Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Turkey UFO Case Overview And Background

"The objects in the footage have the structure of a specific material that
is definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation, balloon, prop,
model, or special effects used for simulation in a studio."
The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey
TUBITAK Report Documents

Unidentified object witnessed by multiple residents
of Istanbul and filmed over the sea

6-12-08 Footage

Turkey has a long and rich history of unexplained aerial phenomenon dating back centuries. But between 2007 and 2009 in the northwest region of the country, a series of unusual events took place. Multiple strange objects were observed over the sea and witnessed by local residents. During that time an important video was taken of something unidentified hovering in the sky at the same location. Is it possible that Yalcin Yalman was able to capture in close detail on film what people were seeing? This blog is an attempt to document, as much as possible, what happened.

Several local residents describe observing disc and oval shaped aerial objects with a metallic appearance that maneuvered silently while sometimes accompanied by strange red and orange lights. Some of the witnesses lived in the nearby housing complex while others were curious onlookers and fishermen. In 2009, after a UFO conference held near Istanbul, Roger Leir and 7 to 8 other people became witnesses themselves and observed a strange disc shaped object hovering in the sky under a bright moon. Roger Leir personally witnessed Yalcin taking video of the anomalous object in the sky and was interviewed multiple times before he passed away.

2009 Original Video Footage

What were the objects captured on film?

The anomalies were distant from the camera while filmed from the shoreline.

Approximate Location And Vantage Point Of The Camera

Reports were filed with the Sirius UFO and Space Science Research Group which is Turkey's primary UFO reporting organization run by Haktan Akdogan. Also, the videos were analyzed by "The Scientific and Technology Research Board of Turkey" and "TUG National Observatory" which are both sponsored by the state and highly influential. They reviewed the originals with the goal of finding evidence of a forgery, but interestingly came away with results that actually supported the authenticity instead. The original film cassettes have also been studied by people from Japan, Chile, Brazil, and Russia. After several attempts so far nobody has been able to successfully demonstrate evidence of a hoax, fraud, or manipulation leaving the case is still unidentified.

2008 Sightings And Video Footage

The previous year a number of sightings took place between May 22 and Sep 28 of anomalous aerial activity. Yalcin worked the night shift near the Yeni Kent facility located onthe shore of Kumburgaz which gave him a good vantage point. But, when the sightings started to take place it began catching the interest of the local residents and more people began to take notice. Similar to 2007 the 2008 sightings were discussed in the Turkish national media, even on CNN , while soon gaining interest from the local Turkish scientific and astronomy community who ended up analyzing the footage. There were different individual segments over a three year period. Posted below are the most significant ones in a condensed format, however a link is provided for the longer full length original for each year.

 2008 Original Footage - Part 1:

2008 Original Footage - Part 2:

2008 Original Footage - Part 3:

June 8, 2008 Sighting

June 9, 2008 Sighting

The next day a glowing ball of orange/red plasma type light is motionless in the sky for several minutes leaving a bright reflection on the water surface.

June 12, 2008 Sighting

Only four days later another orange ball of light is observed at first. Shortly thereafter the craft pictured below is filmed. There appears to be possible horizontal movement causing a light and shadow shift across the structure.

July 2, 2008 Sighting

As seen in the raw footage this elongated anomaly is motionless above the water's surface. Yalcin managed to zoom in and out several times which provided more information.

In the same location, one hour and fifteen minutes later, this unusual cluster of lights appeared.

Earlier That Morning At 3:53 am.

June 16, 2008 Sighting

20 Interesting Footage Segments:

Several Eyewitnesses Were Interviewed:

SIRIUS UFO Space Science Research Center Of Turkey

At first, the videos were analyzed under the direction of Turkish researcher Haktan Akdogan the director of SIRIUS UFO and Space Science Research Center. Haktan first spoke with all the witnesses separately and then did analysis of the videos. With participation of the members of their science board they enlarged the images and did the detailed analysis, checked the pixels, and went through frame by frame.

Haktan Akdogan: "After doing all the necessary analysis which went on for several weeks, the board came to a definite conclusion with no doubt that these are 100% genuine videos. The objects sighted in the aforementioned footage that have a structure that is made of specific material are definitely not made up by any kind of computer animation nor are they any form of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for a video effect therefore in conclusion it was decided that the sightings were neither a mock up or hoax. And it is concluded that these objects in the sightings that have physical and material structures do not belong in any category such as; planes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, satellites, fire balls, Chinese lantern, fire balls, weather balloons, natural or atmospheric phenomenon etc. and but rather fall into the category of UFOs. More information:" www.siriusufo.org

Video Explanation By Haktan Akdogan

Turkish researcher Haktan Akdogan and the cameraman Yalcin Yalman discuss several issues in more detail. In this video presentation several questions are answered about the case.

