- Everyone has heard of famous Area 51, right? And most
of us have heard about strange aerial vehicles that lurk there. Now, I
propose a new area, "Oklahoma's Area 51". It actually covers
a vast area of western Oklahoma. The center of UFO activity is near the
old Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base located in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. This
area has been host to some of the strangest cases in UFO history, mostly
unreported till recently, and NASA says it's a major player in future Space
- This is from the Ardmoreite Newspaper July 20, 1998.
- "BURNS FLAT (AP) -- Oklahomans pressing for a link
to outer space expect to have an idea by this fall whether the old Clinton-Sherman
Air Force Base is a serious contender as a launch site for the next generation
of space shuttles. Lockheed Martin is looking for a permanent launch site
for VentureStar, a reusable launch vehicle expected to take off in 2004.
Oklahoma is one of 16 states in the running for the launch site. A delegation
from the state recently visited Lockheed Martin officials in California.
State Sen. Gilmer Capps, D-Snyder, said a proposal will be submitted for
- ''We meet the criteria every which way you turn,'' Capps
said. The runway at the base closed in 1970 is 13,550 feet long and 18
inches thick, described as ideal for VentureStar. The rural location and
the state's relatively moderate weather are also positives Construction
on the launch site is expected to begin as soon as January 2001."
- As many of you know, I'm "into" UFO history.
I always try to use historical facts and documented cases to make my points
whenever possible. This is I feel a great way to relearn old cases that
have relevance today. I have included in this article as many of the UFO
reports as I could find on this new "Area 51". I live in Oklahoma
and I know it can get quite strange here at times. I have had more personal
sightings here than I could relate in one report.
- From the book UFO's in the USA
- "Oklahoma is known for many things-cowboys, horses,
winds that come sweeping down the plains- and now quite possibly, if you
drive along I-40 near Elk City to mile marker 126 west of El Reno, UFO's"
according to the book "UFO's in the USA", by The Society for
the Preservation of Alien Contact Evidence and Geographic Exploration (SPACEAGE)
(Hyperion Press 1999).
- On page 135 it states that "According to Cliff Capers,
state director and newsletter editor for Skywatch International, this area
around the Clinton-Sherman AFB may be Oklahoma's own Area 51 and there
is a "flap area west of Clinton, Ok. On Interstate 40 this stretch
is stated to be about 19 miles long. Both green fireballs and quick-moving
bright lights have been seen in the area. According to Cliff Capers, Elk
City is still a very active spot for UFO sightings.
- Cliff had his own sighting a few years ago, this report
is from Skywatch InternationalÖ
- "I spotted what appeared to be a black triangle
while I was in the Oklahoma panhandle (Elmwood, Oklahoma) helping my father-in-law
bring in his wheat harvest. On Sunday June 21, 1998 at approximately 11:30
p.m., I, along with my father-in-law and brother-in-law, had just finished
working for the day. We were headed for the house and my father-in-law
went ahead of us and entered the house. Since there were no clouds in the
sky (keep in mind that this is way out in the country with no light pollution
and viewing is excellent), I decided to stay out a few minutes and do a
little star gazing.
- Since my brother-in-law had never seen a satellite pass
overhead he decided to stay out with me and star gaze as well. We began
talking about satellites and just then he spotted a moving star and I congratulated
him for finding his first satellite in the night sky. He was very impressed
one could actually see a satellite pass overhead. About 11:45 p.m. he asked
me to turn and take a look at something he had spotted in the southern
sky. I immediately turned and saw what looked like a small black rectangle
above the horizon. I would estimate that it's size at that time was 2 degrees
wide. The object was quickly heading toward us moving directly from south
to north. It looked so odd and was moving so fast that my brother-in-law
went in and brought Dad out so he could see it too. At first we thought
it might be a cloud but there were no clouds in the sky that night.
