“Belgian UFO” Photo A Hoax
November, 1989. Belgium is amidst a ‘UFO wave’ that begins in late November and seems to end in 1990, with a photograph that one man claimed to have taken of a hovering UFO. The photograph was to become one of the most controversial UFO photographs of all time. A triangle shaped UFO with bright orange lights was photographed in April of 1990 by a young eighteen year old man who goes by “Patrick”. It was to be printed in books and shown in lecture circuits around the world.
Two decades later, Patrick, is now more mature and seems to have changed his mind about the story. The story that puzzled many experts from across the globe. It turns out, that Patrick hoaxed the photograph that night by using polystyrene to build the UFO model. Then, with the help of friends, he strung it up and under the cover of the night, snapped the now infamous photograph. This is according to AFP News and “Patrick”.
The “Belgium UFO Wave” was an unexplained event in which several Belgian citizens reported to the authorities a triangle shaped UFO hovering through the sky. The reports were so many, that the police captain had to place a call to the military about the mass number of sightings which threatened the citizens. It’s known that the military sent two F-16s out to investigate the reports and one of the pilots reported that his radar locked in on the object. It resembled a diamond shape on the radar screen. Before he could get closer to the object, it picked up incredible speed and flew out of the radar’s range.
BRUSSELS — An unidentified flying object photographed high in the Belgian sky that puzzled even NASA scientists turns out to have been a fake made out of foam, the man behind the hoax said Tuesday.
Though scientists pored over the picture of a triangular-shaped flying saucer with four lights, allegedly photographed in April 1990 by a young worker, the mystery remained intact until the man’s revelation on the RTL-TVI network.
Made of polystyrene in a matter of hours and photographed that night, the picture was released after several sightings of UFOs over Belgium in 1989 and 1990.
Then aged 18, the man identified only as Patrick said he and a few friends “made it, painted it, hung it up and then photographed it”.
The photo was the sharpest available to experts in a two-year period in which thousands of people across Belgium reported UFO sightings.
Several days after its release, a Belgian airforce plane was ordered to hunt down the UFOs across the country, but to no avail. Some believed the UFOs were new stealth fighters being tested by NATO.
“It’s too easy to fool people, even with a cheap model,” said Patrick, adding he had decided it was time to come clean.
-Source: AFP News