- Many UFOs are actually rather mundane
objects such as satellites, air ships and Black aircraft. Still 5 to 10%
of UFOs remain unexplained.
- MUFON Investigator trainee Nancy Dunning
writes: "I am a member of MUFON and I am trying to learn to be an
investigator. I am sending you a report that I wrote of a sighting that
a friend of mine had. This person does not want her name revealed so I
am referring to her just as the witness. The witness was staying with her
son on Venice Beach. The house is not directly on the beach, there are
trees in between. The object was first sighted at approximately 11:15 or
11:30p.m. on Friday, January 23, 1998. There is a small airport nearby
and at first the witness thought that an airplane was crashing. She quickly
changed her mind when after falling straight down the object stopped just
above treetop level and hovered. She described the object as a bright red
ball of flames. As it came down out of the sky it left a flame trail behind
it. Once it started to hover this trail disappeared. As the object hovered
it also appeared to get wider. It changed to an elliptical shape. It hovered
for approximately one minute and then sped off to the SSW. The object hovered
over the Gulf of Mexico. The witness went into the house to go to bed.
She awoke about 1 1/2 to 2 hours later. The cat wanted to go outside and
she walked outside as well. She said that the object appeared again and
did exactly the same thing it had the first time. The witness said that
the sky conditions at the time were very clear. She heard no noises while
witnessing the object. The only other person at the house did not witness
the object. I have personally not been to the house where the sighting
took place. I am planning to go there within the next couple of weeks.
If I find out anything else significant to the sighting I will e-mail you
with the details." Thanks to Nancy Dunning DUNNING01@aol.com.
- ZANESVILLE, OHIO
- UFO investigator Jim Donohoe, publisher
of the Equinox Newsletter, received a call January 29, 1998 at 7:45 AM
from a female resident of Bellville, Ohio who reported a 'V' shaped object,
which had a bright light at the front and center of it. The rear of the
object could not be seen clearly due to the brightness of the main light.
The witness also described a 'reddish glow' across a portion of the rear
the would have been near the rear edge. The object hovered at a high altitude
for 25 minutes. The sighting was reportedly made at 7:07 a.m. in an area
east of Zanesville, Ohio (Muskingum County). The witness then called a
nearby resident, who had also been watching the object for a 'period of
time,' using binoculars. Through the binoculars, she described many objects
'maneuvering' to the larger object, seemingly to merge with it. A third
witness, sister of the first reporter, was also contacted and also observed
the object. Its size was said to be at least one mile across the rear
edge of the 'craft,' and said to be an estimated 6 or 7 thousand feet.
This judgement was made from the estimated distance and altitude, by the
3 witnesses. The soundless object disappeared from sight as clouds moved
into the area, hiding it from view. The witness with binoculars was the
only one who reported 'other objects' attempting to merge with the 'craft'.
Researcher Jim Donohoe will conduct additional witness interviews and
an on-site investigation of the report. Thanks to Report filed by Kenny
Young UFO Research http://home.fuse.net/task/
- On January 28, 1998 Stephanie Sylvester's
a writer for The Denver Post- reported that at noon yesterday several people
saw a large fiery object trailed by a plume of smoke crash to the ground
near in Breckenridge, Colorado. "It was a fairly large object that
was on fire with smoke that was spiraling off the back of it," said
Blue River Marshal Steve Ford, who saw it from his car near Blue River
Road and Highway 9. "My first thought was that it was a meteor."
Fork watched the object plummet more than a thousand feet. He lost sight
of it at tree level. "It was a vertical shot toward the ground, and
I'm sure it impacted the ground," Ford said. Leigh Pezzicara, a spokeswoman
for the Breckenridge Ski Resort, said several guests reported seeing a
flare in the area of Peaks 5 and 6. "However, we really can't confirm
what it was," she said. The Summit County sheriff's office received
two calls about the possible meteor. James Rickman, a spokesman at the
Los Alamos National Laboratory, said the scientific term for an object
like the one described by Breckenridge eyewitnesses is "daytime fireball."
