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UFOs and aircraft:

Are UFOs aircraft of our own planet that are misinterpreted and confused for extraterrestrial spaceships? It has been 50 years that some have thought so, other thought that it is not so, while serious UFO researchers know that the answer resides somewhere "sometimes" and "often" but is not at all "always." It seems possible to me, with a little bit of homework, to examine each candidate plane individually and to assess if that plane is suitable or not as an explanation of the entire UFO enigma or of some UFO reports or of no UFO reports. Here is one of these case-by-case examinations.

The Lightcraft mythology:

The last "lucky find" of amateurs wanting to explain away the UFO phenomenon as a commonplace phenomenon, explain known cases or generalize their theory that UFOS are secret or extraordinary planes of human manufacture is Lightcraft.

One of these amateurs "explains" the Cash Landrum case, a classic case of 1980, by his assumption that the witnesses observed Lightcraft, others quote without elaborate discussion Lightcraft in their articles concerning the UFO phenomenon, as if there were some causal link. After the Horten flying wings, the stealth aircraft, B-2 and F-117, Avrocar, LoFlyte, and all these hypersonic aerospace shuttle projects by NASA which exist for the moment only on paper, Lightcraft has now become the latest fashionable "secret plane which explain UFOs." Is he a serious candidate, or is that the usual sillyness?

Lightcraft, there it is:


You are not dreaming, this small shiny metallic piece is Lightcraft, now quoted as explanation for UFOs.


A pulsed laser beam from a ground installation is used. Its ray strikes the lower part of Lightcraft, made up of a ceramics mirror which concentrates the ray so much so that the air is heated at very high temperatures, pushing the object upwards.


The principle was imagined by professor Leik Myrabo in 1987. A first test took place in 1997, Lightcraft being then guided by an horozintally tended wire.

Lightcraft reaches a maximal altitude of 233 feet. The thing then quite simply falls down to the ground. It does not fly without the laser installation on the ground, it does not manoeuvre, it does not hover, it does not transport any occupant, and is absolutely not used apart from the modest tests with White Sands, New Mexico, in the United States.

What's the use for the Lighcraft?

It should be obvious for everyone that this small object will not be the substitute of the space shuttle before long. So even a day it can reach space, it will be to transport payloads which are in themselves also a new and possibly promising concept: nano-satellites. The idea is to use Lightcraft, which weighs the equivalent of an empty can of Coke, to propel extremely miniaturized satellites. The objective in term of payload is of ten kilos, but it is very far from being reached. The company which tries this venture claimms that sending astronaut is part of its objectives, but this is for the moment a very virtual objective, perhaps a good fun raising argument, but for the moment the problems to solve are not anywhere near to a solution.

Of course, people often report to have observed an UFO where in the end there was only some plane; but it is not necessary to invent fantaisies of new secret planes explain a respectable part of UFO reports by misinterpreted aircraft. Aircraft, helicopters, rockets, missiles, flares, space junk, meteors, and all kinds of commonplace events do constitude the bulk of raw UFO reports. But, to point at Lightcraft as the explanation of a case such as the Cash-Landrum case of 1980 is utterly laughable.

Further information:

Just visit the website of the private company which deals with Lightcraft concept's Research and the Development:

More "secret planes:"

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Click!The LoFlyte
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