- January 7, 1948 - Pilot Thomas Mantell UFO Encounter
- A P-51 Army fighter plane exploded in
mid-air and crashed on the farm of Joe Phillips about 5 miles south of
Franklin yesterday (i.e. January 7, 1948--J.T.) afternoon about 3:30 p.m.,
killing the pilot wearing identification tag of Thomas F. Mantell (Jr.),
3533 River Park Drive, Louisville. The wrecked plane bore the (tail) No.
Ky. NG 869. Mrs. Joe Phillips said she was sitting by her fire when she
heard the plane, with the engine apparently in trouble, flying near her
house. Almost immediately there was a large explosion. Startled, she glanced
out the window and saw the disintegrating plane hit the ground in a woodslot
about 200 yards away from the house. Pieces of wreckage were seen a quarter
of a mile from the point of the crash. Several people in Franklin reported
they heard the explosion.
- A vapor trail still floated in the sky an hour after
the crash. Another eyewitness, Barbara Mayes, a student in the Franklin
Grade School said she saw the plane explode while high in mid-air. She
was waiting at the Lake Springs School for her bus to take her home when
she witnessed the explosion. The plane crash marked the second in the past
few months. The point of the explosion was perhaps three miles as the crow
flies from the spot of the crash which took the lives of Ed Snow and Richard
M. Thomason on April 29, 1947. Mrs. Joe Phillips said she called the telephone
operator and asked that an ambulance and aid be called to the scene. The
remains of the dead flyer were removed from the scene by ambulance and
carried to the Booker Funeral Home to await instructions from the next
of kin, who were to be notified of the tragedy by Fort Knox officials.
A veteran of World War II, Captain Mantell participated in the (June 6,
1944) Normandy invasion, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross among other
decorations. He was discharged from the Army a year ago (1946). His wife
and two children survive. He left Louisville yesterday morning for Atlanta
and was enroute to Louisville on the return portion of the training flight
when the accident occurred. Authorities at Fort Knox reported he left Atlanta
at 2 p.m. yesterday. Reed Shoulders, assistantchief of police, said Bill
Horn, local constable, was standing guard last night over the wreckage,
pending arrival of proper authorities to assume custody of the wrecked
plane. The plane was operated by the Kentucky National Guards. (Many thanks
to local researcher Lee Trail and Lou Farish of UFO Newsclipping Service
for making this article available to UFO ROUNDUP.)
- DAYTON, Ohio - The only airman
who ever got near a flying saucer crashed and died before he could describe
it, the Dayton Journal-Herald said today.
- The newspaper printed a lengthy dispatch on the mysterious
flying discs, based it said, on hitherto unpublished reports assembled
at the Wright-Patterson Air Force base. The Air Force investigation has
proved that the flying saucers "are not a joke." Neither are
they a cause for alarm to the population" the newspaper said.
- The closest any airman to the mystery discs was on Jan.
7th, 1948, when one was sighted over Fort Knox, Kentucky the dispatch said.
Four fighterplanes were sent aloft to intercept it, but only Capt. Thomas
F. Mantell was able to get close.
- "I'm closing in to take a good look," the newspaper
quoted him as reporting by radio. "It looks metallic and of tremendous
size. It's going up now as fast as I am. That's 350 miles an hour. I'm
going up after it. At 20,000 ft., if I'm no closer I'll abandon chase."
- Mantell's plane crashed a few minutes later and he was
- The paper said a report on now file at Wright-Patterson
Airforce Base lists 240 domestic and 30 foreign accounts of flying discs
as having been investigated. Of these 30 per cent seem to have been weather
balloons and the like and 30 per cent more are perhaps explainable conventionally-leaving
40 per cent unexplained.
- The Air Force recently said there was no evidence that
the discs were guided missiles fired from some other country, but that
on the other hand it was not impossible that they were. Later the Air Force
announced it was not making any further comments on the discs.
