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Am I a Competent Witness. Would you believe me?. USAF Officer. 20 year career Top Secret Clearance Interim Yankee White Cogint Figure. Pilot. Instructor and Evaluator in 2 Air Force Airframes Also flown civilian airframes as well as T-37 and T-38 Flown all over the world

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am i a competent witness

Am I a Competent Witness

Would you believe me?

usaf officer
USAF Officer
  • 20 year career
  • Top Secret Clearance
  • Interim Yankee White
  • Cogint Figure
pilot
Pilot
  • Instructor and Evaluator in 2 Air Force Airframes
    • Also flown civilian airframes as well as T-37 and T-38
  • Flown all over the world
  • More hours than many airline pilots
  • More varied experience
    • Air Refueling
    • Rendezvous
    • NVG Qual
expertise and hobbies
Expertise and Hobbies
  • Annual meteorology courses with verbal and written exams
  • Daily meteorology briefings
  • Astronomy courses in High School and College
  • Astronomy is a major hobby
  • Physics is also a major area of Knowledge
  • Graduate of RPI
what i saw
What I Saw
  • Flying from Egypt to Saudi Arabia
  • Early morning flight
  • About 45 miles ahead of us
  • Couldn’t paint on Radar
  • Climbed impossibly high
  • AWACS was “unusually silent”
so what was it

So What Was It?

Would you believe me if I had claimed it was a UFO?

our brains
Our Brains
  • Our brains are always trying to make sense of data, but often gets it wrong
  • Expecting to see something will also lead us to give attributes to something that may not be so
  • It will make mistakes, even if we “know” better
  • There are thousands of examples you can look up and experience for yourself
  • We evolved on the plains at an altitude of about 5’ feet and at walking sped, our current world quite often confounds our senses
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Thought about it more
  • My initial impression was mistaken
  • Eventually figured it out
  • But would I had been taken as a “Competent Witness”?
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