- As many of you know, I have been a firefighter for over
20 years. In this report I have several incidents involving Firefighters
and UFO's. The following reports come from the Project Bluebook's 701 unknowns
and the Magonia database compiled by Jacques Vallee.
- Also, I recently had a chance to re-read a chapter in
an old fire science textbook I had lying around the house, it's called,
A Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control by William M. Kramer and Charles
W. Bahme. It is copyright (c) 1992 by Fire Engineering Books & Videos.
- First, on May 28, 1952; Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1:45-2:40
p.m. Witnesses: two city fire department employees. Two circular objects--one
shiny silver and the other orange or light brown-- were seen three times
performing fast maneuvers. Also, from the Levelland sightings, by J. Allen
Hynek, "ÖNone of these patrolmen's cars was affected, but Levelland
Fire Marshal Ray Jones, who also was looking for the UFO, stated that his
car's headlights dimmed and his engine sputtered but did not die, just
as he spotted a "streak of light" north of the Oklahoma Flat."
- On Jan. 4th, 1954, in Marignane Airport, France. Mr.
Chesneau, fireman, saw a round luminous object slowly coming down and called
the control tower to report it. When he came out again, the object had
- On Oct. 1, 1954, In Bergerac, France. Returning home,
fireman Jean Dufix, 26, saw an oval light in the sky and thought it was
a shooting star. Later he was alarmed when his yard seemed to be ablaze.
Rushing out again, he saw a disk rise from the ground with a whistling
sound. It flew off, became luminous again, and took off at fantastic speed.
A neighbor, Jean Labonne, 61, saw the disk, 3 m in diameter, resting on
three legs in the yard.
- On Sept. 14th. 1963; Susanville, California, 3:15 p.m.
Witness: E.A. Grant, veteran of 37 years training forest fire lookouts
for the U.S. Forest Service. One round object intercepted a long object
and either attached itself to the latter or disappeared. Sighting lasted
- Firefighters even got involved in the Roswell UFO storyÖ
- Dan Dwyer, a Roswell Firefighter, stated that during
the incident he saw a triangular-shaped craft and a cloth-like dull gray
metal debris that when folded snapped back to its original shape. The aliens
were small, child-like, completely hairless, grayish-brown with balloon
shaped heads. They had large dark eyes, and their noses and mouths were
slit-like. Dwyer "felt" the helplessness of the dying creatures
- Frankie Dwyer, the daughter of Dan Dwyer, Roswell Firefighter,
was a child in 1947. She remembers her father letting her play with a piece
of the metallic-like cloth. When it was wadded up, it returned to its original
shape. (Randle and Schmitt 1994) In a TV interview, Frankie recalled being
told by military officers that if she spoke of the incident, she would
be left in the desert for dead.
- A more modern report comes in from http://sightings.com/ufo/triactivity.htm
- CHAUMONT, August 15, 1998 (AFP). Inexplicable traces
were spotted in an orchard, and several persons heard strange noises on
Monday and Friday in Prauthoy, a village located south of Langres (Haute-Marne,
France). These features led the inhabitants to think that a flying object
may have landed in their village, claimed the mayor on Saturday.
- "Monday, at 23H00, several of us heard a loud noise,
lighter than that of a plane, which lasted for a long time ", told
mayor Philippe Badet. According to him, it was "a flying object, but
not a plane". Some 2¦ people saw lights, he added. A neighbor
saw "two red and one white lights in the sky, that were not moving".
- On Friday, abnormal traces were found in an orchard.
These appeared as two parallel lines, on dry grass, 25 m long and 70 cm
wide, 8 to 9 m one from the otherl'une de l'autre. A triangle is visible
in between, according to the mayor.
- The firemen and the "gendarmes" from Langres
and Chaumont took various pictures. Soil and plants were sampled for further
analysis. Results of the analysis are negative, said the "gendarmerie".
- A team specialized in detecting and identifying radioactive
elements was sent there and performed series of measurements. These did
not reveal any traces of radioactivity.
- Earlier this week, a UFO was seen by at least 150 persons
in the Sedan and Carignan region (Ardennes, Fance), as reported by the
representant of the Centre d'Etudes OVNI France.
- One of the more famous cases involving Firefighters and
Aliens is the Varginha case.
- On the afternoon of January 20, three young girls named
Liliane, Valquiria and Katia observed a strange creature in a field a few
blocks from where they live. It was a Saturday and they were coming back
from their jobs when, crossing an empty area, their attention was attracted
by a strange being a few meters away. The extraterrestrial was kneeling
and looked like it was hurt, suffering some sort of pain. The girls observed
it for a few minutes and ran away, afraid that they had just encountered
- The researchers extensively interrogated the three girls,
leaving no doubt whatsoever what had happened. Very simple girls, they
described the ET being a dark brown creature, with a small body of four
to five feet, no hair at all, big brown head and a small neck. It seemed
to have greasy, dark oil on its skin. The girl's mother noticed a strange
odor when she went to the site. The head of the creature had two big red
eyes, no pupils, very small mouth and nose...and, what is interesting...three
protuberances on its head. The girls described the protuberances as horns
and said the ET made a strange buzzing sound, like bees.
- Following leads, researchers started making inquiries
in the town of Varginha. They found several other people who also observed
the ET in the same location and other ET's in different locations. While
continuing their investigation they discovered that different witnesses
had seen army trucks and other military vehicles and personnel on that
day, a few blocks from the place where the girls saw the ET.
- In attempting to find out what the military was doing,
Rodrigues and Pacaccini met with a few soldiers. One of them decided to
talk secretly about their mission, in a confidential taped interview. The
sergeant confirmed that on January 20, the fire department of Varginha
captured a strange animal in that area. When four firemen arrived at the
location they noticed that it was not a strange animal at all, and reported
the fact to the Army Sergeant School commander in the neighboring city
of Tres Corzcoes (about ten miles east of Varginha).
- The following is a manual for Fire Officers responding
to UFO incidents. I am quoting this for information and education purposes
- A FIRE OFFICERS GUIDE TO DISASTER CONTROL Chapter 13
- Disaster Control and UFOs
- CHAPTER 13: ENEMY ATTACK AND UFO POTENTIAL FEW RESIDENTS
of the United States, except for those in Hawaii, have experienced an enemy
attack on their hometown in this century; some think they have. The Great
Los Angeles Air Raid of February 26, 1942, began at 2:25 A.M. when the
U.S. Army announced the approach of hostile aircraft and the cities air
raid warning system went into effect for the first time in World War II.
"Suddenly the night was rent by sirens. Searchlights began to sweep
the sky. Minutes later gun crews at Army forts along the coast line began
pumping the first of 1,433 rounds of ack-ack into the moonlight. Thousands
of volunteer air raid wardens tumbled from their beds and grabbed their
boots and helmets. Citizens awakened to the screech of sirens and, heedless
of the blackout warning, began snapping on their lights . . . The din continued
for two hours. Finally the guns fell silent. The enemy, evidently, had
been routed. Los Angeles began to taste the exhilaration of its first military
- THE UFO THREAT--A FACT In this chapter we will now turn
our attention to the very real threat posed by Unidentified Flying Objects
(UFOs), whether they exist or not. The well-documented and highly publicized
War of the Worlds radio drama by Orson Welles shows how even a perceived
existence to alien creatures can cause very real disaster-like conditions
and panic among a given populace. In addition, if the apparent visits by
alien beings and their space vehicles should pose any type of threat, it
will, as always, be the fire service that is called upon to provide the
first line of life-saving defense and disaster mitigation.
- On April 25,1991, radio station KSHE in St. Louis, Missouri.
was fined $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for broadcasting
a mock warning of a nuclear attack during the Persian Gulf War. The seriousness
with which the FCC treated this case is indicative of the very real panic
that can be created from even illusionary or fictional phenomena. Certainly
if these unexplainable events become more prevalent, the possibility of
panic could be even greater; and again, the fire department will be the
agency called upon to handle the situation. Hence, as we near the year
2000 and move beyond, any comprehensive disaster plan should address the
potential for panic and other deleterious effects that might befall a populated
area when unexplainable phenomena occur.
- We will see, as we continue our discussion in this chapter,
that widespread blackouts, communication disruptions, and other potentially
disastrous conditions have been linked directly to UFO sightings. Hence,
fire service leaders who want to ensure that their disaster planning is
complete will not neglect an appendix to outline those things that could
be done in preparation for the occurrence of such phenomena.
- Throughout this book, many of the references to actual
events are based on the experiences of both of the authors. However, in
this area of UFOs and their potential, we are relying largely on the research
and experiences of Charles Bahme. Chuck has made a considerable study of
this subject and is acquiring many publications and VCR tapes to augment
his library on this and related phenomena. His interest in UFOs was greatly
heightened when Congress in 1969 adopted a law (14 CFR Ch. V Part 1211-
Extraterrestrial Exposure) which gave the NASA Administrator the arbitrary
discretion to quarantine under armed guard any object, person, or other
form of life which has been extraterrestrially exposed.
- The very fact that our congressmen believed there was
a necessity for such drastic authority made Chuck wonder if they had only
our astronauts in mind when they adopted it. Could it be applied to anyone
who has had a UFO encounter? Whether it has or not is not likely to be
a topic for public dissemination.
- UFO Discussion--Why Now? The subject of UFOs (Unidentified
Flying Objects) was not included in previous editions of this book. The
first edition was the Handbook of Disaster Control which Chuck personally
published in 1952 following his release from active naval duty in the Korean
War. Although his services in the conflict as Security Coordinator for
the Chief of Naval Operations involved the creation of a worldwide disaster
control organization for the protection of the physical properties of the
Navy, it must be admitted that the directives approved for this new organization
did not reflect any significant concern for a flying saucer threat to its
shore establishment. That was in the 1950s. Now that we are in the 1990s
it is doubtful that the UFO potential would be brushed off so lightly by
our military security forces. This change of attitude was evidenced as
far back as December 24, 1959, when the Inspector General of the Air Force
issued the following Operations and Training Order: "Unidentified
Flying Objects--sometimes treated lightly by the press and referred to
as 'Flying Saucers'--must be rapidly and accurately identified as serious
Air Force business...."
