A Continuing History of Sightings of Triangular-shaped Craft
in the Wallkill River Valley of New York State

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Marc Whitford, Dinah Bertran, and Bruce Cornet witnessed and recorded a deliberate performance by a stealth black triangle on 17 May 1997 near Montgomery, NY, at about 11:10 pm. During that performance the triangle flipped over and flew upside down and sideways for a distance before righting itself in a most unusual manner, which cannot be duplicated by a fixed-wing aircraft so low to the ground and at night. Then the craft did a series of turns without banking, descended very slowly, and disappeared below tree top level in an area where no airport or landing strip exists. As it did so it vented a plume of golden white plasma that can be seen on one of the time exposures taken by Dinah. Marc was later told by someone, who claimed to work for Lockeed Skunk Works, that we had been given this performance by the U.S. military as part of their gradual release of information on a new top secret aircraft (possibly the triangular X-22A ), which possesses technology allegedly derived from reverse engineered alien spacecraft (cf. Corso, 1997: The day after Roswell). Whether or not this disclosure is true remains to be proven, because the area where the performance occurred has a history of UFO activity that goes back to the 1930's and possibly earlier, before reports of recovered alien spacecraft in 1947.

In our contribution we discuss evidence that supports the thesis for intense ongoing alien activity in the Wallkill River valley of New York, which was first brought to the public's attention by Dr. Ellen Crystall in her book, Silent Invasion (1991). We begin by describing some earlier (1992-1994) encounters with triangular and diamond-shaped stealth-black craft in this area, which is generally known as the Pine Bush UFO hotspot.

For those viewers who want a quick overview and summary, we list the figures below, followed by brief descriptions of the evidence. We prefer the name TLP (Transient Luminescent Phenomenon) instead of UFO, because it is more neutral and does not connote an extraterrestrial origin or implication.

Fig 1
Centre UFO Hot Spot
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Figure 1 Map of the Pine Bush UFO hotspot, showing various observation stations along rural roads in a dominantly agricultural setting, Orange County, New York. Two of the four towns or villages surrounding this area are shown. The green circle containing a triangle is considered to be the geographic center of the UFO hotspot, and is marked by an unusual 300-foot diameter circle defined by vegetation and contour. Filling most of this circle is an eight-foot high, flat top mound possessing remnant sides which imply an original hexagonal shape. The second green circle marked with an X is the estimated destination or place of disappearance of two TLPs videotaped on 17 May 1997 by the authors. Data for the second TLP videotaped that night are illustrated in figures 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

Fig 2
West Searsville Rd., Montgomery, NY
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Figure 2 Date: 23 June 1992. Time: 11:12 pm. Place: West Searsville Rd. next to the Wild farm, northwest of Montgomery, NY. Witnesses: Bruce Cornet, Ellen Crystall, and four other people. On that night they witnessed a cigar-shaped craft possessing multicolored lights rising slowly and silently to the west of their location. This B&W photograph is the first of two taken of this TLP (Transient Luminescent Phenomenon) before it unfolded wings and turned on sound like that of a conventional jet.

Fig 3
Boeing 707-shaped UFO
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Figure 3 The second of two time exposures showing the lights on a cigar-shaped TLP as wings unfolded, they moved apart, and the sound of a conventional jet was heard for the first time. The group of witnesses then jumped into their cars and gave chase down country roads, and caught up to this TLP after it stopped and hovered, apparently waiting for them. As they watched, this object, which now resembled an all black Boeing 707 without engines, swiveled around and flew over them back in the direction it came. See text for a more complete account of this encounter.

Fig 4
West Searsville Rd. Montgomery, NY
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Figure 4 Date: 2 June 1993. Time: 11:47 pm. Place: West Searsville Rd. next to the Wilde farm, northwest of Montgomery, NY. Witness: Bruce Cornet. This is the last of three time exposures taken of this TLP, which shows a regular oscillation originating well after the shutter to the camera opened. Because the camera shutter was operated by an electronic switch at the end of a cable, no vibration was introduced to the camera system during the time exposure. This photograph demonstrates the possible origin of a wave form at the light source, which is both unconventional (anomalous) and not characteristic of turbulence for fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters. This oscillation is possible for a craft which uses its surface to create an antigravity electromagnetic wave used in propulsion (cf. Corso, 1997: The day after Roswell). As the wave form is generated, the plasma lights generated and controlled by this electromagnetic effect will also vibrate sympathetically.

Fig 5
18 June 1994, Oscillations develop after shutter opens
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Figure 5 Date: 18 June 1994. Time: 9:47 pm. Place: West Searsville Rd. next to the Wilde farm, northwest of Montgomery, NY. Witness: Bruce Cornet. Two time exposures (23 seconds duration) showing a TLP as it flew directly over his position (travelling west to east). The craft then turned north without banking (an anomaly), and disappeared into the distance. Initially the TLP was observed rising up above the tree line to the southeast as if taking off from an airport, but it was much too low to the ground to have originated from Stewart airport 9 miles away (another anomaly). The first three time exposures taken of this TLP (not shown) were of it travelling from east to west. As it passed to the south, it turned sharply north towards the camera and flew over Bruce, completing an unexpected U-turn (a third anomaly). Even though the lights were positioned in a conventional pattern, the golden hue is atypical of conventional aircraft (a fourth anomaly). As it flew overhead it produced a series of sine-wave type oscillations, which gradually dampened to extinction in each time exposure. Each oscillation began sufficiently after the camera shutter was opened not to have been the result of shutter vibration. Because Bruce suspected that this craft would produce such oscillations (based on his experience), he deliberately bumped the camera to create a chaotic vibration on the film. He was tired of hearing skeptics dismiss his evidence as nothing more than camera vibration.

This experiment demonstrates that the regular oscillation originated at the light source, because the chaotic vibration dampened quickly, while the regular oscillation continued to dampen slowly as if the camera bump had not occurred. Similar regular oscillations that begin at or shortly after the opening of the camera shutter, and which take more than two seconds to dampen to extinction, are unconventional and anomalous characteristics of TLPs. Had the regular oscillation originated in his camera system, it would have combined with the added vibration to produce a third wave form, which would have continued long after the chaotic vibration disappeared. In other words, if his camera system were susceptible to long term vibrations, the vibration introduced by the bump to the camera would not have disappeared as quickly.

Fig 6
Note uneven movement of lights.
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Figure 6 Date: 10 July 1992. Time: 11:53 pm. Place: South Searsville Rd. near Rowe Lane, just north of Montgomery, NY. Witness: Bruce Cornet. This is the last picture on a roll of black and white film taken of a diamond or kite-shaped TLP as it slowly crossed a long open field towards the camera. As the roll of B&W film was being rewound and replaced by a roll of color film, this TLP slowed down and stopped in mid air, hovering while Bruce completed the change of film rolls. Once the new roll was loaded and the camera was again pointed at the TLP, it dimmed its bright lights and began to move towards the camera, flying almost directly over his position. The brilliance of the two outer lights, their uneven movement through the air (the camera was firmly locked onto a stable tripod), and the haze visible between those lights (which obscures the central pulsing light) are typical characteristics of unconventional aircraft or TLP in this region of the Wallkill River valley. See http://wwwOrionWorks.com/bcornet/Vol_1 for additional images of performances by this type of craft.

Fig 7
South Searsville Rd., Montgomery, NY.
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Figure 7 Two color time exposures for the 10 July performance of a large diamond or kite-shaped TLP as it turned above the observer, revealing the unusual hues or colors of its lights. The distribution of lights on the underside of this craft can be determined by the coordinated bumps on the light traces. The analysis of those bumps indicates that the lights are asymmetrically positioned, unlike that for most aircraft, which have a bilaterally-symmetrical distribution of lights. For example, the outer red and green lights, which on a plane would be located at the wingtips, were positioned diagonally across the bottom of a solid diamond shape. The green light was located on the right angle of the diamond, but the red light was not located at the left angle (it was positioned between the nose and lateral points of the diamond). This analysis demostrates that if this had been a conventional jet, it would have made the turn oriented sideways without the nose of the plane parallel to the central pair of gold and red lights (as illustrated in the idealized orientation for a conventional aircraft).

Fig 8
TLP - Note low altitude
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Figure 8 Date: 17 May 1997. Time: 11:13 pm. Place: Muddy Kill Lane on a low ridge west of Montgomery, NY. Witnesses: Marc Whitford, Dinah Bertran, and Bruce Cornet. Time exposure (18 seconds duration) showing the TLP approaching our position from the north over a low ridge. A high cloud bank can be seen in the picture, along with a silhouette of the tree line and house/street lights. The TLP appeared to us as being lower in altitude over this ridge than normal for aircraft on approach to Stewart airport 8.5 miles away. The picture also shows the TLP inclined slightly to the left and a strange bar of light underneath that may have been a reflection coming off of a layer of fog underneath the craft. The tilt of the lights is not as obvious in the corresponding video frames in Figure 9, perhaps due to a slight tilt of the camcorder. The opening and closing of the shutter to the reflex camera can be heard on the audio track to the videotape, allowing us to determine the exact correspondence of the time exposures with the video sequence.

Fig 9
May 17, 1997 TLP
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Figure 9 Twelve video frame picks for 17 May performance, showing the TLP approaching us from the north. Two outer lights can be seen separated by a smaller pulsing central light. As it approached us it slowly rotated to a 45 degree inclined position without turning, and then leveled out again. Conventional fixed wing aircraft cannot hold such a position unless banking during a turn. As the TLP returned to horizontal, its bright outer lights flashed alternately (11:12:54-55 pm). When the videotape was slowed down and studied frame by frame, it was discovered that these lights flashed a series of times in a repetitious pattern, indicative of a signal. But because the flashes occurred in less than thirty video frames (one second), all we visually saw were brightened quivering lights.

