computer died today and I had to get a new one and configure it, try to
restore settings, etc., to avert disaster. Everything is backed
up but adjusting a new computer is time-consuming, re-loading software,
a message dated 6/6/2006 4:31:46 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
At 01:18 PM 6/6/2006 -0500, Tom wrote:
>The "Plan 62" information about the 8" telescope observation is
>elsewhere (Loren Gross, for instance) an early afternoon observation
>from Madisonville, KY, not made from Godman Field, or the crash
>site, and not made by Hudson himself.
Brad, first of all, what is Plan 62?
B: I think it is the intercom system between Godman,
Standiford, Lockbourne, Clinton County, etc., which was patched
together the afternoon of Jan 7, 1948, to keep everyone up to the
minute on events. People mention hearing about sightings at the
other bases as it happened.
And what the hell is Tom talking about?
B: I think the theodolite readings were Godman Field's
Lt Paul Orner who reported that at 5:35 PM he had the object at 240
azimuth 8 elevation and disappeared close to the horizon at about
250. These figures (which I saw but could not find again) fit
in. They were heard over the intercom net at Clinton County AFB
by Cpl. Hudson.
>The evening Godman theodolite measurements are, I think, a good
>match for Venus. I can't check the numbers until later.
We need to get the final Venus numbers so that it can no longer be
in to confuse the issue. I'll post them.
Here are the figures based on US Naval Observatory calculations:
Field Control Tower
Longitude W 85 58.0
OBJECT (UFO) VENUS
PM CST 240
degs + 8 degs
degs +15 degs 23.0 mins
+ 2 11.7
CST 253.9 +
+ 1 51.6
+ 0 52
CST disappeared 248 +
Venus set below horizon
for refraction, parallax, etc.)
problem with this being Venus is that the azimuths are off by 7-8 degs
and the elevation by 7 degs at first, but more troubling is that the
object WENT SOUTH from 6:54 to 7:02 PM, instead of Venus which WENT
NORTH. A setting celestial body cannot do this. However the
nearly simultaneous disappearance of Venus and the object is troubling
if we postulated that the theodolite was miscalibrated by 7-8 degrees,
that would mean all the directions are shifted consistently by that
same angle (it's called a "systematic error"). The amount of that
shift does not CHANGE from minute to minute!!! Once the
theodolite is anchored that is it, a 7 degree error stays 7 degrees
from then on. Thus a miscalibration still doesn't explain the
RELATIVE azimuth changes heading SOUTH when they should have been
heading NORTH. Also the magnitude of azimuth change is
problematic. The object moved South (to the left) by 1.6 degs in
6 minutes when at the same time Venus moved 1.2 degs to the North (to
of course it could not possibly be a Skyhook balloon which would be
invisible in the darkness.