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Photo of UFO taken down in Nick Pope's office when he worked at MOD


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One of my favorite UFO pictures. Ask Nick Pope if this is one of the pictures that was taken down from his office while he worked at the MOD
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OK here is the newspaper article from nick Poe that mentions this picture , and the fact that he says his Boss took down the Photo in his office. https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/6144270/ufo-sighting-cavine-scotland-aliens-ministry-of-defence/ . Then we have an article about the original negatives being lost by the MOD (its a good read) 'Best' UFO Picture Ever, the Calvine Photo, Found After 30 Years Missing
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. The we have the FOI (Freedom of information request) asking about the photos, is more information used to be available a MOD In the Nick Pope article he summarizes a meeting he and his boss had " Summing up, the intelligence officer ran through the possibilities. Gesturing to the left with his finger, he said the object in the photograph wasn’t Russian. Jerking his hand to the right, he said it wasn’t American. He looked at us intently and said that only left one other possibility.
He pointed straight up. My boss and I couldn’t help looking up too. Then we looked at each other and then we looked back at the intelligence officer. His face was inscrutable.
" However in the second link about recovering an original photo the journalist says "Sadly, I do not think that mysterious aircraft arrived from another galaxy," Clarke wrote in a piece he published in the Daily Mail. "I believe it was man-made somewhere in a secret hangar—and whatever it was remains on the secret list and highly sensitive." Sorry to have not fully closed this mystery but I know that Nicks office had the picture taken down as I was not that far away.
 
I saw a video years ago in which a photography expert showed that some cameras' iris parts can easily create that "diamond-shaped" image, which is actually an artifact, not an external object. Long forgot how to view that video.

I've seen other diamond-shape UFO photos over the years too.

It would probably pay to get a current-day expert who knows about these iris-caused artifacts to weigh in on this photo.

-- Squirrel
 
The Calvine UFO photograph of August 1990 was first seen by UFO expert Nick Pope when he joined the UK’s MoD UFO project in 1991. A poster-sized enlargement of it hung on the wall of the UFO project office. Evidently Nick’s predecessor took the UFO photo seriously and so did his head of division in 1994 who had the photo removed and locked in his office safe saying he believed it showed a secret prototype aircraft or drone. In any case these MoD men suppressed the Calvine UFO story, the photos and the names of the two young men who had originally taken them to the Scottish Daily Record hoping it would publish their sensational scoop. From what Nick Pope has written in his 2014 book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest it seems that he believes the Calvine UFO photo really does show a genuine alien UFO —presumably one of extraterrestrial origin.

A directly opposed opinion regarding the Calvine UFO comes from UFO skeptic Dr David Clarke who is sometimes consulted as a UFO expert by the British media. In an updated article by him published in the Daily Mail of 11 July 2023 he suggests this was in fact America’s top secret spy plane supposedly known as Aurora and the UK MoD either knew or suspected that —which is why they suppressed the story and impounded the Calvine UFO photos. See link: -
Is this the best UFO pic ever... or a glimpse of top-secret spy plane?

Clarke says the two young (unidentified) chefs who worked at a hotel in Pitlochry and had gone for a walk in the hills when they saw a huge, solid, diamond-shaped object, about 100ft long, hovering silently in the sky above them. They took six photos of this UFO, one of which is reproduced here. In the sky behind it, perhaps 1 or 2 miles away, is the somewhat blurred image of an RAF jet fighter, possibly a Harrier jump jet or a Tornado. Clarke got a friend who is a photographic expert to estimate the distance from the camera to the UFO and also that of the jet plane in the background sky. This expert clearly believes the photograph is genuine and that the UFO must be about halfway between the fence in the foreground and the jet in the sky behind.

Well, when all is considered, I suggest that these experts have got things entirely wrong as regards the Calvine UFO. For a start what would the alleged Aurora spy plane be doing hovering more or less stationary low over a field in Scotland? Anyone who has studied advanced US spy planes such as the Lockheed A-12, the Lockheed SR-71 or its planned successor the Lockheed-Martin SR-72, would know that such aircraft do NOT hover and have no requirement for being stationary in flight. Despite their primary photo-reconnaissance role, the most essential requirement is for high speed and high altitude performance.

