The Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Liberty County Sheriff's Department met on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 to discuss the incident. The FBI acknowledged they are aware of the sighting.
What makes this sighting so intriguing is that it is very similar to an almost identical sighting made over Liberty, Texas a year ago, also by a commercial airline pilot who had also taken off from Bush International.
No source of the rocket or missile has been found in either the May, 2008 or May 2009 UFO sightings over Liberty, Texas.
Many years ago, there was another, more curious sighting in that area of East Texas. On December 29, 1980, a UFO incident occurred over Dayton, Texas, less than ten miles from Liberty, Texas. The event came to be known as the "Cash-Landrum Incident." There were three people in a car - Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, and Vickie's grandson, Colby Landrum, then seven years old.
AROUND 9 P.M., the trio saw a large UFO overhead that was flying low and producing tremendous light, so much that they stopped the car due to the heat, which was oppressive. The boy remained in the car, while Landrum and Cash got out and took a closer look. They described the object as large, intensely bright, and having a dull metallic luster. It had small blue lights, and occasionally emitted what appeared to be something similar to a flame. It made movements upward or downward.
The heat they felt was intense. Landrum soon returned to the car, but Cash remained, fascinated by the object. Cash said the car surface became so hot, she had to use her coat to grab the door handle to open the car door when she returned to the car. The dashboard was so hot, when she placed her hand on it, the imprint was left for weeks.
The object then began moving to a greater altitude, and as it became a remote light in the sky, Cash and Landrum reported seeing almost two dozen helicopters in the area overhead. Some of those helicopters appeared to be large, military helicopters. A Dayton police Detective, Lamar Walker, and his wife reported seeing about a dozen helicopters in the same area that night.
BETTY CASH came down with a variety of strange symptoms following the incident which predated but predicted The X-Files. She had blisters, nausea, vomiting, and could barely walk. The UFO organization called MUFON had a radiologist who looked at her medical records from the event and concluded that she suffered ionizing radiation.
For some time thereafter, Betty Cash pursued the incident, but appeared to get the run around from the government. It was a wild goose chase, which ended with the federal government denying that any military helicopters had been in the area on the night in question.
By definition these things are UFOs - Unidentified Flying Objects. They appear and are reported by sane, often credible witnesses. In spite of that, they are given short shrift, and those who want to discuss these incidents beyond standard government denials are subjected to taunts of "tin foil." But the truth is out there.
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Jim "Pappy" Moore is a a native son of East Texas who still makes the piney woods his home.
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