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 IPACO.fr. 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.”