Snazzy symposium for Bigfoot blimp project

The Falcon Project was announced last year. It’s a state-of-the-art remote-control camera-equipped airship on the search for Sasquatch. Dr. Jeff Meldrum hopes that the manuverable and silent vehicle will allow researchers an unprecedented view of the rugged forest and find proof of Bigfoot. But they need money. First, they teamed with Olympic beer. Now they are offering a symposium with ticket fees going towards the fundraising.

Bigfoot-hunting blimp? Symposium in Portland later this month.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

The event will be held June 22nd and will cost $25-$30.

I’m very ‘meh’ about this. Just recently there was a thermal image from Illinois of an animal in a tree and they could not identify what it was. If a critter is standing still, it will just be a blob of heat. I’m thinking this has the potential to find some interesting observations but how it can find Bigfoot, I’m not convinced at all. It reminds me of launching the huge sonar sweeps of Loch Ness. Nothing came of those either in terms of proof. There are just too many variables and alternative explanations that MUST be considered. One find, unless it’s the body itself, isn’t going to cut it. But good luck.

No one can say people aren’t funding Bigfoot projects. These folks get more dollars than most mainstream science projects!



  12 comments for “Snazzy symposium for Bigfoot blimp project

  1. June 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    I volunteer! I don’t think there’s any bigfoot but have always wanted to ride in an airship.

  2. June 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Jeff Meldrum walks the walk, and truly has my respect, but if he actually gets this blimp hovering over the forests it will have as much chance of finding Bigfoot as it will a Snoligoster or a Whirling Whimpus.

    Here’s hoping that all that money will still come to some good in that the blimp will see many other things that will yet benefit science.

  3. Chris
    June 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Perhaps that blimp could be put to good use looking for people lost in the mountainous forests. Though, unfortunately they would have to distinguish between other human sized animals like cougars, bears, elk, moose, etc. Which would also be a problem with someone looking for bigfoot.

  4. June 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Meldrum may have your respect, but I suspect he’s an embarrassment to most of his colleagues at Idaho State University.

  5. June 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    What’s wrong with off the shelf trail cams and, I dunno, bait?

  6. June 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I would say there was more frustration than embarrassment. While I was there visiting with him, courtesy was the rule. Jeff doesn’t have a fanatic’s attitude and insist that you believe him. He shows you how he sees things, but has no problem with you seeing it your own way. When I told him that he had not convinced me, he insisted that convincing me was not his intention. He just wanted to show me why he was convinced.

  7. June 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Oh, Karl. Bigfoots can sense a trail cam a mile away and steer clear. Now you know.

  8. June 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Maybe they should see if that beef jerky company will shell out some money.

  9. Massachusetts
    June 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Well, it’s a cool-looking blimp, if that’s really what they are going to use, I’ll give them that much. I can imagine scores of kids getting the model and assembling and painting it with glee.

    Let’s assume they don’t find Bigfoot. I think they could, if their research design is good, contribute a lot to field biology in general by helping to inventory other critters along the way, like bears and elk, etc. But of course, they’d have to include them in their research design for that to work well. And when the Bigfoot project ends they could certainly re-purpose the blimp for other useful tasks, if there’s funding to be found.

    But even if they don’t provide such data, if they launch a comprehensive, systematic search and don’t find Bigfoot with this methodology, then this would go a long way towards convincing believer’s who are still susceptible to reason (like Meldrum perhaps) that the flesh and blood creature doesn’t really exist. That would only leave the fringe, non-scientific paranormal crowd, and they aren’t of concern because they are simply outside of the bounds of scientific inquiry.

    Of course, as Sharon pointed out, a bad outcome would be lots of Blobsquatch images, both thermal and otherwise, that are completely ambiguous, taken en mass from on-high, that really don’t prove anything or contribute to the data pool, but throw fuel on the fires of the passions that burn for so many true believers.

    Now, on the other hand, if they do snap some interesting images of high quality, and we can rule out hoaxers who follow the blimp, etc., then that would be something interesting, and exciting, to evaluate and ponder. I think it’s very unlikely, though.

  10. Massachusetts
    June 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Regarding trail cams and bait, one could argue that they have worked extraordinarily well, showing myriad forest creatures, but no Bigfoot. After a certain point, the most logical explanation, by Occam’s razor, would be that there aren’t any actual Bigfoot to be found. Another explanation would be that they are extra clever and hyper sensitive beings that can avoid trail cams like we avoid the plague, but that’s a more complex explanation, and therefore less likely.

  11. June 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Fantastic! You can search for bigfoot AND provide misterious sightings of ufos in the region of the flight.

  12. Paul
    June 22, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    They are taking in money for the project, I wonder why anyone would donate when they already tried hot air balloons on Finding Bigfoot? Sattelite photos have never found any Sasquatch.

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