- There is no uncertainty about the reality of the war
between nations on our planet and the disastrous effects of military actions.
The 200 sorties flown every hour against Iraq in the Persian Gulf provided
ample evidence of global war's destructive power. On the other hand, there
are many persons who may believe that a discussion of the theoretical harm
that could be caused by a real or imaginary invasion of UFOs would be 'far
out!" But this is not so for the thousands of witnesses of unexplained
aerial phenomena. To them it is also serious business. Chuck's interest
in UFOs commenced during the early morning hours of August 26,1942, while
he was roller skating from his house to the nearest fire station a few
blocks away; the wail of sirens had signaled his recall to fire duty, and
with the stringent blackout orders in effect. driving was not wise; besides,
it was much more exciting to be out in the open where he could see the
spectacular aerial "fireworks" that filled the heavens all around
him. Few residents of the U.S. had ever experienced a real or imaginary
invasion of UFOs like that which occurred in what has become known as "The
Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942." The Army announced the approach of
hostile aircraft and the city's air raid warning system went into effect
for the first time in World War II. The defense to this "attack"
is described in dramatic terms in the opening paragraph of this chapter.
- But what enemy had been routed? No one ever knew. All
the fire fighters saw in the sky were the 15 or 20 moving "things"
which seemed to change course at great speed apparently unaffected by the
flak from bursting shells all around them. Rumors that one had been shot
down were never verified, nor was the explanation that these zig-zagging
invaders were weather balloons ever taken seriously. In any event, for
Chuck, that unforgettable episode aroused a continuing interest in UFOs,
rivalling his professional fields of law and fire protection. The fact
that he subsequently was a member of a group whose sighting of a flight
of UFOs was authenticated by airport radar helped to sustain that interest.
- UFO Background Information With no intention of trying
to prove or disprove the authenticity of the numerous UFO encounters often
related by very credible witnesses including airline and military pilots,
astronauts, police officers, fire fighters, members of Congress, and even
a U.S. President, the balance of this chapter will present a brief history
and nature of UFOs and their alleged occupants; their widespread sightings
over the globe since ancient times; their appearance, propulsion origin,
and possible motives for continuing reconnaissance. A quick look at some
of the classic accounts of encounters documented in numerous foreign and
U.S. publications might help us judge the magnitude of their threat, if
any, to social stability, and, if deemed desirable, propose a fire service
plan for coping with some of the conceivable catastrophic effects that
UFOs could produce on cities and densely populated areas.
- For readers who already have made up their minds that
there is no such thing as a UFO notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence
to the contrary, it should be pointed out that there is circumstantial
evidence that disastrous effects have already been attributed to UFO activity
in more than one nation, including the United States.
- UFOs--What Are They? William Shakespeare put a fitting
observation in the mouth of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, that went like
this: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are
dreamed of in your philosophy." Whether Hamlet was referring to those
strange lights or objects that appear in the sky or near the ground and
have no known cause, we will never know, but the World Book Encyclopedia
defines such things as UFOs. Several theories have been propounded as to
what they might be. Some scientists believe that they are of extraterrestrial
origin--coming from other planets. Military officers conjecture that they
might be alien aircraft. Some attribute them all to natural causes, such
as meteors, comets, sundogs, light reflections, marsh gas, ball lightning,
even though they must admit that scientists cannot explain all UFO reports
in that manner. Still others are inclined to believe that they may be forms
from other dimensions which can materialize and dematerialize at will perhaps
by making a wavelength or frequency transition so as to become invisible
to humans. Some believe they are time travelers from the future.
- UFO Classification System Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Northern
University Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and an advisor to the Air Force's
Blue Book Project. Adopted a very simple classification system based solely
upon the manner of observation: 1. Nocturnal lights 2. Daylight disks 3.
Close encounters (day or night) 4. Radar readings. He concluded that this
system tells us nothing about the nature of the UFOs, but can suggest a
means for gathering data. He found that while a large number of such reports
were readily identifiable by trained investigators as misconceptions of
known objects or events, a small residue (about 1.000) were not. These
came from credible witnesses from such widely separated places as Canada.
Australia. South America, and Antarctica. He concludes with: "Although
I know of no hypothesis that adequately covers the mountainous evidence,
this should not and must not deter us from following the advice of Schroedinger:
to be curious, capable of being astonished, and eager to find out. "Dr.
Hynek has an excellent, well-illustrated article on UFOs in a 1982 book
which gives a detailed history of the UFO sightings, together with the
reports of some well-known people who made them, including President Jimmy
Carter while governor of Georgia. Shapes of UFOs
- Witnesses have described the shapes of UFOs as anything
varying from a sphere to a boomerang. Some have resembled flying saucers
with a lid; others a glowing tube; some as semi-spherical with colored
apertures; some with reddish-orange glows, or fire-like or sparking discharges.
