High Strangeness: UFO Cold Case

Monday, May 14, 2018

UFO Cold Case

The other day I got wind of a bizarre re-hash of the 1973 Coyne Helicopter case, courtesy of Kevin Randle, who is doing us a valuable service by pushing back against some real stupidity.

I wrote about the Coyne case in my book, The Close Encounters Man. There I described it as the gold standard of UFO cases, as it had been reported by the some of the most credible witnesses imaginable -- the four-man crew of a military helicopter -- and their account had been corroborated by witnesses on the ground. It remains completely unexplained.

The Coyne UFO.... or is it an Air Force tanker?

The new re-hash of the Coyne case comes to us courtesy of Parabunk, and while his explanation is very long and very detailed it is also pretty ridiculous. You should follow the link below and read it, but like I said, it is very long... (Spoiler alert: My book is quoted in Parabunk's report!)

The 1973 Coyne/Mansfield helicopter UFO incident finally explained

In this new account, the UFO that almost caused Captain Coyne to crash his helicopter in central Ohio and ended up with the four men being essentially saved from the crash by the actions of that UFO, was actually a military refueling plane that was trying to conduct a mid-flight refueling of Coyne's helicopter. The bombshell in Parabunk's new version of the story is that Captain Coyne didn't realize he was supposed to be engaging in a mid-flight refueling.

Let that sink in. This person is seriously suggesting that the captain of a military aircraft and his three crewmembers were completely unaware that a mid-flight refueling plane was maneuvering into position to top off their fuel tank. Not only that, when they saw the "refueling plane," they didn't recognize it as military plane at all. Keep in mind that these four men were flying home from their mandatory medical exams, and they had all been found to be in perfect health only hours before their encounter. In other words, they were not hallucinating, as Carl Sagan later famously suggested on national TV a few days after the events.

There's plenty of stupid to be found in Parabuck's writing, like the way he works so hard to build an iron-clad case and then undercuts it with a casual "maybe" this, or "possibly" that. But the worst moment is this explanation:

Then there's the big why question. Why would a tanker try to refuel someone who isn't expecting it? There might be some some former crew members who could give a definite answer, even if they haven't been willing to make it public so far. Lacking that, I have thought of some possibilities

For the fun of it?

Yea, Parabunk, that is the big question, isn't it?

Seriously, this person is asserting that the crew of a massive Air Force tanker would risk their careers and their lives by intentionally causing a near mid-air collision over residential areas in central Ohio "for the fun of it."

Kevin Randle is not cutting Parabunk any slack, and you can read his take the story at A Different Perspective.

But the last word in this tale goes to someone who is very well qualified to comment on the Coyne case. Jennie Zeidman conducted an investigation of the incident for the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), and her account of the case remains the definitive telling. When Kevin Randle contacted her today for her take on Parabunk's refutation of her work, she kindly suggested that Parabunk needs a new hobby.

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