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"Whats a UFO Hotspot not?  A Good Spot!!" - I do apologise for that terrible Michael Barrimore impression.

What are UFO Hotspots and how many sightings does an area need to be regarded as a Hotspot? 

How many can we identify and what similarities do they all have?  ie nearby Air Force Base, faultlines etc.

I don't much about it but Bonnybridge is often termed as a Hotspot.

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While I do agree that there

While I do agree that there seem to be quite a few spots that are rumored to be good  for spotting UFOs and usually crammed full with UFO enthusiasts I have always wondered why so little film footage seem to emerge from there: cameras nowadays are considerably cheaper than a few years ago, more rugged and easier to operate. Even many digital cameras can capture decent video footage.
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Personally I do not believe in hotspots, I agree with Dr Allen Hynek's definition of UFO flaps, namely UFO sightings tend to concentrate in the same areas over a given period of time. One of Jacques Vallee's fist computer exploits (and back then programming was even harder than today) was plotting sightings over a map of France, as shown in his book Forbidden Science. The only connection seemed to be what appeared to be "UFO highways" connecting the various flaps which happened in totally unrelated areas.

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Ok, good point Mauro.  So,

Ok, good point Mauro.  So, where are the areas these Flaps take place?

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I think some of these terms

I think some of these terms are created by the press and develop a life of there own as more people congregate expecting to see something. I am not saying areas where there are a lot of sightings don't exist but there is a lot of hype involved.

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Two of the best documented

Two of the best documented UFO flaps in Britain happened in the '60s.
The first one happened in the July of 1963 and was centered around Charlton. It was most notable for a landing report which left physical traces.
The second one happened in October/November 1967 in the area surrounding Reading. This flap was most notable for a few cases in which UAPs/UFOs "buzzed" passing motorists and somehow interfered with vehicles electrics. Curiously one lorry driver reported to police that his diesel engine continued to work but lights and radio went out.

While it may be believed that most UFO flaps happened in the US it is worth noting that the first flap in modern history happened in the the southern areas of Sweden in the summer 1947 (the much celebrated "Phantom Rockets" which hold a special place in modern-day folklore). France experienced a jaw-dropping number of flaps in the '50s (which led to the creation of the famed GEPAN), shortly before the Flying Saucer fever hit the US, and South America has experienced a continual wave of flaps starting in the early XX century (triggering some colossal hoaxes in the process), dwarving everything the US has to offer.

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 A slight aside, does the

 A slight aside, does the 'flap' become less of a flap is there is a high number of reports from one or two individuals?

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Agricola wrote:  A slight
Agricola wrote:

 A slight aside, does the 'flap' become less of a flap is there is a high number of reports from one or two individuals?

I imagine you would need more than 2 independant witnesses - a good point, could some historical flaps involve the same witnesses?

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Places like Bonnybridge and

Places like Bonnybridge and Warminster had extensive coverage in the press. It's not surprising that you get a lot of reports when people are told to expect weird things in the sky in a particular area. Many such reports, following media coverage, are probably people seeing things they don't recognise, like satellites, weather balloons, meteors, etc.

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I completely agree with you,

I completely agree with you, a rare occurence. ;-)
A notorious author I won't mention (because I believe he's already done a wonderful job making a complete fool of himself) even advised readers on how to increase their cahnces of sighting a UFO.

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 I seem to recall a lot of

 I seem to recall a lot of Bonnybridge sightings came from a well known individual in the area. That's not to say that other people didn't see things though.

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Re: UFO Hotspots

Warminister is classed as a hotspot apparently, and it's situated on salisbury plain, a massive army training estate, which has been known in the past to be involved in secret project (The black project). Yet this place hasn't had a big-ufo sighting in years, beside the odd-crop circle popping up.



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