- Brazilian UFO Magazine's consultant witnesses the transportation
of a strange disk-shaped object in the Brazilian state of Bahia
- Photo By Francisco Baqueiro
- On Saturday, November 25th, Brazilian UFO Magazine's
editor A. J. Gevaerd received a call from Bahia with an intriguing story.
The caller was Francisco Baqueiro, a psychologist and therapist, magazine's
consultant in abductions, who said to have photographed with his cell phone
a strange and perfectly disk-shaped flying object being carried by a non-identified
truck in a road in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The picture was taken
on Tuesday, November 21st, at 07:16 AM.
- Baqueiro said he heard of the transportation one day
before when an informer from an intelligence service called him telling
an unknown artifac! t crashed and was recovered in an area in Bahia known
as Recôncavo Baiano, south of the capital Salvador. The informer
also told the object was to be carried from that place to the city of Feira
de Santana, nearly 110km from Salvador, through the BR-324, a two-lane
road with heavy traffic linking Salvador to that municipality. Despite
the fact that Baqueiro was severely ill with kidney disease, he decided
to check what happened.
- That Tuesday 21st, shortly after 06:30 AM, the consultant
and his wife spotted the truck carrying the object and followed after them.
The vehicle stopped at Posto Phoenix, a! gas station along that road, 60km
far from Salvador and near the entrance to municipalities of Maracangalha
and São Félix. Baqueiro pursued the truck for 15 minutes
and reported that it was escorted by four Federal Police cars - two ahead
and two behind - which delayed the traffic in the road.
- "I tried to enter the gas station in order to better
check what was going on, but was prevented by the federal agents",
states the therapist. He also says the truck was very slow in the way and
the object on it was so large that the vehicle had to go on at the center
of the road. Even though, parts of that fuselage exceeded the truck and
touched the trees at the side of the road. "That was certainly too
heavy to make a truck to go so slow".
- Despite the strangeness of that scene, the object was
uncovered and totally exposed. "Even with so many cars coming on the
opposite way (going to Salvador) and the other ones behind the truck, very
few people seemed to care about that scene", Baqueiro says. After
the Federal Police prevented him from entering, he stopped for a few moments
near Posto Phoenix and, pretending to be talking on the phone, he took
a single shot of the object. "I didn't try others because I didn't
want to catch their attention".
- Baqueiro sent the picture to the Brazilian UFO Magazine
via cell phone, where it was uploaded into a computer and enlarged. Editor
Gevaerd and co-editors Marco Petit, Rafael Cury and Claudeir Covo, along
with the magazine consultants Fernando Ramalho, Wallacy Albino and Wendell
Stein have preliminarily examined the photo. All were surprised by the
image. One of magazine's co-editors and one of its consultants were skeptical
and related that image to a similar one found on the Internet some months
before. But a car! eful comparison showed that the object photographed
in Bahia is a totally different thing (below). As for the previous picture,
nothing came out and there is no information concerning verification of
- Francisco Baqueiro - a consultant for the Brazilian UFO
magazine for three years - is specialized in alien abductions and continues
his search for more information on the fact. Following his editor's advice,
he returned to that gas station two more times, but employees seemed to
be afraid of talking about the issue. Now Baqueiro tries to find out exactly
where the supposed crash might have happened and where the object was taken
to. "All I know is the crash was in a sugar cane plantation, but the
object was nearly intact".
- The region is home to oil refineries, but Baqueiro denies
the possibility of confusing a lid for water or fuel tanks with a possible
UFO. After having worked for Petrobras, the main oil company in Brazil,
he is sure to know such parts very well and they never reach the size of
the object seen on the truck. He also rejects the possibility of the object
being an attraction from a theme park, since he also knows much of the
engineering of one of the largest parks in Bahia.
- Right after the controversy reached the Internet, several
UFO researchers suggested that the disk-shaped object could be a cover
for some liquid container that couldn't be transported assembled, and had
to be taken in parts. That, according to a few investigators, would explain
why the object was being transported in broad day light with no camouflage
or at least some cover on top of it. Nuclear engineer Luiz Carlos C. Pires
sent an e-mail positively identifying the disk-shaped object as a cover
for a factionary distillation machine, but! the discussion is still open.
And information is giving to overseas colleagues as to obtain further info
that could explain the case.
- Report by: A. J. Gevaerd --- Translation: Eduardo Rado
- Similar images taken from the Internet which has nothing
to do with the first one
- and whose authenticity could not be verified...
- It is very unlikely such a retrieval would go uncovered,
unprotected on an open flatbed truck. The top most image is very likely
an AWACS or other radar dish that has yet to be mounted. The bottom photos
could be anything from a feed bin top to an object for an amusement park.