Bigfoot-hunting blimp? Symposium in Portland later this month – Eugene News

PORTLAND, Ore. – Bigfoot hunters who want to use a helium-filled airship to comb the woods for sasquatch plan a day-long symposium in Portland later this month.
The event is a fundraiser for the Falcon Project, billed by organizers as “the most penetrating search for the legendary sasquatch ever undertaken.”

Olympia Beer will host the event June 22 in the Bossanova Ballroom, located at 722 East Burnside. The symposium will feature multimedia presentations, panel discussions and exhibits.

Admission is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event.

The Falcon Project proposes an extensive aerial search for Bigfoot using a helium-filled airship carrying a platform supporting thermal-imaging and high resolution wireless videography equipment, according to Idaho State University.

The Aurora Mk II airship offers more stealth over a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, according to Jeff Meldrum, Idaho State University professor of anatomy and anthropology and the Falcon Project principle investigator.

Meldrum said the airship permits approach and observation with minimal or no disturbance of the subject’s natural behavior. The latter is critical for surveying in areas of dense stands of forest where a sustained vertical perspective is essential for locating animals on the forest floor, Meldrum said.

The unmanned, 45-foot dual airship can reach speeds of 35-45 mph and maneuver with the degree of precision necessary to track a fast-moving animal, Meldrum said.

The construction, instrument integration and flight training is being provided by Remote Aerial Tripods Inc. of Canada, with Stephen Barkley as lead designer of the Aurora Mk II.

Meldrum has been probing the question of sasquatch’s existence for nearly 17 years, since examining a line of inexplicable 15-inch bipedal footprints in southeastern Washington, according to Idaho State University.

William Barnes is the Falcon Project founder and manager, with more than 25 years experience operating his own businesses, including gold dredging and marketing, Idaho State said. Barnes said he had an encounter with a sasquatch in 1997 and is motivated by the challenge of bringing definitive image evidence before the scientific community for the purpose of finally resolving the mystery of sasquatch.
In addition to Meldrum and Barnes, speakers at the Portland symposium will include John Bindernagel and Bill Munns. Special guest will be Bob Gimlin, witness to the famous Patterson-Gimlin film of a Bigfoot in northern California in 1967. 

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SMiles Lewis has had a lifelong interest in all things anomalous. An early age proclivity at recalling his nightly dreams as well as several personal experiences with ESP, precognition and dream switching bolstered his interest in the paranormal. Shortly after high-school he joined the local MUFON chapter in Austin, Texas. He would later become a MUFON State Section Director for that group as well as leader of the local UFO Experiencer Support and Study Group. A lover of books, SMiles collected over 1000 titles before founding the non-profit Anomaly Archives that serves as the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute (501c3). For over twenty years he has worked with digital audio, video and other bleeding edge internet technologies. He has published his own print journal (E.L.F. Infested Spaces), edited a local paranormal newspaper (Austin Para Times), maintained a large network of websites (, organized a national UFO conference (NUFOC-38), spoken to anthropologists about UFOs and parapsychology (Encounters with the Fantastic), hosted (and been a guest on) both terrestrial and webradio talk shows and has been podcasting since before the phrase existed. All these efforts and more have led radio talk show host Robert Larson to describe Miles as a “Gonzo Alt-Media Proprietor and Informationalist.” He is also the LOWFI-Texas State Bureau Chief of The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists. SMiles’ current projects include co-hosting PsiOp-Radio with Mack White as part of the many unique shows airing daily on his ANOMALY RADIO Network. He is active with several local non-profits which includes his service on the board of directors for the Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies (INACS) and the Scientific Anomaly Institute‘s lending library, the Anomaly Archives. His writings can be found within the Archives of his print journal ELFIS and ANOMALY Magazine. In his day job with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission‘s Talking Book Program he manages a Volunteer Recording Studio and audio duplication department and has been a consultant on two digital audio development documents for the Library of Congress‘ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
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