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I suppose you think it’s pretty weird, don’t you Mike? Well. You’d be right. ’Cause that’s the kind of guy I am, right. Weird. Which is why I go over people’s heads. A bit like an aeroplane. You think I’m an aeroplane, don’t you, Mike? Well I’m not. The Young Ones s1e1: Demolition: Rick to Mike, BBC 1982
To the north of the terminal buildings I could see the high deck of the flyover straddling the airport entrance tunnel, clogged with traffic that seemed about to re-enact a slow-motion dramatization of our crash. J G Ballard, Crash
Let’s start with ‘public seating area’; it’s a goddamned seat! George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty
A series of things that are pissing me off … I have major psychotic hatreds … airport security … George Carlin, You Are All Diseased, HBO 1999
From an MI5 document … Flight Pan Am 103: the Lockerbie flight: In 1995 an American Intelligence summary written three months before the bombing was released under the US Freedom of Information Act. It warned of a terrorist attack and specifically mentioned Pan Am as a likely target. The Mark Thomas Comedy Product: Secret Map of Britain, Channel 4 2002
I assure you everything’s all right. Thank you. The Day of the Triffids 1962 starring Howard Keel & Nicole Maurey & Janette Scott & Kieron Moore & Mervyn Johns & Ewan Roberts & Alison Leggatt & Geoffrey Matthews & Janina Faye et al, director Steve Sekely, blind air hostess to blind passengers
Twenty-two-year-old Penny Hale was also working in something of a man’s world. The only woman technician on a team building a great British techno dream: Concorde. Kirsty Young, The British at Work: Them and US 1964-1980, BBC 2011
I have a problem – I have a real problem. Art Scholl, US aerobatic, plane enters spin & crashes
The CIA didn’t like awkward questions being asked of these high-flying aircraft. And in fact we have evidence today that it had encouraged UFOs stories as a kind of veil in which it could hide some of this spy-plane technology. Nick Pope, former Ministry of Defence UFO desk
We do know from Sporenberg’s evidence that the Bell was a revolutionary device. And the Fly Trap designed as its test-rig was fed with underground cables running to the heart of the structure ... Is it possible that the UFO sightings over Nazi Germany were related to this quest. Nick Cook, Are UFOs Real? 1/2
It’s the testing ground for the US Air Force’s most secret technology. When the U2’s covert life ended, this is what Bissell’s designers came up with: the Blackbird is the apex of aerospace technology. Nick Cook, Are UFOs Real? 2/2
It wasn't just Bissell who had flying saucers on his mind. Just across the border Avro, a Canadian-based company, had recruited talented British aerospace designer John Frost to work on a flying saucer ... Called the Avro-car it was a handful to fly and could barely get off the ground. But it caught the eye of the United States Air Force. ibid.
Buried in the depths of the archives I’ve discovered some blueprints which reveal something quite fantastic. A supersonic saucer called the Silverbug. It was truly revolutionary. ibid.
The story of successive attempts to develop radically different forms of flight conducted under the strictest secrecy is inextricably bound up with our relationship with UFOs over the last sixty years. ibid.
Recently a series of sonic booms were heard exploding across California and Nevada. Something was in the sky that could be heard and felt but not seen. Some informed observers, and I’m one of them, believe it was an aircraft travelling at several thousand miles per hour, a secret project known as Aurora. ibid.
There is evidence in this recently declassified Air Force document that saucer-shaped aircraft were on the drawing boards of America’s technical intelligence center. Riddle of the Skies, 1999
Another group of highly credible witnesses is represented by airline pilots. UFOs and the Military Elite, PSTV 2009
February 28th 1996 Flight Air Shuttle 5959 travelling from Detroit to Cleveland observed a strange object of pulsating light. ibid.
November 18th 1995 Flight Lufthansa 405 from New York to Frankfurt crosses an unidentified cylindrical object flying in the opposite direction and leaving a thick trail of green smoke behind. The same object is seen by the pilot of British Airways 226 which follows the Lufthansa flight a few miles behind. ibid.
A similar incident was registered by Flight Swissair 127 in August [9th] of the same year. ibid.
May 26th 1995: the crew from Flight America West 564 travelling from Florida to Nevada observed a strange object with a series of flashing lights floating still in the skies of Texas. ibid.
A revolutionary new theatre of war was created – the air. World War I in Colour: Blood in the Air
British airships grew ever more sophisticated. ibid.
The Germans carried out the first civilian bombing in January 1915 on the Norfolk coast. ibid.
In May 1915 Zeppelins bombed London: seven civilians were killed. ibid.
31st May 1915: a new kind of terror campaign: for the first time in history innocent civilians were being bombed in their own homes. Attack of the Zeppelins, Channel 4 2013
An enormous airship called the Zeppelin. For two long years these gas-filled monsters poured down death with impunity. While the British struggled to find a way to stop them. ibid.
Containing the gas is still a problem. ibid.
The beginning of modern warfare. ibid.
Long Island, New York July 17th 1996: TWA Flight 800 crashes into the Atlantic off the coast of Long Island killing 230 passengers and crew. Four months later Pierre Salinger, former press secretary to President John Kennedy, makes a stunning allegation. He claims Flight 800 was shot down by a missile and the Navy is trying to hide the truth. Unsolved Mysteries
The Persian Gulf Summer 1988: The Persian Gulf swarms with US Naval vessels and aircraft. Just three months earlier an American ship had been badly damaged by an Iranian mine. The Navy’s goal is to protect US oil tankers from increasingly hostile Iranian forces. The centrepiece of the US presence was the USS Vincenze ... 290 passengers aboard a commercial Iranian Airline’s flight were dead. Unsolved Mysteries