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Re: Mantell - Hall

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 20:41:55 +0000
Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 18:33:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Mantell - Hall

 >Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 01:06:23 -0300
 >From: Don Ledger <dledger@ns.sympatico.ca>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Subject: Mantell [was: Re: Request For Investigative ...]

 >>From: Bill Hamilton <skywatcher22@space.com>
 >>Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 11:53:27 -0700 (PDT)
 >>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >>Subject: Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial  Intervention

 >>>From: Robert Gates <RGates8254@aol.com>
 >>>Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2002 23:56:39 EDT
 >>>Subject: Re: Request For Investigative & Remedial Intervention
 >>>To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net

 >>>First off, was the P-51 pilot actually in formation with
 >>>Mantell? Was he actually at Godman field?

 >>I think he was on the ground at Godman field, not in formation,
 >>however a further update indicates that this pilot does not
 >>believe in UFOs at all so could not conceive of Mantell chasing
 >>anything other than a balloon.

 >Hi Bill,

 >Mantell wasn't at Godman field, Fort Knox. They were about to
 >fly past it, to the east of Godman, when they got the call from
 >Godman tower, on orders from Colonel Hix the base commander, to
 >turn left and to the southwest and try and intercept the object.

 >Mantell, and his flight of three were flying back from Marietta
 >Georgia on their way to Standiford Field in Louisville,Ky. They
 >never landed at Godman.
 >One of the four continued on to Standiford because he was low on
 >fuel. The other two followed Mantell for a short time however
 >Mantell eventually left the two behind and climbed for the

 >Earlier I read mention of the aircraft being full of hundreds of
 >little holes or not full of holes. Either way it's nothing

 >The F-1 one was an aluminum aircraft fastened together with 7-8
 >thousand flush headed and countersunk rivets - [to lessen
 >aerodynamic drag - that likely would have pulled their heads
 >through their aluminum sheeting upon impact.
 >I think the F-51 spiraled to the ground rather than spun-in
 >because of the wing separation due to high wing loading forces
 >and because of the attitude in which it struck the ground.
 >But that's just my opinion.

 >Don Ledger


There were a lot of ground witnesses of the UFO at Godman,
however, not all of whose testimony has been published.

The accident report on Mantell's crash is somewhere in the
literature; I recall reading it with interest, but don't recall
where. It gave complete details about the mode of descent and
the wreckage. Maybe it was on that Sightings program (which I
have on videotape and will review one of these days).

I worked with the Sightings people on a number of programs, and
was highly impressed by the care they took to get things right.

They produced some of the highest quality UFO documentary
programs ever as far as I am concerned, whereas most such
"documentaries" are such trash that I refuse to participate

  - Dick

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