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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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