- Bob Wilson reports in the Antelope Valley
Press Staff Writer on April 25, 1998. ROSALIND Authorities say nothing
was there, but about a dozen people who called the Valley Press Thursday
night claimed something was. That something was described as a large craft
lingering above the Albertson's grocery store at about 9:15 p.m. It made
no noise, but its lights caused motorists to park and gawk, and some to
call the newspaper. On Friday, Kern County deputies at the Rosamond sheriff's
station, about a mile from the grocery store, said they had no reports
of such sightings. Air Force Plant 42 spokeswoman Lorraine Sadler said
she, too, had no information on the event. "And we have some military
people that live in Rosamond, too," Sadler said. Edwards Air Force
Base public information officer Gary Hatch said base operations reported
no flights scheduled in that area at that time of night. The base's command
post also had taken no reports of any craft, either known or unknown, in
the area, Hatch said.
- Calls about the object began flowing
to the Valley Press shortly after 9:00 p.m., copy chief Jana Treece said.
"After the first couple of calls, we all said, `Yeah, OK, sure' "
Treece said. "But between about 9:15 and 11 p.m., we received a dozen
calls from people who were either on their way to the Albertson's to do
some shopping or who were eating at the nearby Taco Bell. "For the
most part, everyone gave the same description," Treece said. That
description was of a large object, not quite octagonal in shape, between
100 yards and 200 yards in length, with orange and yellow lights around
its bottom surface. "One of the callers said cars were pulling off
to the side of the road to check the object out," Treece said. Suggestions
that the object was a helicopter blurred by windy, hazy weather conditions
were discounted by those calling, she said. "Everyone said it was
not a helicopter because there was no noise associated with it," Treece
said. Of those who called, "I couldn't get anybody to leave a name,"
she said. While she and her coworkers occasionally field similar types
of calls, "we don't get so many all on the same night and all calling
about the same thing," she said. Hatch surmised the object could
have been a helicopter with a lighted billboard attached to the bottom,
akin to the ones that occasionally buzz the games of the Lancaster JetHawks
baseball team. If the object really was 200 yards in length, "It
would have been bigger than the Albertson's store," he said. Although
the JetHawks were on the field Thursday evening, the field they were playing
on was in Visalia.
- Mitch Barker, public affairs specialist
for the Federal Aviation Administration, also reported no information on
the object. "We checked with our air-traffic control facilities,
and there was nothing logged during that shift, so I don't know what to
tell you," Barker said. However, it's possible that something in
the sky over Rosamond might have been missed. "A lot of people think
we have surveillance of the skies taking place at all times, but that's
not true," Barker said. "Our people are looking at where the
airplanes are actually flying and concentrating on keeping them apart."
Thanks to Skywatch, Bill Hamilton and Jim Hickman jhickman@itlnet.
- NEW JERSEY
- I have a report of a woman and her son
have observed UFOs in a field near their home in the Mullica Hill area.
They have been seeing UFOs in this field on a fairly regular basis. The
mother is concerned because she has discovered circular round holes in
her body. The scar is size of a dime. The holes are very similar and
they have occurred over a period of may years. The first occurred in her
arm, then her back and recently in her stomach. She visited her medical
doctor to determine the cause of the holes or scoop marks. The Doctor
is stumped by what could have caused the unusual wounds. She was asleep
in bed each time the holes occurred, but she has no memory of anything
unusual. There is nothing in the bed that would cause this kind of marks
and there were no holes in her nightgown. All holes are on the left side
of her body. The other members of the family do not have similar marks.
- FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA
- Ricardo Atristain, the MUFON State director
for Virginia, reports: "Hello, I went to Fredericksburg today and
spoke to Kate Bailey of the Free Lance Star newspaper. She said, she received
numerous calls in response the sighting she published on 4/7/98. Four
of the witnesses were Fredericksburg police officers. She threw most of
the caller information away but was able to refer me to one person. His
name is Robert Tolen and he granted us permission to use his name. I interviewed
Mr. Tolen at his home in Spotsylvania, County. He gave the following account:
At approximately 6:42 PM on April 3, 1998, he was in downtown Fredericksburg
talking on a pay phone when the incident occurred. While on the phone,
he noticed a bright green glow in the southern sky. He looked up and observed
an egg shaped object with blue, green, and yellow flames shooting out of
it's rear. He said it was solid and it's surface color was medium to dark
Grey, similar to "Grey primer paint." It's surface did not reflect
any light and there was no sound or visible vapor trail associated with
the object. He estimated it's altitude to be between 900 to 1000 feet.
The object was extremely fast and flew directly over him from south to
north within four to five seconds. This object's description is not consistent
with a meteor. Mr. Tolen said he also received a call from a local woman
who reported seeing a similar object fly over her house about a week prior
to his sighting. Also, he spoke with two other people from the Shannon
Airport who witnessed a similar object on 4/3. I haven't completed the
investigation yet, but I will keep you informed. I still have to interview
the police officers, the woman, and the two people at the airport. Note:
Ms. Bailey said she did receive a call from a person who observed a similar
object while he was in Raleigh, NC on April 3. Unfortunately, she threw
his information away. Regards, Rick
- MUFON investigator John Thompson states:
"I received a report of a saucer- shaped UFO hovering over a clover
field near a stock pond near Stovall in southeastern Troup County. The
UFO was seen by a passing motorist 400 yards from Wright Road on Monday,
March 30, 1998. The witness stated, 'It was a round thing that had lights
going round and round.' The motorist only saw it for a few seconds, before
woods screened her view at 8:30 PM. Even though it took less than a minute
to turn the car around the UFO was gone. The motorist then circled the
area in her care trying to find the craft. It was just after dusk so there
was enough light to see there was no farm machinery or other structures
in the fields. This is the same exact spot where a daylight Valley type
UFO was seen by a man and his son in April of 1996.
- On April 1, 1998, at 7:10 PM a UFO described
as looking like a huge flying dinner plate was reported ten miles north
of LaGrange. A landowner about an hour later, several members of the family
saw a bright white light in the NNE. This large non-blinking light, sat
low on the horizon for several minutes. Getting a pair of binoculars the
woman watched the bright stationary light, that was the size of Venus,
for over a minute. While watching with binoculars it suddenly "zipped"
to the east. Also on April 1, at 8:20 PM, John Thompson took a call from
a retired dentist in western Troup County, who said that for several minutes
he observed a large stationary white light. Suddenly this light moved
away rapidly to the NE and "flared up." The Dentist asked John
to go outside and observe the light, but John was unable to detect it.
A few hours later Wednesday night, a cigar or disc-shaped UFO was reported
at 10:30 PM by two women, twelve miles to the northwest. The Stoval witness
recounted two UFO LaGrange incidents in1963. A huge football field size
UFO with flashing lights, hovered over the railroad crossing at Greenville
Street east of LaGrange. These latest sightings show that UFOs were observed
in the LaGrange area by unrelated witnesses on March 30&31 and April
1. Thanks to John Thompson.
- Former Georgia State Director, John Thompson
writes that many different witnesses from Korea to Georgia are reporting
UFOs operate with repeatable and distinctive flashes. John writes, "In
the Korean case that Chief Sheets investigated, American soldiers saw the
flash or 'powering-up' of the UFO just before it vanishing. I am convinced
that the luminous lens-shaped UFOs are the real McCoy. The distinctive
"flash," the high speed departure, and sometimes their incredible
size rules anything else out. This is the real baby. Chris Early, a physicist
and former MUFON Georgia Director's experiments and those of the late Paul
Hill's from NASA has centered on a disc shaped object that ionizes the
atmosphere around it. This flash seen just prior to acceleration definitely
has something to due with this process. The craft looks "energized,"
with the resultant plasma that envelopes around it. There are other real
extraterrestrial UFOs, but I have not seen them personally. I have to
see it to believe it. Chris believes that certain people are picked to
see UFOs. I reject this argument completely. We have a mutual friend
in New Hampshire whose entire family see UFOs. It's not by coincidence
they live in an isolated region. I also believe that hilly areas -- but
not too hilly -- along with a sparse population base and scanty radar coverage
are where real UFOs are seen. Here's another consideration: Take a look
of a satellite photo of Georgia on a USGS site, and you can clearly see
a fault or Fall line, just below LaGrange. It is very noticeable when
coming in from space. It looks like a long straight scar going from the
SW to NE across Georgia. The Fall Line separates the North American tectonic
plate from the old African plate. This portion below the Fall Line was
torn off from the African plate when the continents, which were once butted
up against each other millions of years ago, drifted apart.
- Regarding whether all UFOs could just
be "earth lights," I reject this. Sunday night starting at 10
PM to about 4 AM on Monday are the best times to see a UFO. Activity is
also good through Thursday, but then quickly drops off to almost zero by
Saturday night; that's why most skywatches see nothing! The aliens have
the patterns of folks down pat. Secrecy is the main part of their agenda
and they don't move much when folks are out late Friday and Saturday nights.
If the sightings were random--as earth lights would be -- then we could
say possibly no intelligence is involved. But sightings are far from random!
Indeed I can think of only one investigation out of more than 100 that
I have done, where something truly UFO like was seen on a Saturday night.
Early Sunday morning picks up some, then slacks off until after 9 PM.
If anybody sees a real UFO during a skywatch on weekend, it will definitely
come after 1 AM Sunday, and probably between 3 and 5 in the morning if
the aliens cooperate. Will anybody be up that late? Thanks to John Thompson
- NEW MEXICO
- Skywatch Reports at 10:30 AM on April
22, 1998, my brother was traveling east on Route 10 in southern New Mexico
west of Las Cruces, near the border of Ulna and Dona Ana counties. He
saw several cars parked on the side of the road with the occupants outside
looking up in the air. He glanced over where they were looking and saw
a stationary white object. He stopped also, got out and began to observe
the object with the others. He said that it was a typical "saucer
shape" tilted upward at about 10 to 30 degrees from vertical. It
was about the thickness of a pencil held at arm's length and at about a
60 degree angle from the horizon. He judged it to be about several miles
away and a few thousand feet up, south towards the Mexican border. He
and the others observed it motionless in the sky for about 10 minutes.
It then began to level out to a horizontal position after which it slowly
started to move to the south. In a few minutes it was gone from view.
My brother is an "open minded skeptic" and since it was too
far away to see any identifiable features and did not perform any erratic
or unconventional maneuvers he is not saying for sure that he observed
a "flying saucer." However, it was nothing like he had ever
seen before and did not look like it "belonged there." Thanks
to Skywatch International Inc.
- SIGHTINGS IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
- Greetings from Brisbane Australia, I
am the Director for MUFON QED and appointed the Continental Director for
Australia and New Zealand. I am happy to share information from down-under.
I received a call from a retired airforce Captain, who also worked on
Radar for many years. The gentleman was walking his dog on April 22, at
6:40 PM accompanied by his grandson when a huge light appeared in the north
flying at phenomenal speed. When it passed over head he claimed the light
from underneath lit up the surrounding area and would have been about 20
feet across. It crossed the path of an airliner coming into the Maroochydore
Airport. As it passed over the Glass House Mountains it then became a
ball of light emitting red, green and blue lights. It seems to have left
a long white trail behind it. This person reports that it was a clear
night with no clouds in the sky. We have three more reports. One from
Hervey Bay, where five people witnessed a huge light traveling at amazing
speed, which seemed to change direction. Two other reports came in from
Bribie Island when the same description was given as the Gentleman from
Beerwah. Thanks to Glennys Mackay MUFON Australia and QUFON, Queensland
UFO Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bob Collins writes, "A lot of these
statements I find about MJ-12 are without grounds from everything I've
picked up over the years. One little thing about this group that I heard
from Intelligence sources is that they use to hold their meetings airborne
for security reasons. MJ-12 was hyper about leaks. It's only because of
Reagan and his perception of an "Alien" threat that things started
to loosen up. After Reagan left the security lid came right back down.
I'll vouch for the Republican's pushing for this except for Eisenhower.
Nixon and Reagan were both the big "go getters" so to speak
in trying to get this out to the public. But, politics gets in the way.
Regards Robert Collins ttp://188.8.131.52/researchers/rmc_sanctuary_ot_birds.htm
- THUNDERDART HYPERSONIC SPACECRAFT
- Michigan Director Skywatch International
Doug Parrish states: "On very good authority I have been told in the
last year from someone who knows, but obviously must remain unidentified,
that the United States Air Force currently has in its hangers an aircraft
that are capable of Mach 50. That's 50 times the speed of sound. If we
regard the speed of sound as somewhere around 770 mph, then Mach 50 becomes
38,500 mph. That's three times around the world in two hours. As far
as I know, this is an intra-atmospheric aircraft that takes off from a
large base in the Far West. Has anyone ever heard of the name "Thunderdart"?
Doug Parrish <email@example.com. Editors Note: Your story of a Mach
50 aircraft confirms similar stories I have heard. Mach 50 seems almost
too fast and represents a major leap in speed. The Carter administration
canceled the SSTs, however many believe Reagan started this program as
a military space plane. The original plans called for the development
of a narrow "v" shaped craft. It is logical to assume the Lockheed
Skunkworks developed a follow on aircraft to the SR-71 and its 43 foot
long piggy back carried D-21 ramjet Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). In
1965, using the engine of a Bomarc missile the D-21 could launch from the
SR-71 accelerate to Mach 3.3 and penetrate deep into enemy airspace. A
similar piggyback idea for the Aurora is called Thunderdart. I would think
after thirty-three years we would have a very advanced hypersonic craft
darting into space.
- Please send your letters and reports
to George Filer at Majorstar@aol.com.