Fig 10
May 17, 1997 TLP
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Figure 10 Thirteen video frame picks for 17 May performance, showing the TLP brightening its left light as it slowly came towards us. Landing lights on a conventional aircraft will momentarily brighten as the plane banks or turns and each light points directly at the observer, but this craft did not turn. The light on the right increased in brightness and size until it was about four times the size of the light on the left. As this happened, Marc's camcorder began to malfunction, and he got a low battery symbol in his viewfinder. Then his camcorder shut down completely. He had fully recharged his battery before the trip to Pine Bush. After this performance was over his camcorder resumed working again. He checked the condition of the camcorder battery, and found it to be fully charged and capable of operating a floodlight attachment normally.

Fig 11
TLP banking in front of cameras

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Figure 11 Eight video frame picks plus enlargement for 17 May performance, showing TLP banking in front of cameras as it turned sharply east after coming directly at us. During this bank we briefly saw its triangular shape and indications of structure on the bottom, based on reflections or small lights in positions where there is no structure on a conventional fixed-wing aircraft.

Fig 12

Figure 12 Time exposure (22 seconds duration) and five video frame picks for 17 May performance, showing TLP flipping over onto its back. The time exposure shows the outer lights coming closer together as the orientation of the craft progressed from full bottom view to side view. The positions of the coordinated lateral strobe flashes on the time exposure enable a realistic reconstruction of the orientation of the craft (provided as the silhouette of a triangle). Neither the time exposure nor the reconstructed orientations of the triangle show the TLP making a turn or bank to the north, which is one possible but incorrect interpretation from viewing the video footage alone or by itself (due to a lack of references in the video picture). The time exposure shows the craft climbing or increasing its altitude while making the roll over. Any pilot performing such a stunt so close to the ground at night would want to have as much altitude as possible in the event of a miscalculation. Thus, the rapid decrease in apparent size of the TLP is not due to a rapid increase in distance from the camera, but due to the illusion of size change created by viewing the triangle from the side. In the next figure (Fig. 14) the TLP is shown flipping back over to right side up, and in doing so it seems to rapidly increase in size. But the time exposure of that maneuver shows that the craft was travelling in a straight line and descending.

Fig 13
Center UFO Hotspot
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Figure 13 Map of the UFO hotspot area showing the reconstructed flight path for the 17 May TLP performance, the location of the observation station (on a low ridge) from which the videos and time exposures were taken, and the approximate area where the TLP descended below tree top level just northeast of the town of Montgomery, NY.

Fig 14
Second roll over
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Figure 14 Time exposure (8 seconds duration) and thirteen video frame picks for 17 May performance, showing TLP flipping back to right side up. At the beginning of this sequence the craft is upside down and flying sideways with the normally right side and angle of the triangle facing forward. Labels and arrows attempt to show how this craft rotated about an axis aligned with its direction of movement. The time exposure provides critical evidence that helps distinguish between a turn and a flip, because the video record by itself is subject to more than one interpretation. During this maneuver the point on the left raised up as the craft used its engineered top surface as an air brake. Once the craft had slowed sufficiently to make the flip (time exposure shows strobe light flashes becoming more closely spaced), the engineered nose of the triangle, which was on the right side relative to the direction of movement, rotated downwards and underneath, while the back side of the triangle rotated over, bringing the craft right side up but still flying sideways. Think of this maneuver as a barrel roll done sideways. Then the craft began to move in the direction of its engineered nose, which was now on the left side relative to the direction of movement, which appeared on the video to be a sharp left turn.

Fig 15
May 17, 1997 Looking due east
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Figure 15 Time exposure (31 seconds duration) for 17 May performance, showing TLP turning towards the east and then beginning a slow descent. The progressive decrease in spacing between the flashes of the central orange strobe light implies that the craft was decelerating as it descended. The fact that the outer lights brighten as the strobe interval decreases also supports a decrease in speed, allowing those lights to affect the film emulsion more (thus producing a wider light trace). The speed of the craft for this time exposure is estimated at initially about 60 mph decreasing to as slow as 40 mph, implying an unusual or unconventional source of lift.

Fig 16
Descending below tree top level, plasma plume
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Figure 16 Two time exposures (20 seconds duration) for 17 May performance, showing TLP slowly descending below tree top level about 2.7 miles from observation station. The area where this TLP went down contains a golf course, farm fields, and residential homes just to the north of the town of Montgomery, NY. As the craft descended it produced a vertical plume of golden white light, which is interpreted as a plume of plasma energy that may have been released as the craft prepared to land.

A version of this article will be published in the Beyond Boundaries newsletter (Joyce L. Murphy, editor, Rainbow, TX). The Beyond Boundaries homepage is at http://rampages.onramp.net/~jmurphy/ (jmurphy@onramp.net).

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