Incredible speed and maneuverabilities not attainable by aircraft of any
kind are commonly observed. Many of the books and articles in Appendix
H have excellent photographs of these unexplained visitors--photos that
have been checked by experts for their authenticity. History of UFOs
- For hundreds of years mysterious objects in the sky and
strange moving lights have been reported by many people, including the
military pilots in World War II who called them foo fighters, ("Where
there's Foo, there's Fire"). In the middle of the 1900s flying saucers
were increasingly observed in the United States and other countries. Scientists
at the University of Colorado hired by the Air Force from 1966 to 1968
to study this type of aerial phenomena could explain most of the UFO reports
as a star (Venus), meteor, planet, balloon, rocket, artificial satellite,
etc. Sometimes atmospheric conditions, aircraft exhaust trails, or unusual
lighting conditions may produce optical illusions that observers thought
were UFOs. After investigating more than 12,000 reports, the U.S. Air Force
was unable to explain where the unexplained UFOs come from, but apparently
concluded that the national security was not threatened by them. The emphasis
of the university's team, headed by Edward U. Condon, seemed to be more
concerned with the establishment of the emotional stability or instability
of those who reported the sightings than with other evidence.
- Psychiatrists have examined the witnesses who claimed
to have encountered UFOs and even been taken aboard their craft, such as
the two shipyard workers in Mississippi, and found that they are not unbalanced
people. "They're not crackpots. There was definitely something here
that was not terrestrial." Dr. J. Allen Hynek agreed, and added. "Where
they are coming from and why they are here is a matter of conjecture. but
the fact that they were here on this planet is beyond a reasonable doubt."
- The Air Force. after 20 years of being deluged with UFO
sightings and spending millions of dollars on their investigation, decided
to drop the inquiry business and turned the project over to a Kensington,
Maryland, group called NICAP (National Investigation Committee on Aerial
Phenomena). This left NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
with part of the task of trying to run UFO sighting reports, including
many by its own Apollo and Skylab astronauts. By 1974 over a score of astronauts
saw and photographed UFOs during their flights beyond the earth's atmosphere.
- Early in the Apollo 11 mission, which culminated in the
moon walk, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins
reported sightings of what seemed to be a UFO during the first half of
their flight to the lunar surface. There were many more sightings by U.S.
and Soviet Astronauts. On November 11,1966, Gemini XII astronauts Jim Lovell
and Edwin Aldrin said that they saw four UFOs linked together, and on October
12, 1964, three Russian astronauts aboard Voskod reported that they were
surrounded by a "formation of fast-moving disc-shaped objects."
- UFO Organizations In addition to NICAP, some of the other
organizations that study UFO phenomena are MUFON (Mutual UFO Networks),
CAUS (Citizens Against UFO Secrecy), GSW (Ground Saucer Watch), CUFOS (the
Center for UFO Studies), and APRO (Aerial Phenomena Research Organization),
an Arizona nonprofit scientific and educational organization, founded in
- Why the Secrecy?
- In their book UFOs Over America, authors Jim and Carol
Lorenzo charge that the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has been closely
involved in the collection and suppression of UFO information. "Witnesses
to the phenomena have been bribed, coerced, and threatened by the CIA,
who wanted valuable evidence given to them alone." One reason given
is that military intelligence may view the UFOs as a tool of either a known
or unknown potential enemy. "If these vehicles prove evasive and surreptitious,
all the more reason to suspect them.... the probability looms large that
the minds behind these vehicles may well be gathering intelligence of their
- Another reason for secrecy may lie in the hope of obtaining
knowledge relating to advanced propulsion methods and anti-gravity systems
before other potential enemies on earth may acquire it. Hence, though many
nations are secretly investigating UFOs, they are reluctant to share their
findings. Robert Lofton, in his book Identified Flying Saucers, claims
that the Air Force became the "goat" in the effort of the CIA
to debunk many sightings by pilots, radar technicians. and reliable civilian
observers. He thinks that the suppression of information about how dangerous
UFOs can be is wrong. After citing a case where a child was burned over
50 to 60 percent of her body by a low flying UFO and then taken to an Air
Force hospital, no one would explain why her clothes were not burned at
the same time. He also describes another burn case in New Mexico and another
man who recently received a sledge-hammer like blow that knocked him unconscious
by the force field of a 100-foot diameter UFO. "The public ought to
be told the danger! .. . . Nothing helps rumors and panic more than ignorance."
Major Donald Keyhoe describes in his book Aliens from Space, The Real Story
of Unidentified Flying Objects the difficulties he had in 1957 in trying
to get the truth from government agencies after he was director of NICAP,
the world's largest UFO research organization with over 30 subcommittees
in the U.S. and abroad. According to some UFOlogists the attempts at cover-up
by the CIA extend to destruction of evidence that it could not confiscate.
Apparently some of our nation's important leaders have been denied access
to some UFO secrets in the possession of an agency of the United States,
the very existence of which is classified above top secret. Senator Barry
Goldwater, a retired Air Force Reserve Brigadier General and pilot with
many decades of flying experience, was quoted as saying "I certainly
believe in aliens in space.