- The stars would immediately wink out as this object covered
them. I've seen many clouds occult a star and the star will generally gradually
disappear, and may even be visible through the cloud, and then gradually
reappear on the other side. This object was not a cloud, it was solid and
very black. So black that it stood out very well among the stars and the
black of the night sky. The black "rectangle" continued it's
course straight at us at a pace that seemed to be about 90 mph until it
was within 2 miles when it appeared to slow to 40 - 50 mph. As it came
closer it grew larger and wider. Once it was a couple of miles away from
us I noticed that the object was not rectangular but was, in fact, triangular
with one tip facing us. Also at this point we noticed the wind pick up
at about 30 mph and it appeared to be coming from the south, the direction
from which the triangle was approaching.
- As the triangle approached one mile from our location
I estimated it's dimensions as best I could with it being night. In this
area of OK the roads are laid out in one mile sections both north to south
and east to west. Using these roads as a guide I was able to estimate that
at one mile distant, the triangle was one and a half miles wide from tip
to tip, its altitude was around 1,000 to 1,500 feet, the height 200-300
feet and 400-500 feet in length. There were no lights of any kind on the
object and no surface detail was visible. Throughout the sighting the object
made no sound. The only sound in the area was that of the trees moving
from the wind that seemed to come from the object. Once the object reached
one mile from our location it immediately started moving west of us without
slowing or turning. It never did pass directly overhead. This right angle
change in direction was amazing as it was instantaneous. The triangle continued
west one to two miles and then returned to a north north north-west course.
We noticed that the wind direction changed as the triangle moved west and
then back to the north, so I assume the wind originated from it. After
the triangle moved several miles past our location the wind stopped.
- Once the triangle was many miles away from us my father-in-law
and brother-in-law decided to head into the house. I continued watching
the triangle until I couldn't see it anymore. This didn't take long as
it was moving away at about 50 mph. I kept seeing what appeared to be faint
meteors flashing above the triangle. The strange thing was that they would
make a faint "J" shape above the left and right edges of the
triangle and then fade. I only saw this about 3 times and they were so
faint that it was be easy to miss them. That about covers my report of
- Oklahoma's Area 51, what a placeÖ As you can see
we have had quite a few sightings that occur in this area. I want to share
with you some of the sightings that are less famous but just as interesting,
from my research. Below is my own triangular UFO sighting report.
- TRIANGULAR UFO SPOTTED IN WESTERN OKLAHOMA
- On Saturday, October 4, 1997, at 7:15 p.m., Jim Hickman
"observed an unusual object in the sky over Elk City, Oklahoma (population
9,579)." Elk City is located on Highway 40 approximately 109 miles
(174 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City. The UFO was also observed by Elk
City police, Hickman reported, "I went outside with my 10X50 binoculars
and my camera. I saw to my southwest a large bright object that appeared
to be roughly triangular in shape with what I took to be a hole in the
center. The object was three fingers (10 degrees) above the horizon at
arm's length. The object was at least twice as bright as the moon. I took
several 35mm pictures at this time."
- Another UFO appeared at 7:35 p.m. above the original
triangular object. "The original object did not move at all during
this...Both 'triangles' went slowly west and disappeared over the horizon."
- Note: I took several photos of the object, when the film
was developed it came back blank. Another Oklahoma mystery.
- A Mystery Boom?
- Several reports from last night, 2/2/99, at about 7:30p.m.
the town of Elk City, Oklahoma, (100 miles w. of Oklahoma City) was rocked
by a "Mystery Boom" similar to what has been reported in other
locations recently. I contacted the local police and they reported multiple
phone calls from concerned citizens, all reporting windows being shaken
and a loud booming sound. I was monitoring the area military aircraft bands
at the time and I noted no unusual activities. This report comes on the
heals of last week's report of a sound described as being similar to a
"rocket taking off" heard over a large area of western Oklahoma.
By coincidence, Elk City is 15 miles w. of the old SAC Air Force base,
which is under consideration as a possible launching facility for NASA's
new X-33 Space planeÖ (SI report)
- Note: a friend at work who had heard it several times
in the past and wanted someone to look into it reported this to me.
