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SPECIAL RELEASE: COVER-UP OF ALASKA SIGHTING ALLEGED PARANET ALPHA 08/22 -- The information contained in radar tapes relating to last November's sighting of a giant UFO by a Japan Airlines crew may have been altered, says a respected researcher for MUFON. Writing in the latest issue of California UFO Magazine, T. Scott Crain of the Mutual UFO Network also claims to have been told by an informant that "the Air Force did indeed have more than a passing interest in the event," and that "a number of F-15 jets were scrambled" to search for a giant walnut-shaped UFO reported by Capt. Kenju Terauchi on Nov. 17, 1986. The informant, an anonymous officer at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK, told Crain that, to his knowledge, the jets found nothing unusual. The informant said he was "puzzled the tapes didn't reveal another object, since the radar operators were certain they observed another target on their screens." "I don't know how to explain it," Crain quotes the informant, who told him that "radar tapes record images similar to VCR tapes. If controllers saw it live, it should be on the tape." Crain then proceeded to follow the route of the tapes when they were shipped from Elmendorf and the Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) to Washington for evaluation by the FAA. Crain was informed by another UFO investigator that the tapes may have made a detour to the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The purpose of the detour may have been to alter the images, Crain muses. According to the article, a preliminary investigation found that the tapes did indeed go to Atlantic City. The March 12, 1987, edition of the Wall Street Journal reported that "Technical experts in Atlantic City said blips on a radar screen that appeared to confirm an object in the vicinity of the JAL jet were actually 'split radar returns' -- shadows of the plane's primary echo." Crain followed up with a Freedom of Information Act request to the FAA in Atlantic City, which was answered by a form letter referring him to the Public Affairs Office in Anchorage. END SPECIAL RELEASE ******************* COMMENT FOLLOWS It should be noted that the FAA never claimed that there was "nothing" on the tapes, merely nothing that would corroborate Terauchi's claim. The image did not simply "disappear" from the tape; the FAA is merely claiming that it was misinterpreted. While I'm not familiar with the taping of radar images, it occurs to me that to "alter" such an image to make it appear as a secondary return would require a painstaking pixel- by-pixel reconstruction of the image in a computer graphics laboratory. Such technology does, indeed, exist, but we find it highly unlikely. We will, however, follow up with one of the country's leading computer graphics labs, which is right here in Phoenix. We also find it interesting that the Air Force may have scrambled jets, but we are leery of anonymous sources. JS


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