- They may not look like us, but I have very strong feelings
that they have advanced beyond our mental capabilities." He said he
was refused permission to check the Air Force files on UFOs and added,
"I think some highly secret government UFO investigations are going
on that we don't know about--and probably never will unless the Air Force
discloses them." He said that he put faith in the reports of the Air
Force, Navy, and commercial pilots who reported instances where a UFO would
fly near them--right off their plane's wing--and then just zoom away at
incredible speeds. "I remember the case in Georgia in the 1950s of
a National Guard plane going after a UFO and never returning. And I recall
the case in Franklin. Kentucky, when four military planes investigated
a UFO. One of them exploded in midair and no one knows why." Unleashed
by the policy of Glasnost (greater openness) the Soviet media felt free
to include accounts of UFO sightings. A Tuss report of October 10, 1989,
reported a large shiny ball or disk hovering over a Voronezh park; residents
saw the UFO land and three creatures similar to human beings emerged, accompanied
by a robot.
- Apparently the Russians felt no need to suppress this
report which was poked fun at in Newsweek and Time magazines but not in
U.S. News and World Report: "A scant few decades ago, both the U.S.
government and the media treated flying objects as no laughing matter--which
even Congress looked into. In 1966, Representative Ford responded to a
rash of sightings in his home state of Michigan by calling for, and getting,
a House hearing on UFOs."
- UFO Missions Many reasons have been advanced for the
purpose of the UFOs visits to our planet. Although some of the persons
who apparently have been the subjects of genetic investigation, such as
the family of Whitley Streiber may not agree, the majority of those who
have studied possible UFO visitors feel that they are friendly. Mr. Streiber
described his experience as terrifying, and believes that these "little
figures with eyes that seem to stare into the deepest core of being are
asking for something. Whatever it is, it is more than simple information.
The goal does not seem to be a sort of clear and open exchange that we
might expect; whatever may be surfacing, it wants far more than that. It
seems to me that it seeks the very depth of soul; it seeks communion."
- From the thousands of reports he has studied. William
Spaulding, aerospace engineer and head of the Arizona-based Ground Saucer
Watch, believes that a pattern indicates that UFOs are here on a surveillance
mission: the fact that a majority of sightings occur around our military
installations, research and development areas leads to the conclusion that
a methodical study is being made of the earth and its defensive and offensive
capabilities. "The phenomena is not unlike our own space explorations:
scout ship survey: soil samples; landing." In his book Incident at
Exeter, John Fuller discusses the seeming affinity of UFOs for electrical
power lines in the northeastern part of the United States. In a later section
of this chapter dealing with the effects of UFOs on our terrestrial activities,
we will see how this affinity may have been responsible for causing 36
million people to lose power over an area of 8,000 square miles.
- Because of our recent adventures into space, there are
some who speculate that UFOs are more concerned with what we will do there
than in settling here. In any event, the Air Force's official publication
(issued by the Government Printing Office 1968) called Flying Objects says
that 'No UFO has been determined to represent a threat to our national
security. ' That conclusion, however, should not rule out less disastrous
consequences than the overthrow of our government.
- ADVERSE POTENTIAL OF UFOS Regardless of its past evaluations,
the Air Force could be wrong about a number of things. "It can't even
guess within a couple of billion dollars what one of its planes is going
to cost; maybe, despite the skepticism of the scientists and other investigators,
the UFOs sent from other planets do exist and have visited earth."
And maybe they have exhibited some destructive effects, whether or not
intentionally in every instance, which we need to consider when drafting
a plan for coping with an emergency situation where UFOs are involved.
Some of these documented effects are as follows.
- UFO Hazards The two principal hazards noted with relation
to UFOs have been attributed to powerful electrical fields which they can
project in a general or localized area and the psychological effects they
have produced on the general populace or individual contacts.
- Force Field Impact The disruption of air and ground travel
has often been reported in the presence of UFOs. The ignition systems of
auto and aircraft engines have apparently been affected by energized force
fields to such an extent as to stop their operation; the headlights and
radios have also ceased to function. Here are a couple of examples. In
Buenos Aires, on March 29, 1978, "A strange force shut off their engine
and headlights of their Citroen CG, lifted it 15 feet off the road, then
set it down a minute later and 75 miles to the north." The driver
had noticed a yellow and violet light shining in his rear view mirror while
driving the last leg of a long stock car race, and he realized that it
was approaching too fast to be a competitor. A month later a Colombian
bank manager and a navy officer had their car headlights go off when buzzed
by a UFO, with the navy man suffering temporary paralysis. Other South
American countries in which similar actions were reported around that time
included Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.
