This UFO incident in New Hampshire has been debunked, hasn’t it? Where was it?
New Hampshire has always had a weird UFO craze – so much so that a Gilford native created a hit SyFy series based on an undercover alien, while a monument marks the spot of the most controversial encounter of State.
It’s no surprise, then, that locals continue to tell Martian tales of the Exeter incident.
An incident that was apparently debunked more than a decade ago.
For those who do not know, the incident would have taken place on September 3, 1965.
The number one song on the charts at that time was “Help!” of the Beatles. Bill Russell and the Celtics were gearing up for their ninth title in 10 seasons. And “The Twilight Zone” had left the airwaves more than a year before.
Like something out of Rod Serling’s masterful sci-fi anthology, witnesses in Kensington and Epping seemed startled enough by flashing red lights in the sky that the craft was investigated by two police officers from Exeter. There were kicking horses, swinging trees, and enough corroboration to give the story legs (and tentacles).
Just one question: did everyone miss it when it was debunked in 2011?
That’s when former Air Force pilot James McGaha stepped forward and used the object’s light patterns to identify it as a refueling plane – much like the one which he had once used at Exeter while operating out of Pease Air Force Base, according to NH Magazine.
And historians remember witnesses that night in 1965 hearing – you guessed it – military planes flying overhead. And yet the story persists, with the Seacoast staging events in years to come to ‘commemorate’ ‘the incident’.
Sorry, but it’s not Barney and Betty Hill.
So why – when we can barely handle the thought of locusts and murder hornets – do we insist on believing that some Martians may have stopped by to see a show at Ioka?
Guess I may have answered my own question – Now more than ever, it’s fun to take refuge in the unknown – even when it’s most likely explained. Because like Vermont has Champ, Exeter has its Incident.
After all… what kind of human name is “James McGaha” anyway?…