[Starting in November of 1987, Gulf Breeze, Florida became known as one of the world's top UFO hotspots. Starting with photos taken by building contractor Ed Walters, the Gulf Breeze UFO flap is also among the most filmed and documented records of UFO activity in history, probably rivaled only by the ongoing flap in Mexico.
From the beginning, the photos were scrutinized by a wide assortment of researchers, none more expert than Dr. Bruce Maccabee, who works as an optical physicist for the U.S. Navy. Time and again, Maccabee has subjected the Gulf Breeze photos to rigorous tests, even inventing new testing procedures to fit the unique Gulf Breeze photo opportunity. And, despite a host of skeptics who tried in every way to debunk Ed Walters and the entire Gulf Breeze UFO phenomenon, Maccabee staunchly maintains not only that the photos are genuine, but that they show clear evidence of exotic aircraft not built by humans.
Now Bruce Maccabee has teamed with Ed Walters to write what may become the definitive book on the Gulf Breeze UFO photo evidence. Boldly titled "UFOs Are Real... Here's The Proof," the book analyses dozens of the best images from Gulf Breeze as well as numerous credible photos from other locales.
CNI News asked Bruce Maccabee to tell us why his new book is "proof" that "UFOs are real." His response follows. The book "UFOs Are Real... Here's The Proof" by Ed Walters and Bruce Maccabee is now available as an Avon Paperback.]
by Bruce Maccabee
(Feb 1, 1997) -- The new book, "UFOS ARE REAL... HERE'S THE PROOF" provides the analysis of nearly three dozen sightings, some never previously published, from the area around Gulf Breeze, Florida. The analyses of these sightings would be sufficient to prove to a thinking person that UFOs, whatever they are, are not explicable in terms of normal phenomena. In other words, "UFOs are real." Furthermore, in most of these cases the UFO was recorded on film or video with sufficient clarity to indicate that it was a structured object, i.e., a "craft," presumably built by some non-human intelligent beings. Several videos discussed in the book provide evidence of UFO acceleration which far exceeds the accelerating capability of human-made craft.
Of course, numerous books have already been published which present convincing sightings. So how is this one different? This book presents the photographic and video technical details of most of these sightings so that the technically oriented reader can do his/her own analysis. For example, the analysis of one of the photos by Ed Walters includes a graph which proves the photo was not a double exposure, as has been claimed by the skeptics. In other cases, measurements of photographic images are presented which would allow the reader to do his/her own calculations of distance and size of the UFO, or to calculate its speed or acceleration. The book also refers the reader to published articles which provide even more details.
Besides providing convincing technical analyses of nearly three dozen sightings, this book also discusses in some detail nearly fifty other sightings from the Gulf Breeze area and over forty sightings from around the world. Of particular interest are the never-before published sightings which were reported to Ed Walters after the publication of his first book. (Ed as received over 20,000 letters.) Here he presents, along with his own recent sightings, two dozen visual sightings and 9 photographic sightings which he has selected as some of the best by witnesses in the USA and throughout the world. One of the most interesting, for example, is the photo taken from a mountain top near Angel Falls in Venezuela which shows a UFO hovering above a cloudy valley and shooting an orange beam of light downward onto the top of the cloud.
Also here, for the first time in any book, are the descriptions of some of the more recent sightings by the MUFON research team in Gulf Breeze. This includes my own sighting of September, 1991, of a ring of lights, looking like a chandelier, which suddenly appeared in the night sky over Gulf Breeze. Seventy seconds later it faded away after appearing to move into the wind toward us. Photos of the ring are included. This and hundreds of other sightings from Gulf Breeze have not been explained. The reasons for the failure to find rational explanations (such as flare/balloon hoaxes) are published here for the first time in any book.
Of course, a major portion of the book is concerned with sightings which Ed has had in the last five years, some of which are presented here for the first time anywhere. Ed has had some experiences which can only be classified as amazing or astounding or... yes, unbelievable. And I wouldn't believe them if it weren't for the years -- yes, years -- of studying his sightings and photos and looking for evidence of hoaxing. I'd be willing to bet that over these last nine years (starting in February, 1988) Ed has done more experiments designed to test and elucidate his photos than all other UFO witnesses (and UFO investigators!) combined. Many of the experments, which I requested, could have PROVEN his photos to be fakes, IF they were fakes. However, the experiments showed the photos weren't fakes. Instead, the experiments provided information which allowed me to calculate, in some cases, distances, sizes, speeds and even accelerations. The combination of photos and analyses has built a body of evidence which seems unassailable... and which should convince even the most skeptical scientists that SOMETHING is flying around, and we don't know what it is!
The reader may wonder why, after nearly 50 years of sightings, anyone is still interested in finding "proof." After all, haven't the sightings proven themselves thousands of times over already? Can we reasonably reject the hundreds of thousands of sightings by all sorts of people under all sorts of conditions as merely aberrations of seeing (misidentifications), aberrations of the mind (delusions) or hoaxes? Reasonable or not, conventional science and the skeptical public (including the news media) HAVE rejected all this sighting evidence. Fifty years after Kenneth Arnold's sighting -- which has NOT yet been explained (but most people don't know that; they only know what the vocal skeptics and the Air Force have been saying: "mirage") -- UFO reality has not been generally accepted. Yet, "THEY" (whoever they are) ARE HERE. This book provides yet another, perhaps the best yet, attempt to provide convincing PROOF based on hard evidence (photos, videos) that UFOs ARE REAL.
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