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Chris Mellon/Air Force UFO Video

During an interview, TTSA member Chris Mellon spoke about a UFO video. It took some doing, but eventually I was able to track down the video. It wasn’t easy, because I haven’t been able to find it on the internet… anywhere. Thanks to Mark for this lead and Giuliano Marinkovic for helping me figure out which video Chris Mellon was referencing.
First, here are Chris Mellon’s comments during the interview:
“I did tend to keep my eye out, and because I had this interest, and from time to time this issue would arise. Or I might be working with a colleague, for example, who had been the Senior Intel Officer at Spacecom. And I remember one night working with a Brigadier General whom had been the Senior Intel Officer at Spacecom in his last assignment, and so I… just you know, informally asked him about that and he looked at me sort of like, “What are you crazy?” He gave me this look like I had a third eye on my forehead and you know generally speaking it’s not an issue that is talked about or has a lot of credibility. You risk your own credibility if you express too much interest in it. So it’s just something that I quietly, you know, it was always in my mind because I had this interest, so I would keep my eye out for things, and occasionally that was something that would lead to something or bear their fruit.
In one case in particular, I had a friend who was a colleague at that time on the Senate Intelligence staff and he was doing some oversight at Maui Optical Tracking Facility, which does space surveillance, and I said that ‘While you’re out there, you know they’re civilian nice guys, why don’t you just ask them?’ – ‘You ever see any strange really anomalous stuff you can’t identify?’ And so he called me up, he said, ‘You know I asked that question. Sure enough there’s the tape right here,’ and these guys got video of these, you know, fireballs going through the night sky and I said, ‘Well can we get a copy of it?’ I called this airforce officer, he said, ‘Sure it’s unclassified, too. You know, I’ll just send it to you.’ Actually they sent it through Congressional Affairs or something, but anyway I got the tape and one of the interesting things about that was that one – it showed these sort of five objects, four or five objects, look almost like a formation, moving low in the sky, fast… but slower than a meteorite. Normally how you see meteorites, it’s kind of a flash, and this was much slower than that, but much faster than you would expect an airplane to be and there was a lot of heat, intense heat, probably due to the speed. And I knew there were a few other folks who have an interest in this topic and so I asked the…decided to, you know, ask people if they were interested in seeing the video, and a few people did…”
Maui Optical Tracking Facility
Later Chris Mellon continued:
“…so in this case the source was totally unclassified. The data from that, they were collecting there, on that instrument at Maui, was open source unclassified data. So you know it’s derived from the source. Now some of you might be wondering, ‘Whatever happened to that that tape?’ I had a copy of it, I can’t find the darn thing, but it appeared on national television. I mean this didn’t get, you know, lost in some drawer. It ended up in the hands of Ted Koppel, who you may recall had a long-running nightly television program called Nightline, on ABC I believe, a major network television show with high ratings and he did the segment on this, and he played the tape and had some guests on to talk about it. So this is not a case of another one of these stories where you know, ‘Yeah it sounds interesting but you know, how come there’s nothing to back it up?’ You know, that went out and probably millions of people saw it on TV but nothing happened afterward.”
Dr. Bruce Maccabee also commented on the video, back in the 1990s:
Dr. Bruce Maccabee: “This thing is not going fast enough to be a meteor unless you assume that it’s so high up that it’s beyond the atmosphere. At which point it wouldn’t be glowing, and you couldn’t see it.”
Interviewer: “Because meteors don’t glow in space, they’re glowing because they’re burning up in the atmosphere.”
Dr. Bruce Maccabee: “That’s right.”
Interviewer: “So does this intrigue you? Or what does it do?”
Dr. Bruce Maccabee: “Oh yeah. This is up at the top as far as credibility and pretty far up there in terms of strangeness.”
Interviewer: “So if you had to classify this in a case folder, how would you classify it?”
Dr. Bruce Maccabee: “With a big question mark.”






There may not be enough to conclude either way whether these are a fleet of UFOs or meteors, but after the comments from Chris Mellon, this video is extremely interesting.


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Update #1:

Dr. Maccabee no longer thinks its a UFO. This was sent in by John Greenwald.

I asked Dr. Maccabee when he posted this update and he replied:

“Don’t recall. The work was done and written up in 1996 or 7. Probably posted on website around 2010.”

I believe Chris Mellon’s interview comments were from 2016. Mr. Mellon also mentioned the video to Leslie Kean in 2016.

Update #2:

The Nightline episode has turned up!

Update #3:

Scott Browne is very well respected. There is a chapter dedicated to him in Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka’s book “American Cosmic.”

Dr. Pasulka describes Scott in her book:

“Scott is a debunker and a true believer. He is a debunker because he is a true believer. He is a talented graphic designer and professional videographer, which means that he has the skills to determine whether objects in photographs and videos are truly anomalous, computer-generated imagery (CGI), or lens flares.”

Mr. Browne commented on this video:

“You can actually see stars pass between the streaks of light so I don’t think it’s a plane.”

scott photo

“These two stars can clearly be seen between the streaks of light… to me this rules out a large structured body.

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8 comments on “Chris Mellon/Air Force UFO Video

  1. Brent Hale

    Extremely interesting. Upon watching this like 10 to 12 times over, and pausing once, it is extremely evident that this is *not* and I repeat *not* seemingly 5 separate objects streaking across the night sky. Meteors are out of the question. Incoming satellite as well.

    I believe this a solid one-piece object. How did I reach this? Study the object closely. Now if this was 5 separate objects (meteors, satellite breakup, space junk reentry) the rate of speed as they come through the atmosphere would cause each to slow down at different rates (assuming all have different masses, including the two smaller objects) due to buffering against the atmosphere as they come down, even at angle.

    Note the shape of it. It looks triangular, which one might say high altitude aircraft, but to me it seems more solid than that. Oddly similar to the 1951 Lubbock Lights (which might be a larger solid ship). I think cleaning up the video might give better clues as to what it might be.

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  3. Nice analysis Bruce!

  4. Viktor Golubic

    This was posted on a group in where Bruce and I participate before he adjusted his historical evaluation mentioned originally above. Danny Silva is aware of this as well…

    Nice work tracking that down!

    Some brief analysis:

    Assuming the approximate three second traversal or transit time is recorded in real time:

    1) The angular rate of speed for the slowest moving 11 km/sec meteor between 80 and 120 km away in altitude (assuming it to be directly above), would be moving about 5 to 3.3 degrees/sec.

    Therefore, the lens/camera system or screen FOV (angular distance across the screen) could then be “no greater than” between (multiple those above by a 3 sec transit time):

    15 to 10 degrees to be considered a meteor.

    2) If we tilt the observation to 45 degrees above the horizon, those same altitude envelope ranges, are now about 112 to 170 km away, and speed of the meteor can be increased above the min of 11 km/sec min to 15.4 km/sec across the same screen configuration.

    Therefore, as we tilt the observation from the vertical downward toward the horizon, we can include faster moving meteors.

    Sadly, without knowing the two key pieces of information:

    Most importantly the angular field of view of the screen capture and secondarily the azimuth (angle above the horizon), we can’t yet eliminate or filter out meteors as the most likely possibility.

    Visibility on Maui to the horizon would be unencumbered by pollution.

  5. too bad there’s no GMT time stamps… only the one video from 2016 and a mention of 1990… without more information, we cannot track back to see which satellite break up it was…

  6. Dave Haith

    Great work Giuliano and Danny for tracking this one down!

  7. Nice write up. Been trying to share some of your work on Insta. #sivarecord

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