[This story is based on a posting by UK researcher David Tilbury, dated February 19, 1997. Tilbury credits Tim Matthews of the Lancashire UFO Society for some of this information. CNI News thanks Philip Mantle for forwarding this item to us.]
During the last six months, the northwest of England has experienced a number of Flying Triangle sightings. Speculation is rife as to what the object may be.
Descriptions of the craft are usually detailed, as it has a habit of loitering, or hovering for a while, before departing at speed.
Worldwide, triangle sightings are numerous but inconsistent with regard to the reported size of the craft. The version most often seen in northwest England is usually cited as being between 30 to 50 feet across. Elsewhere in the world, triangles can have spans in excess of 100 feet. Although in-flight characteristics appear similar, some of the overseas versions do seem to be more exotic in terms of performance. Consequently, some UK researchers believe they are dealing with a different animal, not a true UFO, but a Research and Development craft of military origin, possibly a joint Anglo-American venture.
From studying eyewitness accounts, it appears that the vehicle is almost performing to its audience, as if the operators are interested to see the response of the observers.
Sightings are often accompanied by reports of a "charged" atmosphere, indicative perhaps of some form of field propulsion which allows the craft to hover, climb, turn and accelerate at will. This may also explain the slight humming noise evident at times. [Note: Nothing in current aerospace literature indicates that any kind of field propulsion has been successfully applied to an aircraft.]
Most witnesses describe a dark black triangular shape with lights at each corner, as well as a central red/orange glow. The corner illuminations may be conventional navigation lights, although they are usually dim and constant, and more probably represent the source of propulsion. [Note: This description closely matches objects sighted and photographed over Belgium in 1989-1990.] On some occasions, the whole craft is described as having an orange glow.
Triangle sightings in the UK sometimes include exotic details. For example, in mid-July of 1996, a Liverpool resident claimed to have observed the following incident, as quoted from UFO Magazine (UK), November 1996:
"Around 7pm on a pleasant summer evening in July, Dean Crowther looked out of the window of his luxury apartment overlooking the River Mersey, on the Wirral, at Liverpool.
"His curiosity was aroused by what appeared to be a strange looking boat leaving behind an even stranger wake in the water. As the object moved closer, Dean grabbed his binoculars and saw a black elongated triangular object emerging from the depths. He estimated the triangle to be approximately 30 feet long, by 20 feet wide. As he continued to watch, he was amazed when the object rose out of the water and into the air. [It] reached a height of 25-30 feet before hovering motionless.
"Suddenly, the object pivoted 45 degrees on its axis and then moved at speed, first into a horizontal position, and then assuming a vertical position.
"Throughout this time the edges of the object appeared to ripple and fluctuate, then seemed to metamorphose until the wing area appeared to take on a more solid form. It then travelled away at high speed, vertically, and was quickly lost from view. Dean said the object was matt-black in colour and took on an elongated triangular shape. It did not reflect light, but appeared to absorb it."
On October 24 at Southport, Lancashire, at least ten people reported seeing the triangle fly overhead.
On November 8, 1996, at 6:20 pm local time, a man named Mal Jones was driving to work with he spotted a black triangle moving slowly over Liverpool. He followed the object in his car and saw it hover over the River Mersey for at least 25 minutes before clouds obscured it from view. Jones reported "red dull light at front, two dull yellow lights at rear; the lights were like a torch with dying batteries. It was a perfect triangle." Jones said he could not make out any noise as he was driving.
On November 17th at 4:30 pm, a Sunday evening, five witnesses contacted Lancashire UFO Society, very concerned by their visual contact with a large "Triangle" in excess of 50 feet across.
Recently, a young boy revealed that during the first week of November, he and a friend had seen an object which appeared between the clouds for just a few seconds. They had drawn this to the attention of the friend's father, who dismissed it as "just a plane." Only when pressed for further information did he describe to researcher David Tilbury a solid black triangle, and an interesting detail: he pointed out that in the glow from the lights -- again, three white/yellowish, one red -- he could see what he described as pipes on the underside of the craft. This feature has been mentioned in the past by other witnesses throughout the world, but is not a regular observation. The location was the northern end of the Wirral peninsula, looking from high ground towards the River Mersey at around 6:50 pm.
Tilbury says, "All this adds weight to my belief that the mysterious black triangles are cutting edge technology aircraft."
The link with the Lancashire Aerospace factory cannot be ignored, Tilbury says. That factory includes a Special Projects facility, situated within the airfield boundary, well protected by heavy security measures, and geographically well-positioned for covert operations during the hours of darkness.
"There are certain things which, for reasons of Defence of the Realm, must remain under wraps, and I for one fully support that belief," Tilbury writes. "But if we have developed this revolutionary aircraft, then surely it's something to celebrate, not hide away behind some sort of bizarre alien facade, especially when sightings are beginning to cause public concern."
It was recently revealed that the BBC has been "heavily D-Noticed" -- that is, forbidden from broadcasting any information -- concerning reports of the black triangle. Tilbury suspects this may account for the BBC's relatively tame coverage of a January 1995 incident in which a commercial 737 jet reported a "near miss" with an unidentified aircraft over Manchester, England.
That affair was one of the few ever listed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as unexplained. After extensive investigation, the CAA investigation group concluded "...in the absence of any firm evidence which could identify or explain this object, it was not possible to assess either the cause or the risk to any of the normal criteria applicable to air-miss reports." The crew of the 737 were praised for their courage in reporting the incident. The unidentified craft flew directly over the cockpit of the 737, so close that the co-pilot instinctively ducked. Pilot and co-pilot both described the object as"wedge shaped."
The latest development occurred on February 13, 1997 over Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, when just before 3:00 pm local time, a black triangle was seen flying at about 200 feet between two RAF Tornados.
"The three aircraft were heading out to sea, possibly toward the North Sea ACMI (testing area) which hosts military exercises," Tilbury said. "The ACMI is an electronic warfare area bounded by high-tech pylons which register the activities of aircraft operating within the sector. Could the triangle have been on its way to show-off to our NATO allies?"
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