- (Sources: http://www.rense.com/general10/captmantell.htm
- January 1949 - Blue Book "Unexplained" Cases
- Jan. 4, 1949; Hickam Field, Hawaii. 2 p.m. Witness: USAF
pilot Capt. Paul Storey, on ground. one flat white, elliptical object with
a matte top circled while oscillating to the right and left, and then sped
- Jan. 27, 1949; Cortez-Bradenton, Florida. 10:20 p.m.
Witnesses: Capt. Sames, acting chief of the Aircraft Branch, Eglin AFB,
and Mrs. Sames. They watched for 25 minutes while a cigar-shaped object
as long as two Pullman cars and having seven lighted square windows and
throwing sparks, descended and then climbed with a bouncing motion at an
estimated 400 m.p.h.
- January 22, 1952 - Radar Detected UFOs Scramble AF
Jets For Cat n' Mouse Game
Report by: Captain Edward J. Ruppelt
- Just twenty minutes after midnight on January 22, 1952,
nineteen and a half hours after the Navy lieutenant commander had chased
the UFO near Mitchell AFB, another incident involving an airplane and something
unknown was developing in Alaska...........
- At 0020, twenty minutes after midnight, an airman, watching
one of the outpost's radarscopes saw a target appear. It looked like an
airplane because it showed up as a bright, distinct spot. But it was unusual
because it was northeast of the radar site, and very few airplanes ever
flew over this area. Off to the northeast of the station there was nothing
but ice, snow, and maybe a few Eskimos until you got to Russia. Occasionally
a B-5O weather reconnaissance plane ventured into the area, but a quick
check of the records showed that none was there on this night.
- By the time the radar crew had gotten three good plots
of the target, they all knew that it was something unusual - it was at
23,000 feet and traveling 1,500 miles an hour. The duty controller, an
Air Force captain, was quickly called; he made a fast check of the targets
that had now been put on the plotting board and called to a jet fighter-interceptor
base for a scramble.
- The fighter base, located about 100 miles south of the
radar site, acknowledged the captain's call and in a matter of minutes
an F-94 jet was climbing out toward the north.
- While the F-94 was heading north, the radar crew at the
outpost watched the unidentified target. The bright dots that marked its
path had moved straight across the radarscope, passing within about 50
miles of the site. It was still traveling about 1,500 miles an hour. The
radar had also picked up the F-94 and was directing it toward its target
when suddenly the unidentified target slowed down, stopped, and reversed
its course. Now it was heading directly toward the radar station. When
it was within about 30 miles of the station, the radar operator switched
his set to a shorter range and lost both the F-94 and the unidentified
- While the radar operator was trying to pick up the target
again, the F-94 arrived in the area. The ground controller told the pilot
that they had lost the target and asked him to cruise around the area to
see if he and his radar operator could pick up anything on the F-94's radar.
The pilot said he would but that he was having a littie difficulty, was
low on fuel, and would have to get back to his base soon. The ground controller
acknowledged the pilot's message, and called back to the air base telling
them to scramble a second F-94.
- The first F-94 continued to search the area while the
ground radar tried to pick up the target but neither could find it.
- About this time the second F-94 was coming in, so the
ground radar switched back to long range. In a minute they had both of
the F-94's and the unidentified target on their scope. The ground controller
called the second F-94 and began to vector him into the target.
- The first F-94 returned to its base.
- As both the second F-94 and the target approached the
radar site, the operator again switched to short range and again he lost
the jet and the target. He switched back to long range, but by now they
were too close to the radar site and he couldn't pick up either one.
- The pilot continued on toward where the unidentified
target should have been. Suddenly the F-94 radar operator reported a weak
target off to the right at 28,000 feet They climbed into it but it faded
before they could make contact.
- The pilot swung the F-94 around for another pass, and
this time the radar operator reported a strong return. As they closed in,
the F-94's radar showed that the target was now almost stationary, just
barely moving. The F-94 continued on, but the target seemed to make a sudden
dive and they lost it. The pilot of the jet interceptor continued to search
the area but couldn't find anything. As the F-94 moved away from the radar
station, it was again picked up on the ground radar, but the unidentified
target was gone.
