My one and only UFO experience was when I was riding my bicycle with my
sister delivering invitations for my birthday party-- I think I was
maybe six years old. I looked up in the sky and saw what looked like an
airplane with no body being propelled by four jets. I remember it looked
like the Batarang.
It was only about two years ago that the Northrup YRB-49 Flying Wing was
shown to me on television:
And a scale model:
You can see the resemblance. And at the time, I hadnever had an
experience with airplanes with no bodies, so of course it was weird.
The weirdness of this is that according to reports, there were only two
built, and both were destroyed in tests. However, there is another
report that 30 of these were ordered by the Air Force, but later
cancelled, and the last remaining one was cut up for scrap in 1958. The
one that I saw flying would have been in 1968 or 1969, ten years after
the last one was supposedly destroyed.
It wouldn't surprise me in the least that somebody had one of these
still flying at the time. It would have only been 20 years old, and
that's still plenty serviceable for an aircraft. And I have to think
that Northrup had a couple of these built by the time the order was
I have always had a rather perverse idea to do a UFO hoax. Most UFO
sightings happen at night, and consist of bright lights, triangular
shapes, and unexpected movement. I can do all three, and I have the
feeling it wouldn't be all that hard to freak a bunch of people out.
Of course if I ever did such a thing, I could never tell anyone about
it, because that's part of the fun of hoaxing-- making it to legend