'Unconventional Flying Objects' by Paul Hill - book review

Most of the time, when people talk about UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects, they tend to fall into two main camps. Some parties declare that UFOs are a delusion, 'swamp gas', 'venus', weather balloons or some other item that would be found out within ten minutes of close inspection. Other parties immediately produce wildly fantastic explanations and theories as to UFOs purpose and origin, also without good supporting evidence. Both attitudes are understandable but don't help us develop a better, accurate knowledge of what's actually going on.

By comparison, Paul R. Hill, a very experienced aeronautical engineer with an excellent grasp of physics and engineering concepts, decided to approach the matter of UFO's in a very different way. He adopted the following strategy.

1) Assume that UFOs are real devices but are not defying the laws of physics, that they are functioning machines, albeit advanced ones.
2) Collate observations on UFOs, especially observations carried out by skilled personnel, such as military observers and engineers.
3) Use the collated information to identify patterns of behaviour by the UFOs, their emissions (radiation etc), their weight (ground imprints) and any and all factual evidence that can be used to deduce the mode of their operation.

By doing this, Paul Hill came up with fascinating and scientifically sound possibilities as to how the UFOs operate and whether or not it is feasible for those craft to have come from planets around other stars.

I really enjoyed Hill's book. Not only does he draw upon a huge number of UFO sightings but he uses their information to go on a Sherlock-Holmes-style quest to work out how the UFOs actually work. For example, he explains how the glow of UFOs is highly likely to be down to the ionisation of the air around the UFO by a static field that is producing x-ray emissions through the excitation of atoms of Nitrogen and Oxygen in the air. He also explains that although these craft will be limited to stay below the speed of light, as per Einstein's Relativity, their ability to perform high-g accelerations (100g or more) will mean that in relation to ship's time, they can cross between stars in a perfectly practical time span.

Personally, I have made the mistake in the past of assuming that all interstellar travel by physical craft for humans is practically impossible because the human body can only stand a few g's acceleration for long periods. What I missed was that a ship's drive doesn't have to be a 'push' system (that the engine pushes the ship and everything in it forwards through space like a rocket). If, instead, a ship's drive accelerates all matter in the ship at an equal rate, then the passengers of the ship would feel no acceleration at all, even if the ship was accelerating at a 1000g. In this scenario, travelling between the stars using such a drive becomes perfectly feasible.

In the book, Hill gets close to working out what sort of drive is used in UFOs but only really concludes that it is some sort of gravity repulsion drive. In this regard, he quotes the highly regarded Professor Herman Oberth, the guiding light of Germany's early rocket programmes. Oberth stated:

"[UFOs] are conceived and directed by intelligent beings of a very high order, and they are propelled by distorting the gravitational field, converting gravity into usable energy. There is no doubt in my mind that these objects are interplanetary craft of some sort. I and my colleagues are confident that they do not originate in our solar system but we feel that they may use Mars or some other body as a sort of way station."

I do think it strange that in the book, Hill does not mention extraction of power using zero-point energy, an idea discussed at length by Paul Czysz and colleagues. Neither does he touch upon the idea that an object's gravitational mass (i.e. its weight) is not necessarily the same as its inertial mass (how much it resists movement). These two values are currently assumed to be always the same (the Equivalence Principle) but that is only an assumption. Dr Tom Valone in a video presentation suggests that the Equivalence Principle may be an erroneous assumption and that under certain conditions, an object's gravitational and inertial may become very different. I have a sneaking suspicion that if an object is surrounded by a high-voltage, plasma sphere, its gravitational and inertial masses become very different. This would explain why stars, which are huge balls of high-voltage plasma, orbit the centre of their galaxies far faster than would be expected by Einstein's Relativity. Such anomalous speeds are the reason why civilian scientists believe dark matter exists but I think this is a mistake. Instead, stars move strangely fast around their galaxies because their inertial mass has been seriously reduced because they are balls of high-voltage plasma. For more on that, read this page.

Such an idea would explain why the UFOs all seem to create a spherical, plasma field around themselves before shooting off into the sky. By creating that sphere, everything inside it (the ship and its occupants) becomes extremely easy to move. The craft may still weigh a lot (as shown by the imprints of the craft on the ground) but its weight is a separate property. The plasma sphere is also needed to allow the craft to travel at high speeds through the atmosphere, as Hill explains, making it a dual purpose mechanism. The strange anti-gravity of objects immersed in a high-voltage field is a hot topic on the internet. For more on that, I recommend readers investigate Townsend Brown and the Biefield-Brown Effect, electro-gravitics and the wacky but intriguing experiments of John Hutchison.

Overall, I definitely recommend Hill's book. It is a thorough, intelligent, scientific study of craft which clearly exist. Hopefully, Hill is paving the way for a general, civilian understanding of what's going on and we'll all know more before the nutters with bombs on this planet blow us all to Kingdom Come. It's good to stay positive.