- Date: Winter of 1980, January perhaps.
- Time: Evening.
- HBCC UFO Research Note: Along with this report below,
you will see the UFO reporting form which was written up by a UFO investigator
years ago. Also two of the original diagrams the eyewitness provided to
the investigator, also two new diagrams in which the eyewitness drew up
recently for HBCC UFO Research. Also you will notice that HBCC UFO Research
has left the eyewitnesses name in the reporting form, I asked the witness
if I should remove it, and he said it was fine to leave his name in, but
I did remove his address and phone number which you will note on the reporting
- If anyone witnessed this event back in the winter of
1980, would you please contact me here at HBCC UFO Research as by the sounds
of things other folks had witnessed this as well, according to a newspaper
article which was run on this sighting event.
- Full Description of event/sighting: Around the winter
of 1980, January perhaps, I just got off work at 9:30 P.M. from the auto
dealership. I was a car salesman at the time. I started driving towards
the city of Toronto, Canada, on the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) eastbound
to meet some friends at a bar on the Esplanad (a street lined with nightclubs).
I didn't have anything to drink and didn't smoke any pot on that day/evening.
- As I was driving, I noticed a string of lights slowly
rotating counter clockwise over the city of Toronto, at about the ten o'clock
position from my point of view. This caught my eye because these formation
of lights were very unusual. The lights were evidently in a circular pattern
with about two thirds visible as the other third rotated out of view. Imagine
a pie plate with about 25 lights around the circumference of it. As this
"pie plate" would revolve, a third of these lights would be hidden
from view as if they were obstructed by a solid body. It was at night so
all I could see was these rotating string of lights but they were definitely
on a "fixed" platform as the lights were revolving in unison.
- Although I've heard of UFO's and was curious, at that
time in my life, I didn't really give that much thought about them. I've
always been interested in nature and especially about the universe. I've
seen all kinds of aircraft and advertising blimps at night before. I drove
taxi's off and on for fifteen years on the night shift and have seen countless
meteors, lightening, satellites etc. On two occasions I've even seen extremely
bright, slow falling, green fireball meteors lighting up the ground, for
a couple of seconds, as if it was daylight . I've read, in later years,
were other witnesses reported green fireballs as UFO's. I chuckled to myself
thinking how easily "UFO believers" can be fooled by natural
- Anyway, these circle of lights were slowly descending
and approaching towards me (westbound), while I was driving about 115 kilometers
per hour on the highway eastbound. These lights were getting closer and
closer as "we" approached each other. I recall thinking to myself
that this must be some kind of advertising balloon and those lights were
letters. As I kept driving, I was paying more and more attention to this
object because the closer it was getting, the more unusual it looked. I
kept glancing at it, while driving, waiting until it was close enough to
read what these letters were saying, still thinking it was some kind of
advertising blimp. The closer it got, the more I looked at it. Now at my
nine o'clock position, the string of rotating lights started to bank left
like an airplane would "turning right" At this point, I realized
that these lights were not letters at all. They were different shaped,
yellowish white lights. The reason these lights were different in shape
was because they were "ingrained" into some body. When the lights
were seen head on, they were circular. But as they rotated out of "direct"
view, they changed shape like the different crescents of the moon. That's
why they appeared to be all different shapes.
- Anyway, during the time when this object started to bank
left, from my point of view, I was struggling with myself trying to understand
whether this was a plane or a balloon. It was flying too slow for a plane,
yet, too fast for a blimp. Also, it didn't appear to be flying or floating.
The best way I can describe it's motion is that it looked like it was "sailing"
in the sky.
- What's interesting here is that the human brain tries
to associate what the eyes are seeing, to something already seen or experienced
before. That's why I was at war with myself trying to decide whether this
object was a plane, blimp or a balloon. Every time I resigned myself to
what I must be witnessing, I jumped to another conclusion. This jumping
from one conclusion to another occurred during the whole experience. I
was imagining all kinds of things. For example, if it was a plane, the
only way these lights could have been positioned was in a circle because
this plane must have had some kind of supporting structure in a circle
from wing tip to wing tip. This didn't make any sense at all. I've seen
advertising planes before. This was nothing like this. Not even close.
Then I was trying to imagine a "Goodyear blimp" with these letters
going across it's side. This was nothing like it either. So here I was,
trying to drive and watch this object at the same time. As I was driving,
I started to slow down because I kept looking at this circle of lights
more than the road ahead of me. In retrospect, I don't even know how I
kept my car on the road because I was so awed by this display in the sky.
- Here is the killer.
