Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SHIELD Existed in 1957?

I always thought Nick Fury was an agent of SHIELD starting in 1965. Turns out I'm wrong, according to this Reuters story:

"In a written account, Torres described how he scrambled
his F-86 D Sabre jet in calm weather from the Royal Air Force base at Manston,
Kent in May 1957.

'I was only a lieutenant and very much aware of the
gravity of the situation. I felt very much like a one-legged man in an
ass-kicking contest,' he said.

'The order came to fire a salvo of rockets at the UFO. The
authentication was valid and I selected 24 rockets.

'I had a lock-on that had the proportions of a flying
aircraft carrier,' he added. 'The larger the airplane, the easier the lock-on.
This blip almost locked itself.'

At the last moment, the object disappeared
from the radar screen and the high-speed chase was called off.

He returned to base and was debriefed the next day by an
unnamed man who 'looked like a well-dressed IBM salesman.'

'He threatened me with a national security breach if I
breathed a word about it to anyone,' he said."

I wonder if he wore an eyepatch and smoked a cigar...

1 comment:

Jeff said...

I'm going to go ahead and call bull**** on this one. If for no other reason than this "pilot"'s misunderstanding of the fundamentals of air warfare. Rockets don't "lock on" to anything, they are aimed and fired, kind of like a gun. Missiles lock on, and in 1957, the technology was such that locking on to something other than, say, the ground would have been difficult. For perspective, the Air Force was only 10 years old at that time. "Locking on" refers to radar guidance, and at that time the technology was very rudimentary.