Canon GR1 Specifications:

The footage was taken with a MiniDV Canon DM-GR1-A based on the NTSC system with a diaphragm set at the maximum of 1.8. It's a 3CCD 20x optic 100x with a tele-converter mounted on a 58mm adapter. The tele-objective is a Sony brand vci hgd 1758 model lens, x 1.7.

May 14th, 2009 Sighting

During the 2009 International UFO Congress held in Istanbul, the following sighting occurred. A crowd of onlookers watched a glowing ball of light maneuver near cloud level. It was that night and into the morning of May 15, 2009 when more unknown objects continued being seen and filmed over Marmara.

The distance across the sea from the witness ranges between 43.75 to 91 nautical miles.

A photograph from the same location displays how land structures on the opposite side of Marmara are not clearly visible when viewed from Kumburgaz.

The approximate location of the July 2, 2008 unknown orange light anomaly.

2007 Original Raw Footage:

The 2007 video was filmed starting on June 20 and lasted several days until August 31. During that time more round, disc, and oval shaped craft were seen and filmed maneuvering over the sea while occasionally changing direction. The same thing happened again in 2008 and 2009. To this date the objects in the footage have also remain unidentified while nobody has yet been able to find an explanation.

TUBITAK Released Their Analysis On National Television:

At first the scientists in Turkey were highly certain that it was a hoax. At that point Haktan Akdogan, who had already analyzed the videos frame by frame and confirmed their authenticity, challenged TUBITAK representatives on television to check themselves. When they were finished they released their report in a two page document which is translated into English below.

The National Council For The Study Of Science And Technology

On January 31, 2008, a MiniDV format video cassette holding 35 minutes of footage was brought over to "TUBITAK" The Science and Technology Research Board of Turkey (a Scientific Institution owned by the state that is highly reliable and influential) the National Observatory (TUG) by Mr.Tolga Ozdeniz, the Editor of "Reporter" that has been aired on ATV Channel. The footage on the cassette was said to have been recorded by a Canon GL1 MiniDV digital camera on a beach of a holiday village in Kumburgaz/Istanbul by an amateur.

The images were examined by TUG - National Observatory Image Processing Unit. Because, it would take quite a long time to analyze all of the images, only randomly selected parts were pre-examined. During this process, emphasis was not placed on images produced by optical clarification effects which a number of point light sources generated. Here is a portion of their report: “The objects observed on the images have a structure made of a specific material and definitely are not any kind of CGI animation or in any means a type of special effects used for simulation in a studio or for video effects. "So the conclusion of this report is that the observations are not a model, mock up, or a fraud”. At the last part of the report, it’s concluded that the objects observed have a physical structure and are made of materials that do not belong to any category (airplanes, helicopters, meteors, Venus, Mars, Satellites, artificial lights, or Chinese lanterns etc.)" 2 Page TUBITAK Report

May 15, 2009 Day & Night Similarities

The 5-15-09 video begins while its dark outside at 4:59 a.m. then continues to film until after sunrise at 5:32 a.m. With the camera facing the same direction we finally see the horizon and more details on it's location. For an unknown reason what previously appeared as a metallic oval craft is now 4 orange lights in a semi circle. One speculation is that it's a plasma effect caused by the craft changing configuration or a reaction to the sun and different environment. When combining the shape of both the day and night objects. the similarities are interesting. It may be a possibility that it's one craft and not two objects. There has yet to be any further explanation.

33 Minute Segment From May 15, 2009

5-15-09 4:59 a.m. to 5:32 a.m.

Similarities Noticed

Explanation Of 33 Minute Sequence

Dr. Roger Leir Discussing What He Witnessed:

On March 31, 2013 Roger Leir also appeared on Coast to Coast with George Knapp to discuss what happened. Here is the interview with George Knapp: C2C Interview

Dr. Roger Leir Interviewed On Location In Turkey During 2009:

While he was visiting Istanbul for the 3rd International UFO Congress in May of 2009 is when he completed this interview near the location that he witnessed the phenomenon.

Yalcin Yalman Interview (In English):

Yalcin Yalman discusses how he first became involved and why he purchased the camera. One of the interesting parts of this interview is when Yalcin revealed that he once had another sighting with his father when three unknown objects hovered above them, while fishing as a child. He recalled that earlier in 2007 there was another large sighting in Kumburgaz, but at the time he had not yet purchased a camera.