- As the object kept banking and banking more and more,
it eventually ended up totally perpendicular to the ground! The first thing
that came to mind was a big Ferris wheel rotating in the sky. At this point
I slowed down to about 50 KPH (30 miles an hour in a 60 MPH highway for
my American friends) and put my four way, flashing hazard lights on my
car fearing that another car would smash into the back of me for going
so slow on a 100 KPH highway.
- Here is the shocker.
- As I was mesmerized by this UFO, a surge of adrenaline
hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn't realize how big this thing was.
At first I thought it was the size of an airplane fairly close. It
was gigantic! At least twice the size of a football field, bigger than
an aircraft carrier! I don't know what gave away it's size. Maybe the reflections
of light on the ground. The best way I can relate this sudden realization
is like one of those illusions most of us have seen. You know, when you
look at a pixel drawing with an image you can't see until you stare at
it for a while? After a period of time, you make out the face of a women
or something like that? That's kind of the transformation I experienced.
At first I thought the object was the size of a large plane than suddenly
I really saw it. It was huge! I yelled out loud to my self, "holey
crap", it's huge". I don't freaking believe it, It's freaking
huge! I thought it was fairly close at first, than bang!, it was much farther
away and larger than my brain first comprehended it. Speaking about this
surge of adrenaline. Have you ever had a really close call having a car
accident? When your heart rate skyrockets to about 180 beats per minute?
That's what I felt when I realized how gargantuan this object was! I could
literally feel my heart pounding like crazy. To be frank, it literally
scared the hell out of me, when I realized how big it was. At this point,
I rolled down my window and pointed to this giant "Ferris wheel"
in the sky to the other motorists, but it appeared no one seemed to notice
as they screamed by me at regular highway speeds. I remember how cold it
was when I rolled down my window. It was something like minus 30 Celsius
- After, I don't know how long, probably only a few seconds
of rotating in this perpendicular position, this thing started to climb
and right itself and "sail" back to the direction it originally
came from. I rolled up my window, turned off my hazard lights, and started
to speed up to chase it. Still it seemed other motorists didn't notice
this object. It still irks me to this day. As I was approaching the city
limits, this object was in it's flat position again climbing over the city.
Then, all of a sudden, the rotating lights turned off except for a red
"aircraft like" blinking light (which I never noticed before).
After a few seconds, the rotating lights turned on again. It was like in
the movie "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind". The lights just
blasted on. Then after a few seconds they turned off again as it seemed
to be right over the city. Strange behavior. Now I was exiting off of the
highway on to Spadina Rd. I lost track of these lights because of the tall
buildings. When I was on the street where I was going, I saw a cop parked
on the other side of the road writing a parking ticked. I stopped in the
middle of the road and ran over to him. He was quite taken aback by my
seemingly aggressive approach. I asked him, "how long have you been
here?" I forgot what he said, but I asked, "did you see that
big circle of lights flying in the sky? He said "no". After parking
my car, I met my friends at the bar, "Baily's", and told them
what happened but they didn't take me seriously as they've already had
a few and were more interested in the ladies.
- After "sitting at the bar by myself" for a
couple of hours I went home. I was living at my parent's house at the time,
temporarily, so when I got home around 1:00 A.M., I called the police.
I didn't know who else to phone at the time. They didn't take me seriously
of course so after that, I phoned the Toronto International Airport and
managed to get through to Air Traffic Control and asked them if they had
anyone call in with a UFO report. Nothing. So I called the police again
and convinced them to take me seriously as I wanted to make a report. They
told me they can send a couple of officers to my house. As it was late
and my parents were asleep, I told them I'd rather come to the station
the next day to report. Next morning, when I contemplated going in I decided
not to, fearing they would think I'm some kind of wacko.
- As the days went by, scanning the newspapers looking
for a "UFO sighting" to no avail, I started doubting myself.
I was trying to convince myself that perhaps I was somehow mistaken. Maybe
it was something not out of the ordinary at all. Maybe it was a balloon
or airplane of some kind. Maybe like thousands of others, I witnessed something
that I misinterpreted for something else.
- And now the conclusion.
- About a week or so later, on or about the tenth page
of the Toronto Star, bottom right hand corner, there it was! A short article.
"Dozens of Mississauga residents reported a UFO as big as a football
field!" I don't recall the whole article. I'll never doubt myself
again no matter how much ridicule I'll be subjected to. After about 27
years, I just had to let this out.
- Thank you to the witness for the very interesting report.
- Brian Vike, Director HBCC UFO Research. email: <>firstname.lastname@example.org
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