- A third F-94 had been scrambled, and in the meantirne
its crew took over the search. They flew around for about ten minutes without
detecting any targets on their radar. They were making one last pass almost
directly over the radar station when the radar operator in the back seat
of the F-94 yelled over the interphone that he had a target on his scope.
The pilot called ground radar, but by this time both the F-94 and the unidentified
target were again too close to the radar station and they couldn't be picked
up. The F-94 closed in until it was within 200 yards of the target; then
the pilot pulled up, afraid he might collide with whatever was out in the
night sky ahead of him. He made another pass, and another, but each time
the bright spot on the radar operator's scope just stayed in one spot as
if something were defianfly sitting out in front of the F-94 daring the
pilot to close in. The pilot didn't take the dare. On each pass he broke
off at 200 yards.
- The F-94 crew made a fourth pass and got a weak return,
but it was soon lost as the target seemed to speed away. Ground radar also
got a brief return, but in a matter of seconds they too lost the target
as it streaked out of range on a westerly heading.
- As usual, the first thing I did when I read this report
was to check the weather. But there was no weather report for this area
that was detailed enough to tell whether a weather inversion could have
caused the radar target.
- But I took the report over to Captain Roy James, anyway,
in hopes that he might be able to find a clue that would identify the UFO.
- Captain James was the chief of the radar section at ATIC.
He and his people analyzed all our reports where radar picked up UFO's.
Roy had been familiar with radar for many years, having set up one of the
first stations in Florida during World War II, and later he took the first
aircraft control and warning squadron to Saipan. Besides worrying about
keeping his radar operating, he had to worry about the Japs' shooting holes
in his antennae.
- Captain James decided that this Alaskan sighting I'd
just shown him was caused by some kind of freak weather. He based his analysis
on the fact that the unknown target had disappeared each time the ground
radar had been switched to short range. This, he pointed out, is an indication
that the radar was picking up some kind of a target that was caused by
weather. The same weather that caused the ground radar to act up must have
caused false targets on the F-94's radar too, he continued. After all,
they had closed to within 200 yards of what they were supposedly picking
up; it was a clear moonlight night, yet the crews of the F-94's hadn't
seen a thing.
- Taking a clue from the law profession, he quoted a precedent.
About a year before over Oak Ridge, Tennessee, an F-82 interceptor had
nearly flown into the ground three times as the pilot attempted to follow
a target that his radar operator was picking up. There was a strong inversion
that night, and although the target appeared as if it were flying in the
air, it was actually a ground target.
- Since Captain James was the chief of the radar section
and he had said "Weather," weather was the official conclusion
on the report. But reports of UFO's' being picked up on radar are controversial,
and some of the people didn't agree with James's conclusion.
- A month or two after we'd received the report, I was
out in Colorado Springs at Air Defense Command Headquarters. I was eating
lunch in the officers' club when I saw an officer from the radar operations
section at ADC. He asked me to stop by his office when I had a spare minute,
and I said that I would. He said that it was important.
- It was the middle of the afternoon before I saw him and
found out what he wanted. He had been in Alaska on TDY when the UFO had
been picked up at the outpost radar site. In fact, he had made a trip to
both the radar site and the interceptor base just two days after the sighting,
and he had talked about the sighting with the people who had seen the UFO
on the radar. He wanted to know what we thought about it.
- When I told him that the sighting had been written off
as weather, I remember that he got a funny look on his face and said, "Weather!
what are you guys trying to pull, anyway?"
- It was obvious that he didn't agree with our conclusion.
I was interested in learning what this man thought because I knew that
he was one of ADC's ace radar trouble shooters and that he traveled all
over the world, on loan from ADC, to work out problems with radars.
- "From the description of what the targets looked
like on the radarscopes, good, strong, bright images, I can't believe that
they were caused by weather," he told me.
- Then he went on to back up his argument by pointing out
that when the ground radar was switched to short range both the F-94 and
the unknown target disappeared. If just the unknown target had disappeared,
then it could have been weather. But since both disappeared, very probably
the radar set wasn't working on short ranges for some reason. Next he pointed
out that if there was a temperature invenion, which is highly unlikely
in northern Alaska, the same inversion that would affect the ground radar
wouldn't be present at 25,000 feet or above.
