What are the chances that we would hear three unrelated stories about human teleportation, and all three would involve instant movement of 100 miles? Whether or not the distance was exactly 100 miles is immaterial. More interesting is the fact that all three people used that figure as the distance. We consider this story a synchronicity, even though we heard the stories over several years. Time, we’ve decided, is not a primary factor in synchronicity if the meaningful coincidence is astonishing and a highly unlikely confluence of similar events.
The stories come from a pilot, a submarine crew member, and a talk radio show host. We’ll start with the pilot.
When Bruce Gernon flew his Bonanza into the heart of the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon in December 1970, he encountered a series of unusual incidents like nothing he had ever experienced. In brief, the flight began from Andros Island in the Bahamas and within a few minutes he skirted around a flying saucer-shaped lenticular cloud. Such clouds are usually found at 20,000 feet or more and are stationary.
But as soon as he passed the cloud, it shape-shifted into a huge, billowy white cloud and appeared to be chasing the plane. They climbed at a thousand feet per minute, and cloud built up underneath the plane at the same rate, then engulfed the plane. Gernon escaped and was engulfed again several times until he broke free. By then the cloud had projected two huge arms forming a semi-circle. Up ahead, Gernon spotted another cumulus-shaped cloud that also was sending out arms and linking with the former lenticular cloud to form a gigantic puffy donut in the sky.
Gernon and his two passengers were trapped inside the 15-mile wide donut hole. They couldn’t fly either over or under the cloud, which rose out of the ocean to an altitude of 60,000 feet. Finally, they noticed an opening where two of the arms were converging and flew toward it. By the time they reached the opening, it appeared as a tunnel that was collapsing.
They flew through it and out into a milky haze and as they exited the tunnel the challenging flight turned into a bizarre and dangerous one. First, for about 10 seconds they felt as if they were weightless with only the seatbelts holding them down. All the electronic instruments were malfunctioning and the two compasses were spinning about.
They had flown this routes several times and knew they were close to the Bimini chain of islands, about a hundred miles from Miami when they contacted the Miami Tower. Oddly, the air traffic controller couldn’t locate them anywhere on radar. After a couple of minutes of radio silence, the controller came back on and said there was a plane coming in over Miami Beach. That was impossible. Yet, the clouds cleared and below them was Miami Beach.
Bruce and his two passengers checked their watches and were baffled. They had literally skipped ahead 100 miles. Gernon thought they had time-traveled and that was how we wrote it in THE FOG, which we co-authored. They had arrived in 47 minutes rather the 75 minutes that the flight usually took. They’d gained 28 minutes and had too much fuel remaining. It was as if they didn’t fly that last hundred miles, but instead were instantly projected 100 miles.
While the experience could be viewed as time travel, I now find the term teleportation as more appropriate and also easier to understand – if not to comprehend. Tomorrow will be part two of this story in which we’ll relate two more teleportation stories, both of them involving the same distance – 100 miles.