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IPACO: Trent Photos Hoaxed

January 31, 2013

Orlando Paranormal Examiner

Antoine Cousyn of IPACO, a company specializing in film analysis products and services, confirmed via email that preliminary testing of the Trent photos suggested the UFO sighting allegedly captured on film was staged. The object in question was apparently fake, Cousyn indicated, stating his tests “strongly suggest that it was a small model.” He added that the model was likely 16-18 centimeters wide and that a full report will be published soon.

The Trent/McMinnville photos, so known due to the name of the man who snapped them at his farm near McMinnville, Ore., contained what came to be one of the most widely recognized flying saucer images ever published. Paul Trent claimed he photographed the object in flight while observing it with his wife. The 60-plus year old photos have long been at the center of debate while often featured in UFO-related articles and documentaries.

Cousyn and his partners Francois Louange and Geoffrey Quick maintain the website The site contains information about their film analysis software and methodology, as well as published reports and a discussion forum.

“The report on the Trent photos will be completed in a week or two,” Cousyn explained, “and I will post it on our IPACO forum/site.”

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IPACO publishes report on Trent photos

March 18, 2013

Orlando Paranormal Examiner

IPACO representative Antoine Cousyn followed up his recent statements about the famous Trent photos likely being a hoax by posting a full report on his investigation. Cousyn, popularly known on the Internet as elevenaugust, scrutinized the photos with IPACO research partners Francois Louange and Geoff Quick.

The trio concluded it to be extremely likely the Trent photos were staged, reporting that “the hypothesis of a small object hanging below a power wire is by far the most convincing.” The observation was based upon utilizing IPACO software to estimate and figure extensive geometric measurements and angles suggested by the photos.

The report stated the object was within 200 feet of the photographer. What's more, the relative position of the object to power lines contained in the photos remained virtually constant from one shot to the next. Such circumstances, the IPACO team concluded, highly suggested the photos to represent a small object, such as a “dustbin lid,” probably “bouncing about in a light breeze” while hanging from a power line.

The report acknowledged the previously contributed work to the case by qualified investigators. A point was made that there was no desire to “criticize the conclusions of previous studies,” and that the recent investigation was “specifically focused on the use of a modern interactive tool for a quick pragmatic assessment.” More can be learned about the software used and individuals may participate on a photo analysis forum at the IPACO website.

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 14th, 2017, 9:39pm »

I published an analysis of the Trent photos in UFO Truth e-zine Issue 21, September/October 2016. I believed the Trent photos were real and set out to prove it. Sadly, I ended up proving that the photos were hoaxed. The work of Maccabee, the work of Cousyn, Louange, and Quick, and the work of Carpenter were evaluated in this analysis and all were found to be valid up to a point. My original contribution was to use the kinks in the electric wires to triangulate the position of the wires relative to the object in the photos. The triangulation of the object in the two photos placed it directly under the electric wires. I set up a model of the electric wires in my backyard and hung an inverted six inch paper bowl spray painted silver from the wires. With a little experimentation, I was able to replicate the Trent photos.
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