- I told him about the report from Oak Ridge that Captain
James had used as an example, but he didn't buy this comparison. At Oak
Ridge, he pointed out, that F-82 was at only 4,000 feet. He didn't know
how the F-94's could get to within 200 yards of an object without seeing
it, unless the object was painted a dull black,
- "No," he said, "I can't believe that those
radar targets were caused by weather. I'd be much more inclined to believe
that they were something real, something that we just don't know about."
- Captain Edward J. Ruppelt
- Former Head of Project Blue Book
(Source: http://www.nicap.dabsol.co.uk/nenana2.htm )
- January 16, 1958 - Trindade Island UFO Event
48 Witnesses & Six Sequential Photos Of Astounding
UFO In Flight - Best Evidence Ever?
- Trindade Island is located at 20°
30' S. and 29° 20' W. in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1200 Km. off the
coast of Brazil, the country to which it belongs. It is a small, rocky
place, used during World War II as an antisubmarine base by the United
States, but largely abandoned since. In October, 1958, during the International
Geophysical Year, the Brazilian Navy established a meteorological and oceanographic
station there. During January, 1958, the sailing vessel Almirante Saldanha
of the Hydrographic and Navigation Division of the Brazilian Navy had anchored
there, and on the morning of Jan. 16 was making ready to return to Rio.
- Besides the normal crew of the Almirante Saldanha, under
the command of Jose Saldanha da Gama, there were on board submarine divers
to take underwater photographs around the island. This civilian group was
headed by Amilcar Vieira Filho, a lawyer and bank executive, and, among
others, included a retired captain of the Brazilian Air Force, Jose Teobaldo
Viegas, as well as Almiro Barauna, a professional photographer. All in
all, 48 ocular witnesses were on deck during the incident. Also on board,
but not on deck, was Captain Carlos Alberto Bacellar, who had been responsible
for the revamping of the installations on the island and was commander
of the oceanographic station.
- A few words concerning Barauna are mandatory, as the
circumstances made him the leading character of the play. At the time,
Barauna was 42 years old and had had a previous involvement with the subject
of UFOs. It was he, in 1953, who had refuted the authenticity of the photographs
taken by Ed Keffel at a place known as Barra da Tijuca(1). In so doing
he had prepared photographs which demonstrated how such hoaxes could be
perpetrated. It is unfortunate that the late Dr. Menzel, a somewhat unsuccessful
debunker, as well as others(2), used Barauna's article to cast dispersions
on Barauna, presenting him as a professional hoaxer.
- On Jan. 6, 1958, amid preparations to cast anchor, Barauna
was on deck with his f/2.8 lens Rolleiflex Model E camera. As he was prepared
to take photos of the final trip of the small boat used between ship and
shore, he had set the camera at f/8 and 1/125 second. The sea was not calm,
and this had upset Barauna who had forgotten to take his seasickness pills.
At 12:20 p.m. excitement broke out on deck at the fast approach of a bright
object moving toward the island. Filho, Viegas and Lt. Ribeiro shouted
to Barauna, gesticulating and pointing to the object in the overcast sky.
It took Barauna about 30 seconds to get going; he then proceeded to take
six photographs (at intervals of 14 seconds, as determined by later tests).
The first two photographs were taken as the object approached the island.
It then disappeared behind the central mountain (Desejado Peak) for a few
seconds; as it reappeared a few seconds later, now moving in the opposite
direction, it appeared closer and bigger. It then moved at high speed toward
the sea, but Barauna missed the object in his next two frames, owing to
the speed of the object and the confusion prevailing on deck at the time.
He did obtain a final photo when the object was already far out to sea
and when it, apparently, had stopped momentarily in mid-air. After about
ten seconds it moved away and disappeared in the distance.
