here we are in 2024, and maybe this will
be the year when the off-world people will finally decide to stop all the games
and let us join the Universal Family. There’s a lot of talk from so-called
“Whistle-Blowers” about the U. S. government and all their cover-ups, their
captured alien spacecraft and their reverse-engineering programs. Maybe we’re
about to see yet another conspiracy theory turn out to be true.
I’m a true believer
when it comes to UFOs or
UAPs, whatever the current “hip” term is for extraterrestrial craft. There have
been two incidents in my life that made me into a believer. Or maybe not…
When I was about 8 or maybe
9 years old, on our
farm in Monroe County, Michigan, it was common to see all kinds of aircraft.
The workhorse of the airlines in those days was the Douglas DC-3, a twin-engine
prop plane also used by the military as the C-47, or “Gooney Bird.” I was
airplane crazy as a kid and could identify most of the more common planes by
their sound alone.
One day in the springtime,
a cool, blustery day
with broken clouds overhead, I heard a DC-3 and glanced up at it as it passed
through the clouds, heading north. My mom was out in the yard, too and I don’t
remember who spotted it first, but there was a small silver object circling the
plane as it cruised along. From our viewpoint, we were unable to tell if it was
a sphere, or a disk, but it was metallic and extremely shiny and it kept
perfect pace with the airliner, never varying its distance from the plane. The
aircrew had to know it was there. No way they could miss it. We listened to the
news on the radio and watched the papers, but nothing was ever said about it.
My mom always felt it was most likely a military experiment. Of course, I voted
for aliens. But then, I would, because I was a kid, raised on Sci-Fi books and The
Day the Earth Stood Still.
Later on, after I was in
the Air Force, serving
in the Air Police, as they were called then, I was on patrol at McConnell AFB
in Wichita one evening and part of our duties after everything closed for the
day was building checks. Most of the buildings required only a walk-around,
shake the doors, look at the windows, make sure everything was tight. The
Headquarters building, however, required a walk-through, because there was
classified material in there. And on this one particular evening, as I walked through
the Headquarters building, I spotted a security cabinet that was open. It was
equipped with a thick metal bar that locked in place with a combination lock.
Otherwise, it was an ordinary file cabinet. There it was, with the bar standing
beside it and the lock lying on top and the top drawer half open.
I was an 18-year -old kid,
away from home from
the first time, toting loaded firearms and feeling pretty cocky. Besides, I
also had a Top-Secret clearance. It never dawned on me until later that someone
might have been setting me up. I went right to that cabinet and found myself
just browsing. I pulled the red file. It was right there in the top drawer. I’d
just take a quick peek and nobody would be the wiser. I found myself looking at
a set of documents with drawings of saucer-shaped craft and drawings of little,
skinny people with big heads and almond-shaped eyes. I nearly shit my pants. I
turned the page and read an order from the big man himself, the Secretary of
the Air Force. It was an order for any pilots flying over United States
territory to shoot down on sight any unknown craft of unconventional design
without markings indicating country of origin. I’m sure by now, that document
has most likely been declassified and released, most likely in redacted form. I
put the file back in the drawer, secured the cabinet and got the hell outta
So, when it’s all
said and done, why not
believe? The Air Force certainly does. And now, from released footage, so does
the Navy. And if they really don’t exist, why issue a shoot-down order?
Or, just in case the NSA
reads Black Petals,
maybe none of these things really happened at all…