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Mystery of ‘Black Triangle’ UFOs                                                                                     15

              Huge, Hovering and

            Silent: The Mystery of

            'Black Triangle' UFOs

          Some speculate they are super-
             secret US spy craft. Others

          question whether they might be
         from elsewhere, conducting some
                 kind of surveillance.

                    Greg Daugherty &
                       Missy Sullivan

        Within the larger mystery of the UFO
        phenomenon is another, still-unsolved puzzle:
        Why do so many reports involve strange,
        triangular-shaped craft—often described as dark
        in color, virtually noiseless and the size of a
                                                         shaped object, 50 feet in diameter” for 20       seconds. “What the computers registered
        football field or larger? What, exactly, are they?
                                                         minutes over San Juan, Puerto Rico, until they   exceeded the limits of conventional aviation,” a
        And why are so many witnessed hovering or
                                                         ran low on fuel and had to return to their base.  Belgian air force colonel told reporters.
        moving slowly and methodically, with no
                                                         Many of these incidents would be attributed by
        visible contrails?
                                                         officials to atmospheric conditions, weather     In March 1997, Phoenix,  Arizona, became a
                                                         balloons or other everyday sources, but some     UFO hotspot when some 30,000 local residents
        In the years after the U.S. Air Force coined the
                                                         remained unexplained.                            saw something strange in the skies. Some
        term “unidentified flying object” in 1952,
                                                                                                          reports said the mysterious object was  V-
        reports often referred to UFOs generically as
                                                         Between 1983 and 1986, a notable rash of mass    shaped, but many described it as triangular. “It
        flying saucers. But witnesses then, and since,
                                                         sightings occurred in New  York’s Hudson         was in a triangle shape and it had three lights. It
        have described a wide array of shapes: saucers
                                                         Valley, some 50 miles north of New York City.    was moving very slowly,” an 11-year-old Cub
        (or two saucers put together), eggs, hats, cigars,
                                                         One witness, Kevin Soravilla, a retired          Scout was quoted as saying. A retired airline
        boomerangs, lightbulbs—even Tic Tac candies.
                                                         lieutenant from the  Yorktown Police             pilot described it as “the size of 25 airliners…
                                                         Department, described a huge, silent craft, 100  and it didn’t make a sound.” Others described it
        Among the most commonly reported shapes
                                                         yards from wingtip to wingtip, hovering low,     as the size of three football fields.
        were  V-shaped, arrowhead-like or triangular.
                                                         which banked and made a 45-degree turn before
        David Marler, UFO researcher and author of
                                                         abruptly speeding off. Soravilla said he called  In 2000, police officers from neighboring
        Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation,
                                                         Stewart Air Force Base in nearby Newburgh to     municipalities in southern Illinois were called to
        says he has reviewed more than 17,000 case
                                                         determine whether one of its C-5 transport       investigate a trucker’s report of a massive
        files involving unidentified triangular craft,
                                                         planes—then the world’s largest and heaviest     arrowhead-shaped craft hovering low in the sky,
        sometimes called “black triangles.” Whether the
                                                         aircraft—had been in the skies that night; none  two stories high and as long as a football field.
        sightings represent advanced U.S. spy craft—as
                                                         had. Later that year, a hulking triangular UFO   Dispatch tapes reveal the shock and awe
        some speculate—or something of unknown
                                                         hovering over a stretch of New York’s Taconic    expressed by the different law-enforcement
        origin, their purpose remains mysterious. Given
                                                         Parkway prompted a huge traffic pile-up as       teams, who were all in radio contact with each
        their consistent hovering behavior, Marler says,
                                                         scores of motorists stopped to get a better look.  other.
        they might be engaged in “surveillance of some
                                                         Similar incidents continued in the region for
        nature—or scanning. Or analyzing the
                                                         several years.                                   The National UFO Reporting Center, which
                                                                                                          catalogs more than 8,100 sightings of triangle-
        “There have been many instances in which         ‘Exceeded the Limits of Conventional             shaped UFOs since the early 1960s, lists more
        these vehicles have been observed over bases     Aviation’                                        than 200 in the first half of 2020.
        operated by the Strategic Air Command,” says
        Chris Mellon, former deputy assistant secretary  Many witnesses describe what they perceive to    The Truth Behind the Triangles
        of defense for intelligence during the Clinton   be the crafts’ extraordinary abilities. One
        and George  W. Bush administrations, whose       evening in late November 1989, two police        Many of these sightings have been investigated
        career has focused on unconventional threats to  officers on patrol in Eupen, Belgium, not far    repeatedly by UFO sleuths.  The Belgian
        American security. Mellon is now an integral     from the German border, spotted an odd           triangles have been explained away as stars,
        part of the investigative team featured on       triangular object overhead. In the ensuing days,  planets, balloons or blimps, with a bit of mass
        HISTORY's “Unidentified: Inside  America’s       hundreds of Belgians reported similar UFOs,      hallucination thrown in.  The lights over
        UFO Investigation.”                              described in news reports as “a triangular object  Phoenix were dismissed as flares dropped
                                                         with a bright red center light” or as a “flying  during an Air National Guard exercise, although
        An International Phenomenon                      platform” with three huge searchlights.          that theory has many skeptics. Some say the
                                                                                                          New York sightings were a hoax perpetrated by
        In the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, triangular UFO      In March 1990, the Belgian air force sent up two  local stunt pilots flying in formation.
        reports hailed from across the U.S. and beyond.  F-16 fighter jets to get a closer look at one
        During the 1960s, at the height of Cold  War     triangle that had been spotted on radar.  Their  One explanation raises the possibility of the
        UFO fever, mysterious flying triangles were      onboard computers recorded the object’s          “airship effect.”  That’s the theory that people
        reported     over    Connecticut,     Georgia,   remarkable maneuverability and its ability to    who see unrelated lights in the sky can trick
        Pennsylvania and  Texas—as well as London,       accelerate from 1,000 kilometers per hour        themselves into believing they are all part of the
        Madrid and Czechoslovakia. In 1969, two          (about 621 miles per hour) to 1,800 kilometers   same object.
        National Guard pilots tailed a “triangular       per hour (about 1,120 miles per hour) within                            (Continued on Page 16)
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