- Commander Bacellar, as well as the other
officers, insisted that the film be developed at once, in spite of the
poor facilities on board for that purpose and lack of photographic paper
to make prints. A bathroom was quickly transformed into a darkroom and
the film was developed. The negatives were then inspected by Bacellar and
others. Frames 4 and 5 showed only the sea and rocky coast
- The photos were taken on a bright, overcast day, and
the settings on the camera led to slightly overexposed negatives. It was,
however, a wise decision of Barauna's not to attempt to modify the settings;
if he had done so he might have lost his opportunity.
- According to Capt. Viegas, the object was like a flattened
sphere encircled at the equator by a large ring or platform. In Barauna's
words, "..it made no noise, although with the shouting of the people
on the deck and the noise of the sea, I cannot be certain. It had a metallic
look, of an ash color, and has like a condensation of a green vapor around
the perimeter, particularly in the advancing edge. Its motion was undulating,
like the flight of a bat."
- As determined by the photographs, the object was tilted
slightly, the upper part directed toward the motion. It appears quite sharp
in photos 2 and 3, corresponding to the closest approach and minimum speed,
while the contours appear slightly blurred in photos 1 and 4, corresponding
to the maximum distance. In view of the distance from camera to object,
a shutter speed of 1/125 second is sufficient to freeze an object moving
at speeds of several hundred miles per hour. (The Brazilian Navy estimated
the speed of the object to be 600 to 700 mph.) The object shown in the
four photos resembles the planet Saturn, and it is not luminous. The photos
were proclaimed authentic by John T. Hopf, APRO photographic analyst, as
well as by the Cruzeiro do Sul Aerophotogrammetric Service, to which they
were referred by the Brazilian navy.
(Full report and photos: http://www.cufos.org/trindade_fs1.html )
(For a few quality photos - http://www.mufor.org/database/clas58.html )
- January 1, 1978 - Veteran Pilot Sees Domed Saucer
With Windows At Close Range
- A dome-shaped UFO with portholes was seen in broad daylight
by veteran pilot Floyd P. Hallstrom of Oxnard, California. Hallstrom had
been flying for 37 years, 1712 as a Navy combat air crewman and personal
crew chief to admirals, including the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic
- Hallstrom had left Oxnard at about 12:35 p.m. in a Cessna
170A bound to San Diego via Los Angeles, following a friend, Jim Victor,
who was delivering another plane to a customer at Brown Field, San Diego.
The plan was for him to transport Victor back to Oxnard after the delivery.
The two kept in touch by radio.
- As Hallstrom approached Santa Monica at 7,500 feet altitude,
the sky was clear except for a smog layer in the vicinity of Los Angeles
International Airport. "At this time I was looking for Jim straight
ahead," Hallstrom reported, "when I spotted [the UFO] just on
the edge of the haze area above LAX [Los Angeles International Airport]
slightly to the east side....I thought it was Jim so I watched it for about
a minute because he had just given me his position report, but it seemed
to get larger and coming toward me so I naturally realized that it wasn't
- "I started looking to see what it was but I could
see no wings on this aircraft although at this time I could see windows
which appeared to be passenger windows in the aircraft. As it drew nearer
though, I was able to determine that there were no wings or horizontal
empennage assembly to the aircraft as a conventional aircraft...."
- Hallstrom began wondering if it was some kind of helicopter,
but it was approaching at high speed. As the UFO passed about 6,000 feet
to his left, he was looking down on it an angle of about 30-45 degrees.
Then the true form suddenly became clear to him. There were no rotors,
no tail assembly.
- "All of a sudden I was able to make out the complete
form of a saucer shape or round object...I could see the dome, also very
vividly clear, including all the windows.... [I] observed it to be of a
very bright metal...it was more of a nickel or highly polished chrome or
stainless steel type of metal than aluminum because it had more of a mellow
glow than [if] it was of the type finish on a high finish aluminum."
- About 16 to 20 evenly spaced windows were visible around
the circumference of the dome, located just above the base. The dome appeared
to be a perfect hemisphere about 20 feet in diameter resting on the base
which was about 30 feet in diameter. The UFO continued on a course of about
310 degrees (opposite to Hallstrom's course) with no sign of rotation,
oscillation, pitch, roll, or yaw. Neither was there any sign of a propulsion
system. The sun reflected off the dome as a bright spot as the UFO passed.
