by Brenda Livingston
Camouflage of aircraft has been the
ongoing focus of the military since the discovery of human flight.
Hiding from the enemy, protects pilot lives, military secrets and
provides the ability for sudden and highly effective strikes on
targets. As the number of sightings of "disappearing" aircraft and
objects increase, lines are becoming blurred as we attempt to
delineate between our true technological capabilities what may be a
common capability of the UFO (unidentified aerial device/vehicle).
Star-field and cloud/haze camouflage are now frequently reported in
addition to blending into the sky, using various techniques and
Increasing, UFO Researchers are witnessing what appears to be
aircraft at various altitudes suddenly and inexplicably vanish from
sight. George Filer in
Filers Files relayed a report of two MUFON
members returning from the MUFON Symposium 2000 watching as an
apparent aircraft "winked out" before them. George Filer also told
of such an experience along the Eastern seaboard. Other researchers
and the public continue to relate to Living-Tracer Enterprises
These sightings are so unusual that they have provoked the
consideration of two possible explanations: the common use of ultra
high tech military and civilian aircraft camouflage or UFOs
camouflaging as aircraft.
High Technology Explanation
One must consider both prosaic explanations and exotic Defense R&D
before concluding what some report seeing is taken as conclusive
evidence of alien technology. Electrochromatic panels (tiny video
sensors) on the skin of aircraft is one such exotic technology which
could explain as least some of the sightings reported.
It might be enlightening to visit the
Project Chameleo/Richard N. Schowengerdtís
website which presents papers, videos and drawings
explaining some of the more recent research projects conducted by
research scientist and the Air Force...
While the following patent does not prove the current use of this
technology, it does show interest and research into the development
Cloaking Using Electro-Optical Camouflage
Patent No. 5,307,162 issued 26
April 1994 Patent Renewed in 1997 - Next Maintenance Fee Due 26
An interesting report from Australia from Harry Mason points
to get another possible high tech explanation for disappearing or
"limited sight" aircraft (though it is not clear whether the
"object" seen by observers was indeed an aircraft):
Harry Mason writes, "I have some
input for you on the disappearing aircraft technology?" I have a
friend in a foreign country who is their top English language
translator. I will not name the country for her safety. In the
early 1980s, she went with a foreign military delegation from
her country to the USA to meet with top US Military. She
translated for both sides. One aspect of their visit was to
observe film and hard technology of the operation of a "cloaking
device." This made ships, aircraft, or airfields totally
invisible in reflected light and radar wavebands. It was being
offered to her country as an inducement to back US policy. The
device was capable of retrofitting to any aircraft etc. There is
"eyewitness" evidence of such a device in operation at an
RAF-NATO airbase on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.
One day a bunch of golfers noticed a íVí shape wave rushing
across the calm sea surface with a vague shimmering space in the
air above it -- similar to that seen in the movie "Predator."
The íVí wave of unsettled water and the shimmering air shot
towards them at a fair speed and the shimmering went over their
heads accompanied by a loud roaring noise -- exactly in line
with the airstrip. They concluded that a high powered invisible
aircraft had approached low over the water and landed at the
airfield. Thanks to
Living-Tracers has received reports from
reliable witnesses sighting similar V-shaped "airwave" streams
having no accompanying sound or color-- with one astounding
difference. These "objects" were only a few hundred feet away and
much smaller -- having a basketball sized rounded "shape" in front
of the stream.
These reports indicate that the "airwaves" were similar to seeing a
small wake in a lake moving quickly by... only in the air. Might
these be the small spherical objects reported by so many all over
the world entering another state dimension?
íTheyí ... And Who Are They Hiding From?
While it is possible that many experimental missions and varying
atmospheric conditions are occurring in our atmosphere and that
stealth tech/camouflage undoubtedly is being developed, one must ask
the following question:
What would be the purpose of using such stealth tech (if
economically and technologically feasible) in non-combat situations
in the skies above populated areas?
If it is feasible, why would it
Who are they hiding from?
Perhaps one explanation for my sighting of a blinking out "craft" is
the experimentation of íemissions cloakingí along with aircraft
camouflage. Much R&D is taking place in radar jamming and emissions
control... but why would our military be testing or using such
cloaking devices over a populated area in mid day?
Who are they hiding from?