In examining the Calvine UFO photo these UFO experts seem to be blissfully unaware of the excellent photographs of models suspended by fine threads from trees unseen in the pictures by arch UFO-hoaxer Billy Meier in Switzerland during the late 1970s and 1980s. And Meier certainly wasn’t the only one to fake UFO photos using such methods. One photograph very similar to that of the Calvine UFO was hoaxed by Amaury Rivera in Puerto Rico in 1988. This photo shows a tree in the foreground and a large UFO with a US military jet in the sky much further off. These objects are probably both models suspended from a branch of the tree somewhere above the boundary frame of the photo. This photograph is attached here.

Were the two young chefs who shot the Calvine UFO photo perhaps inspired by the hoaxed “UFO + jet” photo from Puerto Rico to produce their own hoaxed photo? The timing is definitely right as Amaury Rivera’s photo was first published not long before. If these two knew that military jets from RAF Leuchars in Fife or RAF Lossiemouth in Moray frequently flew in that area of Scotland near the Cairngorms it would not have been hard for them to hang their fake UFO from a tree and then wait to snap it roughly in line with a real jet in the background. The fake UFO was probably made from a piece of light material such as cardboard or wood which could be hung on a fine thread a few feet in front of the camera. The best photo out of six such shots —the one we see here— looks like a pretty impressive UFO to any unsuspecting viewer.

Many people have been taken in by such alleged UFO photographs mostly because they were eager to believe in the reality of alien visitation of our planet. Although one could argue that these were genuine photos of real physical objects taken with a real camera before the days of digital photography and PhotoShop manipulation, they were nevertheless hoaxes since those persons producing such pictures were claiming they were something which they were not. As for the “UFO experts” who endorse such hoaxed UFO photos —either as alien spacecraft or else as secret US military technology— they really ought to know better!
 

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The Calvine UFO photograph of August 1990 was first seen by UFO expert Nick Pope when he joined the UK’s MoD UFO project in 1991. A poster-sized enlargement of it hung on the wall of the UFO project office. Evidently Nick’s predecessor took the UFO photo seriously and so did his head of division in 1994 who had the photo removed and locked in his office safe saying he believed it showed a secret prototype aircraft or drone. In any case these MoD men suppressed the Calvine UFO story, the photos and the names of the two young men who had originally taken them to the Scottish Daily Record hoping it would publish their sensational scoop. From what Nick Pope has written in his 2014 book Encounter in Rendlesham Forest it seems that he believes the Calvine UFO photo really does show a genuine alien UFO —presumably one of extraterrestrial origin.

A directly opposed opinion regarding the Calvine UFO comes from UFO skeptic Dr David Clarke who is sometimes consulted as a UFO expert by the British media. In an updated article by him published in the Daily Mail of 11 July 2023 he suggests this was in fact America’s top secret spy plane supposedly known as Aurora and the UK MoD either knew or suspected that —which is why they suppressed the story and impounded the Calvine UFO photos. See link: -
Is this the best UFO pic ever... or a glimpse of top-secret spy plane?

Clarke says the two young (unidentified) chefs who worked at a hotel in Pitlochry and had gone for a walk in the hills when they saw a huge, solid, diamond-shaped object, about 100ft long, hovering silently in the sky above them. They took six photos of this UFO, one of which is reproduced here. In the sky behind it, perhaps 1 or 2 miles away, is the somewhat blurred image of an RAF jet fighter, possibly a Harrier jump jet or a Tornado. Clarke got a friend who is a photographic expert to estimate the distance from the camera to the UFO and also that of the jet plane in the background sky. This expert clearly believes the photograph is genuine and that the UFO must be about halfway between the fence in the foreground and the jet in the sky behind.

