The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
June 23, 2011
Source: Quilmes Presente (www.quilmespresente.com)
Argentina: La Plata Experts Join Air Force Team
Two of the five civilians summoned to form part of the Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales are from our city.
In January 1976, when he was fifteen years old, Carlos Ferguson was on his way back from playing soccer with some friends when he saw something in the Saavedra district that would mark his destiny. What he claims having seen is the same thing that "over a dozen local residents and drivers" reported: a disk-shaped metallic object measuring three meters in diameter, flying over the terrace of a home in broad daylight and at a stone's throw away." Since then, Carlos – founder of the Red Argentina de Ovnilogía – has spent his life trying to understand what he saw that afternoon, and life has just given him an opportunity that he did not even dream of.
Carlos Ferguson, who lives in La Plata and works for the logistics office of the Dept. of Education, is one of the five civilians summoned by the Argentinean Air Force to constitute the Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (CIFA). Created on May 26, this agency represents the formalization of a phenomenon which, while raising questions, has been formally investigated by many other countries: France, Russia, the UK, U.S.A, Brasil and Uruguay among others.
But Ferguson isn't the only resident of La Plata asked to form part, ad honorem, of the new commission. Accompanying him is Carlos Iurchuk, a 41-year-old systems analyst who has spent fifteen years researching the UFO phenomenon. Both form part of a team that includes pilots, weathermen, radar techs and satellite positioning techs and other experts under the command of Capt. Mariano Mohaupt.
Far from attempting to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life, his mission is aimed at "scientific investigation of reports that involve the domestic airspace, and which have increased over recent years." As the Argentinean Air Force indicates: "the number of persons claiming to have seen UFOs is far greater than anyone would imagine."
(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)
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