Wednesday, June 13, 2018

UFO "hot zones" - deja-vu & the Tyringham UFO flap

A recent article "Were Humans Used as Guinea Pigs at Skinwalker Ranch as part of the secret Pentagon UFO program?" by "Red Pill Junkie" on the excellent Daily Grail site once again gave me a strong sense of UFO deja-vu, a theme I visited on this site back on 28 January 2007.  I wrote back then:
"We talked about a subject close to my heart, namely the phenomenon of intense localised UFO flaps.
It is the sense of the classic mainstay of the scientific method, namely the repeatable experiment, that attracted me to try to confront the reality behind UFO flaps. Here was the opportunity for researchers to witness UFO phenomena directly rather than just replying on UFO witness testimony."
For me the opportunity to interact with the UFO phenomenon in the form of an unfolding intense localised UFO flap came in 1973 while I was attending the University of New England at Armidale New South Wales (NSW) doing a science degree majoring in chemistry and mathematics. I developed an informal network and we soon started getting reports passed through to us. I was by then "UFO central" on the university campus for UFO reports. Reports came in from the north coast and New England regions of NSW.
"A local area electronics technician who lived near the small village of Tyringham contacted me about strange lights seen over the local area by local people. Some had been photographed and they were sometimes seen to be landing nearby. I began a detailed investigation and discovered that an intense localised UFO flap was unfolding, which ultimately would have me witnessing a broad spectrum of some of strange phenomena involved (including strange agile lights in the night sky, aerial objects, auditory phenomena, and seemingly paranormal phenomena) The investigation and my own experiences convinced me that something quite extraordinary was going on, but it also seemed bizarrely elusive.
"So when I learnt of the "Skinwalker" ranch saga being played out in Utah and the elusive but confronting phenomena being encountered there, I certainly experienced a strong sense of deja vu. The key scientist involved in the attempt to scientifically examined the Utah ranch events Dr. Colm Kelleher teamed up with Las Vegas journalist George Knapp to write the book "Hunt for the Skinwalker". Even though I would have preferred to read more of the science involved the book provides a provocative insight into intense UFO flap activity."
I was able to show George Knapp around Sydney back in June 2007 when he lectured in Sydney.
I revisited this theme in 2010 in an article in the Australian Ufologist magazine - "Australian UFO 'Hot Zones' - The Tyringham Experience".  I included the introduction to the article on this blog site back in December 2010 :
"During September 2010 I took the opportunity to visit an old favourite UFO haunt of mine. I drove up from Coffs Harbour on the north coast of New South Wales, through Dorrigo, and onto Tyringham. Here was a very small community of a few houses and a store on the back road between Grafton and Armidale, which for me back in 1973, became an extraordinary experience of what it was like to be caught up in a real UFO “hot zone.”

What I call UFO “hot zones” are those areas where an extraordinary depth of the UFO phenomenon is experienced. They are also UFO flap areas but are more accurately viewed as very localised “UFO flaps.” Such areas offer us an extraordinary opportunity. One of the more frustrating aspects of the UFO phenomenon is its unpredictability. One of the mainstays of the scientific method is the repeatable experiment. In the case of an unpredictable and elusive phenomenon this is rather hard to organise. Occasionally UFO phenomena occur in specific localities for an extended period. Such areas continue to regularly reveal manifestations of the UFO mystery and provide researchers like myself tantalising but generally frustrating opportunities to attempt real science. The challenge for researchers is to locate such areas and to participate in an organised and instrumented way to document flaps in an objective manner. Such strategies provide researchers with potent opportunities for interacting with the UFO phenomenon.
While I have investigated many localised flap areas such as the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Kempsey, Coonabarabran, St. George, Tully, and Leitchville-Echuca, and gathered information about others such as the Grampians, Wycliffe Well and Toowoomba, none came close to the intensity of personal experience that I experienced during the 1973 Tyringham flap."