Belgian UFO was a LowFlight

What you have in this section are some articles decalring that the Belgium UFO and other triangular UFOs have all been the LOFLYTE. These arrticles are then followed by email debates over the issue

Today (aug 12, 1996) on the Flemish (north part of Belgium) radionews (by ARD) was said that the UFO, which was seen in the early 90's, was a LowFlight. The LowFlight was a secret airplane of the US. It WAS secret because it recently was made public. The plane can travel with twice the speed of a concorde and it is triangle shaped.

That's all they said, so I'm curious if anybody of you got any information about this LowFlight plane. I kind of doubt that the story above is true, because a plane that flies so fast must make a noice. Therefore I would like to see a drawing or a picture or something else of the plane.

Michael Bruyninckx
UFOIA Director of Operation in Belgium.

NASA UNVEILS "INTELLIGENT" TEST AIRCRAFT

Source: CNI News

[The following press release was issued by NASA on August 2. CNI News finds this of interest on two counts: first, because it reveals that NASA and associated agencies are working with highly exotic but operational "waverider" technology capable of hypersonic speed and previously associated with controversial claims concerning the "Aurora;" and second, perhaps more interesting still, because NASA now reveals the existence of neural network control systems in this test aircraft, a technology that some researchers believe was derived from the back-engineering of alien spacecraft.]

NASA and the U.S. Air Force today unveiled a jet-powered aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art flight control technologies that will demonstrate a computerized flight control system that learns as it flies -- especially important for the demands of ultra high-speed flight.

Called the Low-Observable Flight Test Experiment (LoFLYTE), the 8-foot-4-inch aircraft, announced at a briefing in Oshkosh, WI, has been developed by Accurate Automation Corp., Chattanooga, TN, for NASA and the Air Force. The program contracts are being administered through NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, and the Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, OH, under the Small Business Innovative Research Program. The experimental LoFLYTE aircraft will be used to explore new flight control techniques involving neural networks, which allow the aircraft control system to learn by mimicking the pilot.

The model is a Mach 5 waverider design -- a futuristic hypersonic aircraft configuration that actually cruises on top of its own shockwave. Waverider aircraft, powered by airbreathing hypersonic engines, would fly at speeds above Mach 4. LoFLYTE represents the first known flying waverider vehicle configuration, but upcoming flight tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, will be flown only at low subsonic speeds to explore take-off and landing control issues.

The remotely-piloted aircraft has been designed to demonstrate that neural network flight controls are superior to conventional flight controls. Neural networks are computer systems that actually learn by doing. The computer network consists of many interconnected control systems, or nodes, similar to neurons in the brain. Each node assigns a value to the input from each of its counterparts. As these values are changed, the network can adjust the way it responds.

The aircraft's flight controller consists of a network of multiple-instruction, multiple-data neural chips. The network will be able to continually alter the aircraft's control laws in order to optimize flight performance and take the pilot's responses into consideration. Over time, the neural network system could be trained to control the aircraft. The use of neural networks in flight would help pilots fly in quick-decision situations and help damaged aircraft land safely even when controls are partially destroyed.

The main objective of LoFLYTE is to demonstrate the utility of such a flight control system that learns through experience, said Robert Pegg of Langley's Hypersonic Vehicles Office. In addition to experimenting with neural networks, the flight of the model also is key as a low-speed demonstration of a hypersonic vehicle. "We're very interested in both outcomes, both the neural net technology and the flight characteristics," he said.

"We see a big advantage to using this type of control system in a hypersonic vehicle," Pegg said. "At those high speeds, things happen so quickly that the pilot cannot control the aircraft as easily as at subsonic speeds."

The waverider was chosen as the testbed for the neural networks because the configuration has an inherently high hypersonic lift-to-drag ratio. If neural networks can control this "worst-case scenario" configuration, then they should be able to handle virtually any other configuration. The waverider configuration was also chosen because it allows for long hypersonic cruise ranges of up to 8,000 miles. At an altitude of 90,000 feet, a Mach 5 waverider would fly at a rate of one mile per second.

Technologies being implemented in the LoFLYTE program could eventually find their way into commercial, general aviation and military aircraft.

LoFLYTE TM A Next Generation Advanced Technology Demonstrator

A Next Generation Advanced Technology Demonstrator Accurate Automation Corporation (AAC) is developing the LoFLYTE testbed aircraft.

LoFLYTE stands for Low Observable Flight Test Experiment. The LoFLYTE program will demonstrate several advanced technologies within a series of stealthy hypersonic aircraft. The first two aircraft will be jet powered and will be unmanned. They will fly slower than the speed of sound, but each will have the same "waverider" shape designed for Mach five flight.

Mach five is five times the speed of sound. The term "waverider" refers to the fact that aircraft of this type ride on the shock waves that they create as they fly above the speed of sound. Other supersonic and hypersonic aircraft do not do this. These subsonic vehicles will demonstrate that an aircraft with this innovative shape can take off, fly well at low speeds, and land safely.

After successful demonstrations of these aircraft, we anticipate building a full scale aircraft. This full scale aircraft will take off horizontally like its two predecessors. Then it will use airbreathing engines to accelerate to a cruising speed of Mach 5 and to climb to a very high altitude. It will end its flight be landing on a conventional runway. Mach 5 is much faster than any aircraft with air breathing engines has ever flown. The SR-71 "Blackbird" can only fly at a top speed slightly over Mach three. Each aircraft in the series will be larger and more sophisticated than its predecessor. The first LoFLYTE is a Remotely Piloted Vehicle, or RPV, which is 8 feet 4 inches in length.

We are close to completing this aircraft and anticipate a first flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center / Edwards Air Force Base in California during the Summer of 1996. The flight of the first vehicle will provide valuable information for the development and flight testing of the larger LoFLYTE vehicles. The second LoFLYTE aircraft will be 23 feet in length.

The construction of the structural components of this vehicle is tentatively scheduled to begin after the first flight of the small aircraft. This vehicle will fly in 1997. (It) is the result of several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from Navy, NASA, Air Force, and National Science Foundation, as well as funding from commercial sources. The LoFLYTE program will demonstrate the first known flight of a waverider configuration airbreathing vehicle. The LoFLYTE technologies will find their way into various future aerospace projects.

Some of the technologies, such as advanced sensors, new materials, and a new type of computer, will be applied to other industries as well. Variations of the new computer are already being sold by Accurate Automation and represent our primary commercial product line.

Replies from the Newsgroups !

Newsgroups:
maus.talk.ufos,fido.belg.ufo,de.alt.ufo,alt.ufo.reports,alt.paranet.ufo,alt.alien.visitors,alt.alien.research

>Source: CNI News
>[The following press release was issued by NASA on August 2. CNI News
>finds this of interest on two counts:

1. Wild imagination. 2. Extreme ignorance.

>first, because it reveals that NASA >and associated agencies are working with highly exotic but operational >"waverider" technology capable of hypersonic speed

Who says it's "operational"? This is nothing but an 8-foot scale model.

> second,
>perhaps more interesting still, because NASA now reveals the existence of
>neural network control systems in this test aircraft, a technology that
>some researchers believe was derived from the back-engineering of alien
>spacecraft.]

Phew. Make that more INSANE still! I guess we must now add neural nets to the list of technologies that ignorant lunatic fringe fanatics have deemed "beyond mere human ability". How pathetic to be SO ignorant of science and technology, that one can only imagine alien "magic" being responsible for such developments.

On Mon, 12 Aug 1996 09:47:34 GMT, mich@glo.be (Michael Bruyninckx) wrote:

>Today (aug 12, 1996) on the Flemish (north part of Belgium) radionews
>(by ARD) was said that the UFO, which was seen in the early 90's, was
>a LowFlight. The LowFlight was a secret airplane of the US. It WAS
>secret because it recently was made public. The plane can travel with
>twice the speed of a concorde and it is triangle shaped.

By Dean's description of LoFLIGHT this is not possible. Where did they get this explanation? Was it from a US government source?

>That's all they said, so I'm curious if anybody of you got any
>information about this LowFlight plane.
>I kind of doubt that the story above is true, because a plane that
>flies so fast must make a noice.
>Therefore I would like to see a drawing or a picture or something else
>of the plane.

I suggest you attempt to determine where this explanation of the Belgium '91 case came from. If Dean's desrciption of this test aircraft is accurate it could not possibly have been the object sighted, tracked, and chased over Belguim in 1991. Hopefully, this comes straight from our governement (USA) as this explanation is pathetic:-)

It was defently no secret plane, but what I can't understand is that they would admit that they use very high technology, other that conventional systems.

There is an article in yesterday's (Aug 11) London Sunday Times about the LoFlight or Waverider craft.

The article quotes John Pike as saying it is "very odd" that the information about the prototype would be released in this way (I don't know why).

I haven't read the full article, just heard about it. Are there any U.K. people who have read it and can supply more information?

Paul

> I kind of doubt that the story above is true, because a plane that
> flies so fast must make a noice.

As you can see, this project is apparently very much in the experimental stage and I doubt if the Belgian sightings were caused by a 100 inch model aircraft!

A brief article on the project can be found on the Popular Mechanics web site at:

http://popularmechanics.com/popmech/tech/U115T.html

It doesn't explain the Belgian sightings or any other reports of "triangular" UFOs, which date back to at least the mid 1970s, but given the obvious similarities it's a very interesting "coincidence".

Updated story :

In the news of 19:30 on the BRTN (Belgian Television) was said that the Sunday Times spread the news that the UFO's seen in Belgium in the early 90's was a LoFlyte (this is the correct spelling). The plane flies with a speed of 5 times the speed of sound.

SOBEPS (offical Belgian UFO group who collected a lot of reports and everything that was necessary to write the 2 VERY THICK books they published about the Belgian UFO) is quite sceptical about this story. Because the 'thing' they observed was moving slow and noiceless.

There is also a URL of a company which makes the software of the LoFlyte, nasty detail here is that they talk on their page about a testflight of a small model in 1994, so what then was the 'thing' above belgium in the early 90's. The URL: http://www.accurate-automation.com/projects/loflyte.htm

Michael Bruyninckx
UFOIA Director of Operations Belgium

Date: Mon, 12 Aug 1996 20:25:57 GMT

On Mon, 12 Aug 1996 17:53:25 GMT, mich@glo.be (Michael Bruyninckx) wrote:

>Updated story :
>
>In the news of 19:30 on the BRTN (Belgian Television) was said that
>the Sunday Times spread the news that the UFO's seen in Belgium in the
>early 90's was a LoFlyte (this is the correct spelling). The plane
>flies with a speed of 5 times the speed of sound.

This is simply not possible. According to the reports I have now seen on LoFLYTE, it hasn't even flown yet. The Belgian incident was 5 years ago. LoFLYTE is reportedly 8' 4" long, much smaller than the reported size of the Belgian sighting.

>SOBEPS (offical Belgian UFO group who collected a lot of reports and
>everything that was necessary to write the 2 VERY THICK books they
>published about the Belgian UFO) is quite sceptical about this story.
>Because the 'thing' they observed was moving slow and noiceless.

Those are just two more points, there are many others. LoFLYTE doesn't seem to even remotely resemble the Belgian sighting in any way at all. The important piece of information we are missing is where this story is coming from. WHO is claiming that the Belgian event was LoFLYTE.



Email Comments to UFO Folklore !