- On January 27, 1998, Tim reports: "I'm
getting a little escalation lately of reports around Salida, Colorado and
increased military activity. My 17 year old daughter Laray was sitting
in the computer room at 9:00 PM, when she viewed a moon size ball of green
light for a couple of seconds moving at high speed and disappearing to
the southwest. At the same time my wife's sister [Kathy Rauter] and her
4 kids were driving to our house and viewed it down the road a half mile
to the south of our home. They also reported the same description and said
other people had to see it. No tail was observed by any of the witnesses.
They were extremely excited and some were scared. I could tell by the reactions
it was a major sighting. They said it did not appear to be that far away.
I just had got off the computer and was upstairs reading a book so I missed
the action again."
- Jim Robert`s called me last night and
said he viewed a orange, salmon colored globe from his house in the Cotapaxi
area, 20 miles east of Salida on January 23, 1998, at 9:00 PM sharp. Object
was hovering, dimming and brightening to the west and he thought it might
have been viewed in Salida. No feedback on anyone else seeing it except
his wife down there. His description is very similar to the commercial
pilot report that I just listened to on Art Bell from the Phoenix area
last week. Seems like these things are everywhere. Jim also reported a
triangular shaped object circling under the sun last week with lights.
He went in to get his camera and then couldn't pick it back up. This man
has frequent sightings especially of orbs or globes at his house. Locals
continue to come forward and relate sightings to me, especially older ladies.
Many I don't even document anymore as it seems so common place up here
and takes too much of my personal time up. Thanks to Tim firstname.lastname@example.org
and Skywatch International Inc.
- Tom King, the Arizona Skywatch Director
reports: "Just a thought concerning last week's sightings in AZ. Exactly
one week before last week's AZ sightings on Jan 14, (Jan 7, 1998, 5:30
PM to around 3:00 AM), intense "UFO" activity was reported in
Huerfano County, in South Central Colorado. Right in the middle of the
La Veta Military [low-level flight] Operations Area. Witnesses near Farasita,
and Gardner, CO, watched extensive aerial activity by dozens of unknown
objects, for hours, that did not appear to be conventional aircraft.
Witnesses of this activity have been interviewed by investigator David
Perkins. These craft sightings were described as large, "disco-ball"
appearing "motherships" which discharged small red lights/craft
which appeared to criss-cross the Huerfano for many hours in a grid-type
pattern. The following morning, (Thur Jan 8) two additional witnesses reported
"20 to 30" fighter planes (coincidentally?) "criss-crossing
the Huerfano". This conventional activity was described by the long-time
residents as being highly unusual. (Remember, these folks see military
flight activity daily in the La Veta MOA). Later that same day, (January
8, 1998, at 5:20 PM.) Two more witnesses, driving north on Highway 17
(25 miles west of the Huerfano sightings), claim they watched a "150
foot [diameter] disc" at "between 1500 to 2000 feet " in
altitude, travel down the center of the SLV over the Baca Ranch, 2 miles
east of State Highway 17 mile marker 93. One of these witnesses (ex-military)
estimated the disc's speed at between "500 and 600 mph." I find
it highly intriguing that last year's "AZ Mass Sighting" followed
closely on the heels of an intense (little-publicized) wave of sightings
in South Colorado. And what do you know?"
- Last week's AZ sightings again appeared
to follow intense activity reported in South Colorado. (Let's not forget
last spring's mysterious rogue A-10 flight from the AZ "mass"
sighting area BACK to the Colorado sighting area) Is it my imagination,
or is there some sort of a synchronistic connection here? If (as some
have suggested), "our" military is behind the AZ activity, perhaps
the fly-boyz w/ toyz are conducting dry-run sorties over the sparsely
populated South Colorado region to gauge the potential public's response
before trotting out their toys over AZ for the inevitable big media splash.
It appears to this investigator that someone is playing the unwitting
public in both regions like a fiddle. Thanks to Tom King and Skywatch
- Chris O"Brien reports, "Since
1994, Southern Colorado has had several reports of 300-400 foo-sized triangle
and rectangular craft flying at low altitude in the middle of the La Veta
Military (flight) Operations area. I assume a mundane explanation for
a majority all sightings reported from this part of Colorado/New Mexico.