- These effects have also been noted to influence the controls
and instruments of aircraft, e.g., the pilot of a Piper PH-24 reported
that his controls became inoperable when he was approached by three disk-shaped
objects, 10 to 12 feet in diameter, over Mexico City on May 3,1975. Similar
cases have been reported by military pilots, illustrated by the classic
case of the near mid-air collision of an army helicopter with a UFO on
October 18, 1973, over Ohio, where not only did both the UHF and VHF radio
wave- lengths go dead temporarily, but the downward movement of the helicopter
with its four occupants was levitated upward by a green beam from the UFO
in time to prevent its crash into the ground. Communications Disruption
- In addition to the impedance of radio transmissions and
reception, such as that described in the preceding incident, telephone
interference has occurred, illustrated by the chagrin of President Lyndon
Johnson in having his conversation from the Texas White House cut off while
talking to assistants in Washington, D.C. The ability to render inoperable
all electronic forms of communications, including those that control the
launching of defense weapons systems, has been considered within the range
of UFO capabilities. Whether this could extend to the erasing of recorded
computer data such as bank records, personnel data, FBI, CIA, and NSA files,
along with critical information of every kind, is not beyond the realm
- Regional Power Blackouts It has long been suspected that
UFOs have the capability of blacking out a city, state, or many states
by exerting a force field sufficient to overload the circuits of public
and private utility installations. "Few things are more disturbing
than to be plunged into pitch darkness without warning; it is dangerous
for masses of people. It paralyzes cities, blocks highways, stops trains,
leaves elevators suspended between floors. In general it simply plays hell
with the modern way of life." You would think that the power companies
would have achieved sufficient reliability in their high tech systems that
a mass failure such as that which blacked out New York and New England
in 1965 would never happen--but it did. Although, as we have mentioned
before, it was known that UFO activity was associated with disturbances
with compasses, instruments, ignition systems, radios, etc., it was inconceivable
that it could also interfere with generation and distribution of electrical
power. Such a connection was also inferred in November 1953, when a glowing
red object went over a residential area of New Haven, Connecticut, causing
lights to dim out on both sides of the object's path and then come on when
it went out of sight.
- Power failures were also reported in association with
UFOs in Brazil in 1957 to l959~ Rome, Italy, in 1958; and Mexico in 1965.
Likewise, in Uberlandia, where the power station operators promptly closed
the circuits when the UFO apparently caused them to open, it did no good,
and they were unable to restore the power until the UFO departed. "The
Granddaddy of all blackouts to date was the stygian blanket that fell over
30 million people in the northeastern corner of the U.S. during the early
evening rush hour period on November 9, 1965." Relay services that
were supposed to automatically transfer the load in case of failure in
one area to an alternate source malfunctioned. Military communications
relying on public power without alternate backup systems also failed, but
communications were operable to make a quick public announcement that there
was no military emergency. Though it was largely over by the next morning,
the official explanation about a malfunctioning small device in a Canadian
hydroelectric generating plant never accounted for the failure of millions
of dollars worth of electronic devices to shift the load when the breakdown
- Fireballs Over Syracuse--The Blackout Connection Airplane
pilots reported that UFOs were being chased across Pennsylvania about 4:30
P.M., and electronics and construction engineers who were driving in the
area of the Syracuse airport saw UFOs moving about 5:30 P.M., just prior
to the Great Blackout. A veteran flight instructor who had been flying
over Syracuse on a training flight saw a glowing globe over the power lines
leading to the Niagara Falls generating plant. Hundreds of others saw the
glowing object in the sky on the night of the big power failure. That was
on November 9th. On December 2nd, about 700,000 persons in Texas, New Mexico,
and Mexico also had their power fail. It was said to have originated in
a regular failure in El Paso; then on December 5th, three nights later.
40,000 homes plus military installations in the area of East Texas were
also blacked out--overloaded! Missile grounds (White Sands), Fort Bliss,
Holloman Air Force Base, and numerous airports were all blacked out (with
no emergency power backup), and this was when President Johnson's telephone
call to the White House in Washington, D.C. was cut off. In response to
his request for an explanation, President Johnson was told that his calls
were fed into a cable system that went dead when the surge of power caused
by the El Paso regulator blow-up hit it, and the backup batteries didn't
- Though it may be debatable whether the above cases of
electrical transmission failure were merely coincidences with UFO activity,
an incident on April 18,1962, involving a UFO that had been tracked from
New York, through Kansas to Eureka, Utah, was well documented. The Air
Force spokesman admitted that the object had landed, and during the 42
minutes that it was on the ground near the power station there was no power,
but it was restored when the UFO left. The object was pursued by jet interceptors
summoned from Phoenix and Stead Field in Reno until it exploded over the
Mesquite Range in Nevada in a brilliant glare that was visible over five
- UFOs--The Panic Hazard The second major disastrous effect
that UFO activity, real or imagined, can have on the populace, is the creation
of fear, panic, flight, and all kinds of irrational behavior. We have mentioned
already the rather well-documented case of hysterical contagion and mass
hysteria created by War of the Worlds, the radio drama by Orson Welles
about an invasion of Martians. It was broadcast on Halloween of 1938 during
the period of the invasions of Germany into Austria and Japan into China.
"The drama, realistically presented in the form of news bulletins
and interviews concerning an alien spaceship landing in New Jersey, resulted
in many kinds of hysterical actions, including thousands of panic-stricken
phone calls, wildly fleeing automobiles, and impromptu shot gun brigades."
Though most persons reporting UFOs do not interpret them as personal threats,
it is possible that some of the large volume of reports may be attributable
to hysterical contagion. In any case, one of the reasons often cited for
the tight secrecy on government UFO research findings is the need to prevent
the possible panic that a revelation of the truth might arouse. Rumors
that people were being abducted, dematerialized, burned, made radioactive,
rounded up and impounded, liquidated with ray guns and lasers or shipped
off to Mars or Venus might well give rise to fear--fear of the unknown.