After about a minute the object disappeared from view behind the Cessna.
Hallstrom estimated its speed at about 650 m.p.h. He quickly took notes
and made a sketch of the UFO.
- Reaching for his radio microphone, he first called Jim
Victor to report what he had seen. Then he notified various FAA authorities.
- Hallstrom, who was shaken by the sighting, later had
troubling dreams, mostly about UFOs and aliens. He had not taken the subject
seriously up to this time, but the implications of what he had seen struck
home to him. He later reported that the experience had altered his entire
- (MUFON UFO Journal, January 1978, pp. 3-5. Investigators:
Robert K. Bowker and Idabel Epperson.)
January 2, 1976 - UFO Photographed Over Malaysia
- Photograph taken by an RAAF Serviceman on 2nd January
at 6.15pm at Butterworth/Penang, Malaysia. The object was described as
glowing in bright orange colour and had several portholes lining the edge.
- January 8, 1981 - The Trans-en-Province Saucer
- Yesterday, January 8. 1981, I was busy around the house
as I am practically every day. I was behind the house, which is built over
a restanque (raised level). I was building a concrete shelter for a water
pump. Behind my house on the same level is an expanse of flat ground. It
is reached through a path along the base of the house.
- It was about 5PM. The weather
was turning colder. My attention was attracted by a slight noise, a sort
of faint whistling. I turned around and saw a device in the air at the
height of a big pine tree at the edge of the property. This device, which
was not spinning, was coming lower toward the ground. I was only hearing
a slight whistling sound. I was not seeing any flames, either below or
around this device.
- While it was continuing to come down, I went closer by
walking towards the stone cabin above my house.When I placed myself against
the wall of the cabin, I could see very well over the roof, since this
cabin too is built over a raised level. I was on the higher level, about
1.2 m from the roof. From that position, I clearly saw the device resting
on the ground. Right away it lifted off, still emitting a slight whistling
sound. Reaching a point above the trees, it left at high speed toward the
forest of Trans, that is, towards the northeast.
- When the device lifted off, I saw four openings below,
through which neither flame nor smoke were escaping. The device kicked
off a little dust when it left the ground. At that instant, I was about
30 m away from the landing site. Later I went to the spot and I noticed
a circle about 2 m in in diameter. At certain places along the circumference
of the circle were traces like abrasions...
- The device had the shape of two saucers, one inverted
on top of the other. It must have measured about 1.5 m in height. It was
the color of lead. This device had a ridge all the way around its circumference.
Under the machine I saw two kinds of pieces as it was lifting off. They
could be reactors or feet. There were also two other circles which looked
like trapdoors. The two reactors, or feet, extended about 20 cm below the
body of the machine.
- I have not felt any disturbance of the sense of vision
- Parts of the account obtained by a civilian investigator
are also relevant:
- There [the witness] discovers a sort of ovoid vehicle,
with the general shape of two half spheres of unequal volume, clearly separated
by a flat ledge, extending at least 15 cm and forming a ring around the
metallic mass which has a... height of between 2 and 2.5 m/... The machine
lifts off, making a slight amount of dust and with a soft whistling. Then
itseems to tilt, exposing its underside, and it takes off at lightning
speed, passing exactly between the two tall trees, at the exact spot from
which it had seemed to fall.
For more info - Source: http://www.nicap.dabsol.co.uk/transup.htm )
- January 21, 1988 - Family Car Lifted By UFO
- Adelaide, Australia UFO Sighting (Reported by CBS Radio)
- Last night, an Australian family reported that their
moving automobile was lifted from a road by a brightly glowing egg-shaped
UFO. They said that the craft shook their vehicle violently and put it
back on the road. Investigating authorities said the damaged vehicle was
found to be covered by a gray ash-like substance which is being analyzed.
Occupants of other vehicles in the area and a fishing boat crew also reported
the UFO, and the authorities were said to be taking the reports seriously
since there were so many witnesses.
Mrs Knowles and her there sons were driving form Perth to wards Mundrabilla
when they saw lights ahead of them on the road. As they approached they
realized that they were hovering above the ground just off the main road
and indeed hovering over another vehicle.
