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George A. Filer <>
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Filer's Files #3-1999
Today has become a day to mourn, as we all lost two friends of the UFO community. Betty Cash and Doc Barry and were important personalities in this field and will be deeply missed. My heart felt sympathy go out to their families. They both deserve to belong to the UFO Hall of Fame. Perhaps when the history of the world is written and the true importance of UFOs is recognized, they will receive their just rewards. Doc gave much of his time in an attempt to uncover the secrets of the UFOs. Betty suffered from ionizing radiation poisoning after coming too close to a UFO on December 29.1980. She was always willing to help others suffering from UFO close encounters. John Schuessler did a thorough and excellent investigation of the case. May Doc and Betty rest in peace.
POUGHQUAG--Larry Clark reports on December 25, 1998, a couple saw an object while driving home on Rt. 684. The UFO had a red light on one side and a green light on the other side. It seemed to be in the shape of a jet, but it was hovering what I estimated to be a few hundred feet up. We are familiar with the patterns of aircraft in this area and never saw anything similar to it before. There was no sound.
HUDSON FALLS--On January 7, 1999, A woman reports: My partner and I were in our car driving to Glens Falls in Upstate New York, when something in the sky caught our attention. I first thought they were airplane lights, but the strange thing was, there were two sets of them, traveling side by side. They seemed to hover for a bit, and then one of them began to change direction. I followed this one until it settled to another spot in the sky. Here, it stayed, appearing to be a very bright star. The brightness was very intense, yet it seemed almost "white." If I hadn't seen it moving and change direction, I would have thought it was just a star. It stayed there for 20 minutes, and disappeared. I then looked for the other set of lights. Now, I could now see a whole line of lights. It was moving, but not like an airplane would move, it seemed as though it was "gliding." Then, it just wasn't there anymore.
SARATOGA COUNTY--A reporter from the Troy Record contacted me for an interview. He mentioned having gathered reports from the Corinth area in Saratoga County the previous summer. I mentioned the numerous reports from the Saratoga Springs area as well as the new video. From that interview came a local TV news segment on UFO activity in the Saratoga area that showed some of the footage taken of objects over Saratoga Lake. Subsequent to the news coverage, I have been contacted by ten people who have reported personal sightings in the Saratoga area. Thanks to Larry Clark
This sighting occurred on January 21, 1997, in northwestern corner of New Jersey. It was 8:15 AM and my eye caught a jet flying in my direction. I would by lying if I gave an estimate of its altitude. It was flying high enough to leave a jet trail and low enough to be easily viewed. Just then a second jet flying at a slightly higher altitude but parallel and only slightly behind the first plane came into view. I know little about flight, but it didn't seem normal.
At this point I glanced back at the first jet that was now closer to me. Directly in front of it and so close that at first they seemed to be tethered like an airplane and glider was a V-shaped object. It dwarfed the jet. I have never seen anything that big flying at such an altitude. It was at least ten times the size of the jet. I have read about the flying triangles and V- shaped objects and it was a V. It reflected the sunlight just like the jets did. There didn't seem to be any turbulence to upset the flight of the first jet. The second jet seemed to almost be pacing or guarding this odd couple.