Hysteria could cause frightened persons to imagine that their water was
poisoned, the air contaminated with undetectable but lethal aerosols or
nerve gases. With hundreds of UFO squadrons zooming across the landscape
from California to New York, Toronto to Mexico City, communications disrupted,
widespread power failures, airports and railroads paralyzed, highways turned
into giant parking lots of immobilized vehicles full of terrified motorists,
the problem of restoring order and sanity would be a tremendous challenge
to all of the emergency services, assuming their personnel would remain
calm, detached. and able to resist the human impulse to put the safety
and well being of their own families ahead of the public's.
- To make matters worse, some of the more excitable gun
owners might be tempted to rush out Rambo fashion, and in utter disregard
of the damage that falling bullets might cause innocent residents below
their fallout, start firing at the evasive objects regardless of the range.
- Personal Hazards--Physiological The force field affects
on the physical environment--communication, transportation, illumination,
and computerized data storage--have already been considered. We might have
added that some physical effects have been observed at locations where
UFOs have landed-- circular patterns of crops destroyed by heat or radiation
and baking or sterilization of the soil at the site. On a more practical
basis there may be grounds for concern that more than just the environment
can be adversely affected by UFO actions. While pursuing UFOs, military
aircraft have disappeared in mid-air, exploded, and suffered harassment.
Persons on the ground have sustained serious burns, paralysis, and "blows"
from a force field, radiated emissions, or rays and beams that have been
described like that of a "stun-gun"
- In 1980, three witnesses saw a red ball of light hovering
above houses in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when suddenly a bolt of blue light
shot down and two houses burst into flames. An Indiana man saw a bright
light flash pass his window; the power went off in his house so he went
outside to investigate and found a brilliantly lit object hovering above
him; when he started to walk toward it his body commenced to tingle and
he was unable to move until the object disappeared. A similar tingling
sensation swept over another man in Lvnn, Massachusetts. one night when
he approached a domed object with a red glowing cone rising from a parking
lot. He too was immobile until the object moved out of sight. Some believe
that even animals may be at risk by UFOs; in trying to account for the
death of 15 ponies, the leader of an investigative team believed they were
crushed by the anti-gravity field of a flying saucer as it took off.
- Thus, UFOs may not only have the power to control some
of our military and industrial establishment's highly technical scientific
hardware, they may also possess the ability to impose pain and control
over people who attempt to attack them, even to the extent of "liquidating"
them in one way or another.
- UFOS--EMERGENCY ACTION In view of the fact that many
UFOlogists believe that we are fast approaching a time when overt landings
of UFOs will become less remarkable, and in the absence of our knowing
whether their visits are friendly or hostile, it would not be remiss to
give some thought to the part that fire departments might play in the event
of the unexpected arrival of UFOs in their communities. For example, what
would be your course of action as an incident commander at the scene of
a school ground where a UFO has crashed into the boiler room, rupturing
a fuel line, and ignition has occurred in the spilling oil, endangering
the occupants of the craft who are trapped in the wreckage? If your rescue
attempts are successful, and two of the five small alien creatures are
injured but still alive, how do you dispose of the dead and treat the survivors?
How would the presence of children on the school grounds affect your actions?
What persons and agencies would be notified? The authors have never read
any advice on these matters. The following admonition was printed on the
inside front jacket of Frank Edward's book on flying saucers:
- WARNING "Near approaches of UFOs can be harmful
to human beings. Do not stand under a UFO that is hovering at low altitude.
Do not touch or attempt to touch a UFO that has landed. In either case
the safe thing to do is to get away from there very quickly and let the
military take over. There is a possibility of radiation danger and there
are known cases where persons have been burned by rays emanating from UFOs.
Don't take chances with UFOs!"
- In view of the federal law (cited earlier) empowering
NASA's administrator to impound, without a hearing, anyone who touches
a UFO or its occupants. it would be inadvisable to make personal contact
unless you are willing to submit to NASA's quarantine requirements, should
the law be invoked. Besides the possible physical effects of approaching
a UFO, e.g.. burns, radiation, etc., there may be psychological effects
produced by force fields that could induce a hypnotic state in the viewer,
loss of consciousness, memory relapse, and submission to the occupants.
Jacques Vallee, author of The Invisible College cautions that we should
consider psychic effects, such as space-time distortions experienced by
percipients of craft-like devices which appear to fade away--dematerialize--and
then reappear; of alien, strange voices or thoughts that may effect involuntary
changes in the manner in which witnesses may react in such circumstances.
Perhaps the above warnings of Edwards and Vallee are a little too cautious
and apprehensive to adopt as a general pattern of conduct in every situation.
In the absence of overt acts indicating hostility, there may be no danger
in approaching a landing (or landed) UFO with a positive, solicitous attitude
of wanting to be of service. This nonaggressive mental state may be telepathically
sensed by those aboard or emerging from the craft; a form of nonvocal communication
is a possibility.
- It goes without saying that any display of firearms or
other weapons on your part could be construed as unfriendly and likely
to thwart your intention of conveying a helpful attitude.