- They turned of the main road and chased back towards
where the sighting had occurred; unfortunately, the light changed its course
and came back to meet them. They met when something making an audible noise
landed on the roof of their car.
- The car was apparently dragged upwards and there was
some consternation and agitation amongst the witness. Suddenly the vehicle
was dropped back to the ground where it burst one of its tyres; where the
object had been attached there was damage on the roof. Once the car was
back on the ground their family leapt out and hid in the bushes until the
UFO had gone. From their observation they described the object as a white
light about the size as their car, making a sound like electrical humming.
- Thoughout the incident the radio of the car had been
malfunctioning though subsequent investigations by Paul Norman of VUFORS
indicated that it was undamaged. Examination of the tyre indicated that
it was ripped in the most extraordinary way all around its edge.
- Subsequent investigations revealed a great many more
UFO reports on the Nallarbour Plain on that night.
- (Story from The UFO Encyclopedia/By John Spencer)
- After these events, a bump (strangely, a dent) remained
behind on the roof of the car and analysis of the dust found there showed
the presence of oxygen, carbon, calcium, silicon, potassium, and perhaps
also of astate, a radioactive element of synthetic origin. The witnesses,
who did not maintain their anonymity, were broadly ridiculed by the Australian
- January 20, 1994
- A huge, dark, disc-shaped object, reddish-brown in color,
vanished suddenly in the skies over Coulommiers, France at 1:14 p.m. European
time. The UFO was sighted by the crew of an Air France A320 airliner, and
reported to air traffic control. Ground military radar tracked the UFO
for 50 seconds at a speed of 100 knots. About one hour later, at 8:20 a.m.
local time in Lancaster, New Hampshire, a diamond-shaped UFO with blunt
points paused in the sky, then vanished. (Source: Paul Ferrughelli, Computer
Catalogue of UFO Reports, 1988-1994).
- January 20, 1996 - Varginha, Brazil: UFO Crash, Aliens
Gov't Coverup, Dozens of Witnesses. Hoax or Brazilian Roswell?
- Early reports were of a box-shaped
black UFO emitting smoke, seemingly having trouble and eventually crashing.
Later that day in various parts of the township mutant creatures of unknown
origin and ghastly odor and appearance began to pop up. Initial reports
stated that townspeople cornered on of the small creatures in a ravine
and stoned it to death, shouting "Diablo!" as it appeared to
have horn like protrusions on its head. The number of completely unverifiable
details of the Varginha case leave one wondering if this was more an event
of typical South American 'schlock' pseudo-news or the real deal. The truth
probably lies somewhere in the middle. The raw info is as follows, as best
as can be determined...
An unidentified flying object was picked up on US radar over Brazil (there
were no Brazilian satellites), contact was however made with the Brazilians
and the information was relayed. The Brazilian Air Force was scrambled
while many people on the ground saw a cigar shaped craft expelling large
amounts of smoke heading for the ground. In other parts of the town there
were many anomalous lights reported.
- The Brazilian Army and the local fire service went to
the crash site in a coordinated joint operation. They go to the crash site
as indicated by local eyewitness reports. On searching the area, a craft
was not located, however an EBE was. It was wrapped in a camouflage net
then put into a 1meter (3ft) square box before being loaded into a Brazilian
Army Truck by soldiers.
- On the same day, three girls (Liliane Fatima Silva, her
sister Valquiria and Katia Andrade Xavier) saw a creature of the following
description: Brown, soft skin ('like a heart'), large, red, bulging eyes
and visible veins. They ran home and told their mom, who, being more bothered
about something scaring her girls than being shot with an extraterrestrial
AK-47 went after the creature. All she found was a footprint with a round
palm and two long straight, forward facing toes.
- Meanwhile, the Brazilian Army move the creature to the
local hospital. It was a hot day and there were numerous townsfolk out
on the streets who witnessed the military operation. By now, the press
was on the trail, they were however, refused any coverage by the army,
the reporters who failed to comply were scared off by soldiers. There was
no identification of the creature from the hospital or the military.
