Friday, January 25, 2008

History's "UFO Hunters": January 30...

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"UFO Hunters", a new series on The History Channel, follows a group of experts as they examine some of history’s most intriguing UFO accounts in an effort to uncover all the evidence and facts.

The series is a spinoff from the network’s 2005 series "UFO Hunters".

The new HD "UFO Hunters" debuts Wednesday, January 30, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel.

According to The History Channel:

"...UFO Hunters Bill Birnes, Pat Uskert, Dr. Ted Acworth, and Jeff Tomlinson are passionate about separating fact from fallacy when it comes to UFO incidents. Each brings a different background and perspective: Bill Birnes is publisher of UFO Magazine, home to one of the world’s largest collections of documentation on UFO incidents. Also from UFO Magazine is investigator Pat Uskert, who became intrigued with the UFO phenomenon after he witnessed a strange metallic object floating over Venice, California. Jeff Tomlinson is the scientific intern with the UFO HUNTERS team. They are joined by Dr. Ted Acworth of MIT, a mechanical engineer and researcher who previously worked for NASA, and brings the discipline of hard science to the team, assisting in the investigations of reported UFO incidents to determine if they are real.

Each week, this group travels to the site of a well-known UFO encounter to explore the event and uncover what really happened. In the course of their investigations, the UFO Hunters examine evidence such as videotapes, audiotapes, witness interviews, and files newly opened under the Freedom of Information Act, then go on location and to the lab to interview, re-construct the events, and investigate. Their journeys take them across North America and Europe in search of the truth about these UFO sightings..."

Premiere episode analyzes an incident that took place two weeks before the report of a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico.

"UFO Hunters: The UFO Before Roswell" looks back to June 21st, 1947, when Harold Dahl was boating with his crew and dog off the coast of Maury Island, Washington Puget Sound. They noticed several odd-shaped aircraft dotting the sky. Then one suddenly began spewing white-hot fragments over the water. The falling debris killed Dahl’s dog and wounded his son. Dahl notified the local harbor patrol, who reported the incident to the military.

A few weeks later, two Air Force intelligence officers from Hamilton Field, California arrived in Tacoma. After conducting interviews, and collecting wreckage, they departed McChord Field, August 1st. Shortly afterward, the airplane lost communication. People reported seeing flames in the sky. Two people died in the crash.

"UFO Hunters" reportedly located the crash scene and with an archeologist combed the debris field, gathering evidence.

The following incidents are also investigated in the series:

• September 1961 – A couple driving on a rural New Hampshire road allege they were abducted, examined, and returned to their car by their captors. Under hypnosis they reveal details of their abduction and the woman draws a map of an unknown solar system. Years later, astronomers discover a similar solar system.

• 1980 – A pilot flying his small plane spots an object just below the surface of the water off Catalina Island. He reports that a bright light emanating from the object enveloped his plane and froze his controls, after which he lost consciousness.

• August 2007 – Two villages in eastern Mexico, Valles and Xilitla, report debris falling from the sky and a 10-foot-diameter fireball seen to fly back and forth as if being maneuvered, before crashing to the ground..

•Since the 1980's, over 7,000 sightings of strange objects in the sky have been reported in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. The source of a powerful beam of light emanating from the center of a local cemetery has yet to be determined.

Other episodes of "UFO Hunters" investigates reports of man-made aircraft and spacecraft encountering UFOs, incidents of police encounters with UFOs, various stone formations around the world, such as Stonehenge, that many experts feel are powerful clues into the extraterrestrial world, and a look at the efforts of modern organizations like SETI and NASA, and what they are doing to investigate the presence of extraterrestrial life in the universe.

A new minisite, includes videos of UFO sightings as well as a web series.

Viewers can also share their own encounters on the "UFO Hunters" Sightings Map Experience, an interactive application utilizing Google Map technology, to pinpoint personal experiences around the globe, able to browse world-wide encounters, adding their own stories, photos/videos for others to view and rate. Experts from the series will participate in online chats, and the site will serve as a forum for UFO discussions.

The new "UFO Hunters" is produced by Motion Picture Production, Incorporated, for The History Channel. Executive Producer for The History Channel is Dolores Gavin. Executive producer is Jon Alon Walz. Co-executive producers are Alan LaGarde and Jeff Tober. Supervising producers are Dave Pavoni and Tracy Chaplin. Producers are Autumn Humphreys and Chad Horning...