- WOMAN HAS TWO SIGHTINGS IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
- Note: this witness is my wife DebbieÖ this was her
second and third sighting. I will have an article about her "first"
sighting, and how "silver spheres", and "gazing balls"
play a part in ufology, all in an upcoming reportÖ
- From the book UFO's in the USA
- On Wednesday, February 25, 1998, at about 9:15 p.m.,
Debbie H. was driving west on Interstate Highway 40 in Oklahoma when she
spied "a green fireball" in the night sky. Ms. H saw the object
"at mile marker 126, west of El Reno, Okla. (population 15,414)."
"I left Oklahoma City and was driving west on I-40 back to Elk City,"
she reported. "I had passed the towns of Yukon and El Reno and was
at mile marker 126 when I spotted a green fireball in the sky west of my
- It appeared to be about the size of a golf ball at arm's
length and traveled straight-line. I spotted the fireball as it came into
the view of my windshield. It was in view for three or four seconds as
it traveled straight down and then impacted the ground... I saw green sparks
fly up from the impact.
- "The next evening, Thursday, February 26, 1998,
Ms. H saw "a huge white light just south of Clinton Lake. The light
was seen near the Clinton/Sherman Air Force Base but it was at treetop
level. While (she was) observing the light, it 'instantly' came forward
to the edge of the tree line...and the light could be seen through the
- It then moved up a few feet in altitude and moved over
the interstate directly over her truck. It then flew along I-40 for a few
seconds." By the time Ms. H reached mile marker 47, near Canute, Okla.
(population 538), the mysterious light had vanished. She added, "The
light was so bright it illuminated the (truck's) cab."
- Oklahoma-Peru UFO
- Note: I saw this object over Elk City, Oklahoma and I
received a photo of the same object from a friend in Peru who saw it on
the same day.
- At 12:35pm CST, on 3/3/99, while on lunch break, I observed
a flying object that appeared to be mostly stationary but was spinning
rapidly on its axis. It had a wobble to it's spinning. This object was
reflecting the sun, but seemed to be yellow-gold in color. I noticed several
contrails in the area from jet traffic, and I am quite familiar with jet
aircraft after 6 years in the Air Force, this object was not a jet or an
aircraft. The location of the sighting was just north of the town of Elk
City, Ok. The object was at a 60-degree angle to the ground when I first
sighted it. It appeared to be the size of a match head at arm's length.
I kept the object in view for about 5 minutes as it slowly moved northward
till it was out of visual range. The wind was out of the North at 15, the
sky was clear and sunny. No noise was heard. Several other people who work
with me at my day job also saw the object. I'm attempting to get statements
from them. I also received a photo from Peru of the identical object. (APRG
- Clinton Sherman AFB Oklahoma's Area 51?
- On Friday, October-31, 1997 at 8:23 p.m. CDT, a "Flash
of Light" was reported N. E. of the town of Reydon, Oklahoma (appox.
120 miles N.W. of Oklahoma City). A local Sheriff's Deputy witnessed this
flash. This radio report was monitored, and it was described as a 'Large
Flash of Light in the Sky'. Also heard- Dispatch-" was it lighting?"
Deputy-" I don't see any clouds in the sky"..." "I
saw one large flash to my northeast and it wasn't lightning!". Thanks
to Jim Hickman and Skywatch. (Filer's Files)
- Note: I monitored this conversation on Police radio.
I am a "ham" radio operator so I have several radios on monitoring
at all times. If you are in the Elk City, Ok area and you're a "ham"
give me a call, I'm KA5UFO, our repeater is open on 146.760.
- OKLAHOMA DISC
- YUKON -- S. Ritter reports that on November 14, 1999,
my husband walked outside at 6:20 PM, and looked south towards the moon,
and noticed that it looked larger than last nights moon, then he looked
east to view Jupiter, when he noticed overhead, a bright light moving north.