As they approached, I ran for my camera and binoculars. By the time I found them, the craft passed over my house. I stuck my head out of the small window. I saw the "V" over the back of my house, but no jet. It took me a few seconds to realize that it had sped up and was waiting for the jet. As the first jet came into view, it took up its close relationship again. At this point, the jet began to bank to the right and the second jet, still on its parallel path joined it. The "V" apparently kept going. The jets then made a U-turn and departed. Thanks CAUS and Charles Stuart for this report
TARRANT CITY--My husband called me on January 17, 1999, shortly after he drove into Birmingham traveling south on Highway 79. He sighted what he believes to be a meteor. He said, "It was the largest he had ever seen and it was in broad daylight between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM CST. It was as large as his fist on his extended arm. The body of this fireball itself was a brilliant white color and it had a red and green tail. It was traveling from north to south and was about 45 degrees above the horizon falling slightly." Thanks to Charlie Plyler Elfrad Group. Footnote: The photos of meteors taken in both Georgia and Alaska appear very similar while earthquakes were reported in Tecumseh & New Madrid, AL at 18:38 the same day. Kent Steadman
FORT WORTH--Steve Hudgeons reports that a photographer from the Fort Worth Star Telegram photographed an UFO on November 30, 1998, around 4:45 PM. The object grew from a small spot, slowly, into an extremely bright light one- forth the size of the sun. The object fell at a fast rate of speed, hovered, then slowly moved off to the West. Seven photographs were taken at various distances. These photo's may be featured in the next MUFON Journal. Get your sneak peek in the "SIGHTING" section at: DFW Chapter website: MUFON_DFW Thanks to Steve Hudgeons, Jr. MUFON Field Investigator and Webmaster.
PALMDALE--January 17, 1999, Tonight we had a bit of activity in the Antelope Valley. A woman called a friend of ours from Lancaster just north of Palmdale. Starting at 7:00 PM she saw a very bright white light from her home near Avenue M and Sierra Highway. This light was coming from an object that started hovering near a cleaning business. It was saucer-shaped with a dome on top. It also had red and blue lights associated with it. A blue and gold vapor hung around the object as it hovered silently. I stationed myself near the end of the runway near Air Force Plant 42 and Lockheed. I scanned lights to the north but could not detect anything unusual. When I got back home I was put in touch with the woman who reported it. She said her neighbor saw the object initially. It hovered very low near the building about 800 feet from her. It apparently came back after disappearing from view for a while but disappeared again. We told her to call us if she sees it again. Thanks to: Bill Hamilton Executive Director Skywatch International, Inc. "
BALLYWALTER COUNTY DOWN--On Sunday, January 17, 1999, a disc shaped object was video-taped for about 30 seconds over the Irish Sea at about 8:15 AM GMT. The UFO was heading in a Northeast direction at 1500 to 2000 feet. The weather was good with very little high clouds. The UFO was observed by three people and was reported to the newspaper who ran the front page story on the 18th and followed up on the next day with a report on page 9. The Irish Centre for UFO Studies have started a full investigation into the sighting and will try to find out what they saw. Anyone wanting to get further information can contact me here at Thanks to Alan and
TRENTINO ALPS--On December 26, 1998, at 12:15 a.m., a very large UFO, described as "a mothership" and "a flying cigar," was seen passing over Merlengo. This is a small town near Bolzano 330 miles north of Rome. "The object appeared stationary and at an altitude of 2,500 meters," reported Fabrizio Monaco of Comitato Internazionale per lo Studio delle Intelligenze Extraterrestri (CISETI). "It was traveling at about 600 kilometers per hour but appeared to vanish. The phenomenon lasted about one and a half minutes. When the large cigar-shaped UFO departed, "the object was illuminated by a luminous flash," Thanks to Fabrizio Monaco. PADOVA--On December 21, 1998, at 11:30 p.m., a glowing disc was seen at Stra near Padova, located about 375 kilometers north of Rome. Giuseppe Isanelli was in his home when he saw a bright flash outdoors. "I saw above a field an object of circular form about six meters (20 feet) in diameter." "The field was illuminated as bright as daylight by an object hovering in the sky 300 meters away. It was of a circular form and had its own lights," Isanelli said. "The object moved slowly at first and quickly gained velocity, heading for Padova." Centro Ufologico Nazionale (CUN) is investigating. (See the Italian newspaper Il Gazzetino di Padova 12/21/98) Thanks to Joe Trainor editor of UFO Roundup Vol. 4 #3, 1/15/99 and Francesco Rosati e Alfredo Lissoni.
