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  1. Mick West

    Roswell UFO witness: Sgt. Melvin E. Brown

    Remember what Thomas Paine said in The Age of Reason: “Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course. But we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same...
  2. Mick West

    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    This video is a bit problematic due to it not being an in-camera original. It has been cropped or resized, and there's no useful EXIF. While I think it's probably genuine, it would be a lot more compelling if the original video were posted, or the actual person who filmed it gave more detail.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    The video was first uploaded from MUFON by "willease", who then went and created a fake video "UFOs captured on the HDEV live stream hoax" that briefly got Reddit all excited. This obviously somewhat raises the possibility that he faked this too. I still think it's genuine, but always...
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    They do, but they pick the more visually interesting ones.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    I think that is more likely an inadequacy in the motion tracking, due to a temporary loss of focus.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    It's quite possible that the jets were just visible as tiny grey specks. They might even show up very slightly in the original video. This is just 828x434, which is non-standard, and so probably manually cropped and resized from a larger video. Clouds lack obvious definition, but should...
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    No, they must have at least seen the lights first with the naked eye. They did not mention planes, so it's likely they did not see them.
  8. Mick West

    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    the sunset it to the left of the the flares, but plane seems to be heading south or southwest. The entire scene seems to be out of the right window.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    I don't think it's an Apple phone (iPhone). It's encoded with Apple Quicktime (Encoded date: UTC 2021-12-04 09:14:41) 838x434 is not a common resolution.
  10. Mick West

    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    Why not simply practicing and/or testing dropping heat decoys? They have to test and practice at some point.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    Of course it changes things. The angle is pretty shallow, not much below the horizon in the wide shot (which is more like the "naked eye" shot). More in the 10° range. Might be able to get a better estimate for other sunset images if the disk of the sun (0.5°) is visible.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    Sounds like Ryan air 2725 to me. Still nowhere near the South China Sea. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/RYR2725
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    The planes would have to be in view (but not visible). All the flares I've even see ignite as they are ejected.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    I made a quick video of my thoughts, with some stabilization and comparisons. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9YK11YjQMc
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    I don't see how. Why would they be blinking out? Why would they move like that?
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    Via reddit: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5hunxT7MEU&t=36s Very similar.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    Regarding visibility, flare can be very bright, and hence visible as points of light even if the plane is too small to be seen.
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    UFOs from flight deck over South China Sea - Flares?

    Flares from three planes would be my #1 guess, but it's certainly unusual looking. These could be IR decoy flares, which have a shorter burn time than the illumination or flares you sometimes see at night. These seem to last about ten seconds.
  19. Mick West

    Could The Gimbal Video Show an Atlas V Launch?

    It's very difficult to think about - I constantly have to stop and think about which way things are moving, and usually with a "close one eye and move your head" test. Three points I find helpful to keep in mind are: 1) The camera is always pointing at the object, because it's locked on to...
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