Fly by Night

J Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno and Bob Pratt. Night Siege; the Hudson Valley UFO Sightings. Ballantine Books, 1987.
Despite the authors' desperate attempts to prove otherwise, it is clear that the phenomenon to which the bulk of this book is devoted - lumbering, noisy, boomerang shaped rows of powerful lights, which can be photographed – has only a tangential connection with what most of us would regard as 'true UFOs'. The authors' attempts to transform these lights into giant spaceships are, to put it mildly, unconvincing. Hoax by microlight or hanglider pilots versus secret military technology would seem to be the major options. For similar cases in the UK, see David Clarke' s article 'Fly by Night' in UFO Brigantia March/April 1988. To sweeten a rather dull pill, there are accounts of abduction fantasies which, unwittingly, show how these were generated by ufologists.
  • Peter Rogerson, from Magonia 30, August 1988.

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