17 April, 2015

Camera Mystery - 'Flying Saucers' In Eclipse Photo? July 7 1954

United Press

Olso, Norway, July 7 - A famed cameraman said told pictures he took during the solar eclipse last week showed "shiny white objects like flying saucers."

Photographer Johnny Bjornulf said "it was especially interesting to find the objects" since they "nearly coincided in time with the observation of six 'flying saucers' from a BOAC plane off Labrador."

The cameraman discovered the shiny objects while showing a color movie of the eclipse in London last Monday. He flew back to Norway and examined still pictures he took at the same time and saw the same objects.

Was 13,500 Feet Up

Bjornulf took the pictures abroad a Scandinavian Airlines plane at 13,500 feet altitude while photographing the eclipse of the sun last Wednesday for scienctists.

He said he had no idea the objects were on the film until he saw the movie in London.

"My personal opinion is that the shining white spots on the picture are some reflex phenomena, although I am quite sure that it is not due to any reflection in the camera lens."

Not Reflection

He ruled out lens reflection because the objects appeared on film taken by different cameras.

A photographic expert in London who saw one of the still pictures said sun reflections from the airplane's laminated glass may be responsible.

On one still picture, taken with the still camera, a circular white spot can be seen midway between the sun and the tip of the airplane wing. The object has a very faint tail like the condensed vapor stripes sometimes seen in the wake of jet planes at high altitudes.

Another but vaguer "object" can be seen partly hidden by sunlit clouds.

"In my opinion the second flying saucer seems to be a kind of mirage of the first one," Bjornulf said.

Miami Daily News, Wednesday, July 7 1954
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