Comment: I now assume that "our" military has operational flight
capabilities that could explain the AZ lights and other large craft reports,
i.e., single-digit speeds, hovering capability, etc. There are some (in
and out of government) that have a vested interest in promoting the "alien"
visitation theory to explain away most large craft sightings, including
March's AZ mini sighting wave. The wheat from the chaff scenario gets
even more complicated with every increase in operational/technological
capability of "our" military. As diligent, objective investigators,
we should be able to explain over 90% of ALL reported sightings."
Thanks to Christopher O'Brien, email@example.com.
- UNITED KINGDOM
- Victor J. Kean reports that Flying Triangles
(FT) continued visiting three nuclear power stations (NPS) in Southeastern
England during the month of NOVEMBER 1997. There were a total of 137 Flying
Triangle sightings over the three nuclear power stations. This is an increase
of five over October when 132 sightings were reported.. Sizewell NPS in
Suffolk had 74 sightings averaging more than two a night for the month.
There were 76 sightings in October. Bradwell NPS in Essex had 37 sightings
in both October and November. Dungeness NPS in Kent sightings increased
in November to 37, almost double the 19 sightings in October.. The Flying
Triangles are usually first observed in the North Sea off the Suffolk coast.
It is thought the same craft probably visit more than one nuclear power
station during their almost nightly routine. These three nuclear power
stations are on or near the Eastern coast of England. Victor Kean writes:
"I have started to look closer at the times of the FT sightings in
Project FT's database.. Whilst analyzing the FT data which now runs into
1,000s of reports, I am always on the look out for any traces of 'human
intervention' in the data which might indicate that the FT is *not* alien
For example: At 0200hrs on March 29th 1997, the good citizens of the UK
put their clocks and watches back by one hour at the beginning of 'Summer
Time.' Now, unless the 'controllers' of the FT did the same, one would
expect that the sighting times in the next days would show a 'one hour'
step. Similarly, at the end of Summer Time at 02:00hrs on October 26th
1997 when the clocks were turned forward by one hour, subsequent sighting
times should reflect this one hour step backwards. Early indications confirm
that there are 'one hour steps' at these times. This is *not* proof of
'alien control'...lots of humans also forget to adjust their clocks.<smile
Perhaps others may suggest other possible checks along these lines...
Victor J. Kean Project FT.
- Editor's Note: In examining the data
I tried to consider what could the purpose of these nightly visits. The
craft may be taking samples of the air over the nuclear power stations
checking for radiation leaks. Also, an Airborne Warning and Control aircraft
(AWACs) might fly the same route defending the UK from long range attack.
Aereon Corporation in New Jersey developed a patent for a roughly triangular
shaped craft known as the Deltoid Pumpkin Seed. Although, the company
attempted to get either the Air Force or the Navy to develop the craft,
none was put into production by Aereon.
- RAF COSFORD, UK
- Adam reports that he lives ten minutes
drive from RAF Cosford, UK. I have been informed from a fairly reliable
source that RAF Cosford - which is supposedly being quietly run down -
has suddenly had it's security up-rated by a phenomenal amount. This coincides
with an increased number of strange sightings including the ubiquitous
black triangles. My informant, who has an RAF jet pilot as an acquaintance,
tells me that this pilot has suddenly clammed up on the subject of strange
sightings. Previously he was always ready to discuss the phenomena. The
pilot is based at RAF Cosford. An interesting snippet of information is
that apparently RAF pilots are not subject to the same 'gagging' when they
have been based abroad. This particular pilot has in the past been based
in Saudia Arabia and was always willing to talk about UFO's he and his
colleagues had seen over there. Thanks to the UK UFO Network and firstname.lastname@example.org
- IRIDIUM SATELLITES CAUSING
- Ed Cannon writes that regarding the report
quoted below regarding very bright lights seen in the sky in or near Exeter,
New Hampshire, on Dec. 28 and about a month earlier. Given the description,
it appears very possible to me that these people observed flares of reflected
sunlight from Iridium satellites. I've seen several of these flares now
(including once or twice with my family in San Antonio), and they are
incredibly bright flashes of light with a bluish cast to them, if you're
near the centerline of the flare. The last two I've seen were near the
Moon, and one of them was more intense (brighter in some sense) than the
Moon, while the other rivaled the Moon in brightness. The brightest ones
are visible in broad daylight, though I have not yet really tried to see
one of those. I ran Iridium flare predictions for the Exeter, NH, area
and found several very bright ones for Nov. 26-30, 1997, and two candidates
for the morning of Dec. 28, 1997. Depending on exactly where the man
was and what time it was, better candidates might be confirmed for that
date. The most brilliant part of these flares is very localized, within
less than five miles or so of the centerline.