- In a best case scenario, you may be able to obtain guidance
as to the appropriate actions to take, whether of a life-saving nature,
e.g., in quelling a fire, abating a spill, and of preservation of property,
or even in the reduction of apprehension on the part of your response team
and the spectators. In a less optimistic scenario, you may have engine
trouble upon approaching the scene, and radio contact could be lost with
your dispatcher. If at night, your headlights could go out, the city could
be blacked out, and your portable generators may malfunction when you attempt
to use them for fans and portable lights. It would certainly be an inopportune
time for your comrades to announce that they had decided to take their
pensions, effective immediately. In any event, the incident could provide
invaluable experience for further training in coping with rare and difficult
emergencies. Whatever "inside" information you are able to pass
along to your fellow officers and citizens of the world might help to alleviate
unreasonable fear, so that there would be less likelihood that we would
ever again experience the panic and hysteria that was created by War of
the Worlds a half century ago. Truth is the best cure for the unknown.
A list of some of the available books on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs)
is found in Appendix H.
- CONCLUSION Some fire chiefs have little confidence in
disaster plans, especially those dealing with UFOs or enemy attack. If
you develop a plan that sets forth your responsibilities, resources, organizations,
supplies information, telephone numbers, and special data that will be
useful in obtaining help and fulfilling your role in disaster control,
commit it to an electronic medium, a computer with a capability for continuous
updating through modern word processing. Bring it forth when the need requires.
With a good plan, good leadership, and adequate resources, you may save
many lives in any disaster, including attack from possible enemies. Firefighter
involvement in UFO's continue to this day, I received this report from
- NEW JERSEY UFO SIGHTING INVOLVES MISSING TIME Two groups
of witnesses reported sighting a UFO in Toms River, New Jersey (population
7,524) on Thursday, February 19, 1998. And one group also reported an episode
of "missing time." Toms River is located on the Garden State
Parkway, a.k.a. New Jersey Route 9, approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers)
south of New York City and 52 miles (83 kilometers) east of Philadelphia.
- On February 19, at 10 p.m., firefighter Bob M. and his
friend, George P., "drove off the Garden State Parkway heading west
on Route 37 when they entered an area of large pine trees. They decided
to make a U-turn to return to the Parkway." "As they swung the
car off the road, George suddenly stepped on the brakes to avoid hitting
a large object. Just off the road in a small clearing was a saucer-shaped
vehicle with three legs extended. It was only 25 feet away as they skidded
to a stop. They were both staring at the object for maybe a minute."
Bob said, "Do you see what I see?" George replied, "If you
see a flying saucer, that's what I see."
- Then they exclaimed in unison, "Let's get the hell
out of here!" George stepped down hard on the gas pedal. Tires spitting
sand and gravel, their car fishtailed back onto the asphalt and roared
away. "Bob wanted to go back, but George refused. They drove directly
home 'in about an hour' but could not believe that the sun was rising (that
it was 6:15 a.m.--J.T.) They thought it was no later than midnight."
The men's "last clear detailed memory" was of "the saucer
with its legs extended and a small staircase that led to the ground. There
were no markings on the saucer and it appeared to be made of dull aluminum."
However, Bob and George have no memory of what transpired between 11 p.m.
and 5 a.m. Those six hours are a complete blank.
- GEORGIA F-4 ACCIDENT AND UFO Investigator John Thompson
reports that on March 6, 1994, an Alabama Air National Guard F-4 exploded
in mid-flight over Heard County, Georgia. A Heard County fireman, Bill
Thompson who is not related to John said, "Two minutes before the
explosion and crash of the F-4, he saw the F-4 chasing a missile- like
or cigar-shaped UFO." Bill's description was that the gray or silver
colored UFO was about "a third to half the size of the F-4" chasing
it. This, of course, suggests a UFO of the same type and size that the
California VMFA-212 pilot almost collided with in 1995. Relating to the
ANG explosion, in which the pilot died, the Air Force said the mishap was
caused by bad welds. These inadequate welds, according to the Air Force's
official crash report, originated with the plane's number one engine (GEOO420459).
The failure of the welds, according to the USAF was the sole reason for
the upper combustion case failure that subsequently caused the F-4 to explode
in mid- flight. A General Electric engineer who subsequently investigated
the crash, because of a law suit against General Electric, the manufacturer
of the plane's engines, said that he thought the pilot had over-stressed
the F-4, causing it to tear apart and explode. Of course, if the F-4 was
chasing or suddenly encountered a small thin cigar-shaped UFO, as Fireman
Bill Thompson claims, its pilot might over-stress his plane in his excitement.
- This report comes to us from: http://ufoinfo.com/news/mib.html
Ex-fireman Jim Templeton became a target for the MIB when he snapped a
picture of his daughter Elizabeth at Burgh Marsh on the Solway Firth, near
Carlisle. Jim, now 77, was stunned to see what appeared to be a man in
a white spacesuit floating behind his daughter. He showed the picture to
both the police and experts at Kodak. Less than a month later his shift
at the fire station was interrupted by a visit from the MIB. He said: "They
came in a black Jaguar and were dressed in black suits. "I went with
them to the Solway estuary. They asked me if this was the spot where I
saw the spaceman. I said what spaceman? I didn't see anybody." The
shadowy figures suddenly turned on their heels and walked away leaving
Jim stranded five miles from home.
- Firefighters are the first to arrive and the last to
leave. No wonder we see so many strange things.
- Jim Hickman
- Director- Aerial Phenomena Research Group
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