Well, when all is considered, I suggest that these experts have got things entirely wrong as regards the Calvine UFO. For a start what would the alleged Aurora spy plane be doing hovering more or less stationary low over a field in Scotland? Anyone who has studied advanced US spy planes such as the Lockheed A-12, the Lockheed SR-71 or its planned successor the Lockheed-Martin SR-72, would know that such aircraft do NOT hover and have no requirement for being stationary in flight. Despite their primary photo-reconnaissance role, the most essential requirement is for high speed and high altitude performance.

In examining the Calvine UFO photo these UFO experts seem to be blissfully unaware of the excellent photographs of models suspended by fine threads from trees unseen in the pictures by arch UFO-hoaxer Billy Meier in Switzerland during the late 1970s and 1980s. And Meier certainly wasn’t the only one to fake UFO photos using such methods. One photograph very similar to that of the Calvine UFO was hoaxed by Amaury Rivera in Puerto Rico in 1988. This photo shows a tree in the foreground and a large UFO with a US military jet in the sky much further off. These objects are probably both models suspended from a branch of the tree somewhere above the boundary frame of the photo. This photograph is attached here.

Were the two young chefs who shot the Calvine UFO photo perhaps inspired by the hoaxed “UFO + jet” photo from Puerto Rico to produce their own hoaxed photo? The timing is definitely right as Amaury Rivera’s photo was first published not long before. If these two knew that military jets from RAF Leuchars in Fife or RAF Lossiemouth in Moray frequently flew in that area of Scotland near the Cairngorms it would not have been hard for them to hang their fake UFO from a tree and then wait to snap it roughly in line with a real jet in the background. The fake UFO was probably made from a piece of light material such as cardboard or wood which could be hung on a fine thread a few feet in front of the camera. The best photo out of six such shots —the one we see here— looks like a pretty impressive UFO to any unsuspecting viewer.

Many people have been taken in by such alleged UFO photographs mostly because they were eager to believe in the reality of alien visitation of our planet. Although one could argue that these were genuine photos of real physical objects taken with a real camera before the days of digital photography and PhotoShop manipulation, they were nevertheless hoaxes since those persons producing such pictures were claiming they were something which they were not. As for the “UFO experts” who endorse such hoaxed UFO photos —either as alien spacecraft or else as secret US military technology— they really ought to know better!

There would be a substantial difficulty in faking that photo with suspended models, for very simple reason that everybody who ever owned a camera would confirm. Namely, it is nearly impossible for a camera lens to have in focus both foreground and background. Only, so called wide angle lenses can do that, but wide angle lenses create noticeable curvature and distortion in the image. This lens present here is most likely of a normal / standard focal length because image is very flat, without distortion. Because luck of distortion we can say with 100% certainty that lens was standard focal length.

Now, can lens of standard focal length keep both foreground ( tree branches, alleged suspended models ) and background ( ridge of distant hills ) in sharp focus? Absolutely not, its against simple laws of optics. As a matter of the fact, the only object for which we are certain that is in distance is that ridge of the distant hills and clearly the ridge is very sharp and shows distinct detail.

So, we can be quite confident that argument that photos from Puerto Rico were suspended models is wrong.
 
A good photographer using an ordinary 50 mm focal length camera before the days of digital cameras would have little difficulty in making suspended model UFOs look convincing so long as he didn’t film them from too close up. Of course there’s a difference in the focus for close objects and distant objects but if the models were suspended at, say, 15-25 ft from the lens of an old fashioned pre-digital camera the resolution wouldn’t be too different from the more distant background. With the hoaxed Puerto Rico photo taken in 1988 the branches and twigs of the foreground tree are in similar focus to the “UFO” and, presumably, the same fairly close distance from the camera. It is has been suggested that the US fighter aircraft —whose image is a bit less sharp— is a real plane flying in the background sky, but that too might have been a model.

Most ufologists back then fully accepted that Amaury Rivera’s photograph was a hoax —even Jorge Martin, who otherwise accepted just about all the UFO stories that were coming out of Puerto Rico despite their highly dubious origins. I suggest DROBNJACK’s confidence is misplaced.
 
