Up in the Air: That time I saw Bigfoot
How American William Barnes has called in the help of one Alberta company to help him find the creature
by Tim Querengesser
One night about 16 years ago, William Barnes was sleeping in his tent in northern California – near a creek that he dredged for gold – when a noise woke him and made him look outside.
“I can see this black figure coming around the corner,” he says. “I thought it was a bear at first … It walked straight up to the tent. I was about three feet away from it. It just stood there. I could hear my heart pounding in my ears. When it turned, I realized what it was,” he says. “It’s one of these creatures they always talked about.”
You know. Bigfoot. Sasquatch.
For more than a decade Barnes has searched for a way to photograph the creatures, which he claims are well known to woodsmen throughout the American west (indeed, he says one California squatter feeds one). That drive created what’s now called the Falcon Project (sponsored by Olympia Beer), and it’s also how Barnes ended up working with Stephen Barkley, a pioneer of model-sized, unmanned airship manufacturing in Lac La Biche, Alberta.
The custom airships Barkley designs and builds are perfect for Barnes’s project because they can hover in place yet fly at reasonably high speeds and altitudes. Because of the airship’s capabilities, Barnes says they offer his best shot at capturing Bigfoot on a big screen.
There’s a fly in the ointment, though: Barkley hasn’t received any money from Barnes to build his high-tech, technology-pushing airship (one he’s always wanted to put together). Worse, Barnes recently dumped a TV production company that wanted to make his project into a reality show, a prospect that at least offered the possibility of some cash.
Time and money will tell if an Albertan airship helps find the elusive Sasquatch.
Click below to hear Barnes’ story in his own words: