- PRESIDENT CARTER'S UFO SIGHTING
REPORT TO NICAP
- During the autumn of 1973 hundreds of
people throughout the United States reported UFOs to National Investigations
Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). Both Governors Reagan of California
and Carter have reported seeing UFOs, both later became Presidents. Jimmy
Carter stated, "If I become President, I'll make every piece of information
that this country has about UFO sightings available to the public."
- LEARY, GEORGIA - On October 12, 1973,
then Governor Carter responded to NICAP's inquiries about his sighting
with a letter and a report form. Harry Lederman the Regional Investigator
handled the investigation. The following are the essential answers to questions
on the NICAP form:
- Name: Jimmy Carter Occupation: Governor
Address: State Capitol Atlanta. Phone 404 656-1776 Education: Graduate
in Nuclear Physics. Military Service: Navy
- Carter and ten members of the Leary Georgia
Lions Club witnessed a UFO, shortly after dark, 30 degrees above the western
horizon in October of 1969. The group of persons observed the object for
ten to twelve minutes starting at 7:15 EST. The object was at one time
as bright as the moon. The object changed size, color, and brightness.
The object was sharply outlined and self-luminous. The object came close,
moved away - came close then moved away. It was about the same size as
the moon, maybe a little smaller, varied from brighter/larger than planet
to apparent size of moon. The object moved to distance then disappeared.
Estimated distance to the object was difficult to determine, maybe 300-1000
yards about 30 degrees above the horizon.
- Signed: 9/18/73 Jimmy Carter
- Editor's Note: Considering this testimony
it is doubtful this was a planet or an aircraft. The brightest star, Sirius,
has a magnitude of -1.4, Venus at its brightest can reach a magnitude of
about -5, and the full moon is -12. Additional information is needed to
determine the exact nature of the object and thus it remains as a viable
unidentified object in my opinion. Numerous attempts have been made by
Georgia MUFON to contact President Carter for further detailed analysis.
- NEW JERSEY
- BRICK - Edward Pisciotta writes, "Just
sending you a note because I also had a sighting near Route 70 on July
10, 1998." The craft was nearly round without wings, exhaust, or sound.
It moved slow and low at only 500 to 1000 feet high as it passed over me.
Half of it was black and the other half was emitting bright light. It tumbled
very slowly as it moved. It caused me some medical problems immediately
afterwards. The skin of the palms of my hands peeled and I had a spot on
my chest that looked like a melanoma. I went to a dermatologist for that
and it turned out to be non malignant. I also developed a lump that almost
required surgery but it went away quickly with anti biotics. The peeling
was within a few days of the sighting. My palms never peeled before. I
think I was gripping the pole of a street sign to steady myself as I watched.
The sky was clear and it was day light. This ship was a very highly visible
solid object. Months earlier, my neighbor and I saw a high altitude, strobing
light streak across the sky extremely fast. Thanks to Edward Pisciotta
email@example.com and Larry Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Editors Note: Many sightings have occurred
on Route 70 that runs on the southern edge of Navy Lakehurst, Fort Dix,
and McGuire Air Force Bases.
- NEW JERSEY FIRE IN THE SKY
- WILLIAMSTOWN - On February 10, 1999,
at about 9:30 PM Evelyn Galson and her spouse Russ were outside talking
to a friend. It was a clear night with no clouds. As I was looking across
the street, I saw fire fall from the sky. It started about tree top level
and fell straight down in front of the motel across the street. It burned
out quickly. There was no time for me to tell my husband to look since
it was over so fast. It was strange that it started so low in the sky,
just a little higher than the roof of that hotel. I could see the trees
behind the fire, so it was actually in front of those trees. Thanks to
Evelyn at email@example.com
- NORTH CAROLINA
- PEACHTREE - JD says thanks for not giving
our identities. I was in charge of the Computer Programming curriculum
at the local community college nearly three years ago, when my wife and
I saw a UFO. It was early spring on a warm day with the last fading hints
of a beautiful sunset behind the mountains on the west side of the river.
We pulled into Peachtree Quick Stop. Kathy went into the store and I stayed
outside to get gas. Kathy stuck her head out and yelled, "John! Look
- She pointed across the road, out past
the field by the General Textile plant. I saw a black shape streaking through
the valley, over the river. It looked as if it had come from behind the
hospital and was heading in the direction of Murphy.
- The first thing I noticed was that it
was moving very quickly. The second thing was that it was making no sound
at all. I was not particularly excited, and I certainly wasn't afraid.
The clerk was telling Kathy that he had been watching it fly through the
valley for the last thirty minutes, and it seemed to upset him. He kept
asking, "What is that thing?"
- I went back outside, and watched it for
a few minutes from the side of the road. Eventually, I crossed the road
and watched it for nearly thirty minutes. It was a very dark, flat black,
and I saw no lights reflecting off the object. It had red and green lights,
but they were in the wrong configuration for an aircraft. It could fly
at nearly hover speed, and then in a matter of a couple of seconds, it
would accelerate to a speed I estimated to be 300 knots.
