(Blogger’s Note: Brad Sparks recently published the following on a closed discussion list so I asked permission to make it available to a wider audience. Brad kindly gave his permission, but he asked that I publish a slightly updated version. The following was written and updated by Brad.)
Recently, my attention was called to a story in Allan Hendry's UFO Handbook of 1979, by a Euroskeptic who was properly cautious in bringing it up, saying "If cited correctly" by Hendry, then it might be instructive. Purportedly, the Detroit, Mich., airport controllers had many times "cleared" the planet Venus to land at the airport
Hendry, p. 27:
Venus continued to attract attention as
a "UFO" throughout the period of my
study. The witness in case 519 [sighted etc.] ....
In cases 890 and 896, the witnesses [sighted etc.]....
My favorite comment, however, was provided
by the FAA at Detroit Metropolitan
Airport: "Do you know how
many times we've cleared Venus to land?" [No case number]
Hendry p. 102:
I was once told by a
member of the FAA control at the Detroit
Metropolitan Airport, "Do you
know how many times we have cleared
Venus to land?" [No case number]
I can answer the alleged anonymous airport official's misleading question: ZERO. Yes, that's right, the story is a complete and total fiction. The planet Venus cannot radio for clearance to land -- I mean to even have to explain this is ridiculous, Venus is an inanimate object incapable of intelligent thought and communication, radio or otherwise.