No... But then (as we're talking clunkers) neither, ever, was an Austin A35 Van. - That didn't stop James Hunt roaring around the streets of London in a bizarrely Budgie-laden example, not did it stop many a tradesman of the era plying their trade. No one said this transport was ever perfect! Of course the subject (like the A35) was always subject to ridicule and prone to breakdown due to any combination of nefarious influence and shoddy underpinnings. But getting from A to B was once frequently possible, and the occasional stab at C not always unsuccessful! - The question I pose now is, due to the rise of hoaxing in its modern form (which is something that doesn't just affect 'UFOlogy') has progress been made impossible? Personally, I take hope from some of the things I've learned in this past week or so. I'm afraid I can make little sense of what you've written here... At worst UFOs are a commonly-misunderstood interpretation (or if you prefer, misinterpretation) of some cultural and/or external stimulus. That makes the phenomenon no less 'real' or tangible as a subject of study... Whether they are physical things in our own realm, intrusions from some other dimension; or simply some manifestation of aberration within either the physical brain or its processes (i.e. common/shared delusion), is yet to be discovered. - But it will only ever be discovered through study. Meanwhile back at the big top, there's a man with a funny wee van and a load of performing budgies who says he's a world champion racing driver!