He watched for at least a minute, then he called me to see it also. Then
it had moved east. The bright appearance changed to a more yellowish color
that was like a ghostly glowing aura around it. We observed the disc for
2 to 3 minutes, then it disappeared. There were no red or green navigational
lights on this strange craft that made no sound at all. It was about the
size of Jupiter. Thanks to UFORoundup
- CONTRAILS IN OKLAHOMA
- ELK CITY -- November 29, 1999, Scarecrow writes, "I
observed a whole sky full of parallel contrails. There were 21 huge lines
in the sky, all parallel. Then there were about 6 contrails crossing the
first at right angles. We drove 75 miles south, and never even passed half
of them. Of course I stirred up a lot of excitement since the people there
had not heard of the "contrail" question before. But they became
believers, because it was so obvious. The next morning, I awoke with and
still have a very nasty and acute cough. My wife and brother-in-law also
came up suddenly ill. I cannot believe this pattern emerges in broad daylight
for everyone to see, and yet it still is not getting any real coverage
in the media. About time for a new wave of unusual Asian flu to hit, isn't
it? Thanks to Scarecrow and Skywatch
- Note: I counted 26 contrails that day. We have contrails
here almost daily. I am amazed at the patterns they can weaveÖ
- Historic UFO's
- I also wanted to include some of the lesser-known UFO
cases from the areaÖ
- (From the Margonia Database)
- Dec. 08, 1957 Woodward (Oklahoma). Between Woodward and
Seiling, 12 km from the latter, an unknown flying object allegedly took
complete control of a car with three passengers. The driver, an employee
of an aircraft company, had turned the heater, windshield wiper, and radio
on. He was nearing a hill in this wooded area when a bright light appeared
ahead. It reminded the witness of the light from a mercury lamp. As a crash
seemed imminent, the car slowed down by itself and stopped, as if the entire
electrical circuit had failed. Over the vehicle was a disk 16 m in diameter
with portholes around the periphery, emitting a current of hot air and
a high-pitched sound. It had a dome on top and bottom. It rose as the car
started by itself. The car was a 1954 Dodge Coronet without automatic transmission.
The witness spent four hours with two Kirtland AFB officers who told him
of similar observations. The case was never reported to Blue Book.
- Sep. 11, 1964 Ulysses (Oklahoma). Karen Campbell was
scared by an oval, dull copper object that flew low over her car. It measured
about 1.2 m in height, had a dome on top, made a "rushing" noise,
and seemed to "float over the car. Aug. 03, 1965 Lake Hefner (Oklahoma).
A young man saw an object rise from the lake area.
- Mar. 23, 1966 Temple (Oklahoma). An electronics instructor,
who was driving to work at a local Air Force Base, observed an object blocking
the road. It was shaped like an airplane fuselage, 25 m long, with a "bubble"
on top resembling the canopy on a B-26, rested on legs, and had very bright
aft and forward lights. There was a door and a short stairway to the side
of the object, and a man in coveralls appeared to be examining the craft
which bore the identification "TL 4768". When the witness approached,
the "pilot" went back inside, a sound resembling that of a high-speed
drill was heard, and the object rose. No engine was observed. The witness
was familiar with all conventional military aircraft
- Mar. 26, 1966 Texahoma (Oklahoma). Two civilian women
were driving back from Amarillo when they saw an object aproaching from
the north. The engine died and the headlights failed. The object flew over
the car and hovered 400 m away. After 10 min, the witnesses were able to
start their car and leave. They reported the object had a wafflelike surface
and glowed with an intense red light.
- Apr. 01, 1966 Tangier (Oklahoma). A civilian man, 34,
was driving about 10 km south of Tangier when he reached a hilltop and
saw a green object flying north at very high speed, emitting a shrieking
noise and a "heat wave." The car engine died. The witness noted
that the object was wider than the road.
