The 1965 Exeter Incident - Shooting down the red lights

Some 7 months ago, when I presented my solution to the 1973 Coyne Incident, I mentioned a few other UFO cases that have been explained as aerial refueling tankers. I also mentioned some disagree, and I might take a closer look at them too at some point. I was mainly interested in the Exeter case due to its high significance in the history of UFOs. That case popped up once again a few days ago while I was reviewing some events of that history, and I decided now is the time to take that closer look.

Along the way I will note several lessons from and similarities with the Coyne Incident.
Summary of the sighting The Exeter incident happened on September 3, 1965 near Exeter, New Hampshire. To put it briefly and bluntly, one hitchhiker (Norman Muscarello, age 18) first alone and then with two cops (Eugene Bertrand, age 32, and David Hunt, age 26) saw a group of bright flashing red lights at night, two of them believed they were very close, and got mightily scared.

That probably soun…

Harry Reid's AATIP letter

There has been a couple of recent developments that could help to clear up some confusing aspects of the AAWSAP/AATIP programs:
Publication of senator Harry Reid's June 24, 2009 letter to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, requesting a Restricted Special-Access-Program (SAP) status for specific portions of the AATIP program. The original NYT article already mentioned that request was then denied.Luis Elizondo's talk at the MUFON Symposium. Time to see if those fit to earlier information and my earlier analysis of the AAWSAP/AATIP programs.
Those names again First we have to get back to the old questions about the naming of the program, which has been surprisingly confusing. The letter clearly talks about the AAWSAP program with many matching details, but oddly never identifies it with that public official name. Instead it only refers to it by an "unclassified nickname" AATIP, as mentioned there:
Unclassified Nickname: Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (A…


George Knapp just published the list of DIRD papers that were produced as part of the AAWSA program as required by the solicitation documents.

My earlier analysis indicated that the public AAWSAP solicitation and those DIRD documents seemed to have been something like a smokescreen for concealing questionable use of money on UFO/paranormal research, which was arranged between a small circle of friends. The now released list of titles and authors doesn't seem to give any reason to chance that opinion.

Only a few of those documents are publicly available, but the select few that are indicate those documents are nothing special, and similar information is widely available elsewhere, and already was when those documents were written.

We know the program(s) spent some $22 million tax dollars, but it's still very much an open question if the taxpayers got anything of value in return. Those documents are one part of that equation, and hence here are some of the questions that are of …