It is indeed fortunate that
the NASA MODIS satellite was over the area the same time
envelope as Captain Bowyer’s sightings –
especially when we take into account his comment that the
objects were visible as Radar tracings for 55minutes.
Bowyers comments that he was 50 miles from the " large
object" which means
it must have been of some
considerable size (seemingly at least a mile in length if not
considerably more), anything of that size would show up on
the images and all that is visible is thin cloud and
elongated, possibly lenticular cloud.
It is also
noticeable that aircraft trails are evident criss-crossing
the region – none of these trails are a mile wide so
they do give some indication of scale.
It is quite
safe to state that the satellite images contain no evidence
whatsoever of any solid, extremely large object at altitude
in the area – certainly nothing over a mile long and
predominantly glowing yellow in colour.
- The resolution of
this image is 250 metres resolution.
wavelength and resolution of 500 metres – allowing us
to see through the cloud.
presentation purposes the images have been reduced to the
area of the sightings.
note: MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument aboard the Terra (EOS
AM) and Aqua (EOS PM) satellites. Terra's orbit around the
Earth is timed so that it passes from north to south across
the equator in the morning, while Aqua passes south to north
over the equator in the afternoon. Terra MODIS and Aqua MODIS
are viewing the entire Earth's surface every 1 to 2 days.)
of NASA - Reproduced with permission
thanks to "The Bionic Man")
image - Satellite 1
image - Satellite 2
Map of the Incident - "Thanks
to the Bionic Man"
Click on image to see in full resolution)
in the various statements makes it difficult to determine the
exact positions of the aircraft involved in this incident and the
objects reported. The Air Chart graphic is, as far as it is
possible based upon the information available, an accurate
representation of the position of the aircraft and objects which
were described as UFOs.
Casquets Lighthouse is Visual reporting point (VRP) and is marked
on the chart hence Captain Bowyer must be very familiar with it.
Interestingly, via Email Trinity house stated:
was no testing or maintenance taking place at Casquets at that
time. Casquets is a 24 hour light and therefore would have been
on during the day.
is also worthy of note that all the red circles shown on the
chart are danger areas and Flamanville is a Nuclear facility.
reported being on airway R41 , as shown on the chart but he
claims to have been heading South, but in fact he must have been
heading SSW within the airway. He must have been flying almost
directly into the Sun.
is interesting to note that Jetstream 32 almost certainly flew
over, through or very close to the second object which is the
more westerly of the two.
chart shows a scale in Nautical Miles bottom right. According to
Bowyer's description and that of the Jetstream the objects could
not have been more than 25 Nautical Miles from Bowyer’s
aircraft - not 50 Nautical Miles as he estimates.
Size of the Object
size of the object described, taking into account the distances
mentioned by Captain Bowyer, is also debateable. For instance, an
object 1 mile wide at a range of 25 miles subtends an angular
size of about one degree and the description given buy the pilot
suggests the object he was looking at was much bigger than one
degree....and further away. Consequently he may well have been
looking at an object at least five miles across This means the
object Captain Bowyer was looking at was at least five miles
is interesting to note that there have been numerous reports by
pilots of the sighting of large glowing spheres from all over the
world – for instance:
June 17, 1966 from the air near Teheran, Iran, several airline
pilots sighted a brilliant sphere of light, "sitting on the
horizon," so to speak, deep within the Soviet Union. The
intensely glowing sphere expanded to enormous size, dimming as it
expanded, always remaining "sitting on the horizon."
The pilots observed the phenomenon for 4 to 5 minutes. A CIA
report on the incident was released under the Freedom of
September 10, 1976, the crew and passengers of British European
Airway Flight 831, over Lithuania en route from Moscow to London,
observed an intensely glowing, stationary ball of light above the
clouds underneath the plane. When alerted by the airline pilot,
Soviet authorities on the ground curtly informed him to pay no
attention and, effectively, to exit the area.
Afghanistan in September 1979, British war cameraman Nick Downie
observed gigantic, expanding spheres of light deep within the
Soviet Union, toward the direction of Saryshagan missile test
June 18, 1982, pilots and crews of Japan Air Lines Flights 403
and 421 reported sighting a giant, expanding globe of light in
the North Pacific, 700 kilometers east of Kushiro.
Berwyn Mountains Incident on this site.)
perhaps Captain Bowyer’s sighting is not unique, especially
when it occurred within close proximity to a military test area.
Is it possible that the object he observed was the results of a
military test of some description? In fact the UFO photograhed in
New Mexico in 1957(see above) which, according to Captain Bowyer,
is very similar to the object he observed, was actually flying
over the Holloman Test Range – the implications cannot be
the incident occurred close to areas which have been used for the
dumping of nuclear waste. Apparently the Hurd Deep, a seismic
rift trench which runs just north of Alderney, contains large
amounts of plutonium in concrete drums and other radioactive
waste dumped there by the British authorities in an era when less
care was taken over these matters.
knows what might happen in an area where such dangerous
substances lurk on the seabed? Is it unreasonable to suggest that
a large glowing gas cloud could be emitted, eventually to be
observed in the skies over the area?
absence of visual evidence of any object on the MODIS Satellite
photos does suggest, however, that a brightly-coloured object or
craft of immense proportions was not present at the time of the
sighting allowing for the 55 minutes tolerance during which
Captain Bowyer claims that Radar shows traces of something.
the actual Radar tapes that show the alleged “traces”
it is impossible to reach any definite conclusions in this matter
but it has to be pointed out that the satellite images do show
evidence of meteorological conditions that are ideal for the
creation of lenticular clouds. Also as shown above, calculations
show that the object was quite possibly five miles in length
which is not unusual for this phenomenon.
Casquets Lighthouse does, in fact, continue to emit a beam for
twenty four hours a day and taking this into account, surely it
is worth considering that the object observed by Captain Bowyer
was, in fact, a lenticular cloud formation through which the
lighthouse beam passed – creating a highly visible, bright
M.O.D. responses to the reported UFO sighting by Captain
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