JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE... Direct from the Department of Redundancy Department,
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE...
Direct from the
Department of Redundancy Department, a quick explanation of
a new rash of UFO
reports in New York's Hudson Valley:
h 18, 1988]
ULTRALIGHTS SPARK REPORTS OF UFOs IN AREA
By David Flores
Staff Writer/Gannett Westchester Herald Statesma
Look up in the sky, it's a blimp, it's a UFO ... it's an ultralight
A small group of ultralight aircraft with blinking
lights were proba-
bly to blame for the rash of Unidentified Flying Object re
ports that jammed
the switchboards of police departments in Westchester and R
between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. yesterday,police said.
probably got 50 to 100 calls," said Peekskill state trooper Greg
Other area police departments averaged between six and 10 calls while
some 20 calls came into Gannett We
stchester Newspapers reporting a large,
round object with red and white or gr
een lights floating over their com-
According to Porteus, ult
ralights are small, quiet, open-bodied air-
craft that can move at very slow
speeds. A group of ultralight fliers from
nearby Stormville Airport in Dutch
ess County have stirred up this type of
commotion before, he said.
"The majority of residents know who they are," Porteus said.
employee who answered the phone at Stormville Airport said
he didn't know if
any ultralights took off from there last night.
Whatever it was, people
in many parts of the county were left guessing
"It just sor
t of stopped, it was hovering," said Cindy Alayne of Mount
Vernon, who spotte
d it near her home. "You could see it was circular."
"Your classic type of saucer-looking th
ing," said Bobby Peters of
Peters said he was driving north o
n the Taconic Parkway in Yorktown
with his brother Nicky at about 10:10 p.m.
when they saw the lights. "It
was just such a perfect formation," he said.
Other motorists also stopped to see the sight.
"It was hovering and the
re were lots and lots of blinking red lights,"
said Mary Anne Morris of South Salem.
Morris said she saw whatever she saw between 9:
45 p.m. and 10 p.m.
while heading north on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Thor
nwood. She said
it was about 1,000 to 1,500 feet above the ground.
by Peters said he wasn't quite ready to start believing in UFOs or
en men[sic]. However, he's not convinced that they're ultralight
"They gotta be pretty darn good to fly in that formation," he said.
Porteus said the after-hours flying aces are a nuisance, causing undue
anguish to area residents.
"It's dangerous," he said. "Some people get
very upset about it."
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