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Re: More On Battle Of L.A. Photo

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 13:33:44 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Mon, 02 May 2011 18:31:15 -0400
Subject: Re: More On Battle Of L.A. Photo

>From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sun, 1 May 2011 19:27:40 -0300
>Subject: More On Battle Of L.A. Photo

>Besides Scott Harrison's article with the new un-doctored Battle
>Of LA photo - which has been discussed here on the List - Larry
>Harnisch, in The Daily Mirror also wrote several articles
>documenting all the context of the Battle Of LA, including
>(mostly in the last part) closer images with higher clarity, of
>the famous photograph:

>The Daily Mirror:









>I think it's clearer there's no solid object nor a reflection, and I
>made my own comments at my site:


I was amused to see in a letter to the newspaper a person who
was a witness said that it seemed to him that there were
reflections from metal surfaces (he assumed from wings of

I also noted one observer who pointed out that the convergence
point of the beams moved slowly and steadily as if the
individual beams were tracking a moving object. The suggestion
that the beams were tracking "a cloud" seems unsatisfying.
Supposedly it was a clear night.

If a cloud of smoke only, why didn't it just dissipate instead
of traveling as if it were an object? I have pointed out that
the beams did not seem to penetrate the convergence region
(except for one beam that seems to travel upward from the
convergence region). That was a feature of the originally
analyzed version and is also a feature of the "new" version.
Photos of other antiaircraft-searchlight operations show beams
largely penetrating the convergence region despite smoke from
the exploding shells.

It is to be noted that the TV show (SyFy channel) Fact or Faked
did experiments with modern spotlights that showed beam
convergence of a number of searchlights. They actually flew a
large balloon and then shot it down with a 50 callibre machine
gun (50 cal antiaircraft rounds were fired during the "BOLA").
They did not duplicate the actual situation (altitude too low;
searchligh beams were not broad enough, being maybe a foot in
diameter whereas the WWII searchlights were about 5 ft in
diameter - thus the volume of the illuminated region was much
larger during the BOLA) but they did demonstrate how a balloon
reacts to being fired at - and hit! It falls... fast.

Since we can't even begin to reconstruct the actual
circumstances that night, and given that numerous witnesses were
certain that _some_ moving object was at the convergence region
but what it might have been is certainly unclear from the photo,
this case is likely to remain unresolved and people can
"believe" what they like.

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