Operation Highjump – Not The Launch of a Dark Ops Space Program


Certain conspiracy theorists (CTs) have put forth that there is a dark ops space program called Dark Fleet that is an offshoot of technology and goals that originated with secret societies that organized during the heyday of Nazi Germany. The members of these organizations were not so much devoted Nazis but, rather, exploited the resources and power of the Nazi party in order to realize their fantastical dream of reuniting with a superpower, extra-terrestrial, master race.

After the Nazi empire crumbled when they lost World War II, many of the members of the secret societies relocated to other countries and kept their dreams and research alive, supposedly developing advanced weapons and spacecraft technology. As proof, CTs offer up the records of Admiral Byrd’s expeditions to the North and South Poles. The gringa says, “Well, let’s take a look at those records.”

There is a wealth of information about Admiral Byrd but the gringa wants to stick with facts and eyewitness accounts. To begin with, a look at official military records. Is there anything interesting there? Hmmm. Let us see…

From 1946-1947 the U.S. Navy had Operation Highjump underway. This operation was overseen by the U.S. Navy Antarctic Developments Program. Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr. was Officer in Charge, leading Task Force 68, and Rear Admiral Richard H. Cruzen was commanding officer. When these two admirals put to sea, they were joined by 4,700 seamen and airmen, 13 military ships, and 33 military aircraft. To achieve the goal of establishing a research base, Little America IV, it sounds like an awful lot of firepower was put into play, but, that’s just the gringa’s curious little mind in overdrive. It could have been perfectly normal to pack all that weaponry on an Antarctic excursion.

The published objectives of the mission were:

  • Personnel training and equipment testing in subzero temperatures
  • Evaluate how to establish, maintain and utilize Antarctic military bases and scout sites
  • Develop techniques for creating, maintaining and using military bases in ice
  • Make new discoveries of the following Antarctic conditions: electromagnetics, geological, geographic, hydrographic, and meteorological

Up until this time it was primarily the British who had spent time exploring Antarctica with eleven expeditions from 1898-1945. Other countries who had explored the earth’s South Pole region: France (2 missions); Germany (3) missions; Belgium, Japan, Norway, and Sweden (all a single mission). Operation High Jump was the second U.S. mission, following the conclusion of Byrd’s initial exploratory expedition four years earlier.

The fleet of ships arrived in the Antarctic December 12, 1946 and immediately set up weather monitoring stations. Within 12 days of arrival aircraft was in the air flying reconnaissance missions. Some of the ships that were in the flotilla:

  • Henderson – Destroyer class, commissioned in 1945 and served with distinction for 35 years receiving (8) battle stars for service in the Korean War and (7) battle stars and a commendation for service in the Vietnam War; armament at the time of Operation Highjump: (6) 5” guns, (12) 40mm anti-aircraft (AA) guns; (11) 20mm AA guns; (10) 21” torpedo tubes
  • Cacapon – Cimarron class fleet oiler; commissioned 1943, decommissioned 1973 and scrapped; armament: (1) 5” gun; (4) 3” guns; (4) twin 40mm AA guns; (4) twin 20mm AA guns
  • Currituck – Currituck class seaplane tender, nicknamed “Wild Goose”; commissioned June 1944, decommissioned October 31 1967, scrapped 1971; armament: (4) 5” guns

Eighteen days after arrival (3) men were killed when their plane crashed during a blizzard. Six crewmen survived the crash and were rescued two weeks later. The remains of the plane and the three lost airmen have never been recovered. The aircraft they were flying was a Martin PBM Mariner. This craft is a patrol bomber flying boat. Standard armament for the Mariners were: (8) 50” machine guns, 2 tons of bombs or depth charges or (2) Mark 13 torpedoes. The gringa can only ask why a bomber would be needed in an exploratory, scientific expedition in Antarctica?

An interesting thing to note is that there was a Navy chaplain serving on the mission. He held a religious service and consecrated Antarctica. The gringa scratches her head and wonders if this is typical or strange? I’m no Catholic so I wouldn’t know.

New Year’s Day, 1947, American dive team began exploring underneath Antarctic ice shelves. The gringa supposes this may have been related to search efforts to locate the downed bomber. No big mystery there.

Two weeks later an airfield was constructed and named “Little America IV”. Within a month, late February, weather conditions worsened and the expedition was terminated. The return trip home would have the expedition making a stop in March along the South American coast. Admiral Byrd gave interviews and a Chilean newspaper, El Mercurio, reported. The most interesting quote the gringa will share is often cited by CTs to prove that something dark was afoot underneath the ice:

“… Byrd warned today that the United States should adopt measures of protection against the possibility of an invasion of the country by hostile planes coming from the polar regions.”

Now, was Byrd’s warning because he thought something sinister was going on secretly at either the North or South Pole? No. That’s not what his warning was about. CTs take that important quote out of context. They don’t usually reveal the rest of the interview which explains Byrd’s reasoning.

He recognized that technology meant the world was shrinking. America was no longer safe from enemy invasion because of isolation and distance. It was well within the capabilities of other nations to fly from one side of the globe, passing over either pole, and reach the U.S. Byrd was not fearful of a threat from an extra-terrestrial master race living within the earth and Antarctica being its headquarters.

