A Bigfoot researcher is planning to build, equip, and dispatch a remote-controlled blimp to spend months above forests in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Utah in hopes of finally getting good evidence of the giant bipedal mystery animal.
According to a Reuters news story, "An Idaho scientist shrugging off skeptical fellow scholars in his quest for evidence of Bigfoot has turned his sights skyward, with plans to float a blimp over the U.S. mountain West in search of the mythic, ape-like creature. Idaho State University has approved the unusual proposal of faculty member Jeffrey Meldrum... Now Meldrum is seeking to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the remote-controlled dirigible, equip it with a thermal-imaging camera and send it aloft in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot."
Information from the blimp would be relayed to teams on the ground who would be dispatched to follow up on any sightings or strange activity.
Part of the reason that the plan -- dubbed the Falcon Project -- is gaining such notoriety is the participation of Jeffrey Meldrum. In stark contrast to the vast majority of Bigfoot hunters and enthusiasts across the country and on television, Meldrum has legitimate scientific credentials as a professor of anatomy and anthropologist.
While these areas of research are not directly relevant to Bigfoot, Meldrum is more academically qualified than most to examine and analyze alleged Bigfoot tracks and photographs.
The idea for the novel project originated with a Utah man named William Barnes who claimed to have seen a Bigfoot in 1997. Meldrum and Barnes are hoping to raise money through donations and selling the broadcast rights to cable television shows.
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