Aviation mysteries, myths, UFOs and ghosts

Ref: C2228304

Since Icarus tumbled to the sea, aviation has created countless mysteries, myths, unexplained occurrences and conspiracy theories. This course examines both the more famous and many lesser known examples. What happened to the famous band leader, Glenn Miller who disappeared in 1944? Did he reach France - was he executed in England? Why did Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess fly to Britain and was it really him imprisoned for all those years? Did Amelia Earhart spy for America or serve the Japanese? What happened on board flight MH370 and where did it go? What seemed to appease the restless spirits from flight 401? Five aircraft from Flight 19 flew into the infamous Bermuda Triangle and never emerged. Other well-trained, rational airmen chased Foo Fighters, some with tragic consequences while UFO sightings ranged from East Anglia to Texas with abductions alleged - to be believed or mocked. Similarly, ghost aircraft and the spirits of fallen fliers will be explored in this fascinating course.

Additional information about this course

Half term date on the 28/10/2021

Course aim

To examine aviation mysteries, myths, unexplained phenomena and explore the facts available to sift reality from conspiracy where possible.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the facts available surrounding the disappearance of Glenn Miller, Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson
  • Explore the background and possible objectives for Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess flying to the UK and discuss whether it was really him imprisoned until his death - murder or suicide?
  • Discuss alien abduction; Foo Fighters and some of the more significant examples of alien intervention at Roswell and Rendlesham.
  • Examine the subject of hauntings relating to aircraft.
  • Examine the Bermuda Triangle.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

There are no preceding requirements.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Aviation mysteries, myths, UFOs and ghosts

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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