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Prepare for the UFO invasion folks. Darklore contributor Nigel Watson has uncovered a plot to fill our skies with illuminated flying craft, though the provenance is far from extraterrestrial – it’s a prank being designed by remote-control (RC) aircraft enthusiasts. Via Yahoo News:
Dozens of volunteers around the world have signed up for what may be the biggest prank in history – using decades of knowledge of ‘UFO sightings’ to time the launch perfectly.
The ‘aliens’ will be strips of LED lights, on remote-controlled multi-rotor drone aircraft – launched at 8pm, so there are plenty of people to see the ‘invaders’, and held at a distance where it’s difficult to see what’s behind the glowing lights.
Nigel Watson, author of the Haynes UFO Investigations Manual found plans to “cause a wave of UFO sightings around the world and an apocalypse-like idea in the media,” on forums frequented by drone fans.
Watson says, “‘The Big UFO Project’ was originally scheduled to run on April Fool’s Day, but they have changed it to 05 April 2014 so that it will not seem like an obvious prank. Anyone who has a multirotor drone (pictured below) or anything that can carry a strip of LED lights and hover is invited to join in this event.
I was pointed to discussion about the project on a remote-controlled aircraft forum a few days ago, though since the plan has made mainstream news the thread has been locked down (it can still be found for now in Google’s cache).
So, if any aliens *are* actually out there: April 5th would be a really good night to scout around without any witnesses being taken seriously…
There are many ways you can join in the fun, like this one:
Great night for military operations or actual aliens to make a move under cover of the fake UFO invasion. Stay alert for sightings and events not easily explained as RC craft, Chinese lanterns, kites with lights, etc.
Something at high altitude that streaks across the entire sky at high speed, maneuvers, comes to an abrupt stop, then streaks off at an incredible speed would still be of interest. Especially if it levitates a cow. Even a small cow.