Joseph Trainor reports: Ufologists in Finland are looking into a reported air battle between a Finnish jet fighter and a squadron of five UFOs. According to Lars Osterman, the dogfight took place on March 31, 1997, in northern Finland. Local researchers learned of it when the pilot, whose name has been kept under wraps, phoned a radio talk show and reportedly said he was "having trouble dealing with" the experience. The fighter was an F-18A Hornet of the Suomen Ilmaviomat (Finnish Air Force), which was posted to the Lapin Lennosto (Far North Air Department) air base at Rovaniemi, 400 kilometers (240 miles) north of Helsinki. The F-18 took off on "a routine 960-kilometer patrol of the border" with Russia. As the jet flew over the frozen tundra southeast of Lake Inarijarvi, the pilot spotted three discoid UFOs flying in a northeasterly direction. Going in for a closer look, the pilot saw that "there seemed to be five saucers, instead of just three." He then radioed Rovaniemi and advised them of the situation. Lapin Lennosto Flight Control ordered him to intercept the objects. The five UFOs, described by the pilot as "glowing orange objects," veered sharply to the Northwest. The F-18 pursued them to Ivalo, a city 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Rovaniemi. From there, the F-18 chased the saucers west to Inari, 40 kilometers (24 miles) to the Northwest. Then the saucers darted eastward, high above Lake Inarijarvi. The pilot told Flight Control that the UFOs were breaking formation and requested permission to fire at them. Flight Control responded, "Permission granted. Fire at will." The pilot got behind one glowing saucer and lined it up with the reticule on his windshield "heads up" display. But instead of picking up the "target acquisition tone" in his earphones, he heard the raucous honk of an alarm. All at once, the targeting computer went off- line. The "heads up" display disappeared. The F-18's firing system for the 20 mm cannon was also down. Instantly the pilot hit the "arming" switch for his air-to-air missiles. The red Malfunction light began blinking on the dashboard. The saucers regrouped and flew away to the East "at Mach 4 or 5. They had an orange glow around them." None of the F-18's flight control systems were affected, and the pilot returned safely to Rovaniemi. "They tested the computers for days but could find nothing wrong with them," The saucers were last seen heading for Talvikula, Russia. Thanks to UFO RoundupVol.4, #1, 1/5/99.
TIM EDWARDS wrote: Santiago has informed me that the engineer that took the stills on Aug. 27, 1995, has calculated the craft by the mountains to be 10 to 12 kilometers away from the camera. The craft was a kilometer across which makes our eyewitness estimate in Salida] of a mile across pretty darn close. Overwhelming stills and video of these massive crafts continue to escalate. Almost nobody will attempt to archive, bring together, or even report the correlation and the evidence of the cigar crafts to present as a package of evidence. Most big name researchers are too busy on conspiracy theories and ancient history and ignore the reality and evidence that are in the skies right now. The footages, stills, and eyewitness testimonies beg for scientific analysis and scrutiny. I have tried for 3 years to bring this together. Is there any help out there? Thanks to Tim Edwards
During 1998, the number of UFO sighting reports in the Filer Files by state follows: Georgia=43, New Jersey =37, Florida =24, New York=21, Colorado =17, California =14, Pennsylvania=14, Michigan=13, Arizona =11, Ohio=11, Texas =10, New Mexico =7, North Carolina=7, Virginia=6, Oklahoma=5, Arkansas=5, Illinois=5, Indiana=5, Alabama 4=, Connecticut =4, New Hampshire =4, Oregon=4, Vermont =3, Missouri=2, South Carolina =2, Puerto Rico =2, West Virginia =2, Tennessee =2, Utah =2, Delaware =1, Mississippi=1, Washington, =1 and Wyoming=1. The total is 290 reports. During 1998, the number of UFO sightings reported by country to me follows: United Kingdom =26, Australia=15, Canada =12, Chile =6, China =4, Brazil =4, Norway=3, Belgium =2, Austria =2, Germany =2, Spain, =2, Scotland =2, Bermuda =1, Finland =1, New Zealand =1, Somoa =1, Sri Lanka =1. Total 83. Not all reports are covered due to lack of time and space. These also represent the better reports.
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