December 5, 2005 1:47
Bob Pratt, a great UFO researcher and a good friend to The WHY? Files, died on Saturday, November 19th. His death is a great loss for Ufology worldwide.
There will be a memorial service on Friday afternoon at his town, Lake Worth, Florida.
Bob was a distinguished American writer, UFO researcher, journalist and co-author of Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings, with J. Allen Hynekl.
Bob's interest in UFO Phenomena began when working for the National Enquirer, and was sent to many countries to investigate UFO sightings and ET contacts, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico. Since 1975, he interviewed over two-thousand witnesses.
Bob wrote articles for several UFO and non-UFO magazines. He was, for several years, the editor of the renowned MUFON UFO Journal.
Bob provided unique material and support to The WHY? Files, at just the right time.
The following report
was provided to The WHY? Files by Bob Pratt
Bob Pratt is a retired journalist and an acknowledged
UFO researcher, a brief bio is best told in his own
was once actually paid to chase down UFO reports but
found the subject so fascinating that for more than
twenty years I have dug into my own pocket to do it.
Since May 1975 I have interviewed about two thousand
people who have seen UFOs. I've also talked to
countless others who have come to me with their
stories because they want to tell me what happened to
them without being ridiculed. Some even think I'm an
expert on UFOs, but I'm not. I don't think anyone is.
I investigate UFO sightings but don’t consider myself
a UFO investigator. That would require carrying out a
far more formal and prolonged scientific study and
analysis of cases than I usually have had time or
inclination to do. Nor am I an investigative reporter,
which implies lengthy undercover probing to dig out
information that someone wants to keep hidden.
I am, simply, a reporter who became fascinated by this
phenomenon and have been fortunate enough to be able
to spend some time and money trying to find out what
it’s all about. After more than twenty-seven years,
I’m still at it… still trying to find out what it’s
At best, I think, I can call myself a UFO
researcher, a term that's vague enough to cover
anything and anyone, from the most qualified to the
least. I fit somewhere in between.
This is the report, received via Email on 14th
This is what I learned in late July (and a bit more
later on; see bottom). My source is well known in the
UFO field but for some reason did not want to be
identified with this information at this time. Maybe
later he will come forward.
I cannot verify the following information about the
March 5 infrared videotaping of 16 objects by the crew
of a Mexican Air Force plane, but it came from a
source that I consider unimpeachable.
He said Drug Enforcement Agency authorities in the
United States knew about the event as it was
happening. They thought that a large number of drug
planes were coming out of South America and heading
for the U.S., aimed at hitting the border at a number
Radar and FLIR are used on a number of helicopters,
airplanes, satellites, ships and border patrol
vehicles. It is standard equipment. Everything that
flies toward the U.S. is spotted.
My source was told that that is what happened in
March. So, the Mexican Air Force was alerted. The
Mexican plane was not on a "routine" mission. As the
targets progressed, the U.S. figured out that they
were not drug smuggling planes, but could not call off
the Mexican plane.
This information came through police channels with a
firsthand report by a DEA agent. When the news broke
in May, the agent believed for a short time that it
was now all right to talk about it. Now he knows that
was not correct.
The day after the story broke, the U.S. State
Department sent an envoy to talk to Mexican officials
about relations between the U.S. and Mexico. Within
hours Mexico had a several so-called scientists
proclaiming the objects that were photographed were
everything from ball lightning, to meteor dust, to
trucks on the highway, and everything but swamp gas.
No one in the U.S. media went after the U.S. tracking
information. They played it as if only the Mexican
government was able to do the tracking.
Then the UFO experts in this country started coming up
with every explanation they could find, none of it
based on data.
My source said that the real lesson in this is not to
listen to these experts. Rather look at the clues. The
fact that these objects moved in a rational manner in
the proximity of a plane for 24 minutes is really
significant. Furthermore, he asked, doesn’t anyone
realize how far a 200 mph plane travels in 24 minutes?
Don't they realize ball lightning doesn't fly that
fast and in a rational manner? Don't they realize that
meteor dust is not hot against a cold background and
would not give the FLIR return?
On June 16 a deputy sheriff in Ohio watched a big
triangle about 8 miles south of a nuclear power plant.
He said it flew overhead and was clear as it could be
to the naked eye. Suddenly, it disappeared. It didn't
fly away, land, etc. It just blinked out in broad
To my source, this sounds like the same mechanism that
was at work in the Mexican case. The infrared spectrum
is right next to the visible light spectrum. Infrared
would probably have continued to track the Ohio
object. My source speculated that U.S. satellites, in
the infrared range, probably did continue to track it.
at the end of August, my source said: