well as a further rapid target proceeding from east to west.[4]

T-33 trainer from the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, crewed by 1st Lieutenants Charles Metz and Andrew Rowe, was directed to investigate the radar contacts, but saw nothing. No visual sightings of the objects were made from Bentwaters in this period with the exception of a single amber star-like object which was subsequently identified as probably being Mars, then low in the south-east.[5]

At 22:55, a target was detected approaching Bentwaters from the east at a speed estimated around 2000–4000 mph. It faded from the scope as it passed over the base (possibly suggesting anomalous propagation as a source for the target, although ground-based radars almost always have a blind spot overhead), reappearing to the west. However, as it passed overhead a rapidly moving white light was observed from the ground, while the pilot of a C-47 at 4000 feet over Bentwaters reported that a similar light had passed beneath his aircraft. At this point, Bentwaters alerted the U.S.-tenanted RAF Lakenheath base, 40 miles to the north-west, to look out for the targets.[6] Ground personnel at Lakenheath made visual sightings of several luminous objects, including two which arrived, made a sharp change in course, and appeared to merge before moving off. The angular size of these objects was compared to that of a golf ball at arm's length, and they were stated to dwindle to pinpoint size as they moved away, an observation which seemed to rule out a bolide or bright meteor.[6]

The final phase of the incident was described in some detail by Technical Sergeant Forrest Perkins, who was the Watch Supervisor in the Lakenheath Radar Air Traffic Control centre, and who wrote directly to the Condon Committee in 1968. Perkins claimed that two RAF De Havilland Venom interceptors were scrambled and directed towards a radar target near Lakenheath. The pilot of the first Venom achieved contact, but then found that the target manoeuvred behind him and chased the aircraft for a period of around 10 minutes despite the latter's taking violent evasive action; Perkins characterised the pilot as "getting worried, excited and also pretty scared".[7] The second Venom was forced to return to its home station due to engine problems; Perkins stated that the target remained on their screens for a short period before leaving on a northerly heading.

 

Is there anything else to the sighting? Tune in for Agents ETA and Anderson as they discuss this fascinating case.

E7 The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill

E7 The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill

October 26, 2019

September 19, 1961. Betty and Barney drive home from vacation in Niagara Falls. What happens that night becomes history's best known alien abduction.  What really happened? Were they abducted by aliens, or perhaps the stress of the times caused them to hallucinate the whole thing? Lets find out in this week's episode!

 

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E6 The Death of Kurt Cobain

E6 The Death of Kurt Cobain

September 19, 2019

The death of Nirvana's front man, Kurt Cobain, shocked the world. Despite being ruled a suicide, many still believe there was foul play involved. Is there any evidence? Lets find out in this week's episode!

 

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E5 The Phoenix Lights

E5 The Phoenix Lights

September 12, 2019

1997, Nevada and Arizona. Perhaps the most well known modern sighting takes place as thousands of people witness a large craft slowly and silently fly over populated areas in the south western states. Was it really a UFO, or are the skeptics right when they claim it was merely airplanes flying in a v formation? Tune in for this week's episode! Follow the show on twitter @alienconpod.

Special Edition: 9/11

Special Edition: 9/11

September 11, 2019

The most infamous conspiracy of them all... the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This one needs no introduction. We can't possibly cover everything in a single episode, so in stead of a comprehensive look at the events, Agents ETA and Anderson each choose a topic. Agent ETA talks about financial shenanigans and Agent Anderson discusses the recent TDO hacks.

E4 A Few Classics

E4 A Few Classics

September 5, 2019

People have witnessed strange things since the beginning of time. In this episode, Agent Anderson recounts some of history's most intriguing sightings. Mysterious airships, Roman armies, and even a US President (sort of). Come along and listen to a few tales of old in episode 4, A Few Classics.

E3 Gobekli Tepe

E3 Gobekli Tepe

July 19, 2019

Come along as we discuss the oldest known man made megalith, Gobekli Tepe! This site, uncovered by Klaus Schmidt, is one of the strangest archaeological finds ever. The main theory is that cave men built it, but is this plausible? For the first time Agent ETA joins the show.

E2 Kelly Goblins

E2 Kelly Goblins

June 13, 2019

1955 Kelly Kentucky. A family is harassed by strange creatures all night long. What were these strange creatures? Aliens? Escaped monkeys dressed in silver suits? 

Come along for one of the most famous and extraordinary cases in UFO history.

 

E1 Swamp Gas

E1 Swamp Gas

May 23, 2019

First episode! Michigan 1966. Many witnesses report strange objects moving about the skies. As public concern mounts, project Blue Book investigator J. Allen Hynek travels to Hillsdale to investigate. Is it a UFO? Aliens? A secret test vehicle? Swamp gas!?! in this, the first episode of the Alien Conspiracy Podcast, I take a look at the sightings in Michigan 1966 and examine the now public blue book file.