- Some members of the Brazilian army who actually held
the creature after packing it into the net gave their report on the event
to UFO researchers despite being told not to talk, at risk of losing their
jobs. All reports however were in agreement as far as who was involved,
the equipment used, etc.
- The creature seen by the girls was not wearing any clothes
and did not seem intelligent; maybe it was an extraterrestrial animal.
- After the event, a woman attending a party at a local
soon saw an identical creature as the girls had seen. Dr. Leila Cabral,
a member of the zoo staff report anomalous problems and five unexpected
deaths of animals with inconclusive port mortems.
(See also: http://www.thelosthaven.co.uk/VarginhaDairy.html
- January 1996 (day unknown) - Saucer Photographed
This photo appeared in a recent issue of UFOCUS, but it was not in color.
It was taken in Denver, Colorado, January 1996 by Joe Clower, who was photographing
some workmen painting the gold balls on a city monument. He was waiting
for the workmen to get ready for the photograph when he saw this strange
bell-shaped flying object in the sky.
- Since the camera was already in hand, he took one picture
while the object was at the left of the tall building. Then the object
went behind the building and came out on the right side, and Joe took this
second picture of it. There are three people in the photo, one on the ladder,
one at the bottom of the ladder, and one man walking past. None of them
seem to be aware of the UFO.
(note: it's a coin toss as to the authenticity of this image as attempts
to get higher
resolution versions were not possible. But as it stands, there is no indication
of wires or hoaxing)
- Bob Thrift Institute For UFO Research Editor, UFOCUS
(no longer in existence).
- (Source: http://www.rense.com/ufo/denverufo.htm )
- January 4-5, 2000 - Giant Black Triangle Witnessed
By Police & Citizens
"I looked up and there it was, just like a big house floating in
the air, with
windows in it and a bright light on the inside, like there
might've been a big room in there."
On the night of Jan. 4, 2000, and early the morning
of the 5th, in several townships outlying Chicago, Illinois, an enormous
Black Triangle craft with intense lights and operating entirely outside
the parameters of known aerial technology was witnessed by police officers
as well as citizens from several different cities and districts along a
path of more than a hundred miles. The collective descriptions of the craft
conform to complete one of the most controversial and perhaps substantial
and empirical cases of UFO phenomenon in history.
- One would be hard pressed when reviewing all the evidence
in this case to refute the existance of craft dynamically different from
our contemporary level of propulsion and aerodynamics from origins unknown.
For a complete analysis of the event, visit ...
- January 11, 2001 - 600 UFO Reports In One Night In
- The WREX Channel 13 Television in Rockford, USA, and
other news media reported that they had received some 600 reports of UFOs
over this city in Northern Illinois around 9:00 PM on January 11, 2001.
As many as twelve lights or UFOs were reported conducting maneuvers over
the city. Some reports of computer and electrical shutdowns coincided with
the reports. Later that night on all three of the news stations in Rockford
reported the sightings. Some people reported seeing six lights while others
reported seeing a dozen yellow orange lights hovering in the sky. The light
sightings were made from 8:50 to 9:00 PM. Sightings have been fairly regular
in recent months over the city.
- January 26, 2003 - UFOs Captured By SOHO?
This picture was taken in space by the Solar and Heliospheric
Observatory (SOHO), a spacecraft, about a million miles from earth. Mike
Murray, one of the founders of EUROSETI, said: "Some of the pictures
are real crackers. They are the archetypal flying saucers - disc shaped
objects with some kind of glow around them. Many have a pulsing light and
leave a trail behind them. They come from all angles and directions."
According to Murray, the craft were said to be moving in a way that suggested
"There's one especially which is really fabulous.
It is a glowing disk with a pink disc-shaped object within the glow, and
a turret on the top, Murray told BBC. "The first thing we did when
we got the images was to speak to NASA, who said it was a camera fault.
But by enhancing the images we proved this wasn't the case."
He said NASA then suggested the objects could be asteroids
or comets - but this did not explain the way they appeared to move independently
and make turns.