The sudden and inexplicable disappearance, I personally witnessed in
December of 1999 was in a clear blue sky was stunning. While I was
intensely watching an oblong pinkish object (which I at first
assumed to be an aircraft) with a long "dashing" persistent contrail
the object along with the miles long persistent contrail "winked
out". I searched the clear blue sky for a possible reappearance of
the strange object or aircraft and saw nothing but blue skies
While I have seen various "camouflaging" effects of aircraft --
white aircraft becoming darker in different lighting conditions,
aircraft moving through a thin haze becoming white then blue and
back again, even shadows bouncing in front of aircraft. This
sighting seemed to defy plausible common explanations.
What purpose would it serve for a military aircraft flying over a
populated area to be visible then suddenly become invisible (in
supposedly non-combat, non-experimental situations)? From whom are
Disappearances And Contrails
An interesting sighting report by George A. Filer (Eastern
Director of MUFON) in Filers Files #31, August 7, 2000 asks the same
"The last few months the search for
Unidentified Flying Objects has taken on a new phase with dozens
of reports of aircraft disappearing in front of numerous eye
witnesses. Sometimes the craft appear to change color prior to
disappearing, we have reports of white, gray, red, and patchy
blue or white aircraft. In World War II, camouflage techniques
lit up allied anti-sub aircraft using soft lights to conceal
them from Nazi submariners.
I personally have 5000 flying hours. On July 3, I saw an
aircraft making heavy dark looking contrails that appeared quite
different from standard. They may have powder or impurities in
them that may come from the new jet fuels. The most amazing
thing that occurred is that when the spraying stopped the
aircraft disappeared. I searched the clear blue sky with
binoculars but no craft could be observed. An aircraft simply
does not vanish from a clear blue sky unless it has active
camouflage or crashes.
One possible way for an aircraft to vanish would be to use a
liquid screen similar to one used on a typical lap tap computer.
If hundreds of liquid screens were mounted on the underside of
aircraft it could be made to seem to vanish by videotaping the
sky above the aircraft and applying this same color to the
liquid screens covering the aircraft. To the naked eye the craft
would disappear, [but] why would these aircraft want to vanish?"
Report Of Disappearing Aircraft By MUFON
Members. Excerpted From Filers Files #30 July 31, 2000:
Driving home from the MUFON
conference the Georgia State MUFON director [Tom Sheets] who is
a retired Chief of Police and other witnesses observed a
aircraft "wink out" suddenly.
George Filer: " These are high
quality witnesses, they are not mistaken. Iíve learned from
other contrails experts this has happened before. To my
knowledge humans do not possess aircraft that can disappear. The
spraying is real, therefore I suspect that UFOs are involved. I
want to know what they are spraying and why" (see
for similar reports)
Consider also the following reports:
Mark Cashmere MUFON CT. State
Director reports that, "On December 13, 1999, four witnesses
observed two anomalous phenomena at 3:30 PM." The observations
lasted for a total of 40 minutes. The witnesses were two adult
business owners 49 (Y) and 51 (F), and his son 12, and a woman
business associate (W), 80. The observations are broken into two
Observation of an estimated five contrails in sequence
descending toward a ridge to the west. These contrails became
visible in each case after a bright star-like light appeared and
were the width of the light, and once reaching a specific length
retained that length without change. Each contrail displayed a
"puff" about halfway to the hill that acted as the horizon. The
witnesses also thought there was an orange flash as each light
passed below the tree-line. One contrail split into two. The
witnesses believed it was possible that the lights crashed on
the hill, though they heard no sound. The contrails dissolved,
including the puffs.
They observed two solid objects, gray in color, one
"bullet-shaped" with smoothly faired fins, and one spherical
with no seams or protrusions. One witness observed an apparent
seam on the bullet-shaped object. The objects, of large angular
size (3 inches at two feet), passed the witnesses at a
relatively close distance, and as they moved to the north
vanished in full view. The location of the second phase was
about thirty feet to the east of the first at 41.81120 (Lat.),
A third "phase" was the observation of a number of aircraft
identified as commercial Short Skyvans believed looking or what
they had just observed. The two adult men seemed credible and
articulate but perplexed by the event. The child offered a
reasonable level of corroboration. A more detailed analysis can
be found at
Thanks to: Mark Cashman.
Very visible -- then very invisible.
What were possible explanations of this activity if these were
experimental aircraft? Were these missiles gone astray? If so--what
is a plausible explanation for their location and the bright light
in front of the trails?
