LaGrange, Georgia, ISUR NEWS Special-A recent daylight photo has emerged to
suggest further that LaGrange, Georgia is a hotbed of UFO activity. Taken in
an older, upscale LaGrange subdivision, the color 35mm photo shows a UFO
that looks much like a Pillsbury tube of refrigerated cookie dough.
According to two of the three adults who saw the tube-shaped UFO that is
shown in the photo, another identical UFO was also seen.
This latter UFO according to the main witness, a retired official of high
prominence, sped off "like a bullet" to the west before returning at the
same high rate of speed to hover with the other UFO. The UFOs remained
stationary in an inverted V orientation for five seconds before the
western-most UFO shot off again, except to the south.
Following this UFO's final departure the other UFO, which, like the first,
was described by the retired official as "a car fuse with its middle all
shiny," began drifting northeastward at about "55-60 miles-per-hour." As it
continued to move northeastward he called for his wife, who was inside, to
grab a camera. Stepping outside she said she saw a shiny unknown object in
the East, at approximately 80 degrees elevation. Before the UFO vanished
behind a tangle of nearby treetops she mananged to snap one photo of it.
According to the husband and his 34 year-old daughter, who also saw both
UFOs, the UFOs were not balloons or planes. The speed of the UFO that shot
off to the west and returned, they said, ruled this possibility completely
out. They also said that while the photo shows a vertical stripe running
down the middle of the UFO, they did not see a stripe on either UFO.
The photo was submitted to the Mutual UFO Network's staff photoanalyst, Jeff
Sainio, for an analysis. Sainio, a noted photo and video analyist of wide
experience and high repute, has said in his now completed photo-analysis
that the unknown object shown in the photo has "...no conventional
explanation." He also says the UFO image in the photo is not a
"...double-exposure or reflection-on-glass." This, for all practical
purposes, eliminates fakery. Analysizing further he states in relation to
the tall trees seen in the foreground "...that the UFO focus is consistent
with a distant object." Sainio estimates that if the UFO was a mile away, it
would be forty feet across.
The witnesses have said that the UFO in the photo could have been a mile
away. With a perfectly clear sky and no other object in the sky to compare
to, the exact distance to the UFO from the witnesses remains unknown. The
family members gave size estimates of 1-3 car lengths or 15-50 feet long for
each UFO. They also said the UFOs made no noise while hovering or moving.
A careful examination of the sighting location by veteran UFO investigator
John C. Thompson indicated that it would be virtually impossible for a small
model UFO to have been strung up in trees that were in excess of 75 feet
tall. That, along with Sainio's favorable analysis and the witnesses'
excellent reputation, precludes any hoax in his opinion. Understanding that
even the best of observors can occassionally make mistakes, airliners
"flashing" as they bank and roll and balloons moving with the wind were also
entertained as possibilities for the unknown objects seen.
A check with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama and
Peachtree City, Georgia revealed that the shape, color and size of the
standard 600 gram weather balloons used for weather monitoring does not fit
with the witnesses' UFO descriptions or what is depicted in their photo. A
meteorologist at the Peachtree City station said all 600 gram weather
balloons are typically lauched "at 7AM and 7PM" and usually burst and return
to earth "within two hours after launching." While the inflated six-by-four
feet hydrogen balloons "can expand as large as houses" before bursting at
high altitudes, they would not be able to move at the incredible speeds or
change directions quickly as the father and his daughter have said. A call
placed to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida brought forth that they use the
same 600 gram balloons as the National Weather Service so it was not one of
their balloons seen over LaGrange. Airplanes and helicopters were ruled out
as suspect for many of the same reasons that balloons were.
The exact day the UFOs were seen has not been ascertained. To the best of
the family's recollection the photo was taken sometime between the middle of
February and early March. The LaGrange area experienced half-a-dozen UFO
sightings during this same three week interval. On March 4th, 3 college-age
men saw 2 UFOs just 15 miles north of where the UFO photo was taken. Similar
weather conditions and time of sightings suggest that these young men could
have seen the same 2pm UFOs as the LaGrange family did. One of the UFOs seen
north of LaGrange was described by the three young men as "a shiny blob."
While the descriptions given by the two groups of witnesses are not
identical, it is a possibility that they all saw the same UFOs. The leafless
trees in the photograph and the negative of it certainly shows that the
photo was taken before April as LaGrange experienced an earlier than normal
spring due to an excessively warm winter. The retired offical said that an
examination of the negative of the photo by an off-duty, federal photo
expert had also dismissed the possibility of the UFO being any known object.