- This craft made no sound at all. It usually
flew with the point of the boomerang pointed in the direction of flight,
but at other times it seemed to be able to fly sideways just as easily.
Perhaps this was an optical illusion. I saw no conventional directional
controls such as aerilons, elevators, or vertical stabilizers. This triangular
craft stood out in clear contrast as a black object between me and the
- On several occasions, it flew below the
trees that line the river. It was about 100 or 200 yards from the road,
and was clearly visible as it hovered in front of me. Then, it turned and
streaked back up the valley towards the college. We then drove down the
mountain and were crossing the bridge over the river as we entered Clay
- I saw something in my headlights and
hit the brakes. We slowed to maybe 10 or 15 miles per hour and stared at
the huge craft clearly visible in our car's headlights. It was nearly hovering
just over the trees next to the road at the horse farm. We got to within
100 yards of the craft. It took nearly five seconds from the time the front
of the craft went over the centerline of the road until the tail end crossed
the same line
- In shape, it was a cross between a triangle
and a shortened and thickened boomerang. There were no straight lines or
sharp angles, it was smoothly curved over its entire shape. We could see
the entire bottom of the craft. I slowed the car and stopped, just as it
accelerated at a tremendous rate silently over the river back in the direction
- I started driving up the road very slowly
as Kathy looked for the craft to return. We had gone through Brasstown
and were rounding the sharp curve back to the right just as Kathy called
out, "There it is!" The craft flew down the valley to the fire
station at an estimated speed of 100 knots. It changed course and flew
over the Campbell Folk School, heading in the general direction of Martins
- We went on home and made separate drawings
and decided the craft was 50 feet long with a 75 feet wing span. It was
about ten to fifteen feet thick at the front, tapering smoothly to a thickness
of about three or four feet at the rear. It was an extraordinary experience
This is the first time I've told my story to the world-at-large. Thanks
- ELKTON - January 25, 1999, a 26-year
old was traveling to Middletown, Ohio and began noticing unusual air traffic.
He stopped his car at the Madison Food Market on Route 122 and watched
four odd lights in the sky. He placed a phone call home and Ms. Smith (name
changed) was curious and drove around the area. Upon returning she noticed
'a star-like light that appeared over the barn.'
- Ms. Smith said, that the light was to
the south of her location, and it became very bright. The object hovered
for about 10-minutes, and flashing red and green lights could be seen.
Ms. Smith said that two smaller 'lights' were also visible 'dancing' back
and forth. They would disappear and reappear from behind the treeline.
The two smaller white-colored objects blinked. During the event, a faint
low-pitched humming or droning sound was heard.
- The objects appeared at a low elevation
above her five-acre field. The main object was closer. The sightings were
from 8:22 to 8:45 PM. "bigger and brighter than any airplane. Ms.
Smith retrieved a pair of binoculars and viewed the main object, adding
that it looked 'hazy.' The objects moved very smoothly and departed from
view by slowly moving off, disappearing behind trees in the distance. No
animal reactions were noted. The weather conditions were clear skies with
very cold temperatures. She is familiar with routine air traffic. Thanks
to Kenny Young UFO Research http://home.fuse.net/ufo/.
- Ken feels serious consideration should
be given to misidentification of stars, as Ms. Smith stated that sky conditions
were clear and the object, when viewed through binoculars, seemed 'hazy.'
Visual misinterpretation of stars and planets could be a factor, but this
does not account for the 'droning noise' reported.
- MCMINNIVILLE - February 2, 1999. I know
this might sound crazy but it is totally true. My friends and I were camping
on his ranch about a mile from his house. We were sitting around the fire
and we heard some noises in the bushes. So we went over to check it out.
We came upon some weird footprints in the mud. There was a circle with
4 lines leading away from it (guess they would be toes). So we followed
them. The curiosity got the best of us. We went through the woods and into
a meadow when we saw something that looked like a walking tree except for
the head. The creature was walking through the meadow at a more than casual
pace. When we went to use a flashlight to look at it as it disappeared.
About 2 hours later a strange light shot across the sky without sound.
Thanks to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian)
- MONTREAL - On February 5, 1999, Gabriel
Allen, while driving into the city writes, "I passed over the Lac
des Deux Montagnes bridge. I glanced to my right at 05:43 AM and noticed
a smallish object emitting a pale white glow over the water. It was hovering,
similar to a Harrier VTOL jet before landing. Another motorist and I pulled
the car onto the shoulder to observe.
- As we watched, the object appeared to
change places in the air. It must have moved incredibly fast to explain
what we observed. I cannot quite pin down exactly what it did, but it was
unlike the actions of any aircraft I have ever seen. A female motorist
stopped and we directed her to look at the object above the lake. Then
the UFO ascended sharply and dramatically and disappeared into the heavy
cloud cover. All three of us experienced an intense vibration accompanied
by a sound not unlike an intense thunder clap. The three of us exchanged
names and numbers.