- I suggest that reports of simple but
intensely bright flashes in the sky be immediately checked out as possible
Iridium flares. There are now 46 of the satellites orbiting, with 5 more
due to be launched this Saturday and the final total to be 66 operational
with several spares as well. They are in near polar orbits and so can
flare anywhere on Earth. There is an online prediction site that gives
predictions 5 days in advance of the current date for any selected location.
The URL is: http://www.gsoc.dlr.de/satvis/ (It also gives one day's
predictions for other satellites, as well as two weeks' predictions for
the Mir Space Station.) For checking in the past, one would need to run
a flare program such as Iridflar.exe, the one I use, which was written
by Rob Matson, a satellite observer who lives in California. The first
Iridiums were launched on May 5, 1997. There's a good site with more information
about Iridium flares at: http://www2.satellite.eu.org/sat/vsohp/iridium.html
Recently there was a very nice story regarding them in the Salt Lake
City "Desert News": http://www.desnews.com/newtdy/rg0ku14t.htm
- I publish Iridium flare predictions for
the Austin, Texas, area: http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~ecannon/iridium.htm
I'm not trying to debunk here, I'm just pointing out a potential source
of extremely bright flashes in the sky that should be among the possibilities
considered when such reports are received. I've seen them, as have quite
a few other people now (including a field full of amateur astronomers at
a star party southwest of Austin a few months ago). They can be fairly
reliably predicted, watched for, and observed -- and they can be REALLY
BRIGHT! The Iridium satellites are fairly small and so are visible to the
unaided eye only when they flare.) Thanks to Ed Cannon email@example.com
- SPACE SHUTTLE AND UFO
- On January 14, we reported the Space
Shuttle Endeavor narrowly avoided the collision with a UFO during its 12-day
mission in September. We are unable to confirm this story through our
sources and NASA firmly denies the event occurred. Generally, the NASA
tapes have become available a few months after the sighting. However, the
audio tape from the Endeavor report has not been obtainable or confirmed.
The report was published on the web from several reliable sources and appeared
real. The report stated: "The word from author William Kliner, who
claims to have obtained a copy of the tape from highly placed NASA sources
and flatly calls the incident, "the most dramatic close encounter
in history. However, I have been unable to obtain a copy of this tape,
and therefore feel this report is at least suspect and warn that the story
may be a hoax.
- In other Filer's Files, I have reported
on two shuttle missions (STS-48 and STS-80), where UFOs were in fact video
taped. I have this evidence in my possession and I feel it is genuine.
The STS 80 video revealed hours of UFO empty skies beneath the shuttle.
When the shuttle approaches a line of thunderstorms a group of UFOs appear.
The disc-shaped craft move to intercept the thunderstorms and then appear
to hover over the thunderstorms. The STS 80 cameraman apparently saw the
UFOs moving in over the huge thunderstorms and zooms in on the scene.
One particularly good close up shows a disc craft with a dark area in the
- Also the December sighting of a large
UFO in the Gulf of Mexico near an oil rig thus far has not been confirmed.
A large craft only thirty miles from Corpus Christy should have been sighted
by other the observers along the Texas coast. Jeremy Clark Packer the alleged
witness and person responsible for the e-mail posting has not been located
for verification of his story.