The modern UFO wave began in 1947, with a tremendous amount of activity observed over sensitive industrial and military sites. It is clear from the reports that come out of that era, that this was the aspect of the UFO phenomenon that initially raised concerns within the military establishment. After all, if your most sensitive atomic research and weapons storage facilities are being buzzed by craft of unknown origin with impunity, then alarm bells will ring. This specific targeting by the UFO occupants clearly showed their interest in this aspect of our development.
In his book “Flying Saucers from Outer Space”, Major Donald Keyhoe cites a US Air Force document released on 30th December 1949:
“Since the acts of mankind most easily observed from a distance are A-bomb explosions, we should expect some relation to obtain (sic) between the time of the A-bomb explosions, the time at which the space ships are seen, and the time required for such ships to arrive from and return to home base”.
This line of reasoning leads to an unexpected conclusion. Even if one assumes that the visitors have somehow discovered a means to defeat the universal limit of the speed of light, information travelling from our planet was travelling at that very velocity. By that measure, the earliest date that information about the Hiroshima explosion could arrive at the nearest neighbouring star is 1949. Yet the first big UFO wave occurred in the summer of 1947, less than 2 years after Hiroshima. This would seem to preclude interstellar visitors. However, Project Sign inferred a greater likelihood that the visitors came from outside our Solar System:
“Thus, the chance of space travellers existing on planets attached to neighbouring stars is very much greater than the chance of space-travelling Martians”.
Certainly, our subsequent exploration of the Solar System would seem to bear this out. Some of the other planets and moons could certainly be used as a base for ET exploration and operations, but none has the conditions available for evolution of life and development of intelligent species. Yet the UFOs turn up in half the time it takes for light leaving Earth to arrive at Alpha Centauri.
Let us assume, then, that travel faster than the speed of light is impossible, as proven by Einstein. Let us also assume that life in an indigenous form does not exist on any of the Sun’s other planets or moons. Then two possibilities present themselves:
1) The alien presence has an outpost in the Solar System big enough to supply the UFO flaps of 1947 and 1952 ( 1954 would be the earliest a contingent from Alpha Centauri could arrive).
2) The alien home-world is between us and the nearest star, at a maximum distance of 1 light year.
Foo fighter activity during the Second World War implies that we were being monitored in the early Forties, and these were clearly unmanned probes of some kind. It is likely that these came from somewhere close to home, implying a base on Earth or maybe the Moon. After all, no sightings of “motherships” or craft large enough to hold beings were reported. It was generally assumed that the foo fighters were a secret Axis weapon.
Yet, 1947 saw the arrival of an entirely different phenomenon of sizeable vehicles interested in atomic sites. Given the alleged veracity of the Roswell case, the saucer occupants were not entirely prepared for our defences, losing a craft within just one week of the first sighting of their activity. This implies that this was their first excursion into hostile terrain. A lot of sabre-rattling by both the UFOs and US military is evident in the reports over the next few years, with the loss of at least one jet during these mock dogfights.
The point is this; why weren’t the manned vehicles in our skies during the war? We were clearly being monitored at that time, presumably from an unmanned base close to home (either on the Moon or even Earth itself). If a manned outpost existed in the Solar System of the sort of proportions to send the 1947 and 1952 waves, they would have been putting saucers in our skies long before then. Following this logic, it seems unlikely that the first of the possibilities above is the case. The saucers are not based in the Solar System. Which leaves the second. Which is impossible, right? How could a home-world exist in the outer reaches of the Solar System’s influence?
Well, what if the home-world orbits a star so dim and insignificant that it has eluded us, even though it is right on our door-step? Could a brown dwarf orbiting the Sun create conditions on an orbiting moon ripe for the evolution of life and intelligent beings? Since such a brown dwarf is now known to exist about 2 trillion miles from the Sun, then perhaps this possibility needs to be looked at seriously by Ufologists.