Keith Chester - Military Encounters with UFOs & Foo Fighters during WWII
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February 7, 2008
Keith Chester was always interested in the mystery of UFO's. His own sighting sparked a lifelong interest. However, he didn't give the subject a serious look until he heard secondhand that a Frederick high school teacher who worked for a U.S. Army Colonel at the Pentagon, was telling students in the late 1980s about a earlier military cover-up around a recovered UFO. By 1999, he began researching his book about the sighting of unexplained aerial phenomena by American and British fighter and bomber squadrons during World War II, sometimes called, "foo fighters". Eventually, Chester met a former WWII Army Air Force sargeant turned UFO author and researcher, named Len Stringfield. He told Chester of his sighting flying over the Pacific on the way to Toyko, days after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Chester said he later found a CIA document, called the Robertson/Durant Report, from 1953 that said while the "foo fighter" sightings were likely misidentified electrical weather phenomenon, such as what's known as St. Elmo's Fire, their exact cause wasn't explainable. This report encouraged Chester to dig deeper. Over his four years of research, Chester said he made perhaps 150 trips to the National Archives, pulling thousands of boxes and documents. He said that what makes his work unique is it focuses on the WWII-era that has not been comprehensively chronicled previously. In this program, Keith talk about his book, "Strange Company: Military Encounters with UFOs in WWII" . This book is the first in-depth account of unconventional aircraft observed and reported by the military during World War II. It includes the reactions by military commands, their viewpoints, and theories as they struggled to make sense of the observations. Strange Company presents one of the greatest wartime mysteries, one that has been shrouded in ignorance for more than sixty years. And it suggests that while an immense twentieth century war was raging on Earth, there appeared to be someone, or something, from somewhere else, watching us. Listen as Keith talks about his own UFO sighting in 1966. We also discuss his research at the National Archives that highlight sightings of fire balls, ghost rockets, phantom flyers, ghost aviators and other strange phenomena. We continue our excellent discussion with Keith Chester for our members and go deeper into the subject of UFO's and speculate about the phenomena. Other Topics Discussed: foo fighters, alien technology, WW2 air traffic reports, a-bomb tests and alien visitation, the ridicule of the witnesses, fear related to some sightings, classified material, "hidden" material in the national archives, Roswell, document destruction, abductions and a lot more.