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UAP Buzzes Our Helicopter Three Times at  Mach 4.8

by Bruce Cornet, Ph.D.

A Japanese film crew was doing a special on the Pine Bush phenomenon with Ellen Crystall for Nippon Television. The film crew and Crystall showed up at West Searsville Rd. just before sunset.  They took some video of us posing with our cameras.  Then John Macedo Jr. was interviewed in the field, because he could not make it back the next day for the staged interview.

See The Experiment at

Et-cetra Co. Producer Mitarai, Rich Pascorella, Ellen Crystall

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On 10 May a helicopter was rented to fly Cornet and one of the Japanese cameramen around the area.  The pilot was the late Ernie Kittner.

Cameraman on left (open door), Cornet in middle, Kittner (pilot) on right

Cameraman on left, Cornet in middle, Kittner (pilot) on right


After initially travelling west, the pilot circled the hotspot clockwise (circular hexagonal Indian mound), then flew north.   It was during that flight that the helicopter was buzzed three times by one or two AOP travelling at more than Mach 4, silently.  Together all three events encompassed the hotspot.

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Only the first time (Fig. 1) when a tetrahedral-shaped craft flew within 100 feet of the helicopter was it bounced by a mild shock wave.  The shockwave occurred not at its forward point, but at its triangular rear end (outlined by lights), only the plasma lights nearest the camera are not blurred.  In other words, the rear shock wave blurs the lights behind it.  There was no sonic boom, however.  Incredibly, Cornet captured all three fly-by's on film.  The AOP in Figure 2 was capture on both video and film, proving that it wasn't due to sun glare on the helicopter canopy.  The object were travelling so fast that all we visually saw was a flash of light as it passed in front of us. 

The first photograph taken is illustrated below.  It almost freezes the object so that aspects of its shape can be determined by its plasma lights, which can be discerned as elongate streaks (i.e. the distance the UAP traveled in 1/1000 second).  The plasma lights outline its shape as triangular-tetrahedral, with a pair of brighter plasma lights at its nose, defined as the forward point of the four corners.  Those offset nose lights appear to prevent a shock wave from forming there, evidenced by no air or light distortion at its nose.  Its width is estimated at 15 feet.  Its plasma lights moved an estimated 5.4 feet in 1/1000 second, or 19,440,000 feet per hour.  That's 3,681.82 mph, which at this low altitude is Mach 4.8381.

Figure 1.

Its width is estimated at 15 feet based on distance from the helicopter.  If any wider, the relative speed would increase proportionately.  At that width, its plasma lights moved an estimated 5.4 feet in 1/1000 second, or 19,440,000 feet per hour.  That's 3,681.82 mph, which at this low altitude is Mach 4.8381.

Second Fly-By

Figure 2

The second time the UAP buzzed our helicopter, it flew from West to East over Thompson's Ridge at the dogleg bend in West Searsville Rd. I knew to orient my camera forward when I heard "Wait," in my mind.  When I heard "Now," I pushed the shutter button, and there was a flash across our "bow," but with no jolt from a shockwave. Perhaps the pilot knew not to fly too close to the helicopter, and was aware of causing the helicopter to bounce, causing the pilot to moan.  The second and third passes were perpendicular to the helicopter's flight path.  The initial UAP flight path was diagonal from behind the helicopter to in front of it, below the helicopter.

We flew further North along Thompson's Ridge, and when we reached the horse farm on the East side of ridge, I got another telepathic command, "Wait."  This time TWO  UAP flying next to one another buzzed our helicopter. In the picture below, you can see two paired plasma lights at the front of the UAPs just entering the picture frame.  The Nippon Betacam captured this UAP as a streak, because it was videotaping at only 30 frames per second.

Third Fly-By

Figure 3

When the plasma lights (streaks) at the rear of the craft (near side in focus) are highlighted in yellow, it becomes apparent that they may be changing oreientation and position as a means of controlling airflow direction as a rudder on a boat would do.  In order to understand the purpose of those plasma lights, I needed to mirror them on the far side that is blurred by the shockwave at the rear of the craft.  When I did this in the image below, I discovered something bizarre.

The energy passing through the ship appears to have imaged the pilot inside the ship. This may be an artifact and example of pareidolia, and yet one can make out a large head above eyes, nose, and a mouth, along with arms extending forward to what looks like a control box. 

This technology appears to be far advanced beyond anything humans have invented to date.  If you do not think so, prove me wrong.

Copyright B. Cornet 1999-2023


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