Consider a report with some similarities from Texas. Could a
light-producing propulsion system account for the appearing and
disappearing of this apparent UFO?:
"On January 10, 1999 near Lewisville
Texas -- I witnessed the unexplainable... I was back out at my
sighting post on the lake just at sunset scanning the western
skies when I suddenly caught sight of a very strange orange
trail on the horizon.. zigzagging very low to the ground.
Whatever was creating this trail was moving toward the southeast
-- moving toward me at an angle. I kept my eyes on it as it
proceeded closer and I still could not make out a definitive
shape in front of it -- though I thought I saw something small
and dark there a couple of times.
As it reached past I-35 (which is a major thoroughfare running
north and south through the Dallas area) -- I could see that
something was creating short bursts of contrail in a zig-zag
fashion. It was low-flying -- seeming to be between 500-700 feet
Suddenly a bright light appeared several hundred feet in front
of a burst of orange trail. Then both the light and the trail
would disappear. The light would appear again and then the short
trail -- and both would disappear again. This pattern continued
for a few minutes until the light appeared without a contrail
and disappeared. The light repeated this behavior a few more
times before disappearing for the final time."
If one takes into consideration that
some rather odd-shaped "aircraft" (eg. oval, teardrop, spherical,
oblong) and unusual fireballs and projectile-appearing objects (see
NUFORC report of two pilots sightings of an missile shaped object
flying between them) are reportedly flying through our atmosphere in
proximity to aircraft some creating persistent contrails themselves
this may provide a very good explanation for the sudden necessity
for both aircraft and UFOs to make a sudden "disappearance" for
stealth or protection. (also see
We just may be witnessing aircraft and UFOs and their projectiles,
using some high and higher tech camouflage in the open skies.
From A. Hebert
Dear Jeff -
In reference to the post titled "Winked Outí - UFOs Or high Tech
Camouflage", our government and numerous governments around the
world already have camouflaging technologies in use that most
people cannot even begin to imagine. I have just finished a book
on this very topic titled "The Pretenders" which covers 5 years
of research into camouflage technology - some of which I shared
with Ms. Livingston over this last year in presumed confidence.
The so-called "winking out" effect people refer to has nothing
what so ever to do with any kinds of camouflage or "cloaking".
These effects are due to increasing levels of pollution and haze
that cause conventional aircraft to become temporarily
"invisible" when flying at certain angles between the observer
and the aircraft. Since I live in the same area as Ms.
Livingston (about 4 miles down the road), I have witnessed this
same effect myself dozens of times. Days in which there are
"clear blue skies" have become quite rare in this area due to
all the pollution and haze. One day while driving to a meeting
in Lewisville, Texas, I watched more than 10 planes flash
(reflect sunlight), disappear, reappear, disappear and actually
vanish as they came in to land at DFW Airport. To my knowledge
commercial airplanes do not employ any forms of camouflage to
"wink out", however, this may be what causes passenger luggage
to "disappear". <wink
In reference to the "dash-dash" contrails people are observing,
according to Physicist, M. Kim Johnson,
"If the atmospheric water
content is not consistent with altitude (picture atmospheric
"waves" of high water vapor content below a layer of low
water vapor content much like waves on the ocean), then a
jet will alternately pass through air that allows contrail
formation and air that does not. This gives the appearance
of a dashed line if the plane is flying at, or near the
perpendicular to the waves."
I have observed this "dash-dash"
effect dozens of times and video taped this in the skies over
Dallas, Fort Worth, Lewisville, The Colony and Plano, Texas.
Sometimes if you observe these "dashes" at sunset, you can
actually see these "waves" between the contrail dashes as they
shift the ends of the whispy contrails up and down. Just keep
your eyes and mind open and avoid jumping to conclusions that
they are camouflage effects or a "spray" plane turning itís "chemtrail"
off and on and you will see it.
Ms. Livingston stated,
"On January 10, 1999 near
Lewisville Texas -- I witnessed the unexplainable... I was
back out at my sighting post on the lake just at sunset
scanning the western skies when I suddenly caught sight of a
very strange orange trail on the horizon.. zigzagging very
low to the ground. Whatever was creating this trail was
moving toward the southeast -- moving toward me at an angle.
...As it reached past I-35 (which is a major thoroughfare
running north and south through the Dallas area) -- I could
see that something was creating short bursts of contrail in
a zigzag fashion. It was low-flying -- seeming to be between
500-700 feet above ground."
