His­tor­i­cal Background
In 1959 a pilot in the Turk­ish Air Force on a NATO-map­ping-mis­sion in the moun­tain­ous ter­rain of east­ern Turkey pho­tographed an unusu­al ship-shaped object near Mt. Ararat.?Later when these aer­i­al pho­tographs were viewed stereo­scop­i­cal­ly by Cap­tain Ilhan Durupinar, he noticed that the?object looked even more like a ship.

But what was a ship doing in those rugged mountains?

After exam­in­ing the stereo pho­tos, pho­togram­me­try expert, Dr. Arthur Bran­den­berg­er of Ohio State, declared that the object was entire­ly for­eign to the area, and if the object proved to be a ship some­one had bet­ter explain how it got?there.

Pho­tographs of the strange for­ma­tion appeared in the world press and cre­at­ed a sensation.

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