PHOENIX, AZ -- The Village Labs of Tempe, Arizona, has just begun the review of... extraordinary UFO video footage recently recorded by Tim Edwards [in] Colorado. The more than six hours of 8mm videotape is now being logged to isolate the most unusual frames for followup analysis of the intense, high-altitude UFO activity taped by Edwards from September 25 to October 2, 1995. Still photographs of the phenomena taken by Mr. Edward's father during this period will be analyzed parallel to the videotape for possible corroboration and additional data. The same aerial phenomena was seen over a very wide area by other witnesses including those in Lamar, Colorado, 200 miles east, as well as an aircraft mechanic in Las Vegas, Nevada, vacationers in Baja Mexico, and lab personnel using binoculars outside the Village Labs facility itself, all several hundred miles from Salida [Colorado].
Tim Edwards, a restaurant operator in Salida, gained national notoriety in late August of this year following the daylight taping of a very large UFO hovering in the upper atmosphere over his home. That videotape continues to be the subject of in-depth study at the Village Labs after it was concluded that the brilliant-white, apparently cylindrical object recorded by Edwards was estimated to be at least a mile in length, flying at an altitude of more than 60,000 feet, and displaying unprecedented movements and flashing colored light, even for a UFO. A Village Labs staff member, formerly with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a top-secret intelligence operative who was in a position to know, has classified the Edwards UFO as an "Alien Visitation Craft," or AVC, a NSA term to designate a vehicle that is "definitely not one of ours."
For more than an hour and within a triangular area near the mid-morning sun, the obviously enormous UFO exhibited rapid, darting and "dancing" movements, estimated to be in excess of 10,000 miles per hour by Village Labs head, Jim Dilettoso. The Edwards video of the huge object is to be featured in an upcoming segment of "Sightings," the internationally-syndicated television show on the paranormal. This first Edwards footage represents images as significant as anything ever recorded in the entire annals of the UFO history which includes tens of thousands of reports, according to Eric Gardner, the "Sightings" field director who interviewed Tim Edwards at the scene in Salida.
As it is virtually unheard of for the same witness to record genuine UFO activity more than once on film or tape, skepticism of Edwards' recent footage has been the typical reaction of investigators already involved in analyzing his first encounter. Of this latest UFO activity captured on videotape, however, Edwards related, "This time, with dozens of witnesses here [in] Salida and many others that were hundreds, even thousands of miles away that I have talked directly to over the phone, there is no denying that something very unusual has been going on up there... it's not just me, my family and a few others here like it was the first time in August".
Controversy has already begun to swirl around Edwards' latest video footage, being written-off by skeptics as purely natural phenomena of some kind including flying insects, spider webs, cottonwood spores or other types of seasonal, airborne debris. Eyewitnesses to this new phenomena, on the other hand, have taken an entirely different view, as the activity is described as occurring obviously at very high altitude and definitely not at low levels where organic material is commonplace at times and easily identified as such.
Authoritative scientific help has been requested by Edwards and certain investigators from the Astronomy Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as the National Observatory at Kitt Peak in Arizona, but no response was had to [this request to] witness first-hand the phenomena and offer alternative explanations such as unusual meteorological conditions or sunspot-related activity. There is evidence to suggest that very strong resistance from the mainstream scientific community to delve into the UFO question remains in order to avoid the risk of ridicule or experience the loss of credibility or professional standing.
An ongoing investigation by Michael Curta, Colorado State Director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), so far has revealed that an "identical" UFO was seen earlier that same Sunday morning of August 27th by two witnesses in Grand Junction, Colorado, some 200 miles west of Salida. The witnesses, local radio disc jockeys, [said] that two small objects shot down from the large craft and streaked into a nearby mountain, resulting in bright flashes, but with no audible sound. Mr. Curta is also still seeking seven witnesses who called in reports on that same date to the Astronomy Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder to come forward once again as their reports were "lost." The media is being asked to announce such and request that those individuals (or any other witnesses) to contact MUFON directly at (303) 451-5992.
Interestingly, the National UFO Reporting Center has disclosed that an unusual rash of UFO sightings with great variety continues to occur nationally, the current "flap" having begun in July just prior to Tim Edwards' first video encounter of the huge object in the Colorado skies two months ago today. Since then, Peter Davenport, head of the Seattle, Washington-based operation has recounted reports involving the sightings of "thousands of UFOs at a time," from the East Coast to West Coast and many locations in between. In view of this heightened UFO activity and the recent release of the purported alien autopsy from the Roswell, New Mexico saucer crash incident and other such "leaks," many experts in the UFO field are now predicting that the U.S. government will finally acknowledge officially in the months to come, after a lengthy "conditioning process," the reality of beings and their spacecraft from other worlds visiting our planet.
As is the case with the August videotape, testing of the latest Edwards UFO footage at the Village Labs will include in-depth thermal and motion studies, image enhancement and enlargement as well as computer graphics simulations of the UFO events based on a spectrum of data collected and the results of analysis. Dr. Bruce Maccabee of MUFON and other qualified experts such as former NASA scientist Dr. Jack Kasher of the University of Nebraska in Omaha, are being provided with first-generation copies of the Edwards video footage and being invited to join in the scientific evaluation of his unique UFO video and photographic evidence.
Tim Edwards is anxiously awaiting the results of the experts' analysis as he firmly believes that the world needs to be convinced of the reality of what he himself has now experienced first-hand. "The first experience was truly awesome... I truly felt at the time that I was witnessing something of great scientific and historic importance for the world... I believe that the August 27th craft was sending a message to the world and wanted to be photographed... that its appearance was somehow just the beginning of more to come... and that I was really blessed to be a part of it."
Results of the ongoing analysis of the Edwards video footage will be released to the media, as they are conclusive. The Village Labs is an advanced digital video technology design and engineering company... Village Labs founder and president, Jim Dilettoso, is a computer scientist and recognized authority on film and video image analysis technologies and their applications to purported UFO evidence, and has appeared as an expert on numerous radio talk shows and television programs including "Sightings," "Encounters" and "Unsolved Mysteries" as well as "UFO Encounter" on the Disney Channel and the Discovery Channel's upcoming series, "Mysteries, Magic, and Miracles."
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