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Doctored Version of UFO aircraft carrier landing

There has been an important breakthrough in the investigation of the authenticity of a photo showing a flying saucer landing on an aircraft carrier that was obtained by Navy Commander Graham Bethune (now deceased), and first publicly released in 2008 by his associate, Frank Chille. Bethune’s photo was discussed in a May 4 interview on Rense radio featuring William Tompkins, and was analyzed in an exopolitics article published on May 11.  

An official US Air Force photo of the flight deck of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt from April 1975 closely matches the configuration of aircraft found in Bethune’s photo. There is clear evidence that the 1975 photo was altered to produce Bethune’s photo. The origin and chain of custody of Bethune’s photo suggests it was part of an officially sanctioned Navy disinformation campaign around the issue of flying saucers landing on U.S. aircraft carriers.

First some background. The 1975 USAF photo was released by the U.S. Air Historical Support Office and published in the 2002 book, American Military Aviation: The Indispensible Arm. It shows a Soviet intelligence ship approaching the USS Roosevelt, which was stationed in the Mediterranean Sea at the time.

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The chronology of the flying saucer landing on the aircraft carrier photo released by Bethune is given by Chille, who says he obtained a copy from Bethune around the year 2000:

Graham had told me that all his photos were hand delivered to him personally by Admiral Delmar Fahrney.  I had the distinct impression that I was one of very few whom were ever shown these photos by Graham Bethune.  Graham never published any of the photos he had shared with me and he never told me not to share this photo with anyone.  Graham did say to me at many meetings that Admiral Fahrney was very aware of the Visitors and the craft they employed.  They had ships of all sizes and description and some were enormous in size. [Email 5/13/16]

It’s important to emphasize that according to Chille, the photo possessed by Bethune was given to him personally by Rear Admiral Fahrney sometime before that latter’s death in 1984, and then later passed on to Chille in 2000. Bethune never publicly released the photo, and passed away on October 30, 2006. Chille publicly released it for the first time in 2008 via the CNN website.  Chille later passed on the photo to Major George Filer who released it in one of his Filer Reports on November 2012.  Finally, it was released online by Rense for his radio interview with Tompkins on May 4, 2016.

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Commander Graham Bethune’s Photo that was first published in 2008

Chille’s recollection of the genealogy of Bethune’s photo clearly points to the U.S. Navy’s involvement in its creation and/or dissemination via Admiral Fahrney.

Fahrney, retired with the rank of Rear Admiral in 1950. He was credited with being the father of “naval air guided missiles”:

Rear Admiral Fahrney was “the foremost Navy pioneer for the development of guided missiles. His vision of future weaponry, technical excellence and tireless advocacy formed the basis for the post-World War II Navy missile programs.” “Admiral Fahrney’s early work in guided missiles and his foresight in planning for future generations of missiles earned for him recognition by many peers as ‘the father of naval air guided missiles.'” (circa 1956).

He subsequently became a prominent member of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), and was prominent advocate of the “Extraterrestrial Hypothesis” that UFOs were interplanetary vehicles. Fahrney’s stature would have meant that whoever he forwarded the alleged photo of a flying saucer landing on an aircraft carrier would have accepted it as genuine.

However, a comparative analysis of the 1975 USAF photo and Bethune’s photo leads to a surprising conclusion. Bethune’s photo is an altered version of the original USAF photo. The following animated gif which was created by Keanu Bruun shows the key similarities and differences of the two photos.

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The removal of the word “Roosevelt” from the F-4 Phantom on the deck of the Roosevelt is very clear evidence of photo alteration. The identical wave action in the highlighted sections of the two photos is also very suspicious, and strengthens the case for the 1975 USAF photo being the original used in creating a doctored version.

This raises questions of why was the hoax created, and why was Admiral Fahrney complicit in its dissemination? His Naval and UFO research background suggests that it would take a professional military intelligence organization, such as the Office of Naval Intelligence, to fool him into believing the hoaxed photo was genuine, and anticipate that he would eventually pass it on to others who would leak it into the public arena.

Alternatively, Fahrney and/or Bethune may have been simply following orders to leak the doctored photo into the public arena.

