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The North Sea Aurora sighting
« on: November 01, 2007, 09:11:36 am »
Captures from Discovery Channel's The Black Aircraft documentary

CHRIS GIBSON'S AURORA SIGHTING
By Simon Gray

In August 1989, Chris Gibson, a Scottish oil-exploration engineer and, at the time, a member of the British Royal Observer Corps (ROC), was working on the oil rig Galveston Key in the North Sea when he noticed an aircraft in the shape of a pure isoceles triangle refuelling from a KC-135 Stratotanker alongside two F-111s.

The unknown aircraft, cruising in a formation northward through Air-to-Air Refuelling Area (AARA) 6A, is what people have come to believe, is the mysterious Aurora hypersonic spyplane. Another possible aircraft, which could have been seen over the North Sea however, is Northrop's A-17 stealth attack plane.

Chris Gibson's observation of the mysterious flying triangle is often cited by UFO researchers when the subject of Aurora rises. Below, Chris Gibson explains precisely what happened, as well as giving an insight into himself.

I welcome any questions on my North Sea sighting, as I am of the opinion that too much is taken at face value in the black aircraft snark hunt. I think that the snark hunt has degenerated into an exercise in regurgitating the same old stories with little or no new research being done.

A bit about me. I work as a drilling technologist for a major oil field service company. I hold an Honours degree in geology, with some engineering, geophysics and chemistry thrown in. I also did a post graduate course in systems analysis, I was a member of the Royal Observers Corps for 13 years and was a member of the ROC's aicraft recognition team for 12 of those years. In this field I was considered to be an expert and produced an aircraft recognition manual for the ROC. Some will obviously know the sighting story, but I'll fill you in on what happened from my point of view.

I was working in the indefatigable field on the jack-up rig 'Galvestion Key' in August 1989. My colleague, Graeme Winton, went out on deck but returned immediately. He told me to "have a look at this." We went outside and Graeme pointed skywards.

I had been at university with Graeme and he knew of my interest in aircraft. As far as Graeme was concerned it was a formation of aircraft and he reckoned I'd be interested. I looked up, saw the tanker and the F-111s, but was amazed to see the triangle. I am trained in instant recognition, but this triangle had me stopped dead. My first thought was that it was another F-111, but there was no 'gaps', it was too long and it didn't look like one.

My next thought was that it was an F-117, as the highly swept planform of the F-117 had just been made public. Again the triangle was too long and had no gaps. After considering and rejecting a Mirage IV, I was totally out of ideas. Here was an aircraft, flying over head, not too high and not particularly fast. A recognition gift and I was clueless. This was a new experience. Graeme asked me what was going on. I watched as the formation flew overhead and told him that the big one was a KC-135 Stratotanker, the two on the left were F-111s and that I didn't know what the fourth aircraft was.

Graeme said "I though you were an expert?" I said "I am." To which Graeme replied "Some expert."

It was obvious to me that this aircraft was something 'dodgy'. I watched the formation for a minute or two and went back inside with Graeme. At the time I was writing the aircraft recognition manual and had a Danish Luftmelderkorpset Flykendingsbog in my briefcase. This is probably the best aircraft recognition book ever produced. I looked through it, but nothing matched. I then sketched what I had seen and sent this to Peter Edwards, who was a Group Officer in the ROC and was also on the recognition team.

We discussed what to do about it but decided that if it was reported through official channels, it would be at best rubbished, at worst lead to trouble. Having signed the Official Secrets Act I didn't want to jeopardise my position in the recognition team, so I kept my mouth shut. I told other members of the recognition team in the hope that they could shed some light on the subject. On returning home I had a look through my book collection. The only aircraft which came close to matching what I had seen was a Handley Page HP115. It was not one of them. Whether this aircraft was a Aurora is debatable - my background precludes jumping to conclusions based on a single piece of evidence. I wrote to Bill Sweetman (Stealth expert) after being sent an illustration from Janes Defense Weekly which matched what I had seen.

As an aside, I wrote to two other writers who did not reply. Bill reckons it was Aurora; Agenct 'X' reckons it was the FB-119. I don't know what it was. It is the only aircraft I have ever seen that I could not identify. Pete Edwards told Bill Sweetman that if I didn't know what this aircraft was, it isn't in any book. I've been hunting this 'snark' for almost 9 years now and have turned up some interesting stuff, mainly through my own efforts, but also by having looked in the most unusual places. Talking to the people involved is a necessity.

