Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Re-emphasis on methodology for the Minot 1968 case

The following are segments of first postings regarding the Minot case.  I feel that it is important for the reader to have a sense of my approach towards this case.  My apologies to those who have already read this, if so then we'll move on, but if your new to this blog, the following should help with providing a frame of reference.

I've chosen to break up the case in sections or parts which is very similar to my approach to the Malmstrom Oscar Flight write up on this blog.  I believe that most readers will stay with my presentations if I provide several meaningful posts that describes a given situation in a moderately length article rather than a long drawn out single post which boarders on the perception of a manifesto or novella.  Simply, I'm trying to avoid reader fatigue.

The reader needs to keep in mind that this is a simple blog and not the place to park a research paper, nor am I intending to write a research paper.  For example, I've not attempted to contact and interview the key players in the Minot sighting because that has already been done by Tom Tulien and others.  Those interviews are conveniently available on numerous websites and the appropriate links and excerpts will be cited.  

The Minot 1968 case can be broken up into several parts.

1.  The missile maintenance team in route to  N-07.
2.  The missile security teams (FSCs and site security teams). 
3.  The diverted B-52 component (crew visuals, radar returns, UHF radio issues)
4.  The O-07 intrusion.
5.  Minot's UFO officer's (LtCol Werlich) investigation.
6.  Blue Book's responses and final conclusion.

Each of the above areas may have subsets.  These subsets may include data from Minot's base operations, wing security control, input from other launch control facilities and relevant information from the Memo for Records.

The focus of my work will center around the final Blue Book conclusions.  That is, does the final conclusions make logical sense.  My initial read of BBs 13 Nov1968 conclusions leaves me with the sense that it's somewhat wanting for the most part.  When I read the entire report, I couldn't help but see the lack of follow-up by both FTD and Minot's UFO Officer, LtCol Werlich.

The reader also needs to understand that I was not a pilot or navigator.  My knowledge of radar operations is relatively poor.  I did have the opportunity to sit in the pilot's seat of a B-52D at March AFB back in the late 1970s, but that does not qualify for any meaningful knowledge base of practical experience other than to provide knowledge of the cramp confines of the flight deck.  I do have experience in using UHF/HF/VHF radio equipment since the missile launch control centers were equipped with numerous radio and other communication systems.

Below is the key points of BB's conclusion:

1.  Ground visuals appear to be the star Sirius and the over flying B-52.   The missile maintenance teams AF-117s show that this may indeed be possible as stellar objects tend to be misidentified and the characteristics of the phenomena observed was that of the B-52. Yet the question remains, did they misinterpret stars and the aircraft for a UFO(s)?

2.  The B-52 radar contact and temporary loss of UHF transmission could be attributed to plasma/ball lightning.  This one bothers me due to the rarity of such a phenomena.  I get the impression (right/wrong) that this contributory theory was just thrown into the mix.

3.  The B-52 visual observation was the star Vega, ground light, or plasma.  This is an odd set of conclusions, but I believe that I have a good candidate for what was actually seen from the cockpit of the B-52.  The clues are embedded in the case files and appeared to have been glossed over during the investigation.  Plus there is a psychological component that was innocently introduced.

4.  The break in of Oscar-07 was not related to the event.  I tentatively agree with this conclusion.

So there we have it.  I hope to have something on the Oscar-07 incident next posting...then on to the next.


  1. Hi Tim:

    RE: #2. Plasma is the most abundant form of matter in the universe. See for example:

    The earth is enveloped in a plasma-sphere and night-time satellite imagery reveal constant plasma/lightning events in the upper atmosphere surrounding the planet.

    If the events at Minot were a result of naturally occurring plasma then the occurrence would have been unprecedented- to have observed a 200 foot ball of plasma over a ten minute period of time that paced a B-52's movements.

    Even entertaining the notion simply demonstrates an ignorance of the physical nature of the phenomenon.

    On the other hand, it is interesting that Poher was able to quite elegantly explain the loss of the radios transmission as being a result of the ionization of the atmosphere surrounding the B-52 during the close encounter.

    Kind regards, Tom

  2. FWIW this is a definition of a documented UFO. If anyone chances on this and can enlightened me otherwise it would be very appreciated. Tom

  3. Tom,

    Thanks for your comment. Should anyone reply to the above, I'll be more than happy to notify you.