Commercial Airline Pilot Says UFOs Are Real
Commercial Airline Pilot Says UFOs Are Real
July 30, 2010
With nearly 30,000 flight hours under his belt, Jim Courantâ€™s qualifications as a major passenger airline captain are solid. So is his conviction that the UFO phenomenon is real.
"I got the proof that I was after,â€ Courant says. â€œThatâ€™s the part I wonâ€™t discuss. But obviously something has kept me in this, taking the chances Iâ€™ve taken.â€
The nature of the proof that he found isnâ€™t all that Courant wonâ€™t discuss. Concerned about professional repercussions, he declines to confirm the name of his airline. Nor will he reveal the identities of some high level officials who he says have confirmed the extraterrestrial presence in conversations with him.
There are a few names that he will drop, however.
Astronaut Gordon Cooper, whose own unambiguous UFO encounter is a matter of public record, was a friend of Courantâ€™s. Heâ€™s also traded stories with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, whose 2009 statement at the National Press Building calling for the U.S. government to come clean on the topic of UFOs garnered such fleeting media attention.
The short shrift Mitchell received in the press gives Courant little cause for optimism that future media events will turn the tide.
â€œA national hero and the sixth man to walk on the moon says that your government and others have been in contact with ETs for 67 years. Thatâ€™s an incredible statement. It was buried on page seven the next day in the NY Post. Then Rush Limbaugh got in on the act.â€
Courantâ€™s frustration with the trickle-down effect of what X-Conference organizer Steve Bassett calls the â€œtruth embargoâ€ is obvious when heâ€™s asked to comment on the effectiveness of the disclosure movement.
â€œIâ€™d like to say that Steve is getting somewhere with what heâ€™s trying to do,â€ Courant says. â€œBut the internet is the new sheriff in town. Thereâ€™s so much B.S. that itâ€™s made it tough for people to know what to believe.â€
Saying that heâ€™s ready to unload his 5,000-volume library of UFO books, Courant talks with the road-weary circumspection of someone whoâ€™s told his story countless times, and whoâ€™s taken a few hits for the telling.
â€œItâ€™s ruined my social life,â€ says Courant, who is divorced and lives in the Carolinas.
According to Courant, itâ€™s not unheard of for cockpit personnel to turn in pilots who express an interest in UFOs. This can trigger everything from psych tests to what are called â€œline checksâ€ (in-flight performance evaluations) which, if they go badly, can result in dismissal. The best way to avoid trouble, Courant says, is to steer clear of the topic while in uniform and, even when out of uniform, never to mention your employerâ€™s name in any context that involves UFOs.
ut Courant, now 59, continues to fly, despite his active involvement in UFO research. Heâ€™s spoken on the topic as far afield as China and Brazil and, closer to home, in Gaithersburg, MD where he participated in the 2005 X-Conference â€œSeen from Aboveâ€ pilotsâ€™ panel.
Courant was invited in 1992 by an NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina to host "New Perspective," a live daily television show focusing on topics similar to those popularized by NBC's â€œUnsolved Mysteriesâ€ series, for which heâ€™d served as a consultant.
â€œWe did 534 shows, covering many aspects of the UFO subject,â€ Courant says. He traveled extensively taping interviews for the show which he co-hosted with a woman heâ€™ll identify only as â€œDea,â€ explaining that she now prefers to maintain a low profile.
Quest for knowledge in the avalanche of lies
Asked about his own UFO sightings, Courant says that heâ€™s had three, the most notable of which occurred in 1995 while he was flying from New Mexico to Los Angeles.
â€œMy co-pilot wouldnâ€™t talk about it afterward,â€ he says, describing a large, oval-shaped, blue-green object that approached from the left, then shot up at a 45-degree angle in a bright flash of light.
But Courant acknowledges that expert testimony is no match for what he says Gordon Cooper referred to as the â€œhuge avalanche of liesâ€ obstructing disclosure.
Google â€œJim Courantâ€ and youâ€™ll find, among other things, a $20 DVD titled â€œJim Courant Presents UFO Perspective,â€ which Courant says heâ€™s never seen and did not authorize. Search for him on YouTube and youâ€™ll find excerpts from an interview he did with black ops scientist and alleged contactee Dr. Michael Wolfe, which Courant says was posted without permission.
"I've taken a lot of heat for that," he says, lamenting the ill effects of information age technology, even as it raises public awareness (and acceptance) of UFOs.
â€œItâ€™s sad that between your astronauts and your trained pilots, thereâ€™s still the put-down factor. Iâ€™ve learned from 20 years that youâ€™ve got the real deal people, and the people who are in it for the ego and to make some money and fame.â€
â€œFor me," Courant says, "itâ€™s ended up being a quest for knowledge.â€