The Barking Dog's Reaction:

Several instances involved unusual balls of light that have yet to be explained.

Yalcin skywatching with one of his friends:

The city of Kumburgaz where Yalcin's father lives:

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  1. How can there not be intelligent life outside of earth? We think were so high and mighty and that were the only species that is highly intelligent. Think about all the planets we have yet to discover.

  2. Google: Operation Blue Beam

    1. Ha! Not even close. This is not a hologram, it's a real structured craft

    2. Ha! Not even close. This is not a hologram, it's a real structured craft

  3. Good evening,

    I lived in Turkey from 1968 through 1970 and again from 1972 through 1974. My father was in the US Air Force and was stationed at the Karamursel Common Defense Installation (KCDI) for both tours of duty. During our second tour there myself, my brother and sister, and a couple of friends of ours were walking home after dark on summer evening (I believe in 1973) when we noticed a light darting about in the sky to our left (which I assume was the western sky). It was a bright light but we couldn't tell what the craft, if any, actually looked like. It caught our eye because it was literally darting about in the sky. What's more, I consider myself extremely interested in UFO's and have read about and followed them for many years but I only recently remembered this episode. I was about 15 years old at the time.

    The information you provided regarding Cappadocia was very interesting and I look forward to digging up some more info on the underground paths, etc.

    1. See...that's the kind of thing I would be interested in seeing sometime...not on video but in person. Because you say..'darting' across the sky. I mean..what does that? Nothing! Right? To do something like that it would have to be sooo powerful. And it couldn't have been anything that we've invented yet (far as I know). Because anything we would build...that somehow, someway, be able to dart across the sky...It would be LOUD! The engines would be loud and the sound bearier (spelled wrong..sorry). You would hear sonic booms going off. But I assume these machines didn't make any noise (or at least not like that) or else you would have included it into your re-telling of that night.

  4. Interesting things has the documnetary movie "Men in Black" that Medvedev was talking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrjXmDlAYzo

  5. Those are some great video clips. I think only fools would doubt the existence of aliens at this point, or that UFOs have been visiting Earth. I think our governments have known this fact for a long time but have been keeping it from us.

  6. This went on for several days, and all we have is one shaky video? There should have been all sorts of cameras and scientists out there after the first or second sighting. Hogwash.

  7. My first response when I saw, I believe it was the May 14 or 15th 2008 vid was, Oh my gosh, that doesn't look real! And I wondered why the camera-person didn't at least show the ground before zooming in on the object. But, later in another video the camera operator did just that and that video was (in my opinion) quite legitamate.
    I am by nature very sceptical about these kinds of videos and sightings. But the more I watch these clips certain things still seem to bar my objectional mind from dismissing this one away.
    1. Like I said...THAT's not what I pictured visitors to travel in...Which is probably why I can't dismiss these things. They look....ugly. In a weird sort of way.
    2. Maybe this is just me but the metal color is strange. First they're a gold color then it's a dull grey. That gold color is very goldish looking. Why? Why would anyone that was trying to 'trick' us...use that color?
    3. Did you all see it when it 'changed' shape? It was very blurry butI believe I saw it specifically 'shed' it's outer shell down to the back of the ship...or maybe that was my eyes..
    4. Of course there is the experts on digital effects and trick photography stepping in. I don't know them...but assuming they are trustworthy (and scientist/analysis data collecting people...really arn't very good liars...that's why they stick to the facts (LOL...JK). In any rate, I don't see any purpose for them to lie to us.
    5. Another thing! Those second type ships...they were stranger than the first one (the one they are saying looks like a disk (but it certainly wasn't a perfect or full disk all around...like I said...it was weird.) But! the other ones were stranger. I mean...once again. At first I would have been tempted to just laugh at the simplisity of their shape. They looked like (four) shapes huddled together. Four spheres just dangling in the air (like balloons) with a thin? wire-like metal connecting four more spheres. Simple right? I know....yet...they wern't balloons. They wern't anything I've HEARD ABOUT that we've invented that can hover in air (outside of a balloon) that's made of metal....It's just weird man...

  8. Quite a fascinating story. How much of it is reality, is another thing. Because, as usual, the denial has been the line repeated by all the govt. in such incidents. And, even if some confirm it to certain degree, more info is never released to public. The interesting factor also is that all these UFOs look like quite similar that too compared to ones which are shown in movies as well. This is definitely puts some shadow over these being actual things. But who knows!