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In the Fall of 1952 I saw a UFO 200 feet overhead on a foggy late afternoon while delivering newspapers. It was my introduction to UFO’s and now the ever-skeptical New York Times joined the club on 12.16.17 with:

“Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when the radio in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets crackled: An operations officer aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, a Navy cruiser, wanted to know if they were carrying weapons.

“Two CATM-9s,” Commander Fravor replied, referring to dummy missiles that could not be fired. He had not been expecting any hostile exchanges off the coast of San Diego that November afternoon in 2004.

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Commander Fravor, in a recent interview with The New York Times, recalled what happened next. Some of it is captured in a video made public by officials with a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s.

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“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.”

The piece can be seen on line at:  Thus it is now OK to talk about UFO’s as real and not be seen as a ravings crazy person like a “deplorable Trumpster.”

I was very involved in this issue in the 1970’s after reading John G. Fuller’s “Incident At Exeter.”  The book rang too true to be ignored and I was also aware that a number of UFO photographs had been discounted as their photographs and siting reports differed.  I had been in professional photography doing special effects images for educational films and thought I could make a contribution.

The result was my book “UFOs:  The Eye and the Camera” which attracted the MUFON organization that asked me to speak at their national conference in Kansas City where I met Dr. J. Allen Hynek who was quite friendly I thought because I was then the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography, the largest photo magazine in the world and he was the PR person for the US Air Force, but curiously it was articles I had run in other magazines, PhotoGraphic Magazine, in the US and “The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain” that brought the most attention with other pictures, one from Sweden which turned out to another story in it’s own right, but…

The popular hypothesis is that UFO’s are spacecraft from another planet, but that is an idea I reject as they do not land and say, “Take me to your leader…” or attack us, or have any contact of any kind.  They are quite consistent in avoiding us at all cost, save the few they have abducted likely as specimens for examination.

Dr. Hynek made an effort to know me and I met with and talked with him on the phone many times as he was curious about ideas I had expressed in my book, particularly the time navigation hypothesis.  I noticed something odd about our partings, whether it was a meeting or phone call he always ended saying, “Adrian, when this is all sorted out it is going to be far more bizarre than anything you or I have imagined,” and that was often after some pretty bizarre stuff.

It was the time Quantum Mechanics people were talking about simultaneous dimensions, time travel and the like.  Two of the pictures I had analyzed and hypothesized over in the book were of UFOs that vanished at one location and appeared at another rather than move linearly.  The two photos were taken with a “focal plane” shutter that would reveal the interrupts where a  “between the lens” or “behind the lens” shutter would not.

This is not as bizarre an idea as it may sound if you understand quantum mechanics where equations only work with small, whole numbers in describing the motion of sub-atomic particles as confirmed by the “sharp” lines seen in emission spectra.

In the dimension of smallest things, subatomic particles, nothing rolls or slides from here to there:  It vanishes here and re-appears there in a 100% efficient mode of travel.  UFOs appear to do just that!  It is also a way to move through great spaces without collision hazards.

One problem with the interstellar hypothesis is that the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away and the highest velocity rocket we have been able to generate is 32,000 miles per hour.  Four light years is 5.86 trillion miles which at 32,000 mph takes 21,000 years which would be 1,000 generations!  It is doubtful the people arriving at Alpha Centuri would have any idea why they were there!  The “Extraterrestrial Hypothesis” is ridiculous.  Let us settle on the case for time travelers.  I believe I had pretty well convinced Dr. Hynek of this idea.  What is wrong with it?

Time travelers are ever mindful of the fact anything they change in our time will have a impact on their time.  When they return they may find they do not understand the language spoken or they may not exist!  Do they go “poof!” on return?

Nonetheless, this is the ultimate weapon in war.  All you have to do is return to an earlier time, find an ancestor of the enemy leader and snuff him, or her.  On return you should find peace prevailing.  This could be the way to perfect our society.  Time warriors will find they can befriend the contemporary power structure in return for future equity market trends and prices for help in extinguishing their enemies in our time.

Where this is potentially an ultimate weapon in war we can only wonder if our “swamp” is far deeper and darker than we could ever imagine.  This could well be the greatest secret of all time!

I started a five book science fiction series on this theme, two of which are written and on sale at under the master title “Time War 2084.”

Adrian Vance

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Adrian Vance

Adrian Vance is a writer and producer of educational films, filmstrips and audio programs with over 325 productions from script to screen. See a partial list of his credits at He has written for ten national magazines, been on the masthead of two as an Editor, written 20 books. He is an FCC licensed broadcaster with ten years of on-air experience in talk radio and television. He is a frequent participant on CRN Talk Radio. He is an inventor and US Patent holder. His blog, "The Two Minute Conservative" is at It includes over 4500 daily pieces.


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