MIG - Missouri Investigators Group

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According to Rodeghier, several hypotheses have been advanced to explain these effects:

  1. The ignition or other electrical system may have been disrupted by high static electric or magnetic fields.
  2. Ignition of the gas-air mixture may have been affected by ionization of the ambient air.
  3. Fuel may somehow have been prevented from entering or leaving the carburetor.
  4. The engine operation may have been disrupted by electric fields induced by an alternating magnetic field, possibly of low frequency.

Clearly, laboratory tests on automobiles and their engines could be highly informative.  Some such tests have in fact been carried out.  Staff of the Colorado Project (Condon & Gillmor, 1969) attempted to determine the effect of a static magnetic field on a simulated automobile ignition system. The staff found that spark plugs continued to operate even in static magnetic fields as high as 20 kilogauss.  The Colorado Project staff also investigated the possibility that an automobile involved in such a case might display a change in the pattern of its remanent magnetism (its "magnetic fingerprints"), but they found that this had not occurred for the one case they examined.  Rodeghier reported that tests by Australian investigators on vehicles involved in two events (Adelaide, South Australia, 1977, and Liverpool Creek, Queensland, 1979) also found no changes in remanent magnetism.  On the other hand, Randles and her colleagues (Randles, 1979) found a change  in magnetism for a vehicle involved in an event that occurred at Thaxted, Essex, England in 1977.

The panel found these reports to be intriguing.  In order to contribute to the analysis of such cases, however, scientists would wish to have available evidence of a variety of types, certainly including narrative accounts, but also involving more concrete information such as radar records, tape recordings, etc.

Interference with Aircraft Equipment

Richard Haines presented a summary of his extensive research into pilot-UFO-sighting reports.  He now has a catalog of over 3,000 pilot reports, of which approximately 4% involve transient electromagnetic effects allegedly associated with the presence of strange objects.  Another catalog of aircraft-UFO-encounter cases is being compiled by Weinstein (1997) as a GEPAN/SEPRA project; this catalog currently contains several hundred aircraft-UFO-encounter cases.

Haines pointed out some of the reasons that make pilot-UFO sighting reports especially valuable to the UFO investigator:

  1. Pilots have received a great deal of relevant specialized training and possess practical flight experiences which better qualify them to report accurately what they see.
  2. Pilots are highly motivated, yet do not over-react during stressful situations.
  3. Pilots can change their flight path so as to see the ground behind the object and thereby establish a maximum slant range to it.
  4. Pilots can use their radio to contact ground support for further information or assistance.
  5. Aircraft have a wide variety of instruments that react differently to electromagnetic radiation

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