What if.... it was a radar reflector used to test weapon systems that had maneuvered off course.
SO could ChatGPT shed any light on creating something UFO like, similar to the Calvin object.
So chatGPT responded with this :
If your goal is to create a craft that appears as a UFO and moves slowly without any visible means of propulsion, it is possible to achieve this effect with careful design and engineering, although it won't involve actual anti-gravity technology. Here's a concept that might help you create the illusion of a UFO-like craft:
  1. Balloon-based Craft: Use a helium-filled balloon as the core of your craft. This will provide lift and the appearance of floating in the air.
  2. Stealthy Design: The outer shell of your craft should be designed to obscure or hide any visible terrestrial propulsion mechanisms. It should have a spherical or saucer-like shape that resembles the typical appearance of UFOs.
  3. Slow Movement:To achieve slow and controlled movement, you can use a combination of techniques:
    • Remote Control: Use remote-controlled fans or propellers hidden within the craft to control its movement. These fans should be positioned in such a way that they don't create a visible disturbance in the air.
    • Light Propulsion: Integrate small, silent propulsion systems that use air or gas ejection. These systems should be designed to produce minimal noise and should be concealed within the craft's structure.
  4. Lighting Effects: Incorporate LED lighting or other lighting effects to create the illusion of mysterious lights or glowing areas on the craft. This can enhance the UFO-like appearance, especially when viewed at night.
  5. Sound Dampening: Ensure that any mechanical components are designed to minimize noise. This can help create the impression of silent movement.
  6. Remote Control: Operate the craft remotely using a reliable control system to guide its movement and maintain the illusion of autonomous flight.
Remember that creating a craft like this for public use may be subject to aviation regulations, and it's crucial to prioritize safety. Additionally, any activities involving unidentified flying objects can cause concern or confusion among the public and authorities, so ensure that your project is conducted responsibly and in compliance with local laws and regulations.

what about directed energy to create air currents that could control the balloon in a manner that an observer thinks the balloon is contolling itself

Using directed energy to create air currents for controlling a balloon and making it appear as if the balloon is controlling itself is an intriguing concept. While it presents several challenges, it may be feasible with advanced technology and careful design. Here's how you might approach it:
  1. Directed Energy Source:You would need a directed energy source capable of creating controlled and localized air currents. Possible options include:
    • Laser Ablation: Using a high-powered laser to create small bursts of heated air, generating localized air currents.
    • Microwave or Ultrasonic Waves: Emitting microwave or ultrasonic waves that can interact with the air to create pressure differences and induce movement.
    • Focused Air Jets: Using small, concealed air jet systems to direct air currents in specific directions.
  2. Balloon Design: The balloon should be designed to interact with the directed energy source and air currents. It may have surfaces that can capture and respond to the energy or air movements, allowing for controlled motion.
  3. Control System: Implement a sophisticated control system that can precisely adjust the directed energy source and air currents to guide the balloon's movement. This control system should be operated remotely to give the impression of autonomous motion.
  4. Silent Operation: Ensure that the directed energy source and air movement mechanisms are as silent as possible to maintain the illusion of a UFO-like craft.
  5. Safety Measures: Implement safety measures to prevent accidents, especially when using high-powered lasers or other directed energy sources. Be aware of any regulations or safety guidelines related to such technologies.
  6. Lighting and Visual Effects: To enhance the UFO-like appearance, incorporate lighting effects or LED arrays on the balloon's surface to create the illusion of mysterious lights or glowing areas.
  7. Remote Control: Operate the entire system remotely to maintain the impression that the craft is self-guided.
Creating a craft like this would require a high level of technical expertise and likely substantial research and development efforts. It's important to approach such a project responsibly and ethically, taking into consideration safety, environmental concerns, and compliance with regulations. Additionally, the use of directed energy sources should be conducted with care to avoid harm or damage to living organisms or property.

I want to believe but you have to be so careful. Keeping on looking , Keep digging for the truth everyone.
 
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