Foo Fighters

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  1. Bronc

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    For those who might not have heard the term: Foo fighter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Anyway, if anyone has a plausible theory as to what they were, it's going to be someone on WW2Aircraft.net.

    They were seen in all theatres of the war, but not so much in Korea, and rarely if ever today. So what were they?

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    Likely explanation is a variety of phenomenae being reported as the same thing. As technology and scientific familiarity in standard education curriculums increased various elements contributing to these reports have been eliminated from continuing reports, such as ball lightning for example, of which little was known until the seventies. Ufoe reporting still continues, mostly among commercial airliners and military (whether it is not often reported by civilian pilots due to ridicule or because they rarely fly very high performance craft in unusual and all weather conditions day and night is open to speculation), also by astronauts.

    Project Blue Book reports are interesting to read, there is one very good incident supported by interceptors, a commerical airliner and ground stations in the sixties of a ufoe reported by a commercial airliner in US airspace, which was then observed by ground stations and finally by a pair of F4 Phantoms sent to intercept, a giant glowing ball which accelerated well beyond the capabilities of the Phantoms to continue pursuit, although they had been within visual range of it for some time before it did this.

    The USSR also spent official subsidy investigating supernatural phenomenae, somewhat similar to the US Project Blue Book, theirs included investigating claims of paranormal activities among the community. There is quite of bit of footage taken by KGB agents who would interview people who claimed to have such powers as telekinesis. None were proved however.

    Wartime, whether World War or Cold War is a weird time. I'd say put that with people doing things our psychology was probably never intended to handle like flying through the air at 500mph plus in the dark...
     
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    In a somewhat related field, the battle of Los Angeles was the other real time big "flying sauce" incident of WWII.
     
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    A UFO is just that, an Unidentified Flying Object. For me the least rational of all possible explanations is that they have come from another planet/galaxy/time (delete as you like).
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    Flying saucers in America? I think these were more to do with Jack Northrop than Ming the Merciless myself.
     
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    Indeed. We tend to explain things that we don't understand in the most odd ways. I suppose it was perfectly logical for the Norsemen to imagine that thunder was caused by some big bloke in the sky with a big hammer :)
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    The "Battle of Los Angeles" was nothing more than a nervous population that was triggered by a series of events that escelated into a panic.

    At the time, everyone thought the Japanese were right off the coast, preparing to send over bombers ahead of an invasion force.

    When one itchy AA battery opened up, it started a chain reaction that eventually killed several people and destroyed a few buildings.

    As far as flying saucers go...there really were. In a way.

    Here's a couple of examples:

    The Sack As6:
    Sack_As6[2].jpg

    The Vought XF5U-1 (there was a later, jet assisted version also):
    Vought-V-173-XF5U.jpg
     
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    RAF bomber crews reported that the Germans were firing pyrotechnic shells they called "scarecrows" to simulate bombers going down which might demoralise other crews. The RAF itself perpetuated the myth. There were no pyrotechnics, those really were bombers going down.

    Here's another real flying saucer.

    [​IMG]

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    Here is the Vought XF5U-1

    s05-294965.jpg

    What look like jet engine intakes are the intakes/cowls for the 2 × Pratt Whitney R-2000-7 engines.

    Your second picture is of a V-173 proof of concept aircraft.

    There may have been an even later version with a jet engine assist?
     
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