Flying Saucers are Real is a book that investigates numerous encounters
between USAF fighters, personnel, and other aircraft, and UFOs between
1947 and 1950. Keyhoe contended that the Air Force was actively
investigating these cases of close encounter, with a policy of
concealing their existence from the public until 1949. He stated that
this policy was then replaced by one of cautious, progressive
revelation. Keyhoe further stated that Earth had been visited by
extraterrestrials for two centuries, with the frequency of these visits
increasing sharply after the first atomic weapon test in 1945. Citing
anecdotal evidence, he intimated the Air Force may have attained and
adapted some aspect of the alien technology: its method of propulsion
and perhaps its source of power. He believed the Air Force or the US
Government would eventually reveal these technologies to the public when
the Soviet Union was no longer a threat.
Donald E. Keyhoe, who
relates here his investigation of the flying saucers, writes with
twenty-five years of experience in observing aeronautical developments.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He flew in
active service with the Marine Corps, managed the tour of the historic
plane in which Bennett and Byrd made their North Pole flight, was aide
to Charles Lindbergh after the famous Paris flight, and was chief of
information for the Aeronautics Branch, Department of Commerce.
This audobook is narrated by Roger Melin, one of my faves over at Librivox. This is not a novel ( or at least it purports itself as investigative journalism. It follows the writers investigation into the "truth" about all of the flying saucer incident that took place after the end of WWII.
I found the whole book fascinating. The details of the cases involved, the investigative process and the reactions of those being interviewed were very well presented. I felt my own curiosity woken up by the questions the author put forwards, and I ended up as doubtful of the official position as he did himself.
There are a number of UFO theories put forwards here that are still floating around today. I also found the assumptions and the thoughts he had about space travel were made even more interesting because they were written before we actually had space travel.
Well written, well read, totally absorbing. If you have any interest in ufology, this is a must-listen.
Total Score 7/9
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