Unconventional Flying Objects: A Scientific Analysis

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Hampton Roads Publishing, Dec 1, 1995 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 432 pages
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Paul Hill was a well-respected NASA scientist when, in the early 1950s, he had a UFO sighting. Soon after, he built the first flying platform and was able to duplicate the UFO's tilt-to-control maneuvers. Official policy, however, prevented him from proclaiming his findings. "I was destined," says Hill, "to remain as unidentified as the flying objects."

For the next twenty-five years, Hill acted as an unofficial clearing house at NASA, collecting and analyzing sightings' reports for physical properties, propulsion possibilities, dynamics, etc. To refute claims that UFOs defy the laws of physics, he had to make "technological sense... of the unconventional object."

After his retirement from NASA, Hill finally completed his remarkable analysis. In Unconventional Flying Objects, published posthumously, he presents his findings that UFOs "obey, not defy, the laws of physics." Vindicating his own sighting and thousands of others, he proves that UFO technology is not only explainable, but attainable.

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I've been reading UFO books since the 1960s. Many provide a tantalizing or entertaining piece of the puzzle, typically in the form of anecdotal observations labeled as investigations, or speculation labeled as truth, or a bunch of hand waving (valid but still feeble) about how tough it is to prove something so fleeting to a public so demanding of proof and so quick to label evidence as insufficient, mistaken, or hoaxed. This book, like all UFO books, necessarily has some anecdotal observations, and that part of it will stand the test of time only a bit better than in the more typical books.
But the real heart of this book is the technical analysis of the anecdotal observations, which doesn't rely upon any one observation. If you possibly believe even just one anecdote of one high-performance trajectory (extremely tight turn, or extremely fast acceleration, or even just supersonic speed without a sonic boom) of one UFO not necessarily even from anywhere other than Earth, you need this book. Ditto if you disbelieve those anecdotes due to thinking they're impossible.
This guy did a lot of thinking about the mechanisms needed in order to explain the anecdotes, and he got it right. I don't even care if some of the finest details of his proposed mechanisms are based on slightly outdated physics. Whether the dust settles in 10 years, 100 years, or 1000 years to find the exact answers based on the exact physics, the gist of what is so brilliantly pieced together in this book to explain it all, will still be true. To say that physics has moved beyond what what available to this author in his day, is like saying that oil paint has moved beyond what DaVinci painted with. That is true, but it's not the quality of the paint that counts, it's the quality of the painting. This book is a masterpiece.
I highly recommend it for anyone interested in UFOs, or even just interested in reading. While I have an engineering degree, and it helps in understanding more precisely what he means at times, it is not necessary. Someone who doesn't understand the equations can still understand what the author explains them to mean. The author uses equations to analyze and explain things which are complicated, because that is what equations are for. Some folks use equations to complicate and hide the truth, others to simplify and reveal it. In this case, you can trust his words interpreting the equations. How to actually use technology to generate the required forces to do the things UFOs do, is another matter, but the forces are needed in order to explain the anecdotal trajectories. He is explaining it from the same perspective as Isaac Newton would have explained what forces would be needed to explain a car someone claimed to see going around a corner at 225mph at Indianapolis. Yet if you showed Newton a car doing exactly that, he could not be expected to know exactly what mechanical design, or what technology, or what fuel, should be used in the Indycar engine. In fact, he wouldn't necessarily even know that the car burned fuel or had an engine inside it, just the the car somehow had certain forces applied to it.
Last but not least, this book has a low level of strangeness about it, which is refreshing for a UFO book. It's nice not to have to wonder whether to believe something fairly bizarre, or whether believing that one, leads you farther down the slippery slope to believing something even crazier, then something even crazier than that. Where to draw the line regarding gullibility vs truth when it comes to strangeness, is my least favorite aspect of reading/thinking about UFOs. Not because I hate thinking about it, but it gets burdensome to think about it at every turn of a page. This book sticks largely to the nuts and bolts aspects of UFOs, so it's not going to cause any nightmares compared to abduction books etc. Get the book, I'm glad I did, it's a keeper

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About the author (1995)

Paul Richard Hill (1909-1990) was an American aerodynamicist. He was a leading research and development engineer and manager for NASA and its predecessor, NACA (the National Advisory Council for Aeronautics) between 1939 and 1970.

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