So why all the firepower on an exploratory mission? It was right after World War II. The U.S. had already experienced the surprise air assault of Pearl Harbor. The militaries of the Allied Powers knew that Germany had been developing new weapons and technologies. The Navy had no idea what to expect and was taking no chances. The gringa says, “I don’t blame them.” So, no big suspicious, nefarious plot behind packing all the big guns on an expedition to Antarctica.

Just a few of the vessels that comprised the fleet’s complement:

  • Sikorsky R-4 helicopter
  • (2) Coastguard icebreakers
  • US Navy icebreaker
  • (2) Seaplane Tenders
  • (2) Destroyers
  • (2) Tankers
  • Battleship
  • (2) Supply ships
  • Submarine
  • Aircraft carrier (Byrd’s ship)

The gringa thinks that the main reason behind U.S. interest in Antarctica at that time is the same ol’, same ol’ imperialistic territory seeking mentality that has motivated the country’s interest throughout history. Great Britain had spent a lot of time in Antarctica. They also created all sorts of problems over the Falkland Islands. When the U.S. decided to stick their big nose in and establish a military base in Antarctica most of Latin America was none too happy about it.

The Cold War was getting under way and Russia was perfectly suited to wage war in the bitter conditions of a European winter. Americans? Not so much. So, according to official records the expedition to Antarctica was absolutely about military strategy. Not about little green men living under the ice. But, then, there’s Admiral Byrd’s personal diaries. What do they say? Well, come back and see what the gringa finds out!

Sources: Wikipedia and http://www.navy.mil

Photo credit: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz

 

 

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Jealousy, Vandalism, And Pharaoh’s Helicopter


So, did Egyptian Pharaoh Seti I have a helicopter? What about a submarine? Did he have one of those, too? Did he get them as gifts from visiting extra-terrestrials? Could Seti I have been an extra-terrestrial himself? Was he stranded on Earth, crash landing his spaceship that was crippled but managed to salvage some really cool toys? No. Seti I did not have a helicopter or submarine. What he did have was a jealous son who vandalized his tomb.

Pharaoh’s had big egos. Their monuments alone are a testament to that fact. Often, one pharaoh would be so nasty and jealous that he would attempt to erase the historical footprint left behind of a previous regent, like how Thutmosis III erased Queen Hatsheput from the annals of Egyptian history and destroyed her statues and monuments.

You can see more handiwork of one pharaoh stealing another’s glory in the temple at Karnak.

ramesses I cartouche in karnak temple

So the naughty grandson vandalized the Karnak Temple, altering the carving of the seated man to change the signature from granddad, Ramesses I, to himself, Ramesses II. Thus, #2 “steals” credit from granddad and gets all the glory for the construction of the Karnak Temple. And this wasn’t the only monument Ramesses II stole from granddad. Since the naughty boy’s dad is Seti I, and the cheeky lad was rogue enough to steal glory from granddad, does the gringa believe he will stop there or also try to get credit for what dear ol’ dad did as well? What do you think, dear reader?

And that brings us to the next piece of evidence ufologists and ancient alien theorists use to prove extra-terrestrial contact or hybridization of extra-terrestrials with ancient Egyptians… the Seti I cartouche at the Temple of Seti I at Abydos:

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Yes, there are carved images that distinctly look like a helicopter, submarine and spaceship. What the heck? How in the world did something like THAT get carved in a temple built in 1300BC?!!!  It seems that Ramesses II “photoshopped” ancient Egyptian style.

Well, let’s take a peek at the controversial cartouche of Seti I from the perspective of hieroglypic experts who see through the clever photoshop of Ramesses II and describe it as a Ramesses II cartouche superimposed over a Seti I cartouche:

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Now, the gringa digs into her little bag of tricks, children’s books, to evaluate the hieroglyphics. I’m no expert so a children’s book is good enough for me.  According to my children’s hieroglyphic alphabet and numbers, I can identify some of the symbols:

Examining the underlying Seti I cartouche it’s easy to see the symbol for the number 3 used 3 times, and the symbols for the phonetic sounds “T”, “R”:

hiero number - Copyheiro alpha - Copyheiro alpha - Copy (2)

Examining the overlaying Ramesses II cartouche the symbols can be seen for the phonetic sounds “C” or “X” (depending on perspective), “F” or “V”, and what is either the number 100 or phonetic sounds for “U” or “W”.

heiro alpha - Copy (3)heiro alpha - Copy (4)heiro alpha - Copy (5)heiro alpha - Copy (6)hiero number - Copy (2)heiro alpha - Copy (8)heiro alpha - Copy (7)

Now, the gringa admits that she is no qualified Egyptian heiroglyphics expert. However, I believe that, considering Ramesses II’s reputation as a monument graffiti artist, and the simplistic bit of heiroglyphic study the gringa’s simple mind is capable of, I’m leaning toward a cartouche defacement theory. The gringa thinks that it is more plausible that Ramesses II superimposed his own signature over his father’s so he could claim credit for the construction of the Temple at Abydos than that an ancient Egyptian pharaoh had an enormous limestone garage housing a spaceship and helicopter and also kept a submarine docked in the Nile.

Sources & Image Credit:

http://www.ducksters.com

http://www.raincool.blogspot.com

http://www.hallofthegods.org

http://www.geocities.com

http://www.ufocom.eu

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