- Oct. 21, 1967 Duncan (Oklahoma). Four boys were driving
east on State Route 7 when they saw three men on the road, who "almost
flew off and disappeared." They were about 1.20 m tall and wore shiny
blue-green clothing. Their faces looked human, but they had very large
ears. The next day a small footprint showing four toes was found in the
- Nov. 28, 1966 El Campo (Texas). Two witnesses observed
a dark, red object land by the side of the road, later following their
- Sep., 1966 El Campo (Texas). A police officer was driving
at nearly 200 km/h toward the north on Route 71 when he suddenly saw an
object on the road ahead and another one following his car. The first one
looked like a flaming car and was the size of a 3-story house. It flew
away as the policeman was about to hit it.
- Sep. 03, 1965 Damon (Texas). Two Angleton sheriffs, McCoy
and evening Robert Goode saw from their car a huge object 70 m long, 15
m high, with a bright, violet light at one end and a pale-blue light at
the other. They stopped to watch it and saw the craft fly within 30 m,
casting a huge shadow when it intercepted the moonlight. They felt a heat
wave and drove away in fear, but returned to the site a second time, only
to turn around when they found the object was still there. Goode had been
bitten by an animal before the sighting, and his left index finger swelled
and bled freely. After exposure to the light from the object, the pain
was gone, and the wound cured unnaturally. Later that evening, two men
found him at a restaurant and described the object in detail, adding he
should keep future encounters to himself.
- Aug. 04, 1965 Dallas (Texas). A man in a car observed
a red and blue light thought it came from a police car, then was passed
by a huge, orange object flying at ground level.
- Aug. 02, 1965 Justin (Texas). Two deputy sheriffs of
Tarrant County saw an object as bright as burning magnesium, which landed
as they were on a patrol near Wagle Mountain Lake. Extensive investigation
by the police led to negative results.
- Nov. 02, 1957 Canadian (Texas). 5 km west of this town,
military and civilian witnesses reported a submarine-shaped object, red
and white, two or three times as long as a car and about 3 m high, at ground
level. A figure was seen near this object, also something compared to a
white flag. When a car stopped in the vicinity, a flash of light from the
object coincided with the sudden failure of the headlights.
- Sep. 26, 1957 Yellow Falls (Texas). Three hundred people
were said to have seen three elongated objects with a series of portholes,
maneuvering at ground level in an area with many empty oil wells. One of
these objects, said to be 150 m long and 20 m high, pearl-colored, glistening
under the setting sun and showing a series of circles painted on its surface,
landed for 20 min. An occupant emerged, observed the abandoned derricks
and took off again. Observed through binoculars, he appeared as a "monster,"
1 m tall, moving with strange jumps. He picked up something from the ground.
- Apr. 08, 1950 River Road near Amarillo (Texas). David,
12, and Charles, 9, Lightfoot saw a disk land behind a hill and touched
it. It was the size of a car tire, about 30 cm high, with a rounded top
that rotated and a pivot between the base and the top. It took off very
fast. The faces and arms of the boys later became red.
- I couldn't have a complete report without the Bluebook
- July 5, 1952; Norman, Oklahoma. 7:58 p.m. Witness: Oklahoma
State Patrolman Hamilton in State Patrol airplane. Three dark discs hovered
and then flew away, silhouetted against a dark cloud. 15 seconds.
- Oct. 15, 16 and 17, 1954; Kingfisher, Oklahoma. 8:45
p.m. Fifty objects with illuminated bottoms were seen flying in a V-formation,
very fast, on successive nights. Only data is on summary card.
- May 7, 1966; Goodfellow AFB, Texas. 9:55 p.m. Witness:
A/3c W.L. Whitehead. One short, cylindrical object with pointed ends and
a yellow light at one end and blue light at the other, flew straight and
level for 35 seconds.
- So, as you can see Oklahoma's Area 51 is alive and active.
If you are in the area, please drop by and we'll give you the tour.
- Jim Hickman-Director Aerial Phenomena Research Group
CAUS Consultant-Staff CUFOS Associate-Investigator PO Box 2154 Elk
City, Oklahoma 73648 http://www.itlnet.net/users/jhickman