is a detailed study of how and why government agencies have, for decades, taken a clandestine and profound interest in numerous archeological, historical, and religious puzzles.The strange and amazing secrets of the past are just a heavily guarded government vault away. This section comes from Chapter 3: Secrets of the Ark: The Ark on Film.
On the early morning of June 17, 1949, a United States Air Force crew quietly and secretly took to the skies from a military base in Europe on a clandestine and dicey mission. It was a mission that ultimately proved to be historic in the extreme. Perhaps even beyond historic. The plan was to carefully photograph what American Intelligence learned was a disturbing and rapid build-up in Soviet military facilities and weapons on land extremely close to the border of Turkey.
The crew’s classified flight was destined to take it over the huge, near-17,000-foot-high, snow-covered Mt. Ararat – something which turned out to be a life-changing, historic experience for all of the men aboard the plane, and that has secretly occupied the finest minds of the Pentagon, the CIA, the military, and a host of other intelligence-gathering agencies ever since. Although certainly none could even have guessed what the future would bring when the crew first took to the skies.
When the aircraft reached a height of around 14,000 feet, the chief photographer aboard was amazed and shocked to see what appeared to be nothing less than a gargantuan, intelligently-designed craft of some sort – seemingly no less than an incredible 500-feet in length, and possibly even as long as 600-feet - partially protruding from the depths of the thick layer of ice that was dominating Mt. Ararat’s south west face.
The crew, as dumbfounded as they were certainly excited, hastily maneuvered the aircraft in a concerted effort to try and secure a far better viewing of the extraordinary object in their midst, which they most certainly did. The pilot, skillfully albeit somewhat tentatively, closed in on the vast structure, while the rest of the men quickly scrambled and craned for a closer look.
Incredibly, as the pilot then turned the plane and focused his attention on this second puzzle on the mountain, all aboard could see that it seemed to resemble the wing of an aircraft that had become trapped within the thick ice and snow. But, if it really the wing of an aircraft, then it most certainly belonged to no ordinary plane.Size-wise it easily eclipsed anything that either the Americans or the Russians were flying at the time. The wing was huge. Photographs were quickly taken – and, unsurprisingly, very soon thereafter received the ominous stamp of secrecy and then summarily vanished, for decades, no less, into the shadowy and Machiavellian heart of officialdom. The U.S. Government’s secret study of Noah’s Ark and its attendant mountain of mystery had just begun. But it would not be too long before there were further, extraordinary developments in the saga of Noah’s Ark that really made the Pentagon sit up and take secret, careful notice.
Nick Redfern is the author of more than 20 books, including The NASA Conspiracies, The Real Men in Black, Keep Out!, Contactees, and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter (all published by New Page Books). He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, Monster Quest, and UFO Hunters; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown.
Nick is the co-host, with Raven Meindel, of the weekly radio show Exploring All Realms. He lives in Arlington, Texas and can be reached through his website.