This event occurred at sunset. At
sunset contrails often turn bright orange when reflecting the
setting sun. Sometimes they become so bright orange that they
seem to be an object themselves (I have witnessed this many
times personally in the same area). I-35 runs parallel to the
runways at DFW Airport. The area near Lake Lewisville has very
heavy air traffic landing and taking off from DFW and Dallas
Love Field. I have been to this area near the lake many times
and observed aircraft leaving bright orange contrails,
disappearing, reappearing, disappearing, etc. However, I know
the difference between a normal, natural occurrence and aircraft
In reference to electrochromatic panels, these have been
mentioned in connection with the "proposed" Stealth Blimp. These
panels were applied to an early prototype of the F-117 stealth
fighter but it crashed and were not applied to the later
F-117ís. One reason why electrochromatic panels and LCD type
camouflage are probably not used on aircraft that leave
contrails is because the panels cannot withstand the friction
and heat caused by flying at mach speeds. Even the Raptor does
not employ this form of camouflage but does use a form of
multicolored paints designed to help conceal the aircraft while
flying at certain altitudes.
When it comes to camouflage, if one is seeing the aircraft and
any form of contrail, it is obviously not using camouflage
technology. Thatís why they developed camouflage - to become
"invisible". Camouflage and high tech is more complex and being
used in the last place most people would think to look.
From Brenda Livingston
In response to Amy Hebertís remarks regarding my article "Winked
Out: UFOs or High Tech Camouflage" (above report):
As I mentioned to you several months ago, Amy, The Colony is
indeed big enough for two or more UFO researchers. I have
invited you to join in the search for UFOs in and out of
persistent contrails in this area and suggested to you that
putting forth an intellectual presentation is a much more
persuasive approach that attacking the work of other
Although you have not shared any of your research with me
regarding "camouflage" -- I found your article "Pretenders" on Rense.com fascinating and informative. I think we are in
agreement on many aspects of UFO and human camouflage
techniques. And we have both had some very dramatic and
revealing sightings of UFOs in this area.
I think in your above comment, you did hit upon an intriguing
idea which I believe does support the theory that UFOs are
camouflaging as aircraft and perhaps even distributing the small
spherical objects now so commonly seen within persistent
If UFOs are laying at least some of the persistent contrails in
our skies (and there are indications that they are from the
myriad of strange fireballs and UFOs reported with lasting
trails -- see
-- they certainly could be utilizing persistent contrails to
release objects/gases (for whatever purpose) into our
Why is this camouflage? As we now see so many persistent
contrails moving across our skies, it would be a very clever way
to carry out tasks "right above our heads" without our awareness
In your article "Pretenders: UFOs and Camouflage" -- you
mentioned "a witness in Northern California who described a
UFO that imitated an airplane AND a star."
Interestingly enough, my sighting of a "star-like" object long
before sunset on February 25, 1999 above a broad low persistent
contrail and then hovering within it as a white oval object --
was what motivated me to work to uncover the apparent interest
these mysterious objects had in persistent contrails.
This particular white oval object displayed a "flare" of light
covering and moving out of one side. This could indicate a
transitional state from "star" to a more physical form, shutting
down its corona/propulsion system or shedding its previous
In addition to the V-shaped "air-wave" techniques reported by
Harry Mason in "Winked Out" and many reporting smaller more
spherical versions of this phenomena or technology --
Living-Tracers has brought forward yet another camouflage
technique that appears to be utilized by small spherical
As Ellen Crystal stated in
Silent Invasion (as you quoted in
your "Pretenders" article):
"...The aliens could change the
lights in any manner, and we could see why people could mistake
their shapes if the lights defined only portions of the
As lights at night can change formation, it certainly appears
that these enigmatic energy "balls" so many have reported can
organize themselves into shapes resembling aircraft in broad
for an interesting photo enhancement which may exemplify this
Perhaps the "lights" some report changing location are actually
separate spherical objects moving from their "normal" free
flight positions to a right-angled formation resembling and
aircraft in a camouflage effect?
I personally feel that research into the mission, techniques and
environmental interactions of the UFO and their makers/occupants
would be better served by researchers focusing upon gathering
new information and presenting theories and findings rather than
continually pursuing attempts to suppress the work of others.
Perhaps we should meet over a cup of coffee to continue this
I wish you much luck on your upcoming books and continued