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This can best be demonstrated by quoting a few instances. When, for example, UFOs first came to public attention in the late 1940s, their superior performance was immediately apparent. The report of Kenneth Arnold, the Washington state businessman who saw, if not the first flying saucer in history, certainly the first one in which the world took an interest, illustrates the point.
Both the very high speeds of the UFOs, and their ability to maneuver in terms incomprehensible to conventional engineering, have been heavily documented. They have been reported to fly at 9000 miles per hour and more. Accelerations to very high speeds and decelerations from very high speeds to very low speeds or zero have been recorded. The right angle turn in flight at a high velocity is a typical feature of UFO reports. They have been observed by hundreds, if not thousands or tens of thousands, of people.
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A physicist knows that these stories "cannot be true." To him such velocities, and especially such maneuvers, are patently impossible. They violate, in an oft-used phrase, "the fundamental laws of nature." He would put it like this: "A solid object moving through the atmosphere strikes molecules of air, water vapor, and particles of dust. In doing so, friction, and hence heat, is produced. At very high speeds heat increases rapidly. If it is going fast enough, the solid object will burn up. This is why, in our very fast jets, cooling systems are necessary; it is why meteors, traveling at very high speeds, incandesce and usually disintegrate when they enter the atmosphere. They are literally burned up by friction."
The conventional physicist continues along these lines: "Now, these so-called UFOs are frequently reported at speeds of thousands of miles per hour. If so, they would certainly be destroyed by heat." So much for velocity. The unimaginative scientist would then clinch his point on the matter of maneuver: "These so-called objects are said to put on almost instantaneous bursts of speed ranging up to several thousand miles per hour and to stop dead after going just as fast. They are said to make right-angle turns without any observable reduction of speed. The laws of inertia tell us that all of this is simply impossible.
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What happens when you take a fast turn in your auto, or the airplane you are flying in suddenly banks? You are thrown sideways in your seat. Similarly, if you stop your auto too quickly or push down the accelerator, you are either thrown forward in your seat or forced back against it. Now multiply these effects many times. The pilots of a so-called UFO would certainly be mashed to a pulp by the maneuvers reported for their alleged craft.
They would be squashed against the inside of the vehicle or torn to pieces by their restraining equipment - seat belts, for example. The material of the objects themselves, no matter what alloy it might be, would be torn to pieces by such violent maneuvers. No molecular binding forces known in nature could hold together, no crystal structure could stand such strains. Inertia implies an ultimate limit to the speed of travel within the Earth's atmosphere, and to changes of direction at high speeds anywhere in the universe."