- As I entered the car and turned the ignition,
a burst of static came over the radio and then quieted. I pressed the scan
button to switch to my original channel, 95.9 FM, but the tuner selected
a station, 02 MHz up the dial. This was also a dead station but instead
of static a nonrandom periodic clicking came over the speakers accompanied
by a slight hum. I hit scan again and the radio appeared to resume normal
operation. Moreover, I checked my watch to note the time. It's a digital
Timex, about six years old but with a relatively new battery (about three
- The battery had completely worn out and
my watch was dead. I replaced the battery today and the watch works fine.
After the incident I developed a rash around my abdomen similar to hives.
Large, localized swellings appear and move around my stomach and back.
I am allergic to nuts so I am familiar with this reaction." Thanks
to John Thompson and ISUR. (This report is suspect but we are investigating)
- Michael Strainic, Canadian National Director
of MUFON reports that on November 9, 1998, pilots of an airliner flying
from Alaska to California saw unusual unidentified lights in the sky. The
flight was approximately 90 nautical miles west of the Sandspit, British
Columbia, VOR station in the area of Queen Charlotte Islands, when one
of the pilots asked their ground controller. "Do you have traffic
for me?" The controller told the flight that he had no traffic, and
confirmed with North Bay Air Defense that there were no aircraft within
200 nautical miles of their location.
- The pilots then reported a visual sighting
of traffic at their 12, 1 and 3 o'clock positions. They observed three
orange objects, and then two white objects. The pilots stated that they
could possibly be flares. However, a check with the Rescue Coordination
Centre confirmed there were no flares active in the area at this time.
The pilots were flying in visual conditions in a dark night sky. The local
time was approximately 7:27 PM. Since a Canadian military flight had reported
sighting meteors in the same area the previous night, the pilots were asked
if what they were observing might be meteors. Their answer was simple and
direct: "They're not meteors."
- Checks with the military regarding the
meteors of the previous night were met with the usual and predictable lack
of interest. The airline flight number is on file with MUFON but is being
withheld while the investigation continues. Thanks to Michael Strainic
- AURORA IN ALASKA
- Let me just take you up on the latest
"Aurora" sighting in Alaska made by Warren A. Bill Rose writes
I spoke with a leading aircraft recognition expert in an attempt to determine
what aircraft details are visible at what range, allowing for aircraft
size and atmospheric conditions. The opinion is that a 747 is approaching
the limits of (unaided) recognition at about 7 miles distance. On this
basis, it seems unlikely that an overall shape (described as a silver reflective
triangle) could be determined at a distance of 15 miles, even if the craft
was somewhat larger than an airliner. This report from Alaska is still
very interesting and something unusual seems to be taking place, although
we do need more detailed information before a reasonable assessment can
be made. Thanks to Bill Rose.
- NORTHERN IRELAND
- LARNTOWN - Kenneth Mundell video taped
a flying triangle type aircraft on January 20, 1999, at 4:50 PM GMT over
his house at Inver, Larne town, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. He states,
"I noticed the Tri-UFO [triangular UFO] coming from the East just
about 1000 feet high traveling slowly at 30 mph to-40mph maximum speed.
There was no sound coming from the craft. The camcorder 8 mm XR [extra
resolution] tape is fantastic quality of the encounter that lasts a couple
of minutes. When the UFO was directly over my house it changed direction
slightly to a more Northerly one. Not noticeable in the MPEG is that the
UFO spins round and 'skids' across the sky, which is an impossible task
for any known aircraft. In October 1998, I witnessed an egg-timer 'X' shaped
object over the Glynn near Larne and decided to buy a camcorder. It certainly
paid off! There are stills on the Website. After careful examination of
the tape there are at least two aircraft nearby. When the triangular object
is flying away from the camera [slowly] there appears to be what seems
to sound like a plain engine. The video can be seen at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~kenm
- NEW ZEALAND FLYING DISC PHOTOGRAPHED
- GREYMOUTH - On Saturday afternoon, January
16, 1999, people relaxing on the beach on South Island's western shore
were startled by the cries of children who were "pointing to the western
horizon. There was "a UFO was enjoying itself." The UFO, described
as "a large opaque and shiny disc," zipped about in the blue
sky over the Pacific Ocean for several minutes. "One intrepid adult
took a photograph or two of the large opaque and shiny thing as it bounced,
dived and then proceeded north in a flat trajectory. Everyone is waiting
to see how the film comes out, which, considering the camera is not much
more than a box Brownie, will be an event in itself." Greymouth is
on the South Island about 160 kilometers west of Christchurch. ("The
Press" New Zealand 1/21/99, "Unusual sighting at Greymouth."
Many thanks to Errol Bruce- Knapp.
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