As I said before, I welcome the healthy scepticism, but at least give me the opportunity to state my case.


from "Chris Gibson's Aurora Sighting (1989)" at AboveTopSecret.com
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread60770/pg#pid632163.
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007, 04:44:05 pm »
Remarkable that this account has not changed one iota over the years.

And that it is reasonable to guess that OPSEC would not account for the risk of a trained visual observer in the middle of the North Sea.

By the way, neither was there any way that OPSEC planners would have known that CalTech people had (a) networked their seismographs and (b) played around with them as a detection/tracking system.

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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007, 07:16:26 am »
Is there any validity to the little snippets that come out in the news from air traffic controllers in the US Southwest that have noted an aircraft moving very fast and very high?

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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007, 07:27:25 am »
Section 5 adresses the said mistery booms, nothing really new there ( mach 5-6 flying vehicle) just with a lot of scientific data added.
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2007, 09:38:55 am »
Quote from LO: "By the way, neither was there any way that OPSEC planners would have known that CalTech people had (a) networked their seismographs and (b) played around with them as a detection/tracking system."

Most geologists and geophysicists have a passing interest in aerospace, be it getting to work or having been inspired by Harrison Schmitt. Some more than others. One day in the seismic observatory, waiting for the Big One, a couple of geos see responses caused by sonic booms. One of them is bound to have thought "Hmmmm...what if..?"

I'd be interested to know if that's how this work started off.

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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2007, 10:15:27 am »
And thats the same Chris Gibson who wrote BSP 4, so we have a lot to thank the USAF for!
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2007, 10:48:33 am »
OK, I've always was wondering who is Chris Gibson in person - till I saw this documentary - he makes an impression of very accurate in his descriptions, and never you can make a clue he has started this case willing to make money or become a celebrity (even, I'd say, I had an impression that he shy why talking of the case). We are moving to the 20th anniversary of 'Aurora' whatever it was/is, so it's good time to remember how all it's started up.
And - for a long time - I didn't know that Chris Gibson and BSP4 author is the same person...shame on me...
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2007, 10:29:29 am »
We are moving to the 20th anniversary of 'Aurora' whatever it was/is

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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2007, 10:49:50 am »
OK, still I have many old industry veterans that pretty sure that Aurora along with Pumpkin Seed publications were another CIA provocation a-la SDI to force us spent money for useless, in their opinion, stuff.
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2007, 11:12:34 am »
OK, still I have many old industry veterans that pretty sure that Aurora along with Pumpkin Seed publications were another CIA provocation a-la SDI to force us spent money for useless, in their opinion, stuff.

I remember the big "flamming pumpkin seeds" article in AvWeek from back then.  The vehicles would have had something like a hundred warheads in upward-firing tubes similar to Pluto.
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2007, 12:21:59 pm »
For younger generation...Oh, these were the good times...The last Golden Era of aviation, full of optimism and everyday news.
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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2007, 07:58:27 am »
Right... so the CIA gets on to MI6, who find this aeroplane spotting expert, invite him for a beer in the Sherlock Holmes on Northumberland Avenue and persuade him to fabricate a sighting and feed it to some gullible twit of an aerospace writer... At the same time, the Culinary Institute plants a stooge in CalTech's seismo labs and runs some secret balls-out SR flights over LA to trip the sensors, while planting what is in fact a completely different and contradictory story (Pumpkin Seed is not Blackstar is not Aurora) with Monsignor Scott at AvWeek...

Or maybe really everyone is in on the plot. But why make the big public things all happen in 1990-92, after the Soviet Union has fallen apart? And why did the Soviet Union take the alleged bait in the mid-1980s - when things that might be interpreted as "counter-Aurora" systems were under development - before it was offered? And if the idea was to fake the Soviets into spending big money on AIR DEFENSE systems, why go to all the trouble of pretending that we were spending money on an AeroSPACEplane?

I know I'm not smart but that does not make a lot of sense...

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Re: Chris Gibson - the man behind North Sea Aurora sighting
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2007, 08:11:44 am »
OK, still I have many old industry veterans that pretty sure that Aurora along with Pumpkin Seed publications were another CIA provocation a-la SDI to force us spent money for useless, in their opinion, stuff.

...They also have bad breath and don't use ear and nose hair trimmers, so I don't like them and their theories. I want Aurora to exist - it would be interesting bird)
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