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the bermuda triangle . CAUTION ; long read

Discussion in 'News' started by i_write, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. i_write

    i_write Junior Member

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    ok well ever since i first heard about the bermuda triangle i was like 'WOW' what a mystery, and for those of you who live in aus theres some documentary on 60 minutes i think it was last sunday or could be this sunday. well anyway, i really didnt know this all was bullshit till i read this article ;
    *** the descriptions suposedto say MYSTERY ,not myth .. my bad

    The tale of Flight 19 started on December 5th, 1945. Five Avenger torpedo bombers lifted into the air from the Navel Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 2:10 in the afternoon. It was a routine practice mission and the flight was composed of all students except for the Commander, a Lt. Charles Taylor.

    The mission called for Taylor and his group of 13 men to fly due east 56 miles to Hens and Chicken Shoals to conduct practice bombing runs. When they had completed that objective, the flight plan called for them to fly an additional 67 miles east, then turn north for 73 miles and finally straight back to base, a distance of 120 miles. This course would take them on a triangular path over the sea.

    About an hour and a half after the flight had left, a Lt. Robert Cox picked up a radio transmission from Taylor. Taylor indicated that his compasses were not working, but he believed himself to be somewhere over the Florida Keys (the Keys are a long chain of islands south of the Florida mainland). Cox urged him to fly north, toward Miami, if Taylor was sure the flight was over the Keys.

    Planes today have a number of ways that they can check their current position including listening to a set of GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) in orbit around the Earth. It is almost impossible for a pilot to get lost if he has the right equipment and uses it properly. In 1945, though, planes flying over water had to depend on knowing their starting point, how long and fast they had flown, and in what direction. If a pilot made a mistake with any of these figures, he was lost. Over the ocean there were no landmarks to set him right.

    Apparently Taylor had become confused at some point in the flight. He was an experienced pilot, but hadn't spent a lot of time flying east toward the Bahamas which was where he was going on that day. For some reason Taylor apparently thought the flight had started out in the wrong direction and had headed south toward the Keys, instead of east. This thought was to color his decisions throughout the rest of the flight with deadly results.

    The more Taylor took his flight north to try to get out of the Keys, the further out to sea the Avengers actually traveled. As time went on, snatches of transmissions were picked up on the mainland indicating the other Flight 19 pilots were trying to get Taylor to change course. "If we would just fly west," one student told another, "we would get home." He was right.

    By 4:45 P.M. it was obvious to the people on the ground that Taylor was hopelessly lost. He was urged to turn control of the flight over to one of his students, but apparently he didn't. As it grew dark, communications deteriorated. From the few words that did get through it was apparent Taylor was still flying north and east, the wrong directions.

    At 5:50 P.M. the ComGulf Sea Frontier Evaluation Center managed get a fix on Flight 19's weakening signals. It was apparently east of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. By then communications were so poor that this information could not be passed to the lost planes.

    At 6:20 a Dumbo Flying Boat was dispatched to try and find Flight 19 and guide it back. Within the hour two more planes, Martin Mariners, joined the search. Hope was rapidly fading for Flight 19 by then. The weather was getting rough and the Avengers were very low on fuel.

    The two Martin Mariners were supposed to rendezvous at the search zone. The second one, designated Training 49, never showed up.

    The last transmission from Flight 19 was heard at 7:04 P.M. Planes searched the area through the night and the next day. There was no sign of the Avengers.

    Nor did the authorities really expect to find much. The Avengers, crashing when their fuel was exhausted, would have been sent to the bottom in seconds by the 50 foot waves of the storm. As one of Taylor's colleagues noted, "...they didn't call those planes 'Iron Birds' for nothing. They weighed 14,000 pounds empty. So when they ditched, they went down pretty fast."

    What happened to the missing Martin Mariner? Well, the crew of the SS Gaines Mill observed an explosion over the water shortly after the Mariner had taken off. They headed toward the site and there they saw what looked like oil and airplane debris floating on the surface. None of it was recovered because of the bad weather, but there seems little doubt this was the remains of the Mariner. The plane had a reputation as being a "flying bomb" which would burst into flame from even a single, small spark. Speculation is that one of 22 men on board, unaware that the unpressurized cabin contained gas fumes, lit a cigarette, causing the explosion.

    So how did this tragedy turn into a Bermuda Triangle mystery? The Navy's original investigation concluded the accident had been caused by Taylor's confusion. Taylor's mother refused to accept that and finally got the Navy to change the report to read that the disaster was for "causes or reasons unknown." This may have spared the woman's feelings, but blurred the actual facts.

    The saga of Flight 19 is probably the most repeated story about the Bermuda Triangle. The planes, and their pilots, even found their way into the science fiction film classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

    Where is Flight 19 now? Well, in 1991 five Avengers were found in 600 feet of water off the coast of Florida by the salvage ship Deep Sea. Examination of the planes showed that they were not Flight 19, however, so the final resting place of the planes,and their crews is still the Bermuda Triangle's secret.
  2. Dude, you realise that theres not one piece of real info in there?
    I call bullshit on the bermuda triangle, always had always will.
    Still i always loved it as a term, 'bermuda triangle' i love it, especially if you wanna talk about women.
  3. I mean, everystory of that kind has something so completely irrational like this, that blows everything way.
  4. Dawood

    Dawood Elite Member

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    Ha, Ha, Bermuda triangle....conspiracy theory at it's best.
  5. John Birch

    John Birch Member

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    the bermuda triangle is just an area where alot of weather systems come together and freaky shit happens, like boats sink and planes crash...
  6. Sparoism

    Sparoism Guest

    Anybody see that show, "The Triangle" on the Scifi network? That was BANANAS, let me tell you.

    I don't discount natural phenomena. Where I grew up there's a spot called "Gravity Hill"...you can park your car at the bottom of it, put it in neutral, and it will coast UPHILL. It's been studied, but no one can figure it out...and theres a place called the "Mystery Spot" in Santa Cruz that's very similar. So, the phenomena is not unique...what if the Bermuda Triangle is similar in nature but much, much larger and stronger?
  7. Dawood

    Dawood Elite Member

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    it sounds like the bermuda triangle could be a combination of the last 2 posts. Th weather and other unexplainable events could be causing this condition. WHo knows?

    or maybe it's this diabolical man. He was once a triangle, all the other triangles thought he was a little different. They wanted him to shape up, so he became an octagon, that's when things got really weird and ships started sinking off the coast of the florida keys.


  8. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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    if gravity hill existed i'm sure scientists would be able to figure it out. or else it be ridicuously famous
  9. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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    If these five avengers weren't flight 19, how did military historians account for them ?
  10. Dawood

    Dawood Elite Member

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    if gravity hill existed i'm sure scientists would be able to figure it out. or else it be ridicuously famous
    [post=4251599]Quoted post[/post]​

    A gravity hill (also known as a gravity road) is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a very slight downhill slope is in fact an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill. There are hundreds of known gravity hill locations around the world.
  11. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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    There you go. easily explainable
  12. Sparoism

    Sparoism Guest

    That's fine...there's also some strange physics involved, but if you type "gravity hill into Google" you can see what some of them are. I'm doing some other stuff with Linux right this second, but hey, it's there if you want to know about it.

    Actually,White Ox, there's a few in Oz, too...they aren't super publicized.
  13. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

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    I'm not really into science;)
  14. Sparoism

    Sparoism Guest

    Hold on, I can link now (I'm running a VERY small browser in Linux)-


    I live and breathe science...but this is an interesting read for anyone, I think.