Chad Drone - Viral UFO Hoax?

July 2nd, 2007 - 5:16pm by Slye Fox

Have any of you seen this or heard of it yet? In the crypto/unexplained forums, it's been taking the headlines recently. I have to admit that it's a finely crafted tale. The attention to detail is phenomenal.

It all started when "Chad" wrote into AM Sci-fi broadcast, Coast to Coast, with his tale of a UFO accompanied with incredibly detailed photos back in early May. Since then, numerous other sightings of remarkably similar "crafts" have been seen. This alone was enough to spark a wild debate in the believers -vs- skeptics circles in the forums of the unexplained.

Then to add a cherry to the cake, "Isaac" wrote into the same radio station to provide clues to what the objects are. He even made up a cryptic website to provide his story and another incredibly detailed set of blueprints if you will of the "language" seen in the photos.

In one of the more popular forums, great amounts of time and thought have produced numerous theories that have scant evidence. These range from extraterrestrial in nature, to unmanned drones used by power companies to monitor high wire power lines. Some people are convinced of clever CGI or photoshop tricks, and the other half are convinced that it's a real anti-gravity craft of some sort.

I -- being the eternal skeptic -- will not buy into any theories that defer from the natural laws of physics and common sense, but one has to admit that whatever the root cause is, the tale is spun in a mightily crafty manner. First off, the craft(s) are incredibly detailed and seem at least plausible to high technology. They're completely original and although many comparisons have been made, the only one that I can agree with are similarities in crop circle shapes. (Always been a fan of this unexplained mystery.)

I'm intrigued enough with this whole "UFO" thing to have wasted some time making my own 3D CAD model in Solidworks. Go ahead, download it in STEP format. Let's see how many wanna-be's start having sightings of their own. [insert evil laugh]

The neatest part of this and most elaborate, I think, is the various crypto-letters that appear on the crafts and correspond to Isaac's language primer from his site. Although I'm sure his tale of language/code/energy/etc is complete bullshit, it's an incredibly complex and detailed language/diagram that invites all sorts of inquiry. It has provided the necessary fodder to keep massive amounts of interest from the UFO communities in coming up with letter theories and trying to discover the cypher, or at least similarities to other fonts and alphabets. I've taken the liberty of piecing the Isaac documents into a single high-res jpg of the diagram. (Click the image to the left to enlarge or download the high-res version here.) At the very least it's a very cool looking vector-ish diagram with alien letters and elements. As noted before, the similarities between the language map and some of the "real" crop circles are really remarkable.

It's fun to see what the latest developments in this case are day to day. One of the best is the afore-mentioned forum, but you may find others. It's been on the front page of Digg and has lots of other publicity by now. I've no doubt that we'll eventually learn what's behind all of this. And in the mean time, the game is a fun mental riddle. And then again -- maybe this will maintain the mysterious air of crop circles and keep us all guessing. Like a well-crafted movie that doesn't provide a climax. The ignorant tend to be irritated by this -- works like a good filter to the educated and truly interested.

July 3, 2007 - 4:13pm
Slye Fox says:

Okay, wow! That drove up traffic...

July 3, 2007 - 10:05pm
solarity says:

Thanks so much for the hi-res download.

I am a lawyer and small business owner who has been following ufo developments since the early 60's. I concluded long ago that the tens of thousands of anecdotal sightings and hundreds of photos pretty conclusively proved the case that non-human objects were regularly whizzing abut in our skies. What they represent, where they come from and why they are here is still 100% unknown to me and I don't even have any good theories. I yawn at the continued influx of "lights in the night sky" sightings and the constant stream of videos showing fuzzy, blobby "things" in the air as they really add nothing new to our knowledge base. That is why the "Isaac" data is so fascinating.

Prior to "Isaac" I felt that the likelihood that the government actually possessed ET artifacts was, at best, 50-50. I got to that position based on a detailed but skeptical reading of the Roswell literature combined with a detailed review of the MJ-12 docs (the recovery ops manual in particular).I felt that some of the MJ-12 docs were fake but some were not.

With the release of the "Isaac" data I would have to say that I am now feeling 70-30 in favor of the existence of governmental black ops that deal with ET tech. The entire Isaac affair could be a hoax but, if so, it would clearly be the largest and most elaborate hoax in UFO history. And for what purpose? It's not like fooling a bunch of "saucer kooks" is all that tough to do or hasn't already been done many times over. Why go to such an effort?

Isaac's story is fascinating, the artifact photos intriguing, but the true jawdropper in his story are the "Linguistic Primer" scans. They are seemingly totally original in their conceptual style, breathtakingly detailed, richly diverse and, in some undefined way, absolutely beautiful. And, if faked for the sole purpose of a hoax, well, I'd still like to meet the creator and congratulate him on a job well done! Perhaps I am letting my imagination run wild, but the possibility that those images were created by an alien intelligence just seems, well, sort of plausible. I'm having a really hard time believing that someone would create images as remarkable as the Linguistic Primer just for a cheap laugh.

Just my thoughts, fwiw.

March 24, 2008 - 11:26pm
Slye Fox says:

Now this is interesting - I'd almost forgot about this "UFO". The LA Times did a write up.

Visit Davis's investigative site here.

And watch for this video on youtube (currently down) - just released yesterday by FOX. (Which might say a lot in itself.) :-P

February 2, 2009 - 10:55pm
Robert says:

This is a really compelling photo. It doesn't resemble any ufo I've ever seen and I've looked at lots of ufo videos and pictures over the years. One sure thing is that this calls for more investigating until the truth is found.

February 2, 2009 - 11:02pm
Slye Fox says:

Unfortunately it all seems to have just died on the vine. After much speculation, no one ever produced a reasonable explanation or came forward to take credit for the hoax. I'd love to know more too, but no one is talking about this any longer.

March 25, 2009 - 5:10pm
DrDil says:

It depends where you're looking.....

I knocked up the following website late 2008 and it's very much a ‘work in progress’ but hopefully it should answer a few questions regarding the credibility/plausibility of the images and the Isaac documentation, especially the ‘image analysis’ & ‘Isaac critiques’ section. (The clue is in the name!!)

http://www.dronehoax.com/

Cheers.

March 25, 2009 - 5:17pm
Slye Fox says:

Herm... thanks for this, DrDil. I'll have to read through more of the debunking evidence as I find some time. Cheers!

February 19, 2009 - 6:57pm
Mark L. says:

I don't care if this is a hoax or not...it's a ton of fun, especially when you get into the CARAT documents. In situations like this, where if it is a hoax, it's an incredibly elaborate hoax, you've got to just appreciate it for the entertainment value.

October 7, 2009 - 1:41pm
Mathew says:

Yeah this was a pretty good hoax. I do believe though that aliens are visiting our planet and probably other ones in different solar systems.
There are plenty of hoaxes out there including possibly area 51 it just doesn't make sense to me. I would think if something that big was real there would be a lot of witnesses that would come forward.

That being said, It's all still fun to think about.