The painstaking work that went into producing this doctored photo sometime between 1975 and 1984, well before Photoshop and other image manipulation software became publicly available, would have required professional photo manipulation expertise. Furthermore, the senior military ranks of the Navy personnel involved suggests there would have needed to be an important national security reason behind the photo’s creation.

One justification is that if flying saucers were genuinely landing on aircraft carriers on a regular basis, then over the years many thousands of Naval personnel would have witnessed such occurrences, and could eventually start revealing this to the public. Fahrney may have been told by Naval Intelligence assets, for example, that a flying saucer had indeed landed on the USS Roosevelt in 1975, and that dissemination of a doctored photo was necessary on national security grounds in case the incident was ever revealed by rank and file Naval personnel.

What better way to anticipate and discredit future reports of such encounters than by releasing a doctored photo of one? The hoax could then be easily mistaken as genuine by those familiar with or having direct experience of flying saucer landing on aircraft carriers, and thereby discredit such a phenomenon.

Indeed this appears to have happened with retired aerospace engineer, William Tompkins. In a radio interview with Jeff Rense, he connected Bethune’s photo to an incident described in his autobiography, Selected by Extraterrestrials, where a flying saucer piloted by “Nordic extraterrestrials” landed on the USS Coral Sea in the 1950’s.

Rense: … the first image that comes up is a large disk-shaped craft with a couple of lights visible. Apparently [it] landed on the deck of an American aircraft carrier. Tell us about that picture, Bill. What’s the story? …

Tompkins It’s one of quite a number of Nordic extraterrestrial UFOs that have landed on US Navy aircraft carriers.

Tompkins was likely confused by the realistic depiction of the flying saucer in the doctored photo, which led him to believe it was a genuine photo of one of many landing incidents.

One of the leaked Edward Snowden NSA documents confirms that the intelligence agencies of the “Five Eyes” nations – USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – are involved in disseminating hoaxes involving UFO images online. The doctored flying saucer landing on the USS Roosevelt is evidence that such an officially sanctioned disinformation effort is being conducted to confuse not only the general public, but also well-meaning senior military officers and even aerospace engineers, over what is genuine or not.

In the case of Bethune’s photo, it was through a collaborative effort by private researchers, who were able to identify the original USAF photo used to create the doctored version, which proved essential in bringing this to public attention. While some may be disappointed that Bethune’s photo is not hard evidence of a flying saucer landing on an aircraft carrier, it is nevertheless significant that an official Navy disinformation campaign has been found that aims to anticipate and discredit such claims by the dissemination of doctored versions of genuine extraterrestrial encounters.

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An alleged photo of a flying saucer landing on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is genuine, according to William Tompkins, a retired aerospace engineer who had a four decade career with leading U.S. corporations up until 1984.

Tompkins career began with service as a Naval Intelligence operative, from 1942 to 1946, where he provided intelligence briefings to select U.S. aerospace corporations about antigravity spacecraft being secretly developed in Nazi Germany.He has supplied several documents supporting his claims that he was assigned such a covert mission and operated out of Naval Air Station, San Diego.

Tompkins discussed the photo in a radio interview on May 4, and claimed that it was taken from one of what were regular incidents on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers – landings by friendly “Nordic extraterrestrial UFOs”:

It’s one of quite a number of Nordic extraterrestrial UFOs that have landed on US Navy aircraft carriers. And what you’re looking at . . . You’re looking at it from the bottom of the bridge of the carrier because those older ones were much further forward than the photographs you’ve got later on.

Tompkins explains how the extraterrestrial craft would land, and transport the admiral of the naval battle group up to the mothership in space to hold discussions with commanders of a “Nordic Space Navy”.

It’s a long story. They came from one of their starships. So they came down to talk to the admiral that’s the commander on that particular battle group. And they did their other program and their meetings and our admiral left with the captain taking over the ship and some other people and they took off in that vehicle and they went back out to the mothership. And, of course, they brought them back later.

Tompkins emphasized the regularity of such landings due to the small chance they could be witnessed while the ships were at sea:

Like I’m just saying, there’s a whole story of all of these . . . because . . . The UFOs landed on our aircraft carriers many times. Okay? It’s nice because nobody can see them doing it.

On the right side of the photo are the words “Official U.S. Navy Photo” suggesting that someone linked to the Navy had arranged for its release into the public arena.

Another one of the May 4 radio guests, Frank Chille, described how he got first got a copy of the photo, and what he knew about it belonging to the U.S. Navy:

There’s a little bit of a side story on the disk that landed on the aircraft carrier. Believe it or not, that original photograph was shown to me by Graham Bethune more than 15 years ago… And I held it in my hands. He allowed me to make a copy of it. It was on very think paper and on the flip side it said, “U.S. Navy, top-secret, eyes only, 1955”.

Graham Bethune was a U.S. Navy Commander, now deceased, who had after his retirement, released some of the most famous photographs in UFOlogy. His photographs from the 1989 Nashville, Tennessee sighting, for example, are among the best ever released of actual flying saucer craft.

Bethune gained access to many Navy photographs during his distinguished military career which included 12 years as “VIP Transport Plane Commander” and six years with the Naval Bureau of Aeronautics.

He subsequently worked for years to help disclose UFO related information, and there is no reason to believe he would fabricate the photo of a UFO landing on an aircraft carrier.

Chille described the circumstances under which Bethune allowed him to make a copy 15 years ago, and what happened when he first shared it with Tompkins in May 2016:

And Graham always had some incredible photographs, but he let me make a photograph of that, but he never told me the background on it. When I told Bill [Tompkins] about it, he said, “Frank.” He says, “can you get the photograph to me?” He says, “I think I know the story behind it.” And he got the photograph today and he said this dovetails right into his book, starting on page two.

On pages two to three of his book, Selected by Extraterrestrials, which was published in December 2015, Tompkins describes an incident very similar to that depicted in the photo.

A large flying saucer hovered over the aircraft carrier group led by the USS Coral Sea. 5000 Navy personnel saw the hovering flying saucer according to Tompkins. He next described telepathic communications being established between the commanding officers of the aircraft carrier battle group and the hovering flying saucer, before ending his story.

In the May 4 radio interview, Tompkins confirmed that the photo was of the USS Coral Sea (CV-43), similar to what he had described in Selected by Extraterrestrials, prior to him seeing Bethune’s photo:

Actually, the aircraft you’re seeing there on the flight deck, those are A-6s, which are an attack-type of aircraft… And that ship is the USS Coral Sea.

The Grumman A-6 Intruder fighter aircraft came into Naval service in 1963, which suggests the photo was taken on or after 1963. The 1955 date Chille recalled on the back of the photo, as an astute reader pointed out in a comment to an earlier version of this article, “would not refer to the date of the photo, but would refer to the date of the classification guide which established the level of the document being stamped.”  

Tompkins confirmation that the photo released by Commander Bethune to Chille is genuine is highly significant. It reveals that the U.S. Navy was actively cooperating with a Nordic extraterrestrial race as early as 1963.

Furthermore, Tompkins claims that during his work from 1951 to 1963 at a secretive think tank at Douglas Aircraft Company called Advanced Design, he was being assisted by two Nordic female extraterrestrials who were posing as ordinary secretaries. They were covertly assisting him in designing kilometer long space craft that would be later built for the Solar Warden space program in the 1980’s.

Consequently, during the decades it took for the design and construction of secret space battle groups, it appears that the U.S. Navy was working closely in gathering intelligence on the operations and missions of Nordic extraterrestrial space battle groups.

Tompkins also says that the Nordics were in locked in a galaxy wide conflict with Reptilian extraterrestrials, who had allied themselves with Nazi Germany during World War II, and assisted the Germans in building a secret space program in Antarctica.

The photo of a flying saucer landing on an aircraft carrier, if based on a genuine incident, would be hard evidence that the U.S. Navy has since the 1960’s, been actively cooperating with a group of friendly “Nordic” extraterrestrials which had identified the Navy as allies in a wider galactic conflict.

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[Update 5/1916 – Further research has shown the flying saucer landing on aircraft carrier photo is a doctored version of an April 1975 photo of the USS Roosevelt. While the photo is doctored, it may be based on a genuine incident. More details here. Article has been revised accordingly.]

[Update 5/13/16 – A reader has provided a comment that answers the apparent discrepancy between the date on the back of the photo (1955) and the naval service of the A-6 aircraft (1963-1997). The date refers to the Navy classification guide used to classify